Friday, December 13, 2013

Get Random with Julia Kent

“Random Acts of Trust” 

By Julia Kent

Date Published: December 5, 2013

Review by Wendy Dawn

“In Summation”:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent comes the newest book in the Random series... 

Giving up is hard...but giving in is even harder.

When did my life become a demented episode from The Mindy Project?

Moving to Boston to begin grad school meant I was supposed to start a new life -- not dig through a past I thought I'd left behind four years ago. But when I saw the poster for Random Acts of Crazy, all I could think about was the drummer, Sam Hinton, the boy I'd loved in high school and who disappeared with my heart.

Who knew I'd become the living version of Magic Mike?

Seeing Amy Smithson at my gig and watching her win a kiss from my bandmate, Liam, was a gut punch. Four years ago we squared off in a high school debate that had higher stakes than we ever imagined, and here I was...wanting what I'd walked away from. Are there too many secrets between us to allow her to trust me again?

And can I trust myself?

The second book in the Random series after the wildly successful New York Times and USA Today bestseller Random Acts of Crazy, Random Acts of Trust is a New Adult romantic comedy that explores the love between one man, one woman, and ends with one Happily Ever After (and no cliffhangers or chickens!). 
Fate took their lives by storm four years ago and put an unbreachable gulf between Sam and Amy. 
This 87,000 word/346 printed page book asks: Can time really heal all wounds...or are some scars too deep? 

“The Reviews are in”:

     If you are not a Julia Kent fan, you are really missing out! In this, follow up novel her sense of humor and wit are laugh out loud, tears down your cheeks funny!
Her characters are wonderfully written and developed. Some of the characters from her previous work make guest appearances, giving readers and fans a welcome update on them. She captures the spirit of a generation, mid-twenty year olds, post college and waiting for what life brings next.

Sam is a very intriguing and interesting character. The drummer from ‘Random Acts of Crazy’ is all about the beat. He uses his drumming to comfort, understand and survive. He has a lot to overcome to feel worthy of the relationships he has forged. It’s just a beat away.

‘Drummers are mysterious creatures who seek the erratic microbeats of the authentic life that are layered between the macrobeats of society.’   ~Sam on drummers.

Amy has had her share of things to overcome. Her escape has always been books. Moving to Boston to go to graduate school was getting one-step closer to her dream. 
Being a bookish girl, people make assumptions, none of them good or right especially where Amy is concerned.

‘Here’s the thing about bookish girls…we know a lot more about sex than you would ever imagine. We READ.’
‘Which brings me to the next thing that you really need to know about bookish girls, and it’s this - librarians are HOT. Really hot.’   ~Amy on being a book lover and future librarian.

Going to see Sam play a gig with ‘Random Acts of Crazy’ brings here face to face with her past. Amy sees the boy next door who she gave her virginity to, the boy she detested debating against and Sam…the boy who stood her up for prom and broke her heart.
Sam sees her and all his desires flood back, as if no time has past. He wants her, but she has to forgive him first. He has to forgive himself for things that were out of his control. 

‘I stood up. I put one foot in front of the other, and I decide that I was going to walk toward my future because it was the only way I could escape my mistakes from the past.’
‘Could a kiss say “I’m sorry”? Could the nest one say, “Let’s try again”? and the third ask, “May I make it up to you”?   ~Sam approaching Amy and kissing her after four years of heartache.

These two have to deal with their demons from the past and present. Not an easy chore when you have so much going on and against you. In addition, random acts of crazy are happening constantly!

‘Ben & Jerry’s should be tax deductible. No one with a soul would disagree.’   ~Amy on her threesome buddies, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Some of the hilarity will have you laughing so hard tears will fall, sides will ache and people will stop and ask, ‘What are you reading?’ Just tell them one of the funniest most real books ever written, (aside from Ms. Kent’s other works) at least until her next novel is published.

The Ratings*:

Hero: 5
Heroine: 5
Story/Plot/HEA: 5

*The rating system is based on 1-5, 5 being the best and 1 the worst.
Hero - The main male character of the story. Heroine - The main female character of the story. Story/Plot/HEA (Happy Ever After) - The over all story line and culmination of the main plot or theme.

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