Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can't deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.
Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson's secrets while she's hiding her own, but that doesn't stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she's not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson's heart long ago.
Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they'll learn that sometimes it's the answered prayers that will put you through hell.
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Beyond What is Given
A Flight & Glory Novel
By Rebecca Yarros, Karen Grove
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Rebecca Yarros
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What exactly was the protocol for leaving tampons in a guy's bathroom? A guy's freakishly neat bathroom, at that? Well, it was half mine now, so the pristine state wasn't going to last for long.
I opened and shut the cabinet door a few times, but the pink box stuck out like ... well, a bright freaking pink box. Maybe I should have gotten a different box to put them in? Are you seriously debating tampon placement? I let the door stay shut and backed away from the cabinet slowly, like I'd planted evidence or something.
My makeup bag rested on the left side of the sink, but my lotions and army of haircare products I'd need to tame my unruly curls in the southern humidity consumed more than my allotted counter space and one of the newly emptied drawers. Yeah, it practically screamed girl in here.
Screw it, I lived here now, too, and so did my tampons ... for all of twelve hours. I walked down the hall to my room, careful to tiptoe past my new roommate's door, and made it through mine, directly across from it. Just because I was up at six forty-five a.m. didn't mean he needed to be, and a rude wake-up wasn't the first impression I wanted to make.
"Time to get up!" Ember sang before she swung into my room, one hand behind her back. Best friend or not, she looked way too happy for this early, glowing from the Alabama sun and things I didn't want to know about with her boyfriend, Josh. The boyfriend I now quasi-lived with, along with his best friend, Jagger, and the other guy, whose name I could never remember. Three boys. One girl. Well, there were awkward situations and there was me. Ember glanced around at the half-unpacked boxes. "Whoa. Did you sleep at all?"
"A few hours." Barely at all. "You're going to wake those guys if you're not quiet."
"Please. Grayson got home sometime last night and all three of them went running a half hour ago. Why do you think I'm already so perky?" Her smile gave far more information than I wanted.
Grayson. That's right. "They left already? They must be part ninja, because I didn't hear a thing. And as for you two, ugh. I swear. Insane." And enviable.
She laughed in response and handed me the bag she'd kept behind her back. "Welcome to Alabama!"
"You live in Tennessee."
"Hey, as a part-time Alabamian ... or whatever, I'm allowed to say welcome. Now take your present." She shook the silver gift bag.
I took it, tossing the crimson tissue paper onto a discarded pile of boxes, then holding up the maroon V-neck tee that spelled out troy across the chest. A smile erupted on my face. "It's perfect, and I love it!" It had been so long since I'd felt happy that I almost didn't recognize the emotion.
"New start. New school. New shirt." She grinned and pulled me into a hug. "I know you don't start summer classes for another few weeks, but it seemed like a good day to give that to you."
I gave her a squeeze before I let go. "Thank you. Seriously. If it wasn't for you telling me to apply to Troy, or for Jagger offering to let me live here, or Josh helping me pack all that furniture ..."
"That's what we're here for. Oh! I almost forgot." She pulled a piece of paper from her pajama pants pocket. "Wi-Fi password. I know you have a Skype date with your mom. You ready for coffee?"
"Hell, yes. Is that even a question?"
"Never," she answered, already headed down the hallway.
The apple reflected in my dresser mirror as I fired up my laptop. I connected to the Wi-Fi. "Flyboys. Of course," I muttered with a laugh, and signed into Skype three minutes early.
She was already on.
The computer rang and I answered, Mom's face coming into focus a few seconds later. She looked tired as she unzipped her multicam top and hung it over the back of her chair, leaving her in a tan T-shirt.
"Samantha, baby. How are you?" she asked with a wan smile. Her walls in Afghanistan were bare except for a framed picture of my high-school graduation.
"I'm good." I propped my laptop against the dresser. "Halfway unpacked. How are you?"
"Long day here, but holding up just — What on earth are you wearing?"
I glanced down and back up at her. "Um ... pajamas?" I had outfits that made these boxers and tank top look downright prudish.
