by K.K. Hendin Twelve Beats In A Bar #1 & #1.5
We thought so, too.
Too bad life had other plans.
It’s been three years since Hayley and Nate broke each other’s hearts. Three years, and a lot has changed. Hayley’s a freshman in Bushwick University, and the only things keeping her sane are stress baking, and her a cappella group, Twelve Beats in a Bar.
Nate’s a Marine, stationed in Afghanistan. The only thing that’s keeping him sane is the last picture he has of him and Hayley, and the hope that maybe when the hell of deployment is over, he can find her again and apologize.
One explosion will change everything.
When a bomb kills all of Nate’s unit, leaving him missing a leg and eyesight in one eye, he’s sent back home to Texas. Texas, where he loved Hayley more than he could possibly imagine ever loving anyone else.
With seemingly endless amounts of free time and needing something to distract himself, Nate starts making YouTube videos, imploring Hayley to come back to him, and come back to Texas.
Hayley’s life is wrapped around the Beats, making sure she doesn’t flunk out of biology class, and babysitting Ohio’s smallest monster, Brandon. She doesn’t want to admit it, but she misses Nate more than anything.
It’s too bad she doesn’t know just how much he misses her, too…
Come Back To Texas is book #1 in the Twelve Beats In A Bar Series and the first book I have read by this author. I was gifted a copy of this book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much Book Blog.
For those of you that don’t know, I live in England. We are not exactly known for our love of country music. But I’m the exception I LOVE country music my husband hates it when I put on my ‘Country Megamix’ and sing along. But it was the perfect background for this book!!!!!
There is a lot of popular culture in this book, there are nods to Glee, Pitch Perfect and You Tube and for me that’s what makes this book so good.
I LOVE Glee and Pitch Perfect is genius (Team Fat Amy!!!) and this book is funny and light hearted and just sweet.
Hayley is cute as a button and Nate is adorable!!
But the reason that I enjoyed this book so much is because it feels genuine. This could be someone’s amazing true story!!!
Nate and Hayley’s relationship is not miraculous instant love instead in enduring and all consuming. These characters are truly soul mates, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that they are destined to be together and that is just incredibly beautiful.
The YouTube videos were the sweetest thing in the world and I was willing her to find them much sooner than she did. I needed them to rekindle their love for each other; so many modern romances see people falling in and out of love so quickly and easily. I loved that even though both Nate and Hayley had time and opportunity to meet other people and move forward in their lives. They couldn’t because when they looked at their futures the only people they saw were each other.
Hayley’s group of friends were the nicest group of girls in the world, there wasn’t a bitchy claw in sight. I have the second book on my kindle ready to go so here I come.
This is a truly lovely book, it’s honest and sweet and just really incredibly nice!!!! I smiled and cried and I would honestly read this book again.
Come Back To Texas gets 4.5 Stars from me!
Hayley’s finally come back to Texas, and seeing her is everything Nate dreamed it would be. But three years apart means that everything has changed between them, and all the things that broke them up in high school have come back to haunt them.
Nate’s barely recovered from the explosion that lost his leg, part of his eyesight, and his entire squad. Being able to spend a week back in Leland was supposed to help him recover, yet all it has done is make everything worse. Everything still seems like a threat, nothing is safe, and Nate’s nightmares are only getting worse. His survivor’s guilt is crippling him, and ruining his relationship with Hayley. He loves her more than anything, but she deserves more than a broken man slowly losing his mind.
Being with Nate again is all Hayley’s wanted for the past three years. But reality isn’t exactly like her dreams. Nate’s fighting demons he brought home with him from Afghanistan, and Hayley’s scared that she’s not enough to help him fight them. When an unexpected ice storm and road trip stumble into their Christmas plans, Hayley and Nate are both forced to face their pasts and the unknown future.
It’s a love story that has spanned four years, over seven thousand miles, and countless YouTube videos, and it all boils down to a seven hour road trip.
A Different Kind of Fine is book #1.5 in the Twelve Beats In A Bar Series, I was gifted a copy of this book to read at Gemma Reads Too Much.
When I read Come Back To Texas I didn’t realise that there was a companion novel that is essentially an extended epilogue. I was pretty happy with how Nate and Hayley ended things with their perfect reunion their story had a incredibly sweet ending.
But that was until I read A Different Kind of Fine, now i feel like this is a more realistic ending/beginning for this couple and really finished their story off.
Nate and Hayley are a mix of familiarity and new love, they aren’t the same people who were together in high school, and it was real and intense to read how they try to restablish their enduring love.
Im actually quite glad that they don’t just have the perfect happily ever after. Come Back To Texas isn’t your typical romance story it wasn’t fake or cliché and this story isn’t either.
I love that they will have to work at their relationship, I love that they are different people but what remains is that they love each other and they are prepared to fight to overcome obsticles and issues in the path to their happily ever after.
This story is not sweet kisses and rekindled sexy times, its scary and at times harrowing. But at the end of the day I still have absolutely no doubt that Nate and Hayley will be ok and will spend the rest of their lives together.
This is the perfect, imperfect ending to a long lasting and beautiful yet imperfect love story.
A Different Kind of Fine gets 4.5 stars from me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. She’s the author of the NA contemporaries HEART BREATHS and ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.
THIS MUCH SPACE is the second book in her new series, TWELVE BEATS IN A BAR.
KK spends way too much time on Twitter (where she can be found as @kkhendin), and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.
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