- New Adult/Contemporary Romance
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.
It’s official. I’m completely and utterly obsessed with Rebecca’s writing and characters. Her writing is evocative, powerful, and lyrical. Each character in this series is three dimensional and faces real, relatable life struggles. The storylines are unique, while the plot twists keep you guessing from page to page, and the strong and intimate bond between the two main characters leaves you breathless and swooning.
While I have immensely enjoyed the previous two books in this series, this latest installment has been my absolute favorite. You can feel the emotions just begging to crawl off the pages. Sam and Grayson have been in the background of the other books hanging onto their secrets and lies, just waiting to have their stories told. (I do recommend reading Full Measures and Eyes Turned Skyward beforehand to get maintain the continuity of this series and to get the full effect of the couples emotions.)
Sam and Grayson’s relationship is so intense and bright from the start that you can’t help but root for them during their moments of angst and stubbornness. Grayson is the sexy, dirty talking, romantic, commanding alpha male that we’ve grown to love in these types books, but there’s so much more to him. His sense of obligation, duty, inner strength, patience, and pensive nature make him different from all of my other book boyfriends. And I sure wouldn’t kick him out of bed for being an amazing cook! I’ll also admit right now that I have the biggest girl crush on Sam! She is who we all want to be when we grow up; Sassy, bold, strong willed, and doesn’t take any shit off of Grayson. Their witty, sarcastic banter kept me laughing and smiling through the whole book.
Beyond What Is Given is not your typical New Adult novel chronicling what it’s like to be a 20-something in the new millennium because it dares to go two steps further. The subjects of self forgiveness, inner strength, burdens and obligations all hit home for me and I think they are issues that any book lover of any genre can relate to easily. I also appreciated the diversity in reading about an interracial couple which is something that I feel is a bit lacking in the romance genre these days.
I loved every single moment of this novel. Sam and Grayson have made it to the top of my list for all-time favorite book couples. The chemistry between them was electric and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen between them next. I also loved how strong each of them was on their own and even stronger together. It was also nice to see how willing they were to be apart so they could figure themselves out, before being together.
I’m already calling it now; this is the best book I’ve read all year long and I can’t wait to see where Rebecca’s amazing writing talent takes us next. Hint: Firefighters! And if you know me, you know I’m all about the hot alpha firefighters!!
Until next time,