Title – My Sweetest Escape
Author – Chelsea M. Cameron
Publication Date – January 28, 2014
Series – My Favorite Mistake #2 (Standalone Companion Novels)
The past will always find you
Jos Archer was the girl with the perfect life—until the night it all came crashing down around her. Now, nine months later, she still hasn’t begun to pick up the pieces. Even transferring to a new college and living under the watchful eye of her older sister, Renee, isn’t enough to help her feel normal again.
And then she meets Dusty Sharp. For reasons Jos can’t begin to fathom, the newly reformed campus bad boy seems determined to draw her out of her shell. And if she’s not careful, his knowing green eyes and wicked smile will make her feel things she’s no longer sure she deserves.
But even as Dusty coaxes Jos to open up about the past, he’s hiding secrets of his own. Secrets about the night her old life fell apart. When the truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together—or tear them apart for good?
I had never read anything by Chelsea Cameron before so the synopsis was really my only impression of her writing. I saw that it was a standalone companion novel so I figured I would give it a whirl. I loved the premise of a broken girl and a broken guy coming together – I really think it is my weak spot! After reading it, I have to say that I’m quite on the fence with how I felt about it.
I think that the plot/premise of the story was great. It’s hard to describe without giving away the ending, but it was a twist that I didn’t really see coming. The way that Chelsea wrote the book makes it so you really don’t have any idea what is the cause of action until the end. However, the execution just wasn’t what I had hoped for. I felt like there was a lot of build up, and then it seemed to fall flat in a sense and the ending just seemed rushed. I was expecting more time of exploring the characters as a couple.
As for the characters, I had more mixed emotions as well. Jos kept asserting herself as an adult, yet she sometimes acted like she was twelve. She would run away, hide herself away, not communicate, etc. It just really bothered me that she wanted to be treated as an adult but didn’t really exhibit those characteristics. However, I’ve not had an event like that happen to me in my adult life so it’s hard to say how I’d react. Renee also really bugged me. I was raised by my older sister from the time I was twelve, and I never felt like she was as overbearing as Renee was. Maybe if the author explored more of what happened to lead up to Jos coming to live with her, or what Renee was thinking, it would have made more sense.
Dusty was amazing and loyal and steadfast. His persistence, in both his promises to himself as well as making Jos understand later in the novel, was truly well done. It was interesting to see how a horrible event could make or break you – one broke Jos, and made Dusty. It was an interesting comparison to see enfold. However, my absolute favorite character was Hannah. I found myself not able to get enough of her. She just had all these absolutely horrible things happen to her, but she never let them stop her from living. She was Jos’ true example of “live the day”. I’d definitely read a book based on her life story!
Overall, this truly was not a horrible book; it just didn’t WOW me either. There were weird transitions with timing. One paragraph would be set in one time, and then the next would skip to a time period ahead without explaining. The scenery would change and actually confused me a couple times. I also wish the author changed the font for text messages so that it was more clear it wasn’t just dialogue or thoughts. You are definitely sucked in though. You keep reading in order to figure out what the big secret is. I just was left feeling like I wanted more, but I would definitely read more from this author!
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My Favorite Mistake (My Favorite Mistake, #1)
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Our Favorite Days (My Favorite Mistake, #3)
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