Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Review: The Grind (The Vert Series #2) by Kristen Kehoe

*****5 Stars*****
The Grind is the second book in the Vert series and although things that happened in book #1 are referred to (characters, incidents etc) this book can certainly be read as a standalone. However, I absolutely loved book #1 - Vertical Lines - and I highly recommend you read it!
Book #2 got off to a bit of a slow start for me but I think this was mostly due to the fact that (as an ARC) my copy had countless editing issues of all sorts and it was just a little harder going than I'd expected.
I must quickly state though that I rapidly overcame these issues (my eyes and brain adjusting to the issues, which I am certain will be dealt with before publishing) and I absolutely fell in love with Hunter.
Hunter is a great character. Protective, fair, strong and dominant, with fiery temper, that he somehow manages to contain. He's dependable, even when it's not wanted.
I loved the bond the three men have in this series, which started in book #1 and grows as this story progresses.
Isa, to be honest, drove me mad at times but I could totally understand her personality too. She's independent and strong and will not lean on anyone but herself.
All the characters in this story (as with book #1) are well thought out and well developed. You can't help but feel invited into their close knit relationships and empathise with the things they're all going through.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm absolutely dying to get my hands on Mal and Nala's story....it's like an addiction! I NEED to know!
Reviewed by Vivienne Kauffer 
Hunter Jackson was on top of the world when that phone call came.
His third X Games title still fresh, a female in his lap, and sponsors ready to offer him any deal he wanted--the kid from California had made it big. And then his phone rang. And it kept ringing. And that news that no one wants was waiting for him on the other line. "It's Mom," his sister said. And like that, his world changed. Months later, Hunter isn't skating--he's at home, taking care of his mom, and keeping the rest of his family together, flipping houses to pay for the medical bills that just keep piling up. In need of a new foreman, Hunter gets a shock when Isabel Rojas shows up to his job site, more gorgeous than any woman he can ever remember, and a mouth that whips of Spanish insults with deadly precision.

Isa comes from a house full of dominant men ready to tell her what to do—she loves them, but she refuses to be the woman who takes orders from a man for the rest of her life. She’s determined to be independent: her own apartment, her own job, her own person. In a family as large and committed to each other as hers, this is not an easy task. Two years of community college, an AA in construction management, and halfway through her apprenticeship as an electrician, Isa knows what she wants, and she’s on a mission to claim it.

When she shows up on Hunter Jackson’s job site, she has a chip on her shoulder, and an already formed opinion about the kind of man he is: rich, entitled, careless. The kind who broke her sister’s heart years ago—the kind Isa swore she would never let into her own life.

But plans don’t always work the way we want.

Assumptions can be wrong, people can change, and hearts don’t always listen to logic.

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