Saturday, December 31, 2016

Book Review: You First by Stephanie Fournet

Driven. Private. Insanely talented.

Gray Blakewood is the most successful crime writer under the age of thirty—and he has a secret that could cost him his life.

He just wants to finish his latest novel before his world unravels, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful distraction.

Meredith Ryan, his new personal assistant, has seen more than her fair share of hard knocks. And, still, she’s the sweetest person he’s ever met.

She deserves a lifetime of happiness—which he can’t offer.

But he can’t seem to stay away.

Once again, Stephanie Fournet knocked it out of the park!! I read my first Fournet book in March of this year and I said that it wouldn't be my last. Now that one, (Leave a Mark) was absolutely amazing and while I knew that any other book by this author would be just as fabulous, I had no clue that something could be better than that first one. Well, this one was better. Better than better. 

Just one of the awesome strengths that Fournet has as a writer is her ability to create these amazing characters. All of them have always been these completely developed, fully fleshed out, realistic characters. It feels like you're reading about someone you know. I haven't found that very often in my reading. The great part is that these characters pull you in before you even know what is happening. It's almost as if you are a part of the story as well because you feel like you totally connect with them and what is happening around them. I really enjoyed getting to know Meredith and Gray. I wish this book was part of a series because I'd love to read more about them. I just couldn't seem to get enough. 

I've loved characters before but it was nothing like the adoration I felt for Meredith. She's this super strong, independent and selfless girl who you can't help but love and root for. Even though Meredith and I have absolutely nothing in common, I felt like we were on the same page. How amazing is that?!? To feel a connection where there is nothing to support or sustain such a feeling. Awesome.

And Gray. He was the perfect balance of stubbornness and caring and protectiveness that I'm pretty sure all ladies are looking for. I couldn't get enough of Gray. If the author ever wants to write a little novella just on Gray and how he looks while he's sitting in front of his fire with the dogs at his feet as he writes, I would totally be first in line to pick that up. 

The story itself was both sad and hopeful. Gosh, my emotions were all over the damn place with this book. I was happy, then sad, then happy again and then pissed, then laughing, then swoony and then pissed again and around and around and around. The story will really keep you on your toes. You think you know what is going to happen next and I'll tell you, you're completely wrong. If you're looking for something to read that will really resonate with you, this is it. I highly recommend that you give this one a read because it is absolutely amazing. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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