"You cannot wear pajamas like that now that you live with men. Go buy some proper pajamas."
"Or I could skip right to a bundling bag or a chastity belt, Mom."
She gave me the look. "Don't get smart. I'm only suggesting that you show a little less skin and a little more common sense."
"Yes, ma'am," I answered in song.
I sighed. "I'll go today, Mom, but your whole theory is hugely antiquated."
"Just make me feel better, okay? I'm already not too keen on the boy roommates, or you shipping off to the middle of nowhere Alabama to go to college."
"Well, this college said yes, unlike the other twenty I've applied to." My fingers stroked across the silver lettering on my new shirt.
"And whose fault is that?" she barked.
My eyes snapped to hers. "You don't think I know? I'm doing everything I can to make up for what happened. I got into a real college like you demanded, I'm on my own, and I'm looking for a job today. I can't go back and change last year." I would if I could. Regret was a nauseating constant in my life. "If I pull good grades, I might have a chance of getting back into Colorado for spring term." If I can face them.
Her hands covered her face as she sighed. "I'm sorry. I hate you going through this when I'm not there."
"I don't need you to save me, Mom. I only need you to cut me a little slack." An inch would be nice. Just once.
"Maybe I gave you too much slack to start with." A knock sounded at her door. "Come in," she answered, immediately straightening in her chair. I'd learned a long time ago that she was really two women, my mom and —
"Colonel Fitzgerald?" A nondescript head popped through her door.
Yup, her, Colonel Fitzgerald, my mother's alter-ego.
"Captain, I'm talking to my daughter, can this wait?" Her tone implied so.
"No, ma'am, I'm sorry, but it can't."
"Then I'll be right there."
My shoulders dropped a little bit.
She turned back to me with her I'm-sorry-Sam smile. "Samantha, I'm —"
"Sorry," I completed with a forced smile. "I know, Mom. Duty calls. Same time tomorrow? Maybe you want to chat about my class options?"
"That should work, baby. I'm so proud of you for pulling yourself back up. I have to go."
"Bye." I waved and clicked the little red button that ended our conversation. She drove me nuts, but it had always been just the two of us. She'd put herself through hell raising me while climbing ranks in the military, always looking up to Marcelite Harris, the first African American Major General. I had the distinct feeling she'd top her as the first Lieutenant General.
As long as I didn't stand in her way.
My email dinged, updating from the last twenty-four hours I'd been offline. I passed over sale alerts and a couple personal items before I saw one with How Was Your Move as the subject line from Apoole@gmail.com. I clicked in curiosity and gasped.
It doesn't matter what state you move to. You're still a whore.
I deleted the email and slammed the screen to close the laptop, my pulse leaping. How far did I have to go to get away? You'd think after the last nineteen times this happened, I'd stop opening unknown emails. I'd even created a new email address, but then they started showing up in that one, too.
I brushed it off, or at least tried to. New day. New start. New School. Like Ember said. Would she feel the same way if she'd known what I'd done? I hadn't even told my mother, just glazed it all over as bad grades and moved on. Some things were too ugly to let out into the light.
The hardwood floor was cool beneath my feet as I headed down the stairs to the kitchen. The morning looked nice and cool through the sliding glass door, but I'd already learned that there wasn't much cool about southern Alabama in May. It was already hot, and about to get hotter.
There was no sign of coffee, or Ember, but there was a note: Lookslike the guys are out of coffee, go figure. I'll grab some and come right back. I hope you had a good convo with your mom.
As if on cue, my head started to pound, like it knew I'd denied it the caffeine it was sorely addicted to. I rubbed my temples and opened the cabinets slowly, taking stock of where everything was.
It was as neat as my bathroom had been before I moved in, everything in precise, spotless order. I couldn't remember Josh or Jagger ever being this clean. I opened the second top cabinet after the sink and glimpsed the coffee cups, and two shelves higher, a box of K-cups.
"Sweet salvation," I muttered, reaching on tiptoes but barely grazing the bottom of the shelf. Crap. I couldn't reach it. I dragged a chair across the tile and braced the back against the cabinets. Why the hell did they go all the way to the ceiling? Who were they expecting to put away the dishes? Kobe Bryant?
