I reached up and pushed Kate’s hair out of her face. It was pulled to one side, but it had long fallen out of the updo it was in when the sight of her first took my breath away tonight. I lightly traced my fingers over the bandage covering the right side of her forehead and I hovered over the outline of some of the bruises and scratches. I watched my fingers, and I felt her watching me—waiting for me to tell her something. I wanted so badly to trace her lips on my exploration of her face—to feel her breath on my fingertips. But, I forced myself to pull back. “Don’t look at me like that,” I finally whispered.“Like what?” she frowned.“Don’t look at me like I saved you. I’m the reason this happened to you. You’re looking at me like you’re so happy that I’m here. Those guys shouldn’t have slipped something in your drink, or whatever they did. If I were paying attention, they wouldn’t have almost made off with you. I did this to you, and don’t you fucking forget it.” I stopped to take a deep, shuddering breath and buried my face in my hands.“Funny,” Kate said coldly as she leaned forward. “I didn’t peg you as the victim type.”I reared back. “What?”“You heard me,” she snapped. “I was the one who had something slipped in my drink. And apparently, I was the one who was almost kidnapped. But I wasn’t. Because you stopped them from taking me. You brought me here. I’m safe. So, quit the pity party on yourself.”My hands had fallen from my face during her tirade to meet her now angry glare. I didn’t know if I was supposed to be madat what she was saying or not, but I didn’t have the time to figure it out because she wasn’t done yet. “Do you know how Aimee knew to go get you from the waiting room? I begged her to go get you because, somehow, I knew you would be there. I knew you were the one who saved me from whatever caused me to end up in the freaking hospital. So, none of this is your fault. Yes, we shouldn’t have separated, but that’s on both of us. But, it’s not my fault or your fault that some asshole roofied me, capisce?”She was breathing heavily by the end of her rant. She slowly fell back against the pillows, closing her eyes. I watched her as she got her breathing under control, knowing I had to choose my next words carefully. I didn’t want to upset her more, and I knew that everything she said was true. “Hey. Kate.” I threaded my fingers through hers and waited until she slowly opened her eyes to peek at me. “You’re right. You’re absolutely right. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you more; it’s just… You were so gorgeous tonight. I wanted you to stay by me, but I couldn’t ask you for that. And all of a sudden, I couldn’t find you, and then you were almost kidnapped, and I couldn’t get you to open your eyes. I couldn’t see your beautiful brown eyes,” I was so quiet; I knew she had to be straining to hear me. I didn’t want her to know how helpless I had felt. How I felt like I had failed and lost all over again. And how my feelings for her were getting too intense and they were scaring me.She tightened her grip on my hand. “I heard you, you know. Through the haze, you said ‘Katelyn, please’. And that’s how I knew something was wrong. So, I fought to wake up. You brought me back.”I closed my eyes, fighting off the onslaught of emotion threatening to take over me. If only I had been able to save Mel like I was able to save Kate. I didn’t know what else to say. I was exhausted and I knew she had to be in even worse shape than I was. “You should get some rest, Kate. We can talk in the morning. I’ll be here. I’m not going to leave you.”
This book. My heavens!!
I loved the suspense, the characters, the not so cliché fall, I loved the storyline, and I loved the fact that this wasn’t the overdone boring characters with the same type of storyline I see over and over and OVER.
I’m a thinker. I can’t help it. So the fact that in Chapter one I had my first thought about the plot and then, in Chapter 4, had a new one, I was smiling. I said hmmmm…. I wonder how this will play out. Certain words, looks, and thoughts gave things away for me and I always try my hardest not to let it affect my judgement. If I figure the book out that’s on me, right….eah, not always. If the crumbs are big enough then nope. Chop them baby’s up- puree em. Although, the clues given in For a Reason, helped guide me to figure some points out, it didn’t give me everything. I loved that I was constant spinning my thoughts trying hard to get it before it was given. I thought I had added all my clues up and had at least one important piece of the puzzle. I thought I had the who, I was close but even if my guess was right it didn’t mean a thing because I didn’t get the why’s. The why’s are the most important.
Her head snapped up, eyes widening in surprise. Sucker punch to the gut. Her eyes were dark brown, almost black. They reminded me so much of Mel’s, although the girl standing in front of me was striking in her own right.
Sometimes, figuring out the plot or subplot helps the understanding along the way. Just as I’m trying to guess what’s going on, I’m also guessing what is up with this character. And for Katelyn she came on the page like a whirlwind. WHOOSH. Almost so fast I thought I missed something. She seemed all knowing, a firecracker with Tristan, even with her speech of needing friends she just too much from the get go. It was as though…….. If I didn’t over think and figure some plots out I probably wouldn’t have like Katelyn as much as I did.
“From what I’ve seen- which isn’t much, I know- I think you’re harvesting a lot of guilt. I also think it’s all self-induced. And that you’ve been doing it to yourself for so long that you’ve forgotten that you’re alive.”
I mostly enjoyed the main characters urge towards each other. Urge is such the perfect word! It didn’t happen right off the bat, they had zero instant love, which I absolutely LOVED. I want to see the work and the climb and not the quick swoosh to happily ever after. They were pushed to a friendship and it worked. As their friendship became easier their next step was inevitable.
We stared at each other as our chests heaved from the shouting. The foot of space between us felt electric. I ran my hand through my hair, yanking at the ends.“F**k this,” I swore. We reached for each other at the same time and out mouths slammed together, tasting of desperation and passion
I went back and forth between a 4 & 4.5 star rating for this one. I ended up sitting happily in the middle of the two. I didn’t think giving a flat 4 was any justice. Hence my crazy 4.25! Even though I truly loved the story there were some pretty big plot reveals that just didn’t sit well with me. It was too easy. Too square. While these plot reveals were a complete shock I think the reasoning behind it wasn’t all that real. I loved that Tristan and Kate actually knew each other and didn’t give in as truths were revealed. Also, as stated there were things that I easily loved and then there were things that just weren’t filling me. I can’t say-now, (without spoiling the big plot) that I didn’t like it but during my reading process when it happened it separated things for me. I actually tried to ignore it. As if it wasn’t part of the book. Now, at the end when you know everything and there is no longer dark bubbles you are constantly trying to figure out- you get it.
I guess this is a pretty bad review because I didn’t give you much. But if you read this review and from it say ‘I think I need to see what this all means’, after you’ve finished For a Reason you’ll see how I made all the sense in the world here!