Friday, July 25, 2014

I Stand Before You by S.R. Grey

Title: I Stand Before You
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: New Adult,  Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  September 2013
Paperback: 410 pages

Synopsis:  A story of love, a story of hope. How can you move forward when you're anchored to the past? When it comes to tattooed bad boys, Chase Gartner was the real deal. Partying, engaging in meaningless sex, getting into fights---Chase indulged in it all during his late teen years, thus firmly solidifying his status as a heartbreakingly gorgeous but way-too-dangerous-to-trust guy in his hometown of Harmony Creek, Ohio. Then, following one fateful night of reckless decisions, Chase's actions finally caught up to him and landed him in prison. Now, four years have passed and Chase finds himself a free man. He returns to Harmony Creek, ready to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding his shattered life. Things are off to a promising start when he meets Kay Stanton, a young woman with a tragic past of her own. Despite a powerful attraction, Chase and Kay are naturally hesitant to become involved. That's why friendship feels like the safest option. But when passions ignite and love blossoms, a relationship that is destined and meant to be can only be resisted for so long. When Chase and Kay finally succumb to their feelings they realize being together feels more right and true than anything they have ever experienced. But their love is soon tested. Chase's wild past still haunts and tempts him, and Kay is keeping a secret that could tear them apart. I Stand Before You is a journey of hope and forgiveness, coming to terms with the past and moving forward. But mostly it's a story of two damaged people who take a chance, open their hearts, and find true love.

 A sweet tale about two broken people who come together and find themselves, they are from two very different worlds, but fate brought them together and it was meant to be.  Meet Chase: A tattoo ridden “bad boy” who is really a kitty cat (unless you f with what’s his) and just wants to move on from his past mistakes and not be judged for them. Meet Kay: A classic “good girl”. Who has also made some mistakes and doesn't know how to forgive herself. As far as story line, it kept me interested BUT a lot of the emotion came through with the characters telling the reader instead of us seeing it for ourselves. Sort of like … let me TELL you what is going on rather than experiencing it WITH said characters,  because of that you don’t really get the chance connect on that level. Also, I have to agree with a lot of other reviewers in regards to their chosen “pet names” i.e. my girl/my boy, sweet baby girl. Yeah, it was endearing at first but I quickly got over it. I mean Chase spent years in jail and is a “bad boy” would he really be referring to his girlfriend as “sweet” anything? Probably not.  I just feel like they are adults and using name like that reminded me of teenagers claiming their significant others. I do LOVE the face that their relationship is slowly built up and not just insta-love or insta-sex., it was VERY refreshing. They were friends first and lovers second *YAY*. To sum it all up,  I liked this story and after reading the little twist at the end I am interested to see what happens next.

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