Okay, this wasn't too high. I could do this. One knee at a time, I kneeled up onto the granite and reached with my fingers but still couldn't touch the coffee. I moved the drainer, where a few cups were drying, and gingerly stood up on the counter, grasping the center support of the cabinets so hard that the edges of the wood left imprints on my skin.
Keeping my death grip on the cabinet with one hand, I reached with the other until I had hold of the box. "Got it!" Ha! Take that, Kobe.
"What the hell do you think you're doing?"
I jumped, but maintained my balance. Good girl. "Reaching for the coffee, what does it look like?" He stood to the side of me, dripping sweat, his massive, bare arms crossed over his even bigger chest. Holy shit. What did this guy do? Bench cows before breakfast and then eat them? By the time my eyes dragged themselves up the cut lines of his shiny muscles to his face, I was lightheaded. Breathing might have helped.
His jaw was cut and as strong as the rest of him, and those lips ... well, if they weren't pursed together like he'd tasted something sour, I'm sure I would have been just as enthralled. His nose was as straight as the stick up his ass, but it was his eyes ... They were narrowed in suspicion, and the slate gray color cut straight through me. I'd never seen eyes that color before, that hypnotizing, or that serious.
He waved his hand in front of his face and shook his head. Crap. He'd been talking while I was ogling. "I'm going to crush his skull, I swear. Look, I don't know who you are, but I know you don't belong here."
"What?" I stepped back toward the dish drainer.
"Which one is it? Because they both have girlfriends. Great girls who don't deserve the shit storm you just dumped on them, so which one is it?"
The veins in his huge neck stood out.
"I have no clue what you're talking about." He was hot, but maybe a touch psycho?
"Jagger or Josh? Which one brought you home with them?"
My eyebrows puckered. "Both, I guess?" Something was way off.
"You're sleeping with both of them?" His voice echoed off the tile and ricocheted through my heart.
My head snapped back like he'd struck me. "What the hell gave you that idea?" I hugged the coffee to my chest in case the word whore had been tattooed across my boobs or something.
"You're barely dressed in my kitchen at seven in the morning." My kitchen, the eyes ... this had to be Grayson. Holy hell, couldn't Josh have any ugly friends? My skin tingled where his eyes raked over my flesh, but he squeezed his eyes shut and took a deep breath. "You could at least put on some clothes. People live here."
Blood heated my face. Thank God my complexion didn't show the blush easily. "Yeah. People like me!" My chest tightened.
"Why do you jump to the conclusion that I'm sleeping with them? Because I'm a girl in your kitchen on a Sunday morning? Let me tell you something, I don't care how hot you think you are —" I shook my finger and let go of the cabinet in the process, taking another step away from him. "You don't get to make assumptions about me!"
"Hey, Grayson —" Jagger called out, and I turned to look as he walked into the kitchen.
I squawked as my foot slipped in a puddle of water and I pitched forward. My knee slammed into the granite, and my balance shifted over the side of the counter ... and into Grayson. He caught me without complaint, rolling me into his chest with one arm tucked securely under my knees and the other behind my back. We locked eyes, and something in me shifted from hot and angry to hot and ... not so angry. No. Don't you dare.
He arched one dark, perfect eyebrow.
"What?" I fired out of self-preservation. "I'm not going to say thank you, if that's what you're waiting for. Not when you all but called me a whore."
"I did not use that word!" His mouth dropped open. Yep. I was right. Those lips were full, soft, and way too close to mine.
Jagger laughed. "Well, I'm glad you two are getting acquainted."
"What are you talking about?" Grayson fired back, his voice vibrating through my body.
"He'd like to know what the hell I'm doing in your house and which one of you I'm sleeping with," I growled.
Jagger bit into an apple and swallowed, then let out an impossibly impish grin. "Sleeping with? Holy shit. No. Grayson, meet Sam, our new roommate."
Thank God my feet were ready, because Grayson all but dropped me.
"Sam is a guy," he said slowly.
