Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Finding Infinity by Layne Harper

"Finding Infinity" as described by Colin...

"Fine Charlie.” Colin says dropping his hands in defeat. “Here's what I want. I want everybody to back off and let me play football. I want you to go back to practicing medicine because I’m ready for you to be happy again - not this forced shit that you keep trying to sell me. I want Brad to get his house finished because I’m tired of listening to his DIY project updates. I want Jenny to decide on a hair color. I want Aiden and Rachael to either figure their shit out or leave each other alone, because Aiden’s chick drama is annoying. I want Mark to quit trying so hard to be my buddy again. I want my parents to get off my back about us living in sin. I want you to pick a date to marry me. That’s what I want. What am I going to get? None of it, because I have to do another interview to try to patch the gaping wound that is my life with a Band-Aid.”

This is book three of the "Infinity Series." To read them in order, please start with "Falling Into Infinity" and then "From Now Until Infinity."

4.5 Fantastic Stars
Review by Jen Hagen

This is the third book in the Infinity Series.  Do not proceed further if you have not read the first two.  Immediately purchase the first two and start reading.  What are you waiting for?  Charlie and Colin’s story deserves to be read!


Charlie is trying to adapt to Colin’s lifestyle, but she just doesn’t fit in.   She has packed up and moved from Houston where she was forced out of her father’s medical practice.  She and Colin now live together in Dallas in his ”McMansion.”  Their “home” is his work place with endorsement products strewn about the rooms, an assistant’s office takes up residence next to their bedroom, and when Charlie sees the housekeeper ironing her underwear, this is the last straw.  Charlie has lost her sense of control and that is something that she needs otherwise she’ll resort back to her previous coping mechanisms.


I can just do it once.  Just one time and that’s it.  Colin will never find out…I’ll feel normal and God, that’s all I want.  I just want to feel okay again.


Colin is oblivious to the inner struggles that Charlie is dealing with.  He knows that she has a need to be in control, but he doesn’t realize how difficult it has become for Charlie with his world taking over hers.   Colin is very attentive when it comes to Charlie so when he realizes what is happening his biggest fear hits him.


“Oh my God, I’m losing her again.”


Colin and Charlie have not had an easy reconciliation.  The interview where his past prescription drug habit was brought to light has killed off friendships and put their lives under the intense spotlight.   They are struggling to maintain animosity but that is difficult to do when you are the star quarterback of the local team.   When Colin makes an abrupt decision to walk away from a situation where the joke (albeit a tasteless joke) is on him, it creates even more of a nightmare for their lives.


I see everyone staring at us in shock, surprise, amazement and confusion.  We’re the car accident, and everyone is rubbernecking.


Even though Colin comes across as an alpha male, he is still vulnerable to the intense pressure placed on him for securing a Super Bowl spot and his fears of losing Charlie.  Some of my favorite scenes are of Colin just “being” where he has his inner thoughts to himself and Charlie is captivated on the side just watching him. 


Colin and Charlie are both strong independent individuals who seek control.  They both need to be in control of a situation.  There comes a time when control is taken away from both of them and it sends Colin down a road of self- loathing.


F*ck me.  Put a bullet in my head and send me out to pasture.  I’m fucking worthless.


Might as well kick Colin when he’s down…he’s dealt another blow to his esteem.


I can’t believe this.  This is me.  I’m broken.  Why didn’t I see it before?  God, why have I dragged Charlie into this mess?


Colin and Charlie are faced with a lot of challenges in their third book.  Colin’s past is always threatening to destroy them .  How they elect to cope with these situations will decide their future. 


It’s hard to imagine that my cocky, self-assured, confident husband can be the sullen, mean, destructive, depressed man sitting in our bedroom.


I consider the Infinity Series to be a hidden gem.  It is beautifully written in dual points of view and will have you feeling warm and fuzzy when things are going well, and have you grabbing your stomach and wiping under your eyes during the rough spots.  You cannot read it and not get caught up in their want for a happily ever after.  Colin and Charlie’s story is not over yet.  There is a fourth book due out in Spring 2014.  There is no cliffhanger to this story, but there is more of their story to be told.  Their story is beautiful, faced with the real-life challenges of a famous athlete and the daily struggles of a couple looking to their future.


“There’s nothing in my life that I’ve wanted as much as this woman.  I love her enough to give her the forever that she deserves.  Charlie’s my infinity.”


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