Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding #1)


Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he’s ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can’t believe it. Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. Throw in Bekah’s hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster. Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.-Goodreads

I remember reading this back when it was on fiction press. I remember sitting at my computer for HOURS so engrossed into the story of Jack and Lexi I refused to go to bed that night. I also remember telling EVERYONE about this book. It came as no shock to anyone us when both Avoiding Commitment and Avoiding Responsibility were pulled for publishing. I remember being so emotionally distraught the first time I read it thinking that the second time around couldn’t be that bad. I was wrong.

Let me just say that Jack is sexy as all get out. He is a very bad bad boy. I’m sure it says something about me that regardless of Jack’s actions that I still get that ‘weak in the knees’ feeling when I think about him. He is a douche. He is a jerk. He is at times so selfish and heartless it’s shocking that their are two woman (quantity may fluctuate) that are helplessly in love with him. But I believe there is a difference between possessive love (Beckah) and obsessive love (Lexi). The difference is one is freaking crazy, and the other heartbreaking.

“You were the only one I saw when I closed my eyes,” he said bringing his hand up to her chin and tilting her head up to look into his crystal clear blue eyes.”Then why wasn’t I enough when they were open?” she asked another tear welling in her eyes.”

Lexi has been in love with Jack from pretty much the beginning. When you read about the memories the two of them created you understand the chemistry and attraction they share. They both have a ‘pull’ towards one another that nor time/distance or others can interfere with.

“I did those things because of my lack of control. When you touch me Jack, I completely succumb to you. I give into your every whim.”

With that said, this book is devastating. There were moments where I wanted to pull Lexi out of the book and hug the hell out of her. Her heartbreak was so real I felt as if someone broke my heart along the way too.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do.”Lexi gasped. “You mean…””Look, I don’t know what to do yet. I just knew that’s what you wanted,” he saying eyeing her mussed appearance.”That’s not what I wanted.””If it wasn’t, you wouldn’t have let me do it,” he told her simply.”I wanted answers.””And I don’t have any.”

You and me both Jack. You and me both…

Thankfully we have others that make this journey of regrets and sadness easier to deal with. Lexi’s best friend Chyna is amazing. The girl is a headcase with some daddy issues but she is there for Lexi in the ways Jack never was. And then there is Ramsey…Satan’s Beckah’s sexy brother.

I’m not sure how I feel about him at this point. Yes I am blinded for Jack just as badly as Lexi is, but there’s something about Ramsey I can’t quite put my finger on…

5 stars*



Barnes and Noble


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