"I most certainly am not." He steadied me, his hands on my hips, and then nearly ran behind the breakfast table like he needed to fend me off with a chair. What. The. Hell.
"Obviously," he replied, those silver eyes huge like I'd scared him.
"Why are you so surprised?" I blew an errant curl out of my eyes. Oh God. What if he didn't want me here? Would Jagger let me stay?
"You never said Sam was a girl," he accused Jagger.
Jagger chewed another bite. "Dude, Sam has always been a girl. You said you were cool with this."
Grayson flipped out his phone and flicked through screens. "No. Let me read these. 'Hey man, is it cool if our friend Sam takes the other bedroom? We're old friends from Colorado, and Josh is cool with it.'"
I took my prized K-cups to the machine. If I was putting up with this bullshit, I was sure as hell going to need coffee. "Yep, I'm Sam, short for Samantha, a.k.a. the friend from Colorado."
"And you're a girl."
I tilted my head and smirked. "Apparently."
"You're not sleeping with either of them."
"And I just ..." He squeezed those amazing eyes shut and took a breath before opening them again. "Samantha, I'm incredibly sorry for what I implied."
Oh, look, he can apolo —
"But if you could put some clothes on, that'd be great."
So much for him removing the stick from his ass. He nodded his head, pursed those beautiful lips, and retreated toward the front door, muttering something about the gym.
"What the hell is his deal?"
Jagger's grin was a step past shit-eating to downright comical. "No clue, but that's the most worked up I've ever seen the guy, and I've lived with him for almost a year. Way to go, Sam."
"That's not a compliment." I spooned sugar into my steaming cup of coffee. "I really need to pick up honey, and please tell me you have creamer."
"Ember lives here every other weekend," he replied, moving past me to the fridge, then handed me a bottle of Amaretto creamer.
"Thank God for little things."
"Sweet and blonde," he commented with a wink. "Just like I like my women. Oh, a letter came for you yesterday. I left it on the entry table. Make yourself at home, and welcome to Alabama, Sam."
He patted me on the back and left me sipping my coffee as I headed toward the front door. Sure enough, a letter addressed to Samantha Fitzgerald from Troy University sat on the polished wood.
I balanced my cup as I opened the letter, hissing as the skin of my thumb split. I popped it into my mouth and set my coffee down, opening the letter with my empty hand. The sweetest pressure settled in my chest as I unfolded it. This was my fresh start. This was my hope.
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I have read all of the stories in this series, and all of them are fantastic, but this one OMG is the essence of a heartbreakingly beautiful love story. I'm so looking forward to the next story. Read in order, you will not be disappointed. Awesome story, well written, engaging from start to finish. I laughed, cried, wanted to smack the hell out of a character and rooted for these characters because they deserved love.
OMG!!! I am so in love with this book! Rebecca Yarros sure does know how to get a reader with all the feels in a great, heart-wrenching story! I always love military love stories, but this one was unlike any other. There was not a lot of military in it but just enough. I thought it made a great combination for a great story. Samantha is the daughter of a Army Colonel (her mom, not dad). Sam has made some bad choices in the past few months and ended up getting herself kicked out of college. Her past seems to keep haunting her and closing doors for her in every direction she turns. When Sam moves in with her long time friends, she never expected to suddenly meet her Mr. Wright. Grayson is loving with 2 of his guy friends and when they tell him that Sam is going to move in, he assumes that it is another guy. Enter Samantha, aka Sam. Lol. Sam catches Grayson off guard and does not give him time to erect his walls he always does when he meets new people. When Sam and Grayson get to know each other a little bit, the sparks fly and never dull for them. Grayson ends up being Sam's savior in several situations before she can make an fool of herself. Sam knows that there is something special about Grayson and she is eager to see where things will go for them, until a phone call from Grayson's sister changes everything in a heartbeat. Grayson is working hard in flight school to be able to fly the Apache like he wants to. He never expected Sam to show up and rock his world or even get into his mind and have him develop feelings for someone. The phone call that changes things for Sam and Grayson is such a twist in the story that I don't want to give it away. There are so many twists and turns in this story, it will leave you with your mouth hanging open in some parts. Grayson and Sam end up going back and forth with their relationship and take you on such a heart warming ride. Grayson is so swoon worthy that he will leave you longing for more of this couple. Sam helps Grayson break down his walls as well as Grayson helps Sam break down some of her walls and move forward in life. The two of them have had such crazy things happen in their lives that you will wonder how they can go on and keep their faith in each other. This story is one that will make you realize that you can overcome anything that you put your mind to. Both Grayson and Sam demonstrate that if you keep going with someone to support you, you will persevere. There is so much I could say about this story but I don't want to give it away because you so need to read it for yourself. Thanks Rebecca Yarros for such a great read!! This one is on my list of way above 5 stars!!! I can't wait for more from Rebecca in the future!!
