Series: Redemption #3
on April 14, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult
Growing up in New York, Michael St. Claire never expected to spend his twenties wearing cowboy boots. But that was before he learned about his real father, a total stranger with a family in Cedar Grove, Texas. Once in the Lone Star State, Michael meets Kristin Bellamy, who is exquisitely refined and everything Michael always thought he wanted in a woman. The only problem is that Kristin is dating Michael’s new half brother, Devon.
Kristin’s mouthy, curvy sister Chloe has always been in love with Devon Patterson. So when Michael offers to help Chloe break up Devon and Kristin, Chloe agrees to a deal that seems too good to be true. Before long, Chloe finally gets her man, only to make a startling discovery: She no longer wants the guy she had to fight for—she wants the one who stood by her side.
After all he and Chloe have been through, Michael swears he’s damaged goods. Can Chloe convince him that love is worth the risk?
Crushed is part of a series but to be quite honest, I truly believe it can be read as a standalone.
After having overheard his parent’s fighting one day and learning the truth about himself, Michael flees Manhattan and ends up in Texas to learn more about who he is. While there, he takes a position at the country club working as a personal trainer and tennis instructor. While instructing tennis, he meets Kristen someone who he compares to his unrequited love, Olivia. But it’s Chloe, her slightly chubby but bigger than life personality that ultimately changes him.
When he discovers that Chloe is secretly in love with Kristen’s long-time boyfriend Devon, Michael hatches up a plan to get what they both want. During this time, Chloe slowly starts to develop, with Michael’s personal training, into the swan she was always supposed to be. It’s not long until he realizes that it’s Chloe that he really wants.
”With Chloe, it’s easy to forget that I’m nobody. Because she makes me feel like somebody.”
Chloe absolutely made the story. She is the type of heroine that will help show young girls to be proud of who they are.-a complete role model. She demonstrates that you don’t have to be a size 0 to be the ultimate catch. Her wittiness and brashness made me love her. Plus, she was just so real. I think she may be one of my all-time favorite heroines.
Michael had his own set of problems. At times, he seemed to project a bit of them onto Chloe. Plus, there were times that I hated how he treated her. I get that he wanted her to be healthier but at the same time he was a bit too gruff. In turn, Chloe brought Michael out his shell and made him realize that he is worthy of love-that he wasn’t a third wheel!
“A girl wants to be loved, sure, and I thought I wanted that. I thought I wanted that from Devon. And now…I don’t know about that. But I do know that I want to be wanted. I want to be wanted by you.”
This story helped me get over a book slump that I needed to get out of. It had the right amount of angst and laughs that makes a NA novel complete. I definitely recommend this one!
Other Books in the Series
Isn’t She Lovely ( Book Number 0.5)
Broken (Book Number 1)