Release Date: March 1st 2014
Rate: Enjoyed it (3.5 stars)
Rate: Enjoyed it (3.5 stars)
Companion novel to Break You.
Kind hearted and naive, Paige Jacobs wants what every girl craves…to be loved. She uses this need to make excuses when her current boyfriend goes from being a tad jealous and slightly overprotective to stalker-ish. She isn’t that girl and Craig isn’t one of those guys. Things are fine. Perfectly fine. Until the moment a dark-haired, tattooed hottie with a snarky mouth walks into her life and tells her she deserves better.
Confident and boldly spoken, Cameron Green has always been the guy bad girls can’t get enough of and all the good girls want to tame. He’s lived a lavish lifestyle filled with drugs, women, and alcohol up until his destructive path finally caught up with him. Now Cameron isn’t sure what to do with himself or how to dampen the longing for something more festering inside of him since coming out of his drug-induced haze. But when he meets a doe-eyed girl who gets past his walls like no other, everything about him clicks into place.
Together the two learn there are emotions that hold within them all the power to control you…
I couldn't wait to get my hands into more of Ms. Snyder's books, specially the Coldcreek novels, and I had my chance, not only to read Control You, but to be part of the blog tour. So thank you WordSmith Publicity and Jennifer Snyder for this opportunity.
I like the Coldcreek novels because they always focus on some hard topics that make some times hard to please the readers. However, Jennifer wrote a wonderful story about and abusive boyfriend with a great writing and a enjoyable story.
Once you start reading this new novel, you completely understand why the author named this book Control You.
Paige's been dating Craig for several months. They both come from families with money and even thought she should behave like the others or so they think, she's far from a snob like they are. It's pretty clear from the very first page that they don't belong together; they don't share any common interest. With Cameron's arrival to Coldcreek, Craig becomes more jealous and abusive than normal, even bordering the annoying.
The main character, Paige, has also a family background that doesn't help her case. She feels that her parents only take into account what image she can offer to others. And it's completely true: they are beyond shallow and snobs.
The characters were well-created, each with its own personalities and problems. There's Craig, Paige's boyfriend, who has a problem with anger. Even from the start you know that he's one of those douchebags who like to keep a façade and who enjoys from making others suffer. At least, that was the impression he gave me. I hated him from the very first glimpse I had of him and it was kind of frustrating that the main character wouldn't cut things from the very first moment he offended her. So yes, Craig's one of those characters that would win all those bad adjectives a man can receive.
Paige seemed like the type of person who knew what she wanted. It was kind of a miracle that she was not a snob since she grew up with a snob family and snob friends. And even when she didn't know what to do with her life in the future, she was not embarrassed to say so. I liked her, so I was not expecting her to be one of those girls who always makes excuses for the guy when he's being a completely jackass and is mistreating her.
As for Cameron... He's not a golden boy. He does drugs and drinks and he's living his life careless. But there's a reason for that (don't want to make any spoilers). However, he's something different, too. He's not like Craig or his friends. He's more like Paige, a real and good guy with a bad-boyish appearance who always blurts out what he's thinking. I like his snarky attitude and that despite the appearances he ended up being the good and reasonable boy.
It was also nice to see the gang again and to see how the main characters from Before You were doing, since it ended kind of abruptly to me. They are amazing and you simply have a lot of fun with them.
The plot was great. The story was a difficult one to approach, but the author managed to do it perfectly and showed all the consequences of keeping a guy like Craig by your side. There were also some details that I would have liked to know like what really happened to Cameron's family, for example, or see a little bit more about his addiction. But overall I liked the story and kept reading until I knew what would happen between Paige and Cameron.
Jennifer Snyder did once a again a great job with this new Coldcreek novel, with a good storyline and realistic characters that you would get fond of without even realizing it. I will definitely wait for more Coldcreek novels.
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Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
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