Beauty in tragedy, Hope within despair, and among it all...Love. There are moments when I’m absolutely certain this author can’t push the depths of my emotions any further, and then... She releases another novel. The Flight & Glory series is one of my all time favorite compilation of books. I fell in love with Josh and Ember’s strength in Full Measures, fanned myself over Jagger and Paisley’s passion in Eyes Turned Skyward, and now I’m losing it over Sam and Grayson. Yarros’ characters are crafted with the upmost care and true attention to human nature. She breathes life into them with action and passion and brilliantly placed dynamics. It’s as if this isn’t a work of fiction, but merely a documentation of real people’s lives occurring just outside our own homes. The raw emotions she pushes into them are what makes them tangible and the effortless companionship created between each character is what continues to bring readers back to the pages again and again. And Sam and Grayson are no exception. With each new duo of perspectives a new bond is formed between reader and character, and it is truly a beautiful experience. Sam is a spark-plug, readers have known that since the first novel, Full Measures, but, Beyond What Is Given invites readers into her mind and what is found there is nothing short of admirable. She is fierce, but in a way that is unique to her two female counterparts (Ember & Paisley) She is a firecracker embodied in a beautiful woman still struggling against strenuous circumstances outside of her control and her actions throughout her struggle are what make her incredibly endearing. Grayson. Ah, Grayson, le sigh. He is true to the Flight & Glory fashion, not just an incredibly sexy male (though he is that) but much much more. He’s a stoic figure who breaks only under the right person’s touch. And that person is Sam. They are alike in so many ways--both dealt raw and heavy hands from life--and neither one of them takes it sitting down. They find stores of strength through knowing each other and they’re dynamic is explosive. Grayson and Sam are like gasoline and a lit match, all consuming and hot as hell, and it’s hard to look away for even a second. Yarros compiles these amazing characters right alongside vivid and engaging plot. She effortlessly weaves together action, heat, depth, and mystery, constructing a plot so on point readers will feel as if they’ve lived it themselves. With cameos from beloved Flight & Glory characters and that special look into the military world only an expert can give you, BEYOND WHAT IS GIVEN is the perfect third installment, packed with fantastic, real, and completely swoon worthy characters, intense and heart-tugging circumstances, and fanning yourself passion. It’s a wonderful addition to the Flight & Glory series that gives fans a new couple to fall in love with.
