Tuesday, July 14, 2020

REVIEW: Beyond What Is Given by Rebecca Yarros

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.


This series is getting progressively more angsty and I freaking love it. Hahahaha. I know it's nuts because I'm not always eager for angst but I've seriously enjoyed the progression of angst in this series. 

In Eyes Turned Skyward, we 'met' Grayson. Notice the quotation marks. Grayson was this quiet impenetrable force of nature and while it was obvious he had some serious baggage, we had no freaking idea what it was. In Beyond What is Given, we get the fulllllll story and damn that baggage he's carrying must way a freaking ton. Since the synopsis doesn't really say what he's dealing with I won't either but what I will say is that Grayson is nearly perfect in the way he's had to handle some things; his loyalty and sense of family and 'rightness' is unparalleled and you know what he gets for all of that? From some of the people who should love him the best, he gets a ton of crap and he takes it and takes it and gahhhh. I admired his ability to withstand it all; I know I couldn't handle it with the dignity he did. This guy, while definitely flawed in some ways, has got to be one of my favorites of Yarros and I loved that she paired him with Sam. Samantha (we met her in Full Measures) was so much more than she gave herself credit for. She's strong and kind and loving. She doesn't do anything halfway and watching her fall in love and feel vulnerable, deal with hurt, and take control over things was such an interesting journey. 

Two more things, real quick: 1) I loved that Yarros had a character of color (and dude I want a story about Sam's mom so bad--she seems so fierce). I hope to read more characters with diverse backgrounds in contemporary romance this year and I love that as one of my first reads in January features a character of color. 2) Rebecca Yarros is rocking my world with her military romances. The details and respect that is implicit in this series are part of what keeps me coming back for more.  3) ..okay I lied, I have 3 things not 2, I would love to see Yarros write a female military heroine because I just feel like she'd do such a great job and make her multifaceted and interesting. If she won't do it, I hope she encourages someone to do it because I feel like I need that character in my life.

The fourth novel in this series is out soon and I can't wait. Until then, happy reading!

NOTE: this review was lost in our drafts file for a few years so it's a little old. OOPS.

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