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REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: GOLD BY K.A. LINDE!!

Title: Gold 
Author: K.A. Linde
Series: All that Glitters #2
Release Date: AVAILABLE NOW!!

SYNOPSIS:
The prey becomes the predator.
Love. That cursed four-letter word no longer belongs in Bryna’s vocabulary. The only four-letter word she knows now is gold.
…and fuck.
She’s well acquainted with that one. And that’s exactly what she plans to do. She’s no longer the golden girl, and when she meets a businessman who promises everything she could ever want from the arrangement, she intends to get her money’s worth.
Follow the conclusion to Bryna’s gold digging story in this scandalizing, duplicitous second book to the USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s All That Glitters series.
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Gold is the epitome of pure decadence, sensual indulgence and sinful guilty pleasures. Fraught with angst and sex and a seemingly vapid heroine with a blackened heart of gold, K.A. Linde's Gold is everything we're conditioned to hate in a story, yet we can't help but fall deeply in love with. This story took me on a ride of frustration and dread, longing and lust, dismay and surprise.

If you read Diamonds, you know that Bryna had her hands full juggling the men in her life in high school. Gates, her celebrity ex-boyfriend, Pace, her obnoxious stepbrother, and Jude, the sexy older man who turned out to be a liar, ensured Bryna Turner's lavish life never had a dull moment. Gold picks up with a scorned Bryna determined to make the most of college life in Vegas while keeping her emotions out of the equation. College introduces even more men to Bryna's life... Andrew, her friend with benefits, Hugh, the rich older man who lavishes her with gifts, Eric, an unlikely friend who pushes Bryna's buttons but who's romantically out of the question because he bats for the other team, Cam, a mysterious snowboarder, an array of other guys that Bryna toys and flirts with and throws away, the reappearance of the repulsive Pace and Jude, the man who ruined her that she never expected to see again. 

Bryna is hard to like at times. She's deliberately cold and calculating, and she uses men for her own gain and then tosses them aside. Sex, jewelry, trips, designer labels, attention... Bryna basks in the gifts from the men that lust after her, but she refuses to give them anything real in return, refuses to allow herself to feel anything for them on an emotional level. She's been robbed of everything she gave freely once before and she refuses to give it again. Anyone else behaving this way might repulse a reader (and she did at times!), but Bryna's actions are understandable considering what the men in her life put her through in Diamonds. She's jaded, heartbroken, emotionally destroyed and she keeps up the pretense that she doesn't need or want anything real in her life. She's the heroine I loved to hate and hated to love. I'll admit that there were moments I felt her level of self-absorption and selfishness crossed lines that she just had no good excuse for crossing and getting away with. I wanted to throttle her for many of her choices. But what would a true blue K.A. Linde story look like without a character that pisses you off sometimes? She makes it hard to root for her time and time again, her repugnant behavior vying against her charm for which side of this enigmatic character would prevail and win me over. Her charm won, needless to say, and I craved her happily ever after as deeply as she fought to evade it.

Full disclosure here: the pacing of the story was somewhat slow for me and I found myself getting lost in the tedium of the many characters and their antics at times. Throughout the story, I'd find myself alternately captivated by certain characters and turned off by the behavior of others... no surprise there, as it's typical Linde fashion to evoke a plethora of emotion from her reader in every storyline she executes. I'm a devout fan of this author so it surprised me that I grew restless for sections of the book to pick up the pace. But the 50% mark pulled me in. Suddenly everything I secretly hoped for began culminating and I was gripped. After reading Diamonds, I was hell bent on seeing Bryna get the ending I'd envisioned for her and I was convinced I wouldn't be satisfied with anything else. I was wrong. I couldn't have picked a better ending, literally, because it's an ending I never saw coming. There's no certainty until the final page. This story is rife with twists and turns and surprises on every page and while it might not have captivated me in the same way Linde's books typically do, Gold is a deliciously unpredictable and fantastically surprising conclusion to Bryna's story.

Jessica's Rating:

“Good choice.”
Bryna startled. She hadn’t realized anyone had walked up to her while she was salivating over the earrings.
She faced the stranger, and her heart stuttered. Oh, yes. So much yes.
“Well, I have impeccable taste,” she drawled.
He smiled. “I can see that.”
He was perfect. Older than even Jude or maybe the same age. Mid to late thirties and utterly delectable. High cheekbones, full lips, chiseled strong jaw, and gleaming light-brown eyes. What she noticed next was just as important—an indulgent custom suit that fit him like a second skin. With that kind of cut and quality, it had to be something straight out of London’s Savile Row. A fine suit had all the same necessary characteristics as a diamond, and both should be worn as often as possible.
She shifted her Louis Vuitton bag to her other arm and faced him head-on. “It appears I’m not the only one with good taste.” She wet her lips.
“You can never go wrong with diamonds.”
She completely agreed. “You think so?” she asked, playing coy.
“Absolutely.”
“And what exactly are you shopping for?” She was mesmerized by his cool exterior.
Their conversation was intense, and they had barely shared more than two-dozen words. He had a commanding presence with such little effort.
The man leaned in slightly. “Just browsing.”
He looked her directly in the eyes, and she got the impression he considered her to be merchandise.
If the Harry Winston diamonds around her neck were any indication, she could be bought.


USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde has written the Avoiding series and the Record series as well as the new adult novels Following Me and Take Me for Granted. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team, which she still coaches. Post-graduation, she served as the campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and two puppies, Riker and Lucy.



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