Lt. Grayson Masters wanted nothing more than to graduate on top of his class of the Apache Helicopter Course. Nothing can distract him from his goals, or so he thinks, until Samantha Fitzgerald became their new roommate, distracting him from everything possible. He doesn’t need a hot, smart-mouth and free-spirited beauty who knows how to push his buttons. I love this guy despite the serious personality. He has his own secrets, most of them heartbreaking, and I wonder until when can he keep it? He separates his school life, his friends from his life back home, and there is a big reason why. Reasons I was not sure at first weather to applaud him or slap him. Nevertheless, he was trying to do what he thought was best. If our hot helicopter pilot has some secrets, our girl, Samantha Fitzgerald has some too. Fresh from being kicked out of the university, Samantha flew over a hundred miles to escape her past and start over. But how can she, when every time she opens a computer, it’s staring her right in the face? Or every time knocks on the door, the past would stare back at her. But this girl is pretty much amazing, because she’s holding herself together, her strength is pretty much admirable. There was no way her past is going to stop her, not if she can help it. And then there’s the enigmatic Grayson, unlike the rest of the bunch, he’s a bit cold and lacks charm, and she can’t help but wonder why. They have chemistry, even during the first time that they met, and it was slowly burning. Although, their past wouldn’t let them cross the thin line between friendship and being lovers. I was glad that they started out as friends at first. I gotta watch them falling helplessly in love one day at a time and fight off the intense attraction they have for each other. Grayson is not perfect, but you couldn’t help but love him. He is strong, loyal and very much honorable. He does things one would not expect him to do, and despite the fact I would like to question it at times, I couldn’t help but for my heart to just break right there. He was torn, and he wanted to do something about it, but he didn’t want to hurt anyone that was important to him. I love the emotions that grip my heart throughout my read: it’s a rollercoaster ride, exhilarating and addictive. Rebecca Yarros gives us another set of wonderful characters to pin and fall utterly in love with. Imperfect, but definitely people you can’t help but love. It had me swooning, and I didn’t have the heart to put down this book. With all the twist and turns, and what was happening between them, I couldn’t miss anything!!! Every scene, every dialogues, every single word had me hooked. Like the rest of her series, this one was another great read. It’s beautiful, beautiful read that can make and break your hearts. I highly recommend this one! Rating: Characters - 5 Plot - 5 Steam - 5 Cover - 5 Romance - 5 Pacing - 5 Overall: 5
I enjoyed this read very much. I personally always want a happily ever after ending and usually that come in a fairly predictable way. this story gave me a few turns I didn't expect which made me like it even more. I managed to read this in 2 days even having a full time job and 4 kids, so you can tell I had a hard time putting it down!
Thank you for this wonderful series. Enjoying it so much!
OMG...Book 3 was the best one! Grayson and Sam are incredible. The story was WOW. I teared up several times, and I love that Josh and Jagger make an appearance. Incredible, amazing read
Just finished her third novel...and by just a smidjun...the best...All 3 were great stories...Looking forward to more great love stories by this incredable author...Thank you for the ride
I always get excited about reading a new Rebecca Yarros book because I know I am in for a journey. It’s one that will no doubt be painful and heart wrenching along the way, but I hang in there because she writes some of the best, most satisfying payoffs that I have ever read. Beyond What is Given is no exception to this expectation and is a powerful continuation of her Flight and Glory series. Readers got a small glimpse of Grayson in Eyes Turned Skyward, but he was a man of few words and even fewer clues as to what made him tick. As it turns out, he’s one of my favorite types of heroes – damaged, loyal, and quietly strong with a past that is so painful that you have to wonder how long it will be until he crumbles under the weight of the burdens he carries. We’ve also met Sam before as Ember’s best friend in Full Measures, but she has stumbled and is struggling to regain her balance. She is full of determination and spunk, but it’s clear just how lonely she is as she fights to put her life back in order. Following the lead of the earlier books in the series, the journey towards romance is a slow burn leading up to an explosive igniting of passion. For me, this is the most realistic and enjoyable type of relationship buildup. Grayson and Sam take their time really getting to know each other, laying their cards on the table, figuratively and literally. All the emotional stops are pulled out as the couple comes to grips with how to absolve themselves from their pasts in order to build their future. Rebecca’s stories are very character-driven and she does a masterful job at portraying the struggles of her leads as both individuals and as a couple. She could not have written two characters better suited to champion one another through their rocky transition from “you and me” to “us.” Subplots in books frequently fall victim to diluting the overall impact of the book, but here they were particularly strong and none of them turned out how I had originally anticipated which was a nice surprise. Kudos to Rebecca for creating not only a story, but a series, that is more than the sum of its parts in all of the best ways that warm my bookworm heart!
I loved this book, I could not out it down. I have fallen in love with this story line. The characters are amazing. I hope she continues their stories!!!!!
Loved this next novel by Yarros. Amazing writing and beautiful story. Long book with many climaxes to keep you on your seat from beginning to end.
