Sang Sorenson’s abusive mother is secure in a hospital, and her father has vanished to a new family of his own, leaving Sang and her sister to fend for themselves. Sang is hanging by a thread, and her only hope is a group of boys she feels she barely knows. She’s never really alone. The Academy team has stepped in, promising to protect and care for Sang. Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North take over, showing Sang they can be depended on for anything. But just because the parents are away, doesn’t mean Sang’s life has become any easier. The newfound freedom will have a higher price than any of them had imagined. Principal Hendricks now wants to use Sang to exploit Academy secrets. Mr. McCoy has his own dark plans for her. Enemies are closing in. Sang will need to learn to believe in the boys, and the boys will need to learn to trust her if they want to survive their rivals. And each other. The Academy, Relentless Trust
Forget the Fifty Shades trilogy. The Academy series will pleasantly torture you into submission.
“We’re all in together. Now you are, too.”
“Without being in the Academy?”
He half smiled. “You can be with us and not in the Academy. It’s where you are now. Will you please trust us, though? If something bugs me, I’ll tell you. Like I told Kota to not bite your fingers.” He let go of my neck, picking up my hand and letting it hover over his lips. ” This,” he said. “It’s okay to claim little things. We share everything, but we can ask the others to back off of little things if it isn’t a big deal.”
Shortly after finishing Forgiveness and Permission, I went into full toddler mode. I broke down with frustration over having to wait for the next book, and pounded my fists on the table, chanting: “Boys, boys! I need BOYS!”. I’m sure you will be expressing the same frustration after completing this fourth installment of The Academy series. C.L. Stone has me wrapped around her little finger with these books, and I’m not complaining. In my last review of The Academy series, I compared Sang to a kitten. In Forgiveness and Permission, Sang’s claws are out, and she’s turning into quite the Tigress. Being around the boys has slowly infused Sang with the confidence and security she has so desperately needed. But that’s not all that develops in this book. Sang’s feelings for the boys get bigger and bolder.
As the plot and conspiracies thicken in Forgiveness and Permission, the boys decide Sang needs to learn some solid self-defense. Sparring bouts with Kota, Nathan, and Mr. Blackbourne will leave you breathless. Sang and her sister are on their own at home now, and the boys can safely come and go as they please. Sang has a different boy protecting her every night and these moments feel intimate to Sang, but she’s not sure if the boys feel the same way.
If Sang wasn’t sure of the boys intentions before, she is now. There’s hand holding, date-asking, and a couple of back seat moments in this book that will have you ready to fall out of your chair. North holds a special place in Sangs heart in Forgiveness and Permission, and Sang doesn’t know if she can choose between any of the boys. They all seem to be vying for her attention now, but she doesn’t want to go too far with one only to lose the others.
Rocky romantic feelings and sexy self-defense lessons are not the only things that make this one of my favorite Academy books yet. There are football game outings, nose nuzzling, finger sucking moments, and one hell of a high-school party. Not to mention a few awkward heart to hearts between Sang and the boys. Emotions run high between Sang and North, and things get a little heated. They have a blow-out, and Sang is worried she has lost North forever. But as C.L. states at the beginning of Forgiveness and Permission; arguing can be a sign of affection as much as a hug or kiss. Because arguing can show exactly how much you really do care.
Since Sang is technically already helping the boys out at school with Academy business, she has hope of becoming a trusted and permanent member. Little does Sang know, by the end of this book things might become more permanent than she ever imagined.
Sang’s personal growth and sense of self are evolving. If the boys are constantly protecting her she wants to be able to help out, too. In this book Sang proves her worth, and C.L. Stone ends Forgiveness and Permission on an “Oh, no she didn’t!”, “Thank God she did!” moment. C.L. Stone goes there. She really, really goes there. Of course, you will have to read Forgiveness and Permission to interpret my last few sentences yourself. ENTER to WIN the first four books of The Academy in E-book format below. The fifth book is due out in January 2014. For now, here’s my second choice of casting for the Academy boys for you to drool over. You can check out my first cast here. Which one do you prefer?
The Academy Boys: Cast #2
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