Lexi has finally given up her once destructive relationships and moved onto bigger and better things with a sexy new man in town. Just when she is starting to figure it out with him, her world is tilted once again with a phone call from none other than Ramsey Bridges. A year after his entrance into her life, Ramsey is trying to make amends and does the one thing she never expects—invites her to Jack's wedding.
The wedding she had evaded at all costs. But no matter what she does, Lexi can't seem to escape her past with Jack. But does she really want to?
Despite the explosive chemistry between Lexi and Ramsey, she is skeptical about trusting him after everything that has happened. When things are amiss with him, she starts questioning his motives. Can Ramsey be the one to remove Jack from Lexi's life permanently or should she move on with her blossoming new life?
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"In some cases, however, a person will try to avoid taking responsibility by trying to avoid making conscious choices altogether."
After having her heart ripped out and crushed for the umpteenth time by Jack Howard, Lexi returns to New York to pick up the pieces of herself and work on moving on. The angst doesn't end there, however, in this second installment of the Avoiding Series by K.A. Linde.
At the end of Avoiding Commitment, Lexi told a hopeful Ramsey Bridges that she would contact him when she could hold her head up high. A month or so later he comes to New York to see her and they start working on building a relationship.
Ramsey brings a whole new world of drama, questions, and deception to the table that slowly unravels over time. As a boyfriend, he was seemingly perfect, - sexy, caring, courteous, the list goes on - but by the time his dirty laundry was aired out in the open, I was left wondering if he's really better for her than Jack was.
"It pained her through and through to know that Jack would never again be hers. He had been such a large part of her past that her future felt incomplete without him around."
I can honestly say that throughout my reading of this series, I have probably switched back and forth on who is better for Lexi about 500 times. I always come back to Jack, but it seems that every reader takes on their own perception of the book. It's a rare thing for a plot to seem so clear cut but leave you with so many doubts and questions at the same time.
The book alternates between past and present and at the start of the book it is clear that things had gone south with Ramsey. To complicate things, Lexi's present also involves a brand new sexy Mystery Man who is also not revealed until the end. Every relationship Lexi gets in seems to be tainted by baggage of some kind. Whether it's her own past, or her new love interest's past, she seems to be a magnet for jaded relationships. And Ramsey is no exception to this rule. On top of it all, Ramesy's sister, the devil incarnate herself, Bekah, stirs up more trouble between Lexi and Ramsey, all while finalizing her wedding plans to Jack who Lexi also still has unresolved feelings for. Oy!
"Yes, everyone made mistakes, but she was an idiot about it all. She avoided everything at any cost...commitment and the responsibility of her actions."
I think the character that drove me the most bonkers while reading this book was actually Lexi, believe it or not. A lot of the events that occur in the story are out of her control, but the things that she can control in her life, she always seems to screw up!!! She seriously complicates things so much and I swear if I could jump into the pages I would probably shake her to death! The one thing I will say is that I was very pleased with her level of character development from start to finish. I still question her decisions and I am curious to see who she will ultimately end up with but as I turned the last page of this book I was silently cheering for her and thinking "you go girl!"
Just like everything else in this series, I was left with a good sense of completion, yet a craving to find out what happens next. There is one more installment to this story and I can assure you that I am not stopping here. If you read Avoiding Commitment and loved it as much as I did then I urge you to continue with Avoiding Responsibility! It's a fantastic, emotional, page turner that even upon finishing, will have you overanalyzing more than the characters themselves!
She is currently working on a three book Record series coming out in 2014 by Montlake Romance and the final book in the Avoiding Series, Avoiding Temptation.