Choices by Michelle Lynn
Publication Date: January 2016
Everyone makes lots of little decisions from the moment they wake up until they sink back into sleep at night. Decisions that have no consequences or expectations. But, what about the rare choices that could change everything? How do you know what is right for you?
Happiness is something you have to choose again and again, each day.
Michaela Matthews wants that more than anything. Standing in her way is a family pushing her down a specific path and the man she loves preventing her from choosing anything different. When she moves to the city for the next step in her parent’s plan, she starts to figure out what she wants – or more importantly, what she doesn’t want. She thinks she has to leave her old life behind to discover a new one. This throws every choice she has made into question. It isn’t until tragedy strikes that she learns that sometimes there is no choice at all. Sometimes you can have it all.
Jason Marks has had the kind of life where things have seemed to just happen to him, no choice involved at all. It’s a struggle for him to keep the past at bay while he tries to move forward. He is no longer the unwanted foster kid. He is a business owner, surrounded by people that love him. But, he isn’t in love. He’s not even sure he believes in it. Not anymore. At least, not until a heartbroken girl falls apart in his arms. It’s enough to make him a believer. Make him a dreamer. Enough to force him to answer that question. Do you give all of yourself to someone who might not choose you in return?
Yes. Yes, you do.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Michaela Matthews grew up with her whole life planned for her by her parents. So far, her life has been ruled by the expectations of the elite population of the society in which she lives. In spite of the pressure she faces, Michaela is no shy doormat. She knows what she wants, and her move from Connecticut to live with her brother in New York has made her more assertive when it comes to following her own dreams.
In New York, she meets Jason (her brother’s close friend) and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Unfortunately, her parents are still on her neck (and have been for seven years) for her to marry Ethan, another puppet in their phony world of outward appearances and reputation. There’s also the fact that Jason is just a lowly bar owner, and therefore not good enough for Mic.
Choices is a surprisingly easy read. There is good character development, the romance is touching, the dialogues between the characters are believable, and the plot is quite realistic. The story does take a turn I normally wouldn’t be on board with, but the author managed to portray it in an agreeable way.
At the end of the story, there are still a few unresolved issues concerning Michaela’s parents, her colleague (Katie), and her brother (Chris). Even though it seems like there’s going to be a sequel, I was left feeling a bit disappointed at the mild cliff hangar and what seems to be a “Happy For Now” ending.
To round it all up, Choices is a rather nice story. It’s quick and easy, with a nice touch of realism, and I do hope the author is planning on giving Chris a story of his own. 🙂