Beyond Control by Karice Bolton


Gabby Sullivan learns in college that some things are impossible to control, and whenever life has spun out of control bad things seem to happen. She promises herself that she’ll stay a safe distance from the top three culprits:


But some things are beyond control…

Gabby handles her mom’s death and brother’s sudden abandonment just about as well as anyone could at the age of twelve. Left feeling alone, she finishes high school, developing a bit of a wild streak, and lives like there’s no tomorrow. That is until an illness stops her in her tracks. Learning to control life around her becomes her comfort. With a visible scar that reminds her and the world that she beat the odds, it’s impossible for her to put everything behind her, no matter how hard she tries. 

Right out of college she begins working at her family’s company and buries herself in the safety of the corporate world. No extra time, no life, no relationships. It’s safe to say she might be a little demanding and overly ambitious. She’s got everything under control, just how she likes it. 

Jason’s been trying to piece his life together after a personal tragedy, only it’s not working. He’s thrown himself into his work, but he’s only becoming angrier. He’ll never forgive himself and doesn’t expect anyone else to either.

When the back of his vehicle is clipped by a hurried limo driver he can’t wait to let the driver have it until he hears Gabby’s voice coming from inside the sedan. There’s something soothing about it, something familiar. 

The moment she sees Jason, she knows her life will never be the same. But she doesn’t know why. He’s everything she said she never wanted. He’s cocky, arrogant, and infuriating. With his dazzling amber eyes, dark hair and chiseled features she can hardly remember where she’s going, let alone where she’s been and maybe that’s a good thing. She begins to let him show her what life could be, if she really lived it.

Neither wants their past to define their future, but sometimes destiny has something else in store. It’s only as their love grows and secrets are revealed that they realize a devastating connection from their past might actually tear them apart.

My Review

I absolutely loved this book and I am over the moon happy that Karice decided to go outside of her comfort zone to write it.  I have read every book Karice has written and she never disappoints.  Her ideas are unique. She can take an overdone genre and make it her own.  

This book was just amazing.  I loved how dysfunctional the family is.  I loved how quickly I fell in love with both main characters.  I loved how fun the supporting characters were.  Their personalities were so believable and the entire time I read the book I just felt as if I was there, in the moment with them.  

When the big twist came my jaw dropped and I wanted to kick myself for not thinking of it before I got to that point.  Seriously, it should have been so obvious, but it wasn't!  That, my friends, is what good writing does.  And what I loved best about this particular part of the story is that I felt it.  Deep down in my gut.  My heart hurt, I was depressed, and all I wanted to do was get in my pajamas (oh shut up, who cares if I was already in them) and eat pint after pint of Ben & Jerry's.  And possibly ungodly amounts of chocolate chip cookie dough.  And brownies.  And down a bottle of tequila.  Or Patron Cafe.  Or both.

But wait, there's more...  Just when we make our way to the end of the story and everything seems to be going much better, the floor drops out from under you and you feel heart broken all over again.  And for those of you who have read the story already, just a teensy, weensy spoiler alert - the first chapter in the next book in the series does nothing to alleviate it.  You heard it here first, people.  Get out the tissues!

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About Karice Bolton

Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the sweetest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.

Karice would love if you stopped by her blog or FB page to find out the latest news on giveaways and upcoming releases, or you can just send her an email. She loves hearing from her readers and responds as soon as she can. 

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I highly suggest checking out her blog.  There is a giveaway to celebrate the release of Beyond Control.  Winners will be chosen September 20, 2013!