Title: Struck from the Record
Series: Standalone Novel
Author: K.A. Linde
Release Date: June 7, 2016!!
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SYNOPSIS:Clay Maxwell is a smart, quick witted, sex-driven, manwhore with the good looks to match. Plenty of women have shared his bed, but only one has ever been constant, Andrea.Their rules were simple. When they’re together, it’s just the two of them. When they’re apart, anything is fair game. And it worked. For ten years.But one of them has changed the game…Clay must decide if his player ways are worth losing the one girl who has always been there.PURCHASE HERE:
Clay Maxwell is everything I love in a leading man. He's a jerk, he's crass, he's a brooding screwed up womanizer. He's emotionless and rebellious and he says and does all the things that would piss most women off. I won't lie, he pisses me off too, but in the very best ways because his unapologetic behavior only made me hungrier to see his hardened walls crack. Someone has to get in there, someone has to tame the beast, someone has to crack the code that is Clay Maxwell and I devoured Struck From the Record hungrily, anxious to see it all go down.
"They had rules, and they were simple. When they were together, it was just the two of them. When they were apart, anything was fair game."
Friends since they were kids, Clay Maxwell and Andrea Billings have had an unconventional relationship. When they're together, they're together. But when they're apart, they're free to see and do whatever and whoever they please. When one of them calls, they drop whatever they're doing and they enter into a sexy game of cat and mouse. Their game works because they do. Clay is the guy that never intends to settle down and Andrea is the girl that'll never ask him to. Their understanding of who they are to each other and what they each want is what makes them work. But true to KA Linde form, things get messy, rules get broken, hearts are shattered.
"This wasn’t how their little game was supposed to end.
It never ended this way."
KA Linde makes me forget how much I struggle with third person narrative. Right before I opened Struck From the Record, I was reading another book written in the third person point of view and I was having such a hard time connecting with the characters and the storyline. I couldn't FEEL the things I should have been feeling. I set that book aside and started SFTR and I was IN it immediately. Linde crafts such a well developed, seamless story that pulled out every emotion I love to feel while reading. It didn't matter that I wasn't in either character's head because I still felt every ounce of frustration, lust, longing, heartbreak, and love the way the reader is intended to. With every new release, Linde impresses me more and more with her smart writing, with the voice she gives her characters and her stories, with the fluid, polished way she crafts a book.
The angst queen seriously nailed this book. Struck From the Record is high on the angst, high on the drama, high on the raw emotion, but it also feels very honest, very authentic. This isn't a story that's overly dramatic for the sake of being dramatic. It's a story of relatable characters with seriously screwed up emotions whose misguided attempts at figuring out their lives result in a series of tumultuous run ins, bad decisions, and eye opening realizations. It's a story of Clay Maxwell finding love and finding himself in the process. This story is sexy and it's painful, but it's also peppered with humor, witty banter, and such a sense of satisfying closure for every character in this series.
As far as KA Linde books go, this is one of my favorites. This story is solid. Polished. Messy. Evocative. Sexy. Angsty. Everything from the cover, to the seriously smart writing, to these characters that I hate to love and love to hate at times is simply spectacular. My favorite thing about this author is her ability to take characters we've vilified, characters that do and say all the wrong things, characters rife with flaws, and demand we fall in love with them. I felt nothing for Clay Maxwell in the previous books in the Record series. He was a thorn in my side, an obstacle in the way of Liz and Brady's happily ever after, a character that appeared to cause strife and reek havoc. In Struck From the Record, I fell in love with him more than I ever thought possible. He's a screwed up mess of a character that just became the jerk of my dreams.
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding series and the All That Glitters series as well as seven additional novels. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and even landing for a brief stint in Australia. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia and is the current head coach of the Duke University dance team.
An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. currently live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.