{Book Review} DEFYING GRAVITY by Kendra C. Highley

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{Book Review} DEFYING GRAVITY by Kendra C. HighleyDefying Gravity by Kendra C. Highley
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: Finding Perfect #2
on July 25th 2016
Format: eARC
Amazon five-stars
Disclaimer: This book contains enough sexual tension to melt snow, the hottest near-kiss in the history of near-kisses, and a sexy snowboarder determined to win the heart of the girl he loves.

Zoey Miller lives for her holidays in Aspen. Her time up on the mountain with the Madison brothers, Parker and Luke, is everything. But for the first time, it’s not enough. This time, she’s determined to win one of the brothers’ hearts.

But the brother she has in mind is a renowned player, with hordes of snow-bunnies following him around Snowmass resort. And the other…well, he’s her best friend and knows she deserves better. Namely him. And he’s going to win her heart.

“‘You could probably use that as your math thesis – the statistical improbability of a guy meeting my standards.'”

I didn’t realize that I could love a boy more than Benjamin Franklin—no, not the founding father. I’m talking about the boy that stole Paige Westfield’s heart in Finding Perfect! Because, I’ve already admitted and accepted fully, that I fell head over heels in love with him. Parker Madison…he might have given Ben a run for his money; though, it’s not fair to compare the two, honestly, because they are so different, as are Paige and Zoey. What did these two books have in common? They trapped me. Once I dove in, I could barely put it down. I wanted to go back to Aspen and spend all my time with Zoey and Parker and wouldn’t have wanted to spend a long car ride any other way.

When I read the first book in this series, Zoey’s character played an important role: the object of Ben’s affections. Or so he thought. It turned out that Paige and Ben were meant to be, which was a good thing for Zoey because she had her eyes on another boy. That boy was Luke Madison, and he was part of her other life, the life that her friends in Texas didn’t know about. She liked to keep Colorado Zoey and Texas Zoey separate, so the “Class President Barbie” that I met turned out to be a snowboarding, snow-loving Colorado girl through and through.

“She’d had worse [falls], but staring as her best friend shredded a trail as the reason? Unheard of. She didn’t lose her concentration like that even when she was admiring Luke’s athleticism.”

What was so wonderful about Zoey was that she wasn’t the stereotypical beauty queen. She didn’t snap her fingers and expect hordes of boys to come running because of her looks. Trips to Aspen were what she relished in and craved, a time where she felt she could truly be herself without judgment. I found her relatable because everyone at some point in time knows what it’s like to be some way or someone because it is what’s expected, not because it’s who you are. I liked the real Zoey—in fact I loved her. She made the story fun and interesting, and I enjoyed being inside her head. Zoey Miller is the kind of girl you would want to be friends with for life.

“‘There are a hundred little things that make you Zoey, and I love every last one of them.'”

Get ready to swoon over Parker Madison. I actually stopped reading at one point to tell someone how wonderful I thought he was and that everyone needs a Parker in his or her life (don’t worry, I knew the person—although, he’s the kind of guy you tell strangers about, he’s that wonderful). His talents and abilities on a snowboard were a hobby, not a means to an end. Humility and tantalizing hazel eyes—what’s not to love? But my favorite part about my newest book boyfriend was how much he loved Zoey. They had grown up together, Peanut Butter and Jelly, as his brother liked to call them, and knew everything about each other. That friendship started to change, but a friendship still remained. They were like Nathan Scott and Haley James, as Quinn said, “[They’re] like two best friends that are in love with each other.”

“There was a good mission: make Zoey laugh as much as possible.”

I guess I have to talk about the other person who had Zoey’s affection: Luke. I tried to look at Luke in varying lights, and I think he can be saved. While Parker has my heart, I could see the appeal of Luke, though he wouldn’t have been my type. It would be entertaining to read about a girl that could calm down that heartbreaker.

This book can be read as a standalone, but I have no idea why you would want to. This series—oh, this series! I love it! I might have squealed when Kendra asked if I wanted to review it. If you don’t have an e-reader, here’s a perfect excuse to buy one. If you do, what are you waiting for? Defying Gravity made me wish for snowy weather and a mug of homemade hot chocolate—and a cute snowboarder wouldn’t hurt, either.

Moriah (1)

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About Kendra C. Highley

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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