*I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* OMG!!!!!!!! (would've added more exclamation points but I didn't want to break my keyboard button, lol) Can I just say that this book is blow-your-mind, turn-you-inside-out, make-you-want-to-slap-anyone, it's so amazing. This is one of the few books where I've been satisfied from beginning to end. Now I'm a very picky reader and I don't care if the majority of the book is amazing, if the ending isn't up to par, then it ruins the entire experience for me. But Beyond What is Given left me with a smile on my face and an aww in my heart. I even told Rebecca so the day after I finished it. I left her a message, telling her how beautiful and heartfelt this book was. First time I ever reached out to an author personally to tell them how much I loved their book. That's the kind of book this is and was for me. Now let's talk characters. It was nice to see the entire gang again and they're wonderful and all but I'm on a mission to dish about a particular character. Grayson - Yum and.... yup I think that about covers it. He's just so absolutely amazing. He had his issues, of course, but no one's perfect. But ultimately he made up for those shortcomings a million times fold after breaking free of his past which a lot of people aren't able to do. And in that, he was able to truly love Sam the way she needed and deserved. His and Sam's interactions and blooming love had its funny moments, its hot moments, its sweet-as-a-cavity moments, its really hot moments, inspirational moments and did I mention its sizzling, call-the-fire-department-because-something-must-be-on-fire moments? Because it was all there in the most perfect of perfect ways. I absolutely loved that Grayson personality and that he couldn't lie and that he had no filters. My absolute two favorite lines that resonated with me even now is when Grayson saw something was wrong with Sam and he was like "Are you okay? Is your mom okay? Do you need me to kill someone?" He just spoke the words without thought, even after living together for not that long. He was already smitten. The other line was when Grayson said, "So go ahead and fall. I've gotten really good at catching you." All I can say is that Sam is a very lucky girl. If Grayson was real, well she'd have a fight on her hands. But on the other hand, Sam is perfect for him so I might just allow her to stay with him (pssh, lol). Sam was another amazing character in that she worked hard to get her life back on track and because she had someone like Grayson pushing her to do better, she grew a lot compared to when she was first introduced in the first novel, Full Measures. I really loved this couple. They're my favorite of the series which is a hard choice to make as Josh-Ember and Jagger-Paisley were absolutely amazing. But I'm glad it is like that in that it shows that Rebecca Yarros' writing gets better and better with each book. I applaud her on this amazing series and can't wait to read the next book, Hallowed Ground, which centers on Josh and Ember again and comes out in a few months. Until then, I will have to somehow keep myself busy so I won't think about how much time is left. I might even re-read the series because these books are the kind that you can't be satisfied with one read through.
I would rate this book 3.5-4 stars. The writing is technically good. The plot flows and the characters are fully developed. The beginning two or three chapters didn’t grab me, but once I got into the story a little further, I was vested. I loved that Samantha and Grayson didn’t immediately “fall in love” or jump into bed together. I loved that when in imminent danger, Samantha stops fantasizing about Grayson (I loathe when the love interests can’t control their lust when their lives are in danger…stupidly unrealistic). The plot twists and irony added greatly to the richness of the story. Rebecca Yarros has a new fan. I’m looking forward to reading the first two books in the Flight and glory series. Beyond What is Given by Rebecca Yarros will tug at your heart and make you feel deeply. “You are my family, and you’re here. I don’t work without you, Samantha.” Her characters will draw you into the story of their personal growth as well as their budding romance. Warning: Beyond What is Given may require a few tissues to get through the book.
