I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.
Kayla’s Chick Rant & Book Blog
Blog Post: 1/17/15
My name is Kayla and I’m a blogger who believes in fairy tales. Through the anonymity of my blog, along with my reviews of the steamy novels I like to read, I tell the stories of my own search for love. No matter how disastrous they turn out—and believe me, you will ask yourself ‘Did that really happen?’—I never gave up, knowing my soul mate was out there somewhere.
When my big brother invited me to move to Houston for a semester of college, I jumped at the opportunity to leave my small hometown to see what it was like to live in a big city. Having no friends and not knowing where to go, I met a guy online and met up with him that night. Because…YOLO, right?
Turns out, he was an okay guy. Not ‘The One’, but still, a good enough guy to spend time with. But then, he introduced me to his best friend Jason, and my world tilted on its axis. The dark, tough, tatted-up guy, who was too broody for his own good, captivated me.
But he made it perfectly clear, I wasn’t his type.
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
The Blogger Diaries Trilogy is the true story of how I met, fell for, lost, and got a
second chance at love with my soul mate. The names of everyone EXCEPT me, Jason, my family, and my best friend have been changed to protect their identities. Full of youthful stupidity, leading to bad decisions and lots of angst, it is a real life story, where inevitably things are messy.
No one can look back at their late teens and early twenties and not think of moments that make them ask, What the hell was I thinking? Every second of this trilogy is true, exactly as it happened.
The first book, ‘Wished For You’, is a tale of finding ‘the one’ too early, and then having to let them go.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a true trilogy, meaning the first two books END ON CLIFFHANGERS. But if you take the journey with me, in the end, I promise you a happily ever after you will never forget.
I know I won’t.
When we meet Kayla, she’s on her way to Texas from North Carolina. She’s spending that one school semester with her brother. Kayla is a book review blogger. (book reviewers unite! HAHAH!) Sprinkled in between her book reviews she blogs about things going on in her daily life. And poor Kayla, though she’s beautiful, she suffers from poor self-esteem because she’s too skinny. (This is odd reading about, because people only think of the heavy being made fun of, but how many times have you heard someone comment on a thin person needing to eat a burger. OR how a thin woman looks like a pre-teen? Yeah…just as damaging. Anyways!!! Off my soapbox and onward with the review!)Kayla, being lonely in a new, much larger city meets Gavin. Who introduced her to Jason. And this is where their adventure starts.
Kayla crushes HARD on Jason, and he barely looks her way. But he’s broody and smoldering and (Holy BATMAN!) drop dead sexy. Not the sexy in the conventional way, but in that this-man-could-ruin-you-for-others way. And boy is Kayla ready for ruining. That’s all I can say without giving away too much. See that’s where the conventional story ends. There are a lot of things that happen in this book. Some are awesome. Some not so much. And this being a TRUE story, and having talked to both Kayla and Jason, it is a really interesting peek into who they are or rather were.
This being a true story, there’s a different feel with the writing. It isn’t polished (in the sense that it feels woven or fabricated.), nor is it flowery. It’s written like a great friend whom I hadn’t talked with in a long time, decided to tell me her love story… in grand detail. So there’s pop culture references. There’s slang. There’s expressionist language that we think in our heads but don’t translate to stories, because it makes them seem juvenile….but in this story it gives it that diary feeling. It lends it the authenticity that it needs to be a true story without being a dry documentary.
Ms. Robichaux gives us a very funny story. At first the writing style threw me off because it isn’t something I’m used to, but by the end, it felt like an email from a great friend. She had me laughing so hard at so many things I had to stop and wipe tears from my face. #nonookiesundays (just sayin’…) There were moments you had to question why the HECK would she do that, but she was 20 and that’s what being young and human is all about. I will say, I know how this story turns out. At least thus far, which is part of the reason, I’m willing to ride this out to the end, because the ending of this particular book leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth, as it is supposed to. So, would I recommend this book? Yes, yes I would! And I can’t wait to read the next one!
About the Author
KD Robichaux wanted to be a romance author since the first time she picked up her mom’s Sandra Brown books at the ripe old age of twelve. She went to college to become a writer, but then married and had babies. Putting her dream job on hold to raise her family as a stay at home mom, who read entirely too much, she created a blog where she could keep her family and friends up-to-date on all the hottest reads. From there, by word of mouth, her blog took off and she began using her hard-earned degree as a Senior Editor for Hot Tree Editing. When her kids started school, and with the encouragement from her many author friends, she finally sat down and started working on her first series, The Blogger Diaries, her very own real life romance.