Book 75 of 2015: The Silver Lining by Jennifer Raygoza

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The media spread my face nationwide on every newspaper known to man when the story first broke. It read- James King. son of wealthy, ambitious hotel owner, Victoria King, busted for cocaine possession.
Let’s be honest. I’ve always been a rebel, a little rough around the edges. The black sheep of the family. The outcast. No one ever thought twice about me, not even when I was arrested. The only thing was, I didn’t really do it, but I served time for the crime.
Today my freedom was granted to me. I was permitted to leave this prison that I had lived in for the last sixteen months. The guards opened my cell, grinned and told me I could finally go back home. Home? See, it wouldn’t be my home. It would be her home. I had no home of my own anymore. Funny thing about being locked up, was that you lose everything, including yourself. You no longer exist to the outside world. You’re transparent, at least that’s how I felt until I met Emily. She was kind, and in my world people like her were far and few between. I was drawn to her like a magnet. I wanted her, but I’d kill myself trying to get her because she was damaged. I just didn’t know it yet.

I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

The Silver Lining is a New Adult romance about a Hotel mogul’s son who just got back from prison. He was stuck there for a crime he didn’t commit, but didn’t snitch on the person either. The book centers on his romance with a housekeeper and the struggle the two go through to find peace.

The book is written in first person with almost all of the chapters being in James King’s point of view. There is one chapter that is Emily’s. Though this could confuse a reader, I found the chapter to be important. It helps you understand Emily and what her reasons are. Granted, they weren’t great reasons, but I can understand why she did what she did (no spoilers here).

James King is from a rich family, but he acts like a decent man. He isn’t all about money and thinks family is first. His close friends are family to him because of his lack of relationship with his mother. I love a family guy and James has that quality. He would give the shirt off his back for someone because it is right, not because he expects something in return.

Emily is from a poor family and has worked hard to get what she wants in life. She seemed anxious to me and afraid of the future. She didn’t seem to live in the moment, but more day to day. She was a character who seemed to focus on survival, not necessarily happiness.

Together, they may a good team. James seemed to be less angry and less of an ass (he was an ass for reasons I could understand) when he was with Emily. Emily was less anxious. They work well together and I liked that Raygoza made them feed off each other well. Even when they fought, they were meant to be. It didn’t feel like a dangerous relationship, but one that could thrive in real life.

The story was easy to get into and fun to read. I was able to figure things out, but there is one question left in the wind. However, the question is more like a “I wonder” and it’s not focal to the main characters. It’s about the main antagonist, James King’s mother. Who seemed more like an evil stepmother from a Disney movie. Seriously, she’s a witch.

All in all, I really liked the book. It was quick, had me rooting for the main guy (there were moments I did swoon over him), and I couldn’t put it down until I was done.

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