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Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.
Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.
Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.
I shrieked as the mixer whirred a shrill pitch and batter exploded, hitting the walls, the cabinets, my face…everything. I sputtered as some landed in my mouth, and slammed my hand against the lever to turn it off.
This was going to be a bitch to clean up.
“Are you okay?” Grayson ran in, hair damp from the shower. His eyes widened as he took in the state of his precious kitchen. “You weren’t kidding about the mess.”
“Oh this?” I smiled. “It’s a new aeration technique. I totally meant to do this.” My awesome excuse died as a glob of brownie mix fell off the tip of my nose.
“Is that so?” he asked, walking over to me slowly, consuming my vision. My breath hitched as he swiped his finger across my cheek, and then licked the brownie mix off the digit. Holy hot. “Hmm… I think there’s something to be said for this method. Maybe a little more air in the batter?”
My mouth popped open. “Are you making fun of me?”
He smirked, which must have had a direct link to my panties, because they unanimously voted to drop. Now. There was sexy, and there was Grayson’s tongue sweeping across his lower lip, which was a step beyond hedonistic. His eyes took on a mischievous glint but kept the same signature intensity that held me captive, unable to look anywhere else as he lowered his face toward mine. What…what was he doing?
Do you even care? Nope. Not one bit.
“Maybe another taste to be sure?” he asked, his voice low as his lips skimmed across my jawline. “Mmm. Definitely more.” Shivers coursed down my body. Holy shit. His mouth was actually on me, and I was awake.
He flipped the switch on the mixer and chocolate flew.
“You did not!” I let my knees buckle so I slipped to the floor, leaving Grayson to be splattered by the flying confection.
“I most certainly did!” He lifted me up like I weighed nothing, and batter smacked the back of my tank top. “Man, you’re slippery.” He mock-dropped me.
I yelped, locking my ankles around his waist and my hands around his neck. He turned off the mixer and chuckled low in his throat. “You can laugh?” I asked, yanking my head back to look at him.
“I have been known to on occasion,” he answered, that stupid, crazy-sexy smirk in play despite the chocolate on his cheeks and forehead. How the hell could someone look so hot while literally dripping brownie batter?
“I like it,” I admitted.
His smirk disappeared, and his grip tightened on my bare thighs as his gaze dropped to my lips. They parted as if he’d freaking asked them to. We weren’t just stepping out of the friend-zone here, we were on a damn missile into let- me-jump-you-ville.
“I do, too,” he whispered.
“She frustrates the sh!t out of me, pushes me past my comfort zone. She breaks down every wall I have with no permission or apologies. She turns me into a lunatic just to get my hands on her, and when I do…” I closed my eyes. “She owns me. It’s not that I’m not capable of being without her, but I’m better with her. Because of her. She’s the only possible future I see for myself, and that’s what scares the sh!t out of me.”
I give you Grayson Masters, ladies and gentlemen. O. M. freaking G. 😉
I absolutely loved Beyond What is Given. It was an amazing ride from start to finish–everything that Sam and Grayson went through, every step they took to reach their goals and to fix the things in their lives that needed repair…yeah, just amazing. I highlighted the heck out of the book in the process too–darn them, they just kept saying things about and to each other that were highlighter-worthy. Even when they weren’t together–which at times felt like to gosh darn much of the book–I was highlighting.
“If there was an manual on Grayson, it would be written in a dead dialect of Aramaic and then published in Braille. He’s impossible.”
Fortunately, after all the drama, he separations because they had to, the separations because they needed to (darn it, those parts were hard), all the standing up for themselves and their choices and the putting back together of their lives that had to be done, Ms. Yarros gave us an oh-so-happy ending. Thank. God. With am awesome epilogue that I just might read again once I’m finished writing my review.
Who am I kidding? I’ll read it–probably twice–and all my highlights as well.
Beyond What is Given is book three in the series, and the characters from books one and two ( Full Measures and Eyes Turned Skyward play fairly major roles in it, but it still worked fine as a standalone.
That said, I’ve already gone and made sure books 1 and 3 are sitting in my library…and how soon will it be until 4 be out, again? 😉
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.