The debutante path is a fairly straight track: who you are, who you associate with, and whose label you are wearing become priorities. They define you. They are the aspects by which you are judged.
Ashlyn’s world has been one of enlightenment and finesse, and now she is ready to take on the financial world at her father’s company just as he had always planned. Her future had been scripted long ago, but a chance meeting with a beautiful boy on a bicycle gives Ashlyn a new outlook on life.
Ethan is far too young, far too tattooed, far too pierced—just far too everything—to ever fit into her world. He has issues, too—major ones. Ashlyn knows he will never be accepted by her friends, let alone her overbearing father, but there is something about his live-in-the-moment outlook that keeps drawing her back into his arms.
Ashlyn must make a choice. Can she forgo the family dynasty and live life to the fullest with this fascinating but damaged young man?
Judging Books by Shay Savage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 out of 5 ‘Sweet sweet Ethan’ Stars
I loved Shay Savage after reading the Evan Arden series. Loved it. This was definitely different than that but I loved it just the same. And I honestly can’t pinpoint what it was that made me love it so much. It was a little anti-climatic towards the ending and everything kinda fell “right” into place but…..but I don’t quite know. I think it was Ethan. Ethan and his sweet sweet self. He was innocent but also grown up at the same time and it was beyond contradictory. The fact that he was all out honest and shy. He wasn’t overly macho or alpha; there was a sensitivity to him that was just so endearing. Ethan was intense on a whole new level. I loved all that was Ethan. (Can you tell?)
Growing up in high society, Ashlyn knows everything and anything there is to know about name brands and who’s who in the world of socialites. Her run in with Ethan was a coincidence but it was one of those things that just so happens to change your life’s course. Ethan made Ashlyn realize many things about herself, her friends and the world she lived in. I absolutely loved Ethan’s philosophy of living in the moment and the reasoning behind why he chose to live that way. In my lifetime I have seen a lot of tragedy and how it impacts people. One moment. One moment is all it takes for your life to completely change. His ability to move on from his personal tragedy and make his life’s motto to live in the now is something that most adults cannot achieve let alone someone as young as he was.
And even though this story was told primarily in Ashlyn’s pov, I would have loved to get inside that complicated brain of Ethan’s. Just a glimpse would’ve been amazing. Anyway, a girl can dream.
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Shay Savage is an independent author from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. Her hobbies include off-roading in her big, yellow Jeep, science fiction in all forms, and soccer. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.
From the author: “It’s my job to make you FEEL. That doesn’t always mean you’ll feel good, but I want my readers to be connected enough to my characters to care.”
Savage’s books many books span a wide variety of topics and sub-genres with deeply flawed characters. From cavemen to addicts to hitmen, you’ll find yourself falling for these seemingly irredeemable characters!
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