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BEYOND WHAT IS GIVEN
Flight & Glory #3
Rebecca Yarros
Releasing Sept 28th, 2015
Entangled Embrace

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.

 

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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.

 

 

Beth's Review

 

4.5 stars

 

 

What a great conclusion to a really fabulous series. I was first WOW’d by this series shortly after I decided to read the first book in this series, Full Measures, and was immediately hooked to all the characters and their stories. Upon reading both the second book, Eyes Turned Skyward and now the third, Beyond What is Given, I have to say to try to pick a favourite book out of these three would be extremely hard. Each story had their own story and I loved each of them.

 

Grayson Masters is currently living with his two good friends and classmates Josh and Jagger. He has agreed to allow Jagger’s friend Sam move in, not realizing until after she moved in that Sam is actually short for Samantha. At first he mistakes Sam for someone else so to say they don’t hit it off is a bit of an understatement, although upon meeting the chemistry between these two is instant.  Both Gray and Sam have a lot of baggage that they keep to themselves, not even letting those close to them know about it. But as they begin to become friends, they slowly open up to each other. Sam is trying to start over and start fresh after what has happened but s as her past keeps finding her, she struggles to move on. With Grayson helps she gets back on her two feet and slowly begins to heal. But Sam and Grey are going in different directions in less than 6 months and can she risk her heart be broken all over again and can she break down Grayson’s walls.

 

I really loved the dynamics between Gray and Sam, I loved Sam’s sassiness and loved that she gave it right back at Gray. I really liked that even though there is chemistry between them the instant they meet, they still didn’t really hit it off at first, and I really enjoyed how it took them letting their walls down just a bit for them to see they really had a lot in common. They both had their struggles, they were both a bit broken letting their past define them but together they created their future. The one thing that I truly enjoyed with these two was that first and foremost they were friends, there was always chemistry there but the friendship came first and was the most important and I think with all the baggage these two had, the reason the friendship was there was the reason they worked so well together.

 

The book definitely had me on an emotional roller coaster but I loved every minute of it. I even loved the parts that had me choking back tears, I felt so very connected to both of them and really felt their struggle and anguish with the situation that was facing both of them.   My heart was left broken for both of them with the decisions that faced them, I personally felt gutted, and I love when a book moves me like that to feel those emotions.   This book kept me engaged from the moment I picked it up, till the moment I let the last sentence of the epilogue, which I might add I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

Overall, a fabulous book and an amazing series. This is the author’s debut series but it so beautifully written and the story and characters so well developed, I find myself impressed as for me, when reading, it truly felt like the author was a seasoned writer.  These books can be read as stand alones but to be truly enjoyed to the fullest, should definitely be read as a series. As a final thought, great stories, great characters, great writing… Rebecca Yarros is officially and permanently on my must read author list.

 

 

 

 

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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores. When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they’re currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.

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