Tour Stop: MILES FROM KARA by Melissa West Review and Giveaway

MILES FROM KARA (The Charleston Haven Series)
New Adult Contemporary
Release: December 2, 2014
Published by Penguin/InterMix

Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…

Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.

Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.

Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin...

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Book Review:
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don't think I'll ever come across a Melissa West book that I didn't like. I'm starting to sound like a broken record but once again, just like all her other books, I LOVE Miles From Kara.

I wasn't really a huge fan of Kara when we first met her on Pieces of Olivia. But now that we get her story from her perspective, I completely changed my mind about her. Kara did not have an easy life. From an early age, she was forced to handle a very difficult situation she wasn't prepared for. What I liked most about her was how real she felt. I have no idea how I would've handled things if I found myself in her situation so I really admire her strength and determination. I love reading about Kara and Maggie's growing relationship. It shows the emotional, vulnerable and loving side of Kara that she rarely shows. She's a tough girl but she's terrified of letting people in.

And of course, what better way to shake things up than with a guy who has tattoos with a sexy Aussie accent and a "chin-length dirty blond hair had this I-just-got-out-of-bed doing-things-you-wish-you-were-doing look".
Colt is the kind of guy any girl would be lucky to have. He's caring and protective and I love that he never let Kara push him away. He's very understanding, patient and supportive. He has his own issues to deal with but he never fails to come through for Kara and be there for her when she needs him most. The chemistry between these two is way off the charts. I don't think I have ever seen a more perfect couple than Colt and Kara.

I absolutely love Miles From Kara. Everything about it - the complex characters, the genuine storytelling and the smexy romance - was brilliant! Also, I loved seeing Kara's character grow throughout the book. How Preston, Olivia, Rose and Colt all played a role in helping her truly see herself for who she is no matter how many terrible decisions she may have made. How she realized at the end that we are not shaped by the mistakes we made but rather how we learned from those mistakes and made ourselves better because of it.
And can I just say Rose is an awesome character? (I would love to see more of her on the third book.)
I applaud Melissa West for tackling the issues of abortion and teenage pregnancy and writing it in an honest, realistic and heartfelt way.

'This was a new kind of love, so different from what I was used to that I didn’t recognize it at first. I was letting myself be flawed, all open and exposed. This was the real me, the take-it-or-leave-it kind of love.'

I received an e-arc via NetGalley to read and review. 

About the Author:
Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

The author is giving away (1) Copy of PIECES OF OLIVIA and (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card - International

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