I've read all the books in this series and loved them all. This book was well written and captured the emotion of the characters in a way that brought them right off the pages. I laughed, cried (a lot), and got so mad I wanted to throw my iPad across the room. Every character written had depth and made you feel something. Grayson and Samantha seriously made me ache with how much they loved each other. Their relationship was both beautiful and frustrating, but in a way that kept me turning the pages. In some stories I've read the drama really annoys me. The miscommunication gets to be so ridiculous that I find myself struggling to finish the story. I absolutely did NOT have that problem with Beyond what is Given. Mrs. Yarros' writing and the way she creates her characters felt real and like I was right there with them. I wanted to hug Grayson and Sam. I wanted to shake them both. But above all, I loved them and this story. I highly recommend anything written by this author
5 stars I seriously loved Beyond What is Given. Loved the storyline, the characters were likable and very relatable. Their struggles brought out so many feels I couldn't help but fall in love with both Grayson and Samantha. Samantha was a smart, sassy girl who made some mistakes in the past which left her vulnerable and looking for a fresh start. I loved Samantha's strength and determination to get her life back on track, she wasn't going to let her fears ruin the rest of her life. I really connected with her character, I admired her strength and honesty. Grayson is such a deep character, I loved watching this quiet passionate man slowly bring down his walls to let Sam in. In Samantha he found the strength to open his heart and let himself feel again. He was able to start putting the past behind him and find comfort and love, something he didn't think he deserved or would ever have again. So much love for Grayson, damn that boy made me swoon! Grayson and Samantha had such a wonderful deep connection, from the first moment they meet you could feel the attraction between them. I loved watching them become friends to finally giving into the passion that was consuming them. Dear lord the chemistry between Grayson and Sam was off the charts! *fans self* From the moment I finished reading the first book Full Measures in the Flight & Glory series I knew this was going to be a must read series. Rebecca Yarros is a talented author who writes with passion and gives her readers powerful emotional story-lines with characters that will pull at your heartstrings and leave you with a heart full of love. I highly recommend this book and series.
Beyond What Is Given is the third book in author Rebecca Yarros’ Flight and Glory Series, one of my all time favorite series to date. With each book in this incredible series I think that Ms. Yarros can’t top the last one and with each book I’m proven wrong. This book was no exception. It was truly amazing. Emotional, complex, and beautifully written…I adored it. The very last thing Lt. Grayson Masters needs at this moment in time is any type of distraction. With far too much on his plate, both in her personal and professional life, he really needs to focus. Focus on graduating, focus on being successful, and focus on keeping his life back home completely separate from the life he has in the military…for far too many reasons to list. Of course just when he needs to be distraction free the very most, Sam comes into his life. Sam who will threaten to shatter everything he’s worked so damn hard for but in doing so may just show him how much of life, real and true life, he’s been missing out on. This book was so so so so good. I knew it was going to be, because Ms. Yarros always knocks my socks off, but this story was just so many things. Grayson and Sam’s story broke my heat. It ripped me to pieces and I cried my eyes out so many times. But if you know me, you know I love that in a story (and by the end, the tears were big happy tears!). There were so many obstacles in their way and so many reasons why things may not work out for them. Family disapproval, past mistakes that still held emotional shackles around each of them, different future goals, hidden pain…at times I thought for sure these two were doomed from the beginning, Oh, I had hoped it wasn’t true because if there were ever two people destined to be together it was Sam and Grayson. They were opposite in many ways but also very much the same in others. Like a puzzle, the pieces are never shaped the same way but match up to complete the picture in a way only those two pieces can. And Sam and Grayson’s puzzle, although frustratingly complicated at times, turned into one of the most beautifully finished pictures I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. This was a book I knew I had to have an afternoon free for because I knew once I started reading, I would not stop until I finished. And that’s exactly what happened! The Fight and Glory Series is one that will always be on my recommendation list and one I have no doubt I will re read many times in the future. Thank you, Ms. Yarros, for wiring some of the most memorable characters and emotional stories I’ve ever read. I will forever be grateful to you for bringing them into my world!
This was my first time reading this author, and I liked her writing, though I did find that this story was a bit long. Both Grayson and Sam have issues in their past to deal with (so you get the typical NA angsty storyline), a critical one in Grayson's case that makes him a bit of a hot and cold character depending on where he is (at college, or at home) in the story. As a couple I liked the two of them together, and they shared some steamy scenes on the path to true love. They both have to confront their pasts to move forward. There are several interesting secondary characters and I quite enjoyed the camaraderie between the men (though Grayson's family were definitely polarizing individuals). 3.5 stars.
A must read.
Definitely a must read.
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