Release Date: August 1st, 2012
Finished Date: October 28th, 2012
Source: For Review
The Review: Recommended to people over the age of 17+
Avoiding Commitment is a book that I really wish I hadn’t read! Yeah, you heard me, I wish I hadn’t read it because it was an absolutely fantastic read and now I’m going to spend the next few months, eagerly awaiting for the release of book two and then, I’ll be in the same position again waiting for the release of book three. I could cry – really, It’s painful waiting for the next book. Not only that but it’s been nearly 24 hours since I finished and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ALL DAY and to top it off, I have no desire to pick up another book, I just want more of this wonderful and emotional story and all I can think of how much of an emotional wreck K.A Linde’s has turned me into today.
I have so many thoughts swirling around my head about Jack and Lexi because as characters they both completely consumed me. They have such an intense relationship that you honestly don’t know if you’re coming or going with it. They’ve known each other for years and since they first met, they’ve had a very deep connection that neither of them can deny, however they have a lot of problems. Their relationship has always been based on lies, cheating and pain – neither one seems to want to trust the other, but for whatever reason, they always end up back in each other’s arms. It’s like they have a hurtful relationship and that’s it – one hurts the other and then soon the other follows, but Jack, mainly is the one that does it the most.
Jack is a very tricky character and I have to admit, I still can’t figure him out. Good Jack vs. Bad Jack – it’s a constant battle. I don’t know if he is really a good guy that has a lot of problems or if he really is everything he comes across as. When he’s with Lexi he’s so loving and tender and you honestly swoon over him, you can see why Lexi loves him so much but, then once he’s away from her and had time to think, he becomes another person. It’s like he almost doesn’t want to be alone and even though he wants Lexi, he can’t commit – even though he’s tried too and boyfriends/girlfriends get in way. Just when I feel we’ve finally seen the light from Jack, that he’s going to change in his ways, he manages to hurt Lexi even more, and it really rips you to shreds as you watch her go through this awful pain.
“I couldn’t bear her knowing what I’d done to you, how I’d broken you. And I see it now. I see that I broke you into a million pieces and then left you there.” - Jack
Lexi – what to say about her? Well, she’s one strong woman that’s for sure. I’ve read a few reviews and seen some people thought she was a weak character because she allowed Jack to do wrong by her so many times, but I have to disagree with that. When you love someone, you love them, it’s plain and simple. You can’t turn it off your feelings and you can’t just shut someone out of your life by the snap of your fingers. Lexi is consumed by Jack, just one look turns her weak at her knees and she can’t control her emotions around him either. To be that in love with someone, weather he be a good guy or bad guy, how can you expect her to walk away without it physically killing her? She has hope – hope that one day things will be different and no matter what, she keeps going back for more because she loves him. Just because you love someone it doesn’t make you weak. Is that a healthy relationship? Not really, but when you love someone you try and try and try until you physically can’t try no more and that’s what Lexi does. Yes my heart breaks for her, I cried with her but I do have hope for her and for them as a couple. I refuse to believe that there will be no happy ending for them at the end of this series. What would be the point of it all for them not to end up together? They need to learn to trust each other, they need to spend time with each but mainly Jack needs to realise that Lexi is all he really needs.
“I did those things because of my lack of control. When you touch me Jack, I completely succumb to you. I give into your every whim.” - Lexi
There are other key players in this book, one’s I didn’t really care for. I didn’t care for Bekah or Ramsey. Yeah they were good characters to be added into the mix but really, are they right for their partners? NOT AT ALL! No matter what, I am on Lexi and Jack’s side – I really think that can overcome anything despite the drama we’re witnessing now. So Team Jack all the way!
Avoiding Commitment is a heart-wrenching and unputdownable read, one that you won’t be able read without a tissue and I can only guess that there will be many more emotional times ahead too but I can’t wait to read what happens next and I highly recommend you do too.
A big thank you to Taryn who recommended me this book to me, and a big thank you to K.A Linde who gave me the opportunity to review her book.