Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: A Different Kind of Fine (Twelve Beats an a Bar #1.5) by KK Hendin


Happily Ever After is never as easy as it seems…

Hayley’s finally come back to Texas, and seeing her is everything Nate dreamed it would be. But three years apart means that everything has changed between them, and all the things that broke them up in high school have come back to haunt them.

Nate’s barely recovered from the explosion that lost his leg, part of his eyesight, and his entire squad. Being able to spend a week back in Leland was supposed to help him recover, yet all it has done is make everything worse. Everything still seems like a threat, nothing is safe, and Nate’s nightmares are only getting worse. His survivor’s guilt is crippling him, and ruining his relationship with Hayley. He loves her more than anything, but she deserves more than a broken man slowly losing his mind.

Being with Nate again is all Hayley’s wanted for the past three years. But reality isn’t exactly like her dreams. Nate’s fighting demons he brought home with him from Afghanistan, and Hayley’s scared that she’s not enough to help him fight them. When an unexpected ice storm and road trip stumble into their Christmas plans, Hayley and Nate are both forced to face their pasts and the unknown future.

It’s a love story that has spanned four years, over seven thousand miles, and countless YouTube videos, and it all boils down to a seven hour road trip.

My Review

ARC given in exchange for an honest review. 

Yes! This is what I wanted in the first book! Lots of Hayley and Nate in the present! I am a sucker for a good reunion.

This book basically picks up where "Come Back to Texas" left off. Hayley and Nate have reunited and they are spending time together. Nate only has a week before he has to return to rehab so they are trying to make the most of their time together. Unfortunately, the past is still hanging over them and they need to deal with it.

They both are carrying around A LOT of guilt about how they ended things almost 4 years ago. Hayley feels guilty for the way she left Nate and Nate feels guilty for treating her the way her did. And neither of them are ready to talk about it. They have just reunited and the last thing they want to do is talk about the past. 

Also, Nate has Post-traumatic stress disorder. He is having frequent nightmares and flashbacks about the explosion. He was the only one of his squad to survive so he is carrying around a lot of survivor's guilt. Not to mention Nate still has A LOT of rehab to go through, so these two have a long road ahead of them. As much as he tries to push Hayley away, she is in it for the long haul and wants to make it work. 

In this book, the two of them go on a road trip to bring Nate back to rehab. While he drove himself home, there is no way he can drive himself back, so Hayley volunteers to do it. I think the road trip was