Review: From Here to You by Jamie McGuire

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From Here to You by Jamie McGuire
Series: Crash and Burn #1
Publication: August 21st 2018
Links: Amazon and Goodreads

Thank you to the author/publisher for providing me with a copy to review.

As Darby Dixon sits in a tiny Texas church bathroom on her wedding day holding a positive pregnancy test, she realizes that of all the bad decisions she’s made in her life, marrying her abusive fiancé would be the worst. She’s never been able to stand up for herself, but she’ll sure as hell stand up for her baby. With just the cash she has on hand, she runs to get a bus ticket to the farthest place she can afford. Between her sheer grit and pageant-queen smile, she lands a job as a front desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Hotel. It’s not a glamorous life, but she and her baby are all that matters.

A former Marine, Scott “Trex” Trexler has worked in the most dangerous, corrupt, war-torn places on earth. Now he finally has a chance to return to the last place he’d felt at peace–Colorado Springs, Colorado, to take a new job with the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a top-secret military installation buried deep within the granite.

The moment Trex walks into the inn, Darby knows he’s dangerous. There’s no way she wants to get involved with another man who seems to be keeping way too many secrets. As charming and devastatingly gorgeous as Trex is, he clearly isn’t telling her everything. But as wildfires rage on the mountain and Darby’s ex-fiancé shows he isn’t so willing to let her go, both she and Trex are soon to find out that what you don’t know absolutely can hurt you.

Even though Darby Dixon has made more bad decisions than she can count, she refuses to marry her abusive fiance on the day of their wedding once she figures out she’s pregnant. With a small handful of cash on hand, she escapes from everything she’s ever known on the day of her wedding to start over in Colorado Springs. When she arrives there, she isn’t expecting to meet Scott Trexler. He’s dangerous, mysterious, and she can’t get him out of her mind. However, Darby knows the two of them together will only inevitably crash and burn.

After hearing so many good things about Jamie McGuire, I was so thrilled to commence reading her newest novel. The premise of From Here to You sounded intriguing at first, but this book didn’t live up to the expectations I had for it.

The first thing I noticed about From Here to You that rubbed me the wrong way was Jamie McGuire’s writing style. Instead of describing things to make this book play out like a movie in my head, Jamie did a lot of telling. I may love some good dialogue, but I also love when a book has plenty of description.

In all honesty, the characters weren’t exactly enjoyable. They weren’t developed enough for my tastes, which was why Darby and Trex were rather boring to me. I was unable to connect to either one of them, even though From Here to You is in both of their points of view. Not to mention Jamie McGuire tried to make this book character-based, so there’s not much action. While I usually don’t mind when a book is character-based, it didn’t work for From Here to You because the main characters lacked personality and depth.

Then there’s the relationship between Darby and Trex, which may be the part that irked me the most about From Here to You. I know I’ve said it in my other reviews, but I just can’t stand books that contain insta-love. Right from the start of this book, Trex was informing people that Darby was the one for him. He was even telling some of his close friends that he could see himself marrying Darby. I may love a man who is confident and knows what he wants, but I don’t think Trex should have been declaring his love for Darby when he didn’t even know her. It made their relationship seem forced right off the bat.

Overall, From Here to You wasn’t the book for me. I know some people enjoy Jamie McGuire’s books, but I guess I’m not one of them. I may pick up her other books one day, but I don’t really see myself doing that. Even though I didn’t have the greatest opinions on this book, I will state that these are my opinions. Just because I didn’t enjoy this book doesn’t mean you all won’t.

Rating: 1/5

 

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