Thursday, December 29, 2016

Random Reviews... Too Close by R. Phoenix #Review #Giveaway

Author: R. Phoenix
Book: Too Close
Self Published
Publication date: December 26, 2016
Length: 176 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Skylar Orion's life has been complicated ever since his mother abandoned him and his sister Evie. Making ends meet seemed impossible until Tate Chandler took them in -- his knight in shining armor who promised to make life about more than just surviving. But Tate is not the man he seemed to be, and even his whispered I love yous and generous gifts do little to soothe the pain he causes. Knowing he can't give his sister all that she deserves without Tate, Skylar stays with him, relying on bad puns and a worse sense of humor to keep up the charade.

For his sister he will do anything, even if that means acting the responsible adult and going back to his old high school to meet Dexter Weston, the hot math teacher who can make even algebra interesting. Sparks fly between the two of them, but with his dependence on Tate, Skylar isn't free to follow his heart. He wants what is best for Evie, but can he pass up the chance to find love that heals instead of harms?


This is a book about people and situations. How one person can change the entire course of things. How one person can hold so much power over you that you no longer live for yourself. Then you have the people who are strong and brave and never realize how amazing they are until someone comes along and makes them see it.

Skylar was once a happy go lucky kid who thrived at school. Then his life changed. He dropped out and became the guardian for his sister Evie. Where life took him from there was dark. But when we do first meet Sky he’s going to a meeting at the high school for his sister. Of course it’s math that’s the issue (I can relate) and OF COURSE her math teacher is a God! But Sky is what opens this book up. His personality. His cheesy jokes that are so bad you can’t help but laugh at them. His love and devotion to his sister. You just see and feel and wrap yourself around him. That’s what makes his situation so hard to read.

Dexter is quite a bit older than Sky but he’s the hero of this story. When we find ourselves in the dark we often hope a light will shine and show us the way. Dexter is that light for Sky. He saves Sky and Evie from a future that they may not have come out of without him.

This book focuses on abuse. About being abused and battling with the voices in your head about what to do. It’s easy to pass judgement on someone who stands by their partner who hurts them. But unless you’re in it; there’s no room for that type of judgement. Dalton never judges and I adored him for that.

I will say, because of the serious material of this book Skylar’s jokes were a blessing. It really balances out the heavy  and the light stuff.

This was a great read. A bit powerful and a lot important. So, I recommend this!


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