Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Better by Carey Heywood


Aubrey is embarking on a bucket list trip around the world, the last wish of her Aunt Ally. It was supposed to be the trip Ally would take when she got better. Now it's just a chance for Aubrey to say goodbye.
Adam escapes in his solo trips overseas, working just enough to fund the next one. When the opportunity to circle the globe falls in his lap he can't refuse. The only catch, he won't be traveling alone this time.
Unable to hide from each other Adam's overprotective nature thwarts Aubrey's desire to find her own way. Can they move past initial assumptions to find something better?

 4.5 Fabulous Stars

Review by Nicole Lorenzo

When her Aunt Ally gets sick with cancer, Aubrey sacrifices everything to help her. She gives up her dream of going away to college, her social life and everything else so she could focus on helping her parents get Ally better. Ally is more than an aunt to Aubrey, they are more like best friends. Together they make a Better Board, a cork board depicting all the places Ally wants to go and see when she beats the Cancer and gets better. But after a long struggle and many years of being sick Ally loses that battle. Aubrey is beside herself with grief and feels completely lost as to what to do with her life now after putting it on hold for so long.

Days like today make me feel like I will never be okay again, like I will always feel like a part of me is missing.

The answer comes to Aubrey in the last wish of her Aunt Ally. She wants Aubrey to take her trip for her and visit all the places on her Better Board that she never got to see. The idea of traveling around the world alone terrifies Aubrey, especially because she has been so closed off the last couple of years, but she is determined to do this for Ally no matter how scared she is. Her parents help her plan her trip, they even find a guide for her to travel with. Adam is the son of a guy Aubrey’s Dad works with, he is photographer who has traveled around the world plenty of times. Aubrey has no desire to travel alone with a man she has never met, but she knows it’s the safest way to travel and she’s not doing it for herself, she’s doing it for Ally.

When Aubrey finally gets to meet Adam, the guy she will be traveling the world with she has mixed feelings about him. He’s definitely the most good looking guy she has ever seen, but he is also bossy and kind of a jerk. He’s under the impression that Aubrey is spoiled even though that’s the furthest thing from the truth. But as their trip begins and she starts spending almost every minute of the day with him she realizes that he can also be very sweet at times and she finds herself falling for him. Adam has made it clear that starting something would be a very bad idea. He is very over protective when it comes to Aubrey, and she finds it infuriating, she doesn’t want to be treated like a child, especially by him.

There is something about him, even when I feel like kicking him that pulls me to him.

As they travel around the world together, visiting all the places Ally always yearned to see, Aubrey scatters Ally’s ashes leaving a piece of her all around the world. As the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months Aubrey and Adam find themselves no longer being able to deny the pull they feel towards each other. Knowing full well that once this trip ends they will be on opposite sides of the country, they take one day at a time and just enjoy each other. Adam helps Aubrey slowly heal from her grief and she falls in love with him along the way. Can Aubrey handle the heartbreak that will come when they get back to the States and go their separate ways?

“I didn’t see you coming.”

Better is a heart wrenching story about Aubrey who sets out on a journey of healing and self-discovery in honor of her Aunt Ally. Aubrey is strong but overcome with grief over her aunt's passing. With Adam's help she sees the world and falls in love along the way. Adam is infuriatingly gorgeous and he’s harboring his own reason for his fierce overprotectiveness. The two of them together travel the world and take a journey together neither of them expected to take. Carey Heywood’s emotional story about grief, love, hope was filled with both tender and angsty moments. I loved every second of this book and highly recommend that you take this journey with Aubrey and Adam, you won’t regret it!




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