August 31, 2013

Early Review: BEYOND CONTROL by Karice Bolton


Author: Karice Bolton

Source: eARC from author

Est. Release Date: Sept 2

New Adult Contemporary Romance

Gabby Sullivan learns in college that some things are impossible to control, and whenever life has spun out of control bad things seem to happen. She promises herself that she’ll stay a safe distance from the top three culprits:


But some things are beyond control…

Gabby handles her mom’s death and brother’s sudden abandonment just about as well as anyone could at the age of twelve. Left feeling alone, she finishes high school, developing a bit of a wild streak, and lives like there’s no tomorrow. That is until an illness stops her in her tracks. Learning to control life around her becomes her comfort. With a visible scar that reminds her and the world that she beat the odds, it’s impossible for her to put everything behind her, no matter how hard she tries.

Right out of college she begins working at her family’s company and buries herself in the safety of the corporate world. No extra time, no life, no relationships. It’s safe to say she might be a little demanding and overly ambitious, but she’s got everything under control, just how she likes it.

Jason’s been trying to piece his life together after a personal tragedy, only it’s not working. He’s thrown himself into his work, but he’s only becoming angrier. He’ll never forgive himself and doesn’t expect anyone else to either.

When the back of his vehicle is clipped by an obnoxious limo driver he can’t wait to let the driver have it until he hears Gabby’s voice coming from inside the sedan. There’s something soothing about it, something familiar.

The moment she sees him, she knows her life will never be the same. But she doesn’t know why. He’s everything she said she never wanted. He’s cocky, arrogant, and infuriating. With his dazzling amber eyes, dark hair and chiseled features she can hardly remember where she’s going, let alone where she’s been and maybe that’s a good thing. She begins to let him show her what life could be, if she really lived it.

Neither wants their past to define their future, but sometimes destiny has something else in store. It’s only as their love grows and secrets are revealed that they realize a devastating connection from their past might actually tear them apart.

My take...
Sometimes there are things that are beyond control. Beyond his control...beyond her control...beyond anyone’s control. That is just the way life goes. Nothing is certain. We must appreciate what we have in the here and now. Especially when it comes to love. That is the lesson that Gabby has to learn the hard way.
This book was something else. I loved it oh so much and was happy with every aspect of it up until the very end. Well not so much the end...but I will get to that in a bit. For now lets focus on Gabby and Jason. From the moment their eyes meet something sparks between the two. It is absolutely undeniable. For some strange reason neither one can get the other out of their head. This love is better than the love at first sight books. This was told to perfection.
But it won't be easy for them starting out. Life has a funny way of getting in the way...whether it be in the way of family or the ghosts from their past. But their story is one you won't want to miss. It is hauntingly beautiful and it needs to be told.
Ok remember that ending I mentioned earlier? Yeah, it tore me up. Sometimes happy endings only happen in the movies. Whatever will come of these amazing characters? My heart is very near shattering...I just need to know it will be ok. Will those affected be able to move on? Will more hearts be crushed? Now, hold on. I know what some of you are thinking…that this ain’t a happy ever after is it? Well for some it is and some…well, not so much. But please don’t let that stop you from reading this one. I swear you will want to. And it will only make the anticipation for BEYOND DOUBT that much more. I know I am eager for it to be out already, that is for sure.
BEYOND CONTROL is such an emotional read. A literary roller coaster. A must Read. Well done Bolton!! It was awesome, amazing, and at times agonizing. But should I have expected anything less from this stellar author? I think not. Don't miss out on this one!


  1. Enjoyed your review. :) So there is a sequel to this book that continues the love story of the same two protagonists?

    1. The sequel will focus on a new couple. ..but we definitely haven't seen the last of Gabby and Jason. (At least that is what the author just told me)