Review: Between Everything and Us by Rebecca Paula
ABOUT THE BOOK: Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.
After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.
REVIEW: This story is about the bond that forms between two roommates, Beau and Matisse. Beau is the jerk that has a mysteriously disastrous reputation with women and Matisse plays everything by the rules, including men. She knows that she should not get involved with Beau because he is trouble; however, it may be absolutely impossible. Love is never easy, especially when you have never opened your heart to anyone in the first place but Matisse is willing to try if only Beau will let her in, but is it meant to be? I really enjoyed reading the story from Matisse’s viewpoint. She is strong. She begins to learn that she is willing to stray from the perfect path that everyone expects her to follow for her own dreams. She really takes a chance on Beau because she sees that there is that certain spark between them, one that she does find with anyone else. The author does a wonderful job of allowing the reader to get a full glimpse of Mati’s fear as well as her bravery. My heart ached just reading about her struggle to find peace, with how many times she tried to run when things became too tough, but she still finds the courage to fight through. Beau’s character nagged at me a little. I understood what he endured in the past and what his current life still held; however, by feeling sorry for himself, he pushes everyone else away including those that he loves like his little sister and his parents. Will he find the strength to carry on for a life that he deserves or will he keep drowning in his own self-pity of the life that he was dealt? I recommend this story because it was truly captivating. My emotions were thoroughly engaged and I was able to see everything with clarity in my mind. I would have to say, in my opinion, this book targets a female audience; however, everyone who enjoys romance should read it! I rate this story with four stars because I feel that some of the scenes went to extremes too quick, whereas others didn’t quite match the pace. I enjoy her writing style and am thrilled to read the next in the series about Reagan!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Paula writes smart, emotional contemporary and historical romances about flawed characters brave enough to live outside the lines and embrace the messy and complicated bits of life and love. Also, there’s kissing.
She’s a champion of Byronic heroes, a wanderlust connoisseur, a hopeless romantic, and is epically losing the battle of conquering her TBR pile (okay, TRB closet). Rebecca lives in New Hampshire with a cat who thinks she’s a dog, and her YouTuber husband.
When not writing or reading, she loves ghost hunting shows, singing along to ‘Hamilton,’ or scouring stores for a cute dress with pockets.