Friday, July 5, 2013

Review and Giveaway: For Everly by Raine Thomas

**Mature Content Warning** This is a New Adult novel recommended for ages 17+ due to language, sexual content, and mature subject matter.

Determined to overcome a dark and tragic past, college student Everly Wallace is only months away from earning her degree in physical therapy. She’s consumed with school, caring for her ailing grandfather, and figuring out how to pay the next bill. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but it just might be the one thing she needs.

Major League pitcher Cole Parker hasn’t fought for anything in his life. He went from a privileged upbringing to a multimillion dollar All-Star career. But when his pitching shoulder starts to give him trouble at only twenty-four years old, he faces the possibility of his injury becoming public knowledge and costing him everything.

In a desperate bid to save his career, Cole decides to hire someone to treat his injury, someone who will keep things off the record and out of the media. He finds the perfect solution in Everly. As mysterious as she is beautiful, she provides an enticing distraction from his pain. Soon, physical therapy is the last thing on his mind.

When an act of betrayal brings the truths they both fear to light, Cole will have to fight for the first time in his life…not just for his career, but for Everly’s love.

4 Star Review

Everly is a 22 year-old physical therapy doctoral student.  She lives with her ailing grandfather as her father is no longer in the country and her mother passed away years ago.  She provides for herself and for her grandfather’s medical care by working as a waitress in a high-class restaurant.

Cole is a 23 year-old major league pitcher and he is hiding an injury to his shoulder as this would effect his contract signing that is coming up this year.  Cole’s brother is Everly’s mentor at school and knows that she would be able to give Cole the therapy he needs without betraying his trust and revealing his injury to the public.  Cole offers an elusive payment for her services and Everly agrees to help him.  Cole and Everly put up a romantic pretense as their cover story.  Because Cole is in the public eye, he continually has a difficult time trusting anybody outside his inner circle.  This causes problems on more than one occasion between him and Everly.

“What I’m trying to do is find out why you think I should trust you not to tell anyone about our arrangement when you haven’t been honest with me about your past.”-- Cole

And now we have the big question of what is so secretive about Everly’s past?  We know that she led a pretty normal life up until the age of 14…then everything changed for her and she was forced to grow up.  Everly never does anything for herself.  She is always thinking about others and ways to help them.  It’s time for Everly to start living for herself.  Everly decides to give Cole part of herself that has not belonged to anybody else. 

“You can’t know what this means to me. I’m honored and touched. And very, very eager.”—Cole

 Everly still can’t bring herself to open up to Cole.  Cole becomes very frustrated and at times gets a little harsh with her.

“I don’t know a whole hell of a lot about you. But that’s because you won’t tell me any damn thing.” -- Cole

Things begin to happen to Everly that appear to be not random acts.  Why is she being targeted?  Is she in danger?  Cole steps up to take care of her, which is hard for Everly to allow. 

Her emotions tumbled over themselves. How long had it been since anyone saw to her well-being? Since anyone worried about her enough to carry the fatigue she saw in Cole’s eyes? Since anyone pushed against her stubborn arguments and insisted that they take care of her? 

I enjoyed the emotions that Everly allowed herself to feel throughout the book since she has always been closed off.  I didn’t take to Cole’s character immediately…he put his foot in his mouth on more than one occasion and it was fun to watch him grovel for her forgiveness.  Of course I had to forgive him, as did Everly.   This was a great stand-alone novel with the perfect amount of drama and romance. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review FOR EVERLY!


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