Author: A.C. Land
Series: Bourbon Series #2
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
The cover is pretty cool. Layout and concept is unique and suits the plot.
The story continues from where it left off in book one.
Luke and Charli are together. Collin and Lonna, not so much.
The boys are being adopted by Charli’s parents. This sudden improvement in status has made Collin a target of affection of many girls and he is oblivious to it all.
His attempts at getting Lonna’s attentions are failing and she keeps on pushing him away. Until, due to his persistence, Lonna finally gives in.
She was pushing him away because her mother disliked Collin and also because Lonna didn’t want him to be hurt by Gage, her ex.
But romance for these two is not easy. Though, clearly it is more harmonious and fight free than Luke and Charli’s.
When Collin discovers that Lonna is starving herself, he takes it upon himself to show her the error of her ways and to make her realize she is beautiful just the way she is. Moreover he tries to convince her to be strong enough to stand up to Gage, who abuses her.
But abuse and body image are not the only problems.
Collin’s father, Warren, has set his eyes on Lonna and he is willing to do anything to get her.
Collin must do everything to protect her and in doing so, he might come face to face with his aggressive side.
Outwardly confident and ruthless Lonna, will have to open up and reveal her inner afraid and intimidated side to Collin.
Together they just might help each other.
And maybe fall in love too.
One thing that is glaringly obvious is that this book is not as awesome as the first one. The only action that is exciting enough, happens at the end of the book. There is a huge, unexpected surprise at the end though.
The chemistry between Lonna and Collin is not as good as between Luke and Charlie. One can’t help but compare.
Charli and Luke’s characters were well developed, with believable personalities and emotions.
Collin is way over the top. Seems like, in an attempt to make him as different from his father as possible, the writer made him unbelievably good.
Lonna’s character is bland.
The dialogues and romance between them borders on cheesy and might make you uncomfortable.
The story is okay enough. The plot didn’t progress much.
I am still looking forward to the third book, mostly because I want to read more about Luke and Charli.
There are some strong plot points though: Focus on negative effects of Bulimia and Abuse.
The impact of eating disorders and body-image issues on young girls as well as their silent suffering from being subjected to abuse is also stressed upon by the author.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Lonna Stuart is proud to be the most beautiful girl most people have ever seen. But on the inside she’s dying. Her mother’s grating comments and her boyfriend’s obsessive control are suffocating her.
There’s only one person who sees the real Lonna.
Son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher, Collin toes an invisible line of perfection; he’s a football prodigy; a hard working employee; and, what Lonna’s boyfriend considers, a retard. A slight stutter keeps Collin back from making too many friends, but he observes better than anyone, and he sees things most people miss. He sees the pain in Lonna’s eyes and the sadness in her frown. When she nearly drowns, Collin’s the only one willing to sacrifice himself to save her.
Inspired by Collin’s overwhelming kindness and drawn to the sheer greatness of him, Lonna begins to pull away from her asphyxiating life. But unbeknownst to both of them, Collin’s father, busy planning an epic escape from prison.
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Author of the Bourbon series, A. C. Land has been a lover of stories since she first read about Peter Pan giving Wendy an acorn and teaching her to fly. She always dreamed of telling big stories about small towns.
Residing on a cattle farm in Missouri, A. C. loves playing with her rambunctious Jack Russell, Riley, making decorative cakes, taking pictures, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hanging out with her nephews.