Series: Judge Me Not #1
Published by Self-Published on 3rd September 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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When it comes to tattooed bad boys, Chase Gartner is the real deal. Partying, engaging in meaningless sex, getting into fights---Chase indulges in it all during his late teen years, thus firmly solidifying his status as a heartbreakingly gorgeous but way-too dangerous-to-trust guy in his hometown of Harmony Creek, Ohio. Then, following one fateful night of reckless decisions, Chase's actions finally catch up to him and land him in prison.
Now, four years have passed and Chase finds himself a free man. He returns to Harmony Creek, ready to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding his shattered life.
Things are off to a promising start when he meets Kay Stanton, a young woman with a tragic past of her own. Despite a powerful attraction, Chase and Kay are naturally hesitant to become involved. That's why friendship feels like the safest option. But when passions ignite and love blossoms, a relationship that is destined and meant to be can only be resisted for so long. When Chase and Kay finally succumb to their feelings they realize being together feels more right and true than anything they have ever experienced.
But their love is soon tested. Chase's wild past still haunts and tempts him, and Kay is keeping a secret that could tear them apart.
I Stand Before You is a journey of hope and forgiveness, coming to terms with the past and moving forward. But mostly it's a story of two damaged people who take a chance, open their hearts, and find true love.
REVIEWED BY JOANNE
*An E-ARC was supplied to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*
When we first meet Chase, he’s living with his gran in Ohio having been asked to leave home in Vegas at 18 by his mother. He has lost his father a few months previous to that, and leaving home means he also loses contact with his younger brother. On the road to ruin, he gets involved in drugs, women, and drinking. Not necessarily in that order. After a reckless decision lands him in jail for 4 years, he does his time and comes back to Ohio determined to lead a better life.
Kay is living in the same town as Chase, she’s never met him but she has heard of him and his bad boy reputation. When they literally bump into each other, she sees why all the women go weak at the knees for him, and his reputation doesn’t but her off as she thinks that she’s the last person to pass judgement on somebody else. This is because Kay is carrying a burden of her own, a secret about the death of her younger sister Sarah, one that she has only told to her mother and was disowned because of it.
It takes a while before the two of the start to actually spend time together, and when they do they’re pretty much inseparable. Chase and Kay have a lot of personal issues to overcome, he’s a recovering addict and she’s been carrying around a burden for the last 4 years. They’re going to have to be strong for each other and for what the future holds.
I was really looking forward to reading this story, the blurb had me intrigued, but sadly it didn’t live it up to its expectations. I may be in the minority here, but I just found it really hard to get into this book. It seemed to take a long time to get the story started, there was a lot of Chase’s back story before he met Kay, and it was starting to lose me.