Blog Tour: Avoiding Responsibility (Avoiding #2) by KA Linde – Review & Giveaway!
***WARNING! WARNING! DO NOT READ REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ AVOIDING COMMITMENT YET! SERIOUSLY, DON’T EVEN READ THE SUMMARY! MAJOR SPOILER! You can click HERE to read my review of Avoiding Commitment instead.***
Lexi has finally given up her once destructive relationships and moved onto bigger and better things with a sexy new man in town. Just when she is starting to figure it out with him, her world is tilted once again with a phone call from none other than Ramsey Bridges. A year after his entrance into her life, Ramsey is trying to make amends and does the one thing she never expects—invites her to Jack’s wedding.
The wedding she had evaded at all costs. But no matter what she does, Lexi can’t seem to escape her past with Jack. But does she really want to?
Despite the explosive chemistry between Lexi and Ramsey, she is skeptical about trusting him after everything that has happened. When things are amiss with him, she starts questioning his motives. Can Ramsey be the one to remove Jack from Lexi’s life permanently or should she move on with her blossoming new life?
***Spoilers for book one***
Jack. The man who had taken her from a brilliant, confident, controlled woman to a love sick, uncontrollable girl at the first glance from his blue eyes. Together they had ruined relationships, friendships, and families with their heated desire and relentless passion. But those days were over.
I forgot how mentally draining Lexi and Jack were. Luckily, in this book we get much, much less of Jack and now we are learning Lexi and Ramsey’s story. After a destructive on and off 7 year “relationship” with Jack, (which mostly consisted of them hooking up when they were seeing other people) Lexi has finally put Jack behind her. Which is a good idea since Jack is engaged and he is scum of the Earth. What Lexi (or anyone else) sees in Jack I will never understand. But there has always been this weird connection between them and no matter how much Lexi knows it’s a bad idea, she can’t seem to stay away from him. After Lexi left Jack, she started a new relationship with Ramsey. But that relationship is also very complicated. Not only does Ramsey have to deal with Lexi’s feelings for Jack, they also have to deal with his sister Bekah (Jack’s fiancé) causing trouble for them. I loved Ramsey since we met him in Avoiding Commitment, but he has secrets that cause problems with his relationship with Lexi.
The book starts in the present and Lexi and Ramsey have been broken up for about a month. (I know, I was crushed too) But when he calls her to invite her to Jack’s wedding they start talking again. Like in book one, we get alternating chapters from the present and the past and we get to see the start of Ramsey and Lexi’s relationship and what happened to break them up. I have a love-hate relationship with this method. On the one hand, I think it is the perfect way to tell this story but on the other hand, it is very frustrating when we get to a shocking moment or revelation from the past and we are brought back to the future (or vice versa). But I did love seeing their relationship grow in the past and in the present.
I admit that I was scared to read this book, no matter how much I wanted to know what happens next. I really didn’t want to read more about Lexi making more stupid decisions concerning Jack. Unfortunately, she continues to make more stupid decisions in this book and not just about Jack. But I am happy to say that Lexi really matures and grows throughout this book. I love flawed characters as long as they grow and redeem themselves. It did annoy me that Lexi kept jumping to conclusions about Ramsey, especially when she was hiding a few secrets of her own. Ramsey was just awesome as I remembered him in book one and I am so glad we get so much more of him this time around. Although I wanted to smack him a couple of times for keeping so many secrets, even if he had good intentions. Chyna was an unexpected surprise, where she was more of the drunk slutty best friend in book one, we really got to learn more about her in this book and see a new side of Chyna. One that I can’t wait to read more of in Chyna’s upcoming book. Bekah was a manipulative bitch like always and I wanted to claw her eyes out most of the time. And Jack? He is now on my list of most hated fictional characters. (Which also includes Christian, Kiyo, and the VixBitch…if anyone was wondering). Seriously, this guy is such a waste of sperm and he and Bekah deserve each other. Here is just a little proof:
“You will be legally bound to another woman in less than a week.”
“Then why are you doing this?” she asked as he stopped in front of her.
“I still have a week,” he said shrugging.
If you thought Avoiding Commitment was intense, it was nothing compared to what the author has in store for us this book. I found myself having to put the book down a few times because my feelings and emotions were just too much! And the ending was insane! You know that scenes in Crazy, Stupid Love where all the guys are fighting with each other and you can’t believe all this craziness is happening but you can’t turn away and you are hooked on every word? That’s how the ending was for me in Avoiding Responsibility. It was crazy and I love every second of it. I’m not really sure if Lexi and Ramsey’s story is officially over. There were still a lot of unanswered questions and I hope we get the answers in Chyna’s story or maybe even another book. All in all, I really loved this book and I was sad to see it end. KA Linde has a gift for writing emotional and intense stories that will have you hooked. And she also has a gift for writing very hot love scenes! Avoiding Responsibility was an intense, emotional, angsty and sexy story about Lexi (and a few other people) finding their way through life and learning from their mistakes. High-blood pressure inducing and highly satisfying, KA Linde is on my MUST-read list!
Some of my favorite quotes from Avoiding Responsibility:
- “We have such a long history that when I look into his eyes that’s all I can see. I forget the stupidity of what we’ve done and who could get hurt. I just remember the man who loved me once”
-Jack and Ramsey confused her beyond anything she could ever imagine. One lied; one cheated. She loved them both immeasurably, and yet, all she ended up with was heartache. She needed to get away. She really needed that escape.
-Yes, everyone made mistakes, but she was an idiot about it all. She avoided everything at any cost…commitment and the responsibility.
K.A. Linde is an independent author and publisher who enjoys writing novels that keep you guessing to the very end. She wrote Avoiding Commitment in 2009. She studied political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia and received her Masters in 2012. She currently resides in North Carolina. She enjoys dancing in her spare time. She has written a sequel to this novel and plans to have it released as an ebook in the near future along with her future endeavors. She is currently working on a fantasy/romance titled The Affiliate and the 3rd book in the Avoiding Series.
The grand prize is a Kindle Paperwhite.