Review: Random by Lark O'Neal



Lark O'Neal

Release Date: November 12, 2013

New Adult Romance

Life is random…

19-year-old Jess Donovan knows better than most that life is random. Her mom is dead, and she’s on her own, patching together a living as a waitress when a car crashes through the restaurant where she works. In two seconds, she loses her job, watches her best friend hauled away in an ambulance…and meets Tyler Smith, one of the hottest, most fascinating—and mysterious guys she’s ever met.

Both for the good and the bad…

Within days, Jess is swept up into the mesmerizing force that is Tyler. Their every touch sizzles, every kiss dissolves them both, and the sex is…fierce. But there’s more to Tyler than his hypnotic eyes. He’s adrift, too, and his body—and his soul—are covered with scars. How can she find herself with a guy who is lost himself?

Until you take charge….

Jess is determined to find her way, and make a life that is better than the one she was given. But how

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My Review of Random

An engaging story that captivates the imagination and resonates with readers of similar experiences.

Oh my goodness, this poor girl Jess really has had one heck of an avalanche of tragedy after tragedies touch her life in this one so the title is very fitting. I was genuinely impressed with the story telling in this book. It flowed well and I enjoyed hanging out in Jess’ head throughout it. I just felt really sorry for her losses and felt like if she took one more hit, she might just fall over and curl into a fetal position from the pressure. I know I would! I really could relate with her money worries and uncertainties of what to do with her life. 

Jess is trying to make her way through life on a meager waitress salary after growing up without her mother, but can’t catch a break. One day, a car comes pummeling through the diner she works at and sends one of her best friends to the hospital, makes her lose her job and good pay, but she also meets dreamy Tyler, who has more secrets in his trust fund past than she could even imagine. As she tries to find another job, unravel her feelings on love with an abusive boyfriend and the blossoming feelings with Tyler, can she make it through without someone else dropping dead or something else ‘randomly’ happening to her? 

Jess is pretty grounded for having endured so much in her short life and I like how strong and yet naïve she still is. Really enjoyed this one but it does leave off at the end with loose ends so do expect to be reading a series for this isn't a standalone novel. I can’t wait to read the next one, but I do hope Jess catches a break for once. 

I received an ARC of this story via Netgalley for an honest review.
5 star awesome!

About the author:
Lark O’Neal has waited tables, dispensed drugs to schizophrenics, loaded trucks, answered phones in a call center and tended bar, but the only thing she ever really wanted was to write novels. She writes new adult contemporary romance, Going the Distance trilogy (Random, #1 will be released November 12), and paranormal young adult, The OtherLands Chronicles (#1 released Jan 15).

She has won many awards for her books, and writes full time from Colorado.

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