Title: Give Me You
Author: Caisey Quinn
Series: Keep Me Still #2
Release Date: June 9, 2016
Corin Connelly left her past far behind her in New York City. Along with her mother and an ex-boyfriend who had no plans to let her go. Starting over in college in California seemed like a vacation in paradise compared to her old life, and if anyone needs a fresh start, it’s her. But her new roommate has a life-threatening secret, and soon paradise becomes even more intense than New York. When she loses a bet to the university soccer team’s star goalie, Skylar Martin, he claims a prize she didn’t ever plan to give him.
A weekend in her hometown.
Skylar Martin is used to getting what he wants. Growing up in a world of privilege has made his life easy, which is exactly how he likes his women. But when a feisty redhead tells him no, he becomes determined to figure out what makes her tick. And what she’s hiding.
Spending a weekend together will change everything they think they know about each other. The closer they become, the harder it is to hide the mistakes they thought they’d left behind–mistakes that will stand in the way of what they both want.
Corin and Skylar will have to stop hiding from the darkness in their pasts if they want a bright future together. But how can you love someone if you can’t forgive them?
The moment I met Skylar and Corin in Keep Me Still, I felt like I needed to know these characters. When I imagined their story, it was always fun, sassy, and surprisingly complicated, and while Give Me You was certainly all of those things, it was also incredibly raw and gritty. Caisey Quinn delivers a love story that is colored by past tragedy and clouded in misunderstanding, a heady combination that somehow fails to dim the light of Corin and Skylar’s blinding connection. From the moment they met, an obvious electricity pulsed between these two and Caisey Quinn expertly tends to the sparks, encouraging them to ignite into something powerful and all-consuming. Not only did I find myself addicted to Corin and Skylar’s undeniable chemistry, but I was drawn to the similar fight that seemed to grow within them (despite initially seeming to be complete opposites). Caisey Quinn effortlessly ensnared me with this fantastic couple and kept me invested in their happily ever after long after I turned the final page.
“Skylar, that was so much better than okay I don’t even know if I have words. It was hot fudge sundae in bed on a Saturday morning during a marathon of Gilmore Girls good. Which, in my book, is pretty fucking amazing.”
Skylar was not at all what I expected. As Caisey Quinn unraveled this character over the course of Give Me You, I found myself falling hard for Skylar. While he was every bit the cocky, college playboy on the outside, beneath the innuendos and bravado was someone sweet, vulnerable, and incredibly kind. His relationship with Corin revealed a patience and respect I couldn’t have anticipated, and as we got to know more about Skylar’s upbringing, I began to understand not only his propensity for the casual hook-up, but his reverence for Corin and all that a real relationship with her promised. To say Skylar had me swooning would be an understatement. Corin, on the other hand, was like an emotional hurricane to my heart. While I assumed she had been through the wringer a time or two, the extent of her hurt and pain left me reeling. Caisey Quinn did an amazing job at deconstructing the girl behind the sass and snark, breaking down this sarcastic and feisty woman until readers could see her – really see her – for the insecure, vulnerable, broken, and jaded soul she actually was.
“I know I haven’t exactly been a gentleman at all times and I have fucked up royally more times that I can to count. But I hope you know that while we may not have the fairytale romance that Landen and Layla do, we do have something, Corin. Something that matters to me. A lot.”
Caisey Quinn broke and repaired my heart a time or two (or twelve) in Give Me You. Each time, making me feel this story in a significant and irrevocable way. Caisey’s writing is emotional, strong, and utterly enchanting, leaving me incapable of putting this book down until the last page had been read. There were a few moments where I felt like the pacing was off, too much was happening at once without enough time for the reader to absorb the emotional impact of events, but I was too hooked on the couple by then to give it much weight. For a large portion of the novel, Give Me You takes place concurrently with Keep Me Still and I absolutely loved finally being able to see what was happening behind the scenes of Layla and Landen’s story (and more Layla and Landen was definitely icing on the cake). If you haven’t read Keep Me Still, don’t worry. Give Me You is a standalone reading experience, but it will leave you wanting to meet Layla and Landen, too. Admittedly, the story development is not as fluid as some readers may prefer, but the more I learned about Corin and Skylar, the more the broken and hesitant nature of their timeline made total sense for these characters. All in all, Give Me You is another heartfelt, unforgettable, and unapologetically real love story from Caisey Quinn.
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Keep Me Still (Keep me Still #1)
Hold Us Close (Keep me Still #1.5)
Caisey Quinn lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her vivacious six-year-old daughter. She is the bestselling author of the Neon Dreams series (Avon/William Morrow) and the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com and Tweeting entirely too often as @CaiseyQuinn. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.