Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review + Excerpt: Searching For Me by Kaydee Mavericks

Title: Searching For Me
Author: Kaydee Mavericks 
Genre: Age of Romance
Publish Date: May 19, 2015
Review Source: eARC
People looking at my life would think ‘wow she’s so lucky’ but I’m far from it. Five years ago my entire world changed. The older I get the more I start to think that maybe what I know about my family is all an illusion. Maybe the family business isn’t just what it looks like on the outside, but the cause for my devastation when I was sixteen.
I never thought five years later my world would start to unravel around me. Some parts amazing, other parts a nightmare.
The amazing part was hard to let in. He was everything I wasn’t looking for but turned out to be everything I needed and more.
The nightmare was… well let’s just say a nightmare. Something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I knew I would need to fight with everything that I had to make the nightmare go away.
My name is Gabriella Ashford and this is my story.

Searching For Me by Kaydee Mavericks is a riveting tale of a woman who has been through much more than she would like to admit. Witnessing her parents being murdered brought a rather horrific memory to Gabriella's thoughts whenever she thinks of her happiness. She knows that there is more to the family business that what is being let on, and she swears that one day she will avenge her parents death. Until then, she has to lie low, and swear up and down that she wasn't at the scene of her parents passing.

As the family business comes to light, Gabriella must make a decision concerning her future; does she avenge her parents death? Or does she go forward with the chance relationship with Kaleb Morgan who is only proving to make her life, family, and future more complicated? Gabriella leads everyone on to thinking that her life is almost perfect when - in reality - it is far from that. Her life has been one mess after another, and there isn't much the poor girl can do about it as we follow her through her journey.

This was a story of finding your self while loosing yourself. Sometimes a person has to loose themselves before they can remotely being to know who, what, and where they are headed in life, and Gabriella did just that. She had to loose herself when her parents were killed. She had to find out who she was as her life progressed into her future that she knew she had to make for herself. And she had to understand where she was going before she could find herself, and be ready to be there for somebody else.

Kaydee Mavericks did a wonderful job bringing this book to life. While I didn't think this book was for me in the beginning, I continued reading, and things seemed to click a bit more for me. The only issue that I would say I noticed was that the book moved way too fast for my liking. The pro to this is that there is no dull moments in the book where the reader is left guessing, or trying to piece parts together. There were minimal spelling, and grammar errors within the book.

I am giving Kaydee Mavericks a 4 Bar review for Searching For Me! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to review your newest release with me!

People looking at my life would think ‘wow she’s so lucky’ but I’m far from it. Yes on the outside my life looks amazing, I have a nice townhouse I share with my best friend, and my family has more money than I ever knew possible. But when you dig in deep, you see the true life that I live. I live everyday remembering my parents being murdered. Everyday reliving that day and everyday just trying to get by. Seeing your parents murdered isn’t something any child should have to witness, but having to stay quiet while it occurs is even worse. When it happened, I knew if I wanted to survive that night, I would have to stay quiet and not move a muscle. Even after the killers had left I didn’t move for so long that my body ached all over. I thank God every day that my brother, Max, was staying at a friend’s house that night. After what seemed like forever, I left the house and went to my best friend’s not knowing what to do. I was only sixteen when they were killed but I still knew that the men responsible weren’t good people. Don’t get me wrong, I have my uncle and aunt who took my brother and me in when we lost our parents, but the more I’m here, the more I realize that maybe my family, including my parents, aren’t what they seem. And maybe the family business isn’t all that legal. My name is Gabriella Ashford and this is my story.

Kaydee is married to her high school sweetheart and the mother of two beautiful children. She’s always been in the book world but it wasn’t until recently that she decided to take the plunge into the author world and write her first novel.


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