Friends vs Family (The Academy #3) by C.L. Stone

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Regina | 1 Comment

Friends vs Family (The Academy #3) by C.L. StoneFriends vs Family by C.L. Stone
Series: The Academy
Published by Arcato Publishing on August 27, 2013
Format: eARC
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Sang Sorenson is forced to suffer through another of her mother' s extreme punishments. It almost kills her. The Academy boys vow it will be the last. They're determined to keep Sang safe, especially from her own family.

Their solution: complete invasion of her life.

Kota, Luke, Silas, Nathan, Victor, Gabriel and North do everything within their power to show Sang what true loyalty means. It takes more than blood to make a family and they want Sang in theirs.

In this third book of The Academy series Sang experiences a taste of freedom and what it' s like to truly be cared for...to be wanted. Sang learns a bit more about the boys' broken families and the boys discover more than they could ever have bargained for about Sang' s. The Academy was the answer to their problems. Could it be hers?

Sang' s actions will force her mother to reveal a startling truth. A truth that will change Sang' s life and the boys' lives in unpredictable ways. Forever.

The Academy, Allegiance

Okay, this review is way over due! I read Friends vs Family back in August, so forgive me if things are a little vague. You can check out my reviews for book one here, and book two here.

If Sang died and was reincarnated, I swear she would be a kitten. She’s been in every Academy boy’s lap, and they can’t stop petting her.

Friends vs Family is true to its name, and in this third Academy book Sang and the boys are determined to work around the BIG BAD WITCH (aka Sang’s mother). After a horrifying, and traumatic ”punishment” inflicted upon Sang , the boys are bringing out the big guns. If Sang has to walk on egg shells around her mother, than they will be there to do it with her, and make sure she is safe from the gauntlet that is her mom’s rath. It’s not just her mother Sang has to tip-toe around, though. Sang’s sister will thoroughly piss you the frigg off in this book, and you will need someone to yell at after reading a certain chapter. C.L. is master of playing with moods and emotions in this book.

With the help of Dr.Green and Mr. Blackbourne,  the boys have devised THE ULTIMATE PLAN for Sang’s safety. She will have one or more of the boys at her beck and call 24/7, whether they are in plain sight, the shadows, or….her attic. It wasn’t until this latest fiasco with her mother that Sang realized just how resourceful the boys and The Academy are. Our studly group of guardians create something special for Sang. It’s like a cocoon of safety, and once you read about it you’ll want to make one of your own. I swear, C.L. Stone took one of my childhood fantasies and made it a reality in this book.

As always, the boys are a solar system around Sang, but this time things are heating up. Forget being a Bird amongst the boy’s Academy dog group. Sang is more like a fire hydrant. The boys can’t stop ”marking” her. The back and forth between Sang and the gang has escalated to delicious new heights. Sleep overs and clothes shopping never made for such entertaining reading until now. C.L. managed to jump out and surprise me around every new corner Sang turns with the boys, and I have a feeling I’m going to need a pillow free room and a cold shower after the next book, Forgiveness and Permission.

Friends vs Family does not disappoint. Dark secrets about Sang’s family and her upbringing are brought to light, and we find out about FAVORS in this installment of The Academy. I also managed to pick up a great recipe for grilled cheese sandwiches in this book. It’s definitely worth your time and money. Besides ”lap” theories, and moments that are intimate without being intimate, this book was enjoyable and entertaining as a whole. It’s clever, and coy, and strange, and EROTIC. The last chapter of this book will make you want to bite more than your pillow, and C.L. clarifies something we’ve guessed all along about the boys and their feelings. I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been carrying a torch solely for Nathan the past two books, but Friends vs Family made me decide to double fist it, and carry a torch for Luke as well. Nathan and Luke don’t just rock my socks off in this book, they get them wet….Ahem…Moving on!

In my last Academy post, I promised to include one of my alternate casts with this review, but I lied. I’m going to include it with my review of book four, Forgiveness and Permission, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

 

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Classical music nerd by day, freelance writer and blogger by night. When I review books, I don't dish out and rehash every character and detail. What's the point of reading a book if you give most of the deets away in a review??? My reviews are more about my impressions and over all experience with the book. I am also a world-renowned armchair psychologist, and love to psychoanalyze authors.
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