Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review: Grace for Drowning by Maya Cross

Grace for Drowning by Maya Cross
Excerpt

Hope is a dangerous thing. I know that more than most. Everything good I’ve ever had has been stolen from me — my friends, my fiance, my innocence, some would say even my sanity. All I have left is the cage. Fighting is the only thing that eases the ache inside me even a little. It’s the only thing that keeps the bottle at bay.

I was content to ride out my life alone. I was done dreaming that things could be better. But then I met Grace, and suddenly, I couldn’t not dream.

She's battling those same demons, only she's losing. I don’t want to care, but something about her calls to me. That pain in her eyes is so sharp, so familiar. I know it’s only a matter of time before it pulls her below the surface.

I can help her, and maybe, just maybe, she can help me too. For the first time in what feels like forever, I’ve got hope, and that scares the hell out of me.

Genre

Contemporary

Review

Surprisingly despite the dark and sexy cover, this book is quite a heart warming romance that's not all sexed up. Is not a dark read nor a violent one. We have a heroine who was battling with alcoholism due to losing someone dear in her life and a hero who was a recovering alcoholic.

Grace is drowning in her sorrow after losing her fiance and even lost her job as a chef in Vegas due to her new acquire addiction. Now she's working as a bartender at Charlie's where she met a new bubbly friend, Joy and their brooding and quiet bouncer, Logan. 

At first glance, Logan looks brooding and intense, but after getting to know him, he is kinda quiet and zen. Once a month, he had fights at the ring within the bar, an outlet that soothes him. He trains intensely by day and work as a bouncer by night.

Logan feels an undeniable pull towards Grace and knew about her drinking problem from one glance. In fact, he had suffered the same problem himself when he came back his tour at Afghanistan. But no matter how he tries to talk to her and offer his help, Grace is not receptive towards his attention.

"There's a girl in here somewhere who deserves a second chance, and you owe it to her to make that happen."

There is a healthy dose of UST there whenever these two are in the same vicinity. Logan keep his hand off thinking she is vulnerable and not interested, while Grace just plainly doesn't want to start any relationship whatsoever with a man who confuse her. Logan is relentless in helping her curb her addiction and she is wondering what is his ulterior motives. 

I like the fact that the UST is not drag on for long and they both finally come to an understanding and want to be together. I like seeing them doing normal things like going on first date and all those getting to know you questions. Often time, their past came up and threaten their happy bubble, but they have a healthy communication and being supportive to each other. 

I like Logan's POV that came with a tinge of humor. He tends to chastise himself when he feels like he can't live up to Grace's expectation. He also had a mild case of PTSD that he manage to hide pretty well, but bring him out of his comfort zone and thrown him into a crowd, he starts showing his vulnerability.

He is very wise when it comes to helping Grace, but when he himself is haunt by his own demon, will he be able to help himself?

"Nobody belongs to anyone completely, not even themselves. There's a piece of me everywhere, just like there's piece of you that will always be with Tom's."

There isn't a big suspense plot here, which is why I decided on a 4 star. The climax was dealing with some of Logan's personal issue and how it might jeopardize their relationship. This works as a standalone that comes with a HEA without any cliffhanger, but Maya Cross is hinting for a sequel. I'm interested to see what's next for Logan and Grace.

"I really thought life wasn't worth living anymore. But you showed me that wasn't true."

Rating 4/5

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