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Gus (Bright Side #2) by Kim HoldenBrightside by Kim Holden
Published by Self Published on May 19, 2015
Pages: 389
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
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The journey that began in top-rated, best-selling Bright Side, continues ...

This is the story of Gus.
Losing himself.
Finding himself.
And healing along the way.

“ … but the honest-to-God truth is I don’t even know how to function anymore. Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half ... the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart. How do you go back to doing what you did before, when half of you is gone forever?”

I was so happy to hear that Gus was getting his own book. It wasn’t until almost release day that I did. Naturally of course I knew I had to read it. I really liked Gus in Bright Side. The friendship Gus and Kate shared was really tight. My heart broke for Gus at the end of Bright Side. Bright Side was an amazing read. In fact, I re-read it before starting this book.

Now onto Gus. He’s the lead singer of Rook. They’ve just released their first album and are starting a world tour. Gus is a good guy. He struggled a lot in the beginning of this book. I didn’t like a lot of the decisions he made, but could see where he’d might make some of them he did. I was really worried about him in the beginning.

It wasn’t until he met Scout that he started changing. Changing s-l-o-w-l-y. There was just something about her that was different. When I say Gus started changing slowly, I’m not kidding. He had so many issues to work through that he struggled a lot. He was so lost and I hurt for him.

Once he and Scout started communicating more though Gus started changing. I started rooting for him. I wanted the old Gus back. I wanted the long haired, buff, surfer who was a good looking rock star that was amazingly talented.

Ms Holden’s writing was exceptional yet again. I felt like I was part of the story. There wasn’t a time where I got bored with the story. The flow was smooth and held my attention.

The sex scenes were hot, well written, and plentiful. I loved how Gus made sure Scout was comfortable every step of the way.

Overall, if you’re looking for a new adult story that offers an interesting storyline, that will hold your attention, and leave feeling completely satisfied once you’ve reached the end. Then Gus is for you. I will say that you’ll need to read Bright Side first too get the entire picture. You won’t be sorry you did though. Brightside is amazing.

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REVIEW: Bright Side by Kim HoldenBright Side by Kim Holden
Published by Do Epic LLC on July 4, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you ...
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.


My thoughts…

This has got to be one of the most beautifully written stories I have ever had the pleasure to read. I experienced so many feels while reading this book. I laughed a lot. And cried a lot. Like snotty blubbering tears. This book tore me up and spit me back out and I loved every minute of it.

Bright Side is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. I can see myself reading it over again in the future. It’s one of those books that will capture your attention from the very first word and not let go. Even when you finish reading it you won’t be able to stop thinking about it.

There are several characters that make up this story that play a vital roll in bringing everything together. Not only did I fall in love with the hero and heroine, but I fell in love with the secondary characters too.

The best way I can describe this book is that it’s real. It deals with real everyday life issues. Ms Holden doesn’t sugarcoat the issues either. She let’s raw emotion bleed through into her writing.

Kate, Katie, or Katherine. She is this strong, courageous, dedicated, positive, loyal, and amazing young woman. She never took anything for granted and I loved her so much. Her nickname is Bright Side and there isn’t any other name that would describe her so perfectly.

I have to be careful here because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Like I previously said though, there are a lot of issues this story deals with. The entire time I was reading it I was constantly questioning myself. Asking myself how I would handle the situations these characters were faced with. I don’t really want to go into anymore detail. I just want to say that overall, I loved, loved this story so much. I cannot wait to read more of Ms Holden’s books in the future.

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