Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices–especially when she finds herself falling in love…
Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.
Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.
Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do–even if it means committing another undeniable sin…
I absolutely loved this book! I have been on a roll lately with reading some fantastic books in the past month, and Miles From Kara was no exception. It is a fantastic, new adult book that deals with serious life issues but still has lots of steamy romance as well. Kara is a college student at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Readers meet her in the first book of the series, Pieces of Olivia. However, in this book, we learn she isn’t the carefree girl she seems to be. Something that happened in her past continues to hold her in an emotional limbo. She wants to be able to find that girl she was before her life hit a major roadblock. She is in a relationship with her boyfriend, Ethan, that is seriously lacking passion and feeling. The only time she feels anything is when Ethan’s hot roommate, Colt, is around. Will she continue her dead end relationship with Ethan or give Colt a chance? ***Before you think that cheating is involved, breathe easy, there isn’t.***
There was so many great things about this book that made it a 5 star read for me. First, it was incredibly well-written. The characters were well-developed. The way in which they were written drew you to them; I felt incredibly connected to them, even the secondary characters. They were a tight group of friends that sort of formed their own family. They accepted each other despite all their flaws. Kara was an incredibly strong young woman. Yes, she had her flaws, and at times, you really wanted to knock some sense into her and ask her, “What the heck are you doing?” But, she had to make some bad decisions in order for her to heal and be able to live again. And, OMG…Colt is one of the hottest guys ever!!!! He has an awesome body, tattoos, a good heart, and to top it off, an Australian accent. Could there be a more perfect guy???? He and Kara seem to share the same soul…they are just beautiful together even when things are bumpy for them. May I add…I just love Rose, the psychologist!!!!This woman is hilarious. I hope she will get her own book!!!!!
One of the other big reasons this gets a 5 star rating is the serious issues that are in the book. I don’t want to really discuss what they are because I don’t want to ruin anything for those who haven’t read this series yet. All I will say is Melissa handles it beautifully. She highlights every side about it and does it without being judgmental. My hope that someone who has gone through something similar will find hope and love in this book….because that is what the crux of the book is for me….hope, love, and new beginnings.
I initially was attracted to Melissa West’s books because they are set in the lovely town of Charleston, SC, which is also the town I grew up in. But, they are much more. There is steamy romance with hot chemistry between the characters, but it is much deeper than that! In both books, she tackles some tough subjects. I love stories that bring out emotions and make me look at my own convictions about issues. If you want to read a story that makes you feel and connect you with the characters, give this series a try. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!
***Pieces of Olivia is Book 1 in the series.***
**ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and YA sci-fi romance,
all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing?. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.