This past weekend I was introduced to The Everything Trilogy – a New Adult Romance series penned by the fabulous K.L. Shandwick.
Musicians, star crossed lovers, drama, heartbreak and growing up; all the perfect elements needed for a hot, sexy, steamy read. I was warned by the author to keep an open mind while reading Enough Isn’t Everything (Book 1 in the series). This was K.L. Shandwick’s debut novel and like all new authors, she struggled with self-doubt. After all, we are our worst critics. I can almost hear her Scottish accent telling me: “Rubbish“. That makes me smile for she was WRONG. It isn’t rubbish. I’ll explain further below.
Lily’s friends in London regard her as having the whole package. Smart, beautiful, and musically talented, she’s finally realised her dream to study in the USA, by securing a music place at college in Miami. She regards herself as worldly, having lived the London life and travelled to Mumbai to work in an orphanage in the past, so felt more than able to cope with living and studying abroad.
On arrival in Florida, everything on the surface seems to be running to plan. That is, until a chance encounter on campus with a stunningly handsome, charismatic, rock-god-like musician, Alfie, leads her into a no-strings sexual relationship with him. Until she arrived in the USA, Lily had tried to avoid personal relationships with the opposite sex, not wanting anything to affect her plans. She was sexually naïve but after meeting Alfie, she convinces herself she’s able to deal with what Alfie is offering her. What follows takes Lily on a roller coaster of emotions and after a surprise visit from Max, her friend and room mate’s brother it leaves her questioning her morals.
At college Lily quickly teams up with Will, a handsome sax player, who helps her develop her creative ideas and performs with her as a duo in the Miami music scene. A series of bad choices in her relationships with Alfie, Max and Will, create emotional turmoil for Lily which leaves her doubting her judgement about men. Each of the three men has a special place in her heart for different reasons. She realises that she’s no match for Alfie and tries to resist his attention. He’s told her he can’t love her, but wants to be with her physically, arguing, sex between them is enough. The reality for Lily is she knows enough isn’t everything.
Here are my thoughts about this book:
Life isn’t perfect. We all make mistakes. Somewhere along our journey we make a wrong turn and eventually get lost. The beauty of this is that you learn, you grow and eventually evolve.
I was in college once upon a time. There were moments where I felt like everything was perfect and then suddenly it wasn’t. That’s exactly what happened to Lily in this book. Her life was seemingly perfect. She had a strong head on her shoulders. It seemed the world was her oyster for the taking… And it always takes one. One person to make your head spin, to unleash the wild child that is locked away inside of us all.
I soared and I fell alongside Lily. My heart broke for her. Many of her decisions were eschewed by a void she, herself could not understand. Her relationship with Alfie was too toxic but so full of love. I want to understand Alfie, I want to know the reasons why he can’t give in to Lily. I want to understand why Lily gave herself away in the process.
All these questions are good. The author did one hell of a job strapping me in on a wild ride. I couldn’t put this book down. I devoured each page wondering where K.L. Shandwick was taking me. Each twist and turn in the plot had me holding my breath, clutching my pillow and making me hope there is a silver lining to Lily’s journey.
Not many authors can do that to me so thank you! I loved this story! I loved each detail. I am so happy to have read this book. Did I mention the sex is HAWT?! *Fans face*
I can’t wait to read Everything She Needs (Book 2). Next week I’ll share my thoughts on it.
Oh. Before I forget, as authors, we are only as good as our readers think we are. That’s why it’s important to write an honest review after reading a book. All it takes is 20 words. The best way to compliment an author is by leaving a kind review.