For You (The 'Burg, #1)

 
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For You by Kristen Ashley
Pub­lisher: Kristen Ashley
Pages: Kindle Edition, 493 pages
Series: The 'Burg
Pub­li­ca­tion date: March 14th 2011


Lieutenant Alexander Colton and February Owens were high school sweethearts. Everyone in their small town knew from the moment they met they were meant for each other. But something happened and Feb broke Colt’s heart then she turned wild and tragedy struck. Colt meted out revenge against the man who brought Feb low but even though Colt risked it all for her, Feb turned her back on him and left town.

Fifteen years later, Feb comes back to help run the family bar. But there’s so much water under the bridge separating her and Colt everyone knows they’ll never get back together.

Until someone starts hacking up people in Feb’s life. Colt is still Colt and Feb is still Feb so the town watches as Colt goes all out to find the murderer while trying to keep Feb safe.

As the bodies pile up, The Feds move in and a twisting, turning story unravels exposing a very sick man who has claimed numerous victims along the way, Feb and Colt battle their enduring attraction and the beautiful but lost history that weaves them together.

For You has everything I've come to expect from KA - unforgettable characters, a heartwarming romance, and a perfect HEA ending, along with an additional mystery theme.

Feb and Colt were high school sweethearts, the type everyone knew would get married young and have little babies and stay together forever and ever. Therefore, it came as a huge shock to everyone when Feb broke up with Colt and left town. Nearly two decades later, these two cross paths again when Feb becomes involved in a murder case Colt is investigating.

For You is the most raw and emotionally gripping book of KA's I've read to date. The details of the murders are sickening and Feb's reaction to them painful to read. While most of the books by Ashley are light and fun, this is definitely not one that will help you relax or even put you in a good mood for the most part.

As expected, the romance between Colt and Feb is completely enchanting, especially in the beginning and towards the end. Unfortunately, I felt it was extremely drawn-out and dull in the middle, when it felt like the story was at a standstill and no progress was being made either way. It wasn't entirely unnecessary, but I lost interest in the plot and romance about halfway through, and never fully regained it.

Even more surprisingly, I found myself disliking Feb. I feel she's way too much like KA's other heroines, both physically and personality-wise, without the extra charm they had that made me love them regardless of how similar they were to one another.

Nonetheless, Ashley still writes some of the best endings I've ever read and this one's no exception. It left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart, a tear in my eye, and a huge smile on my face.

I can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series, especially the next one because At Peace has the second-most highest rating out of all KA novels, with an average of 4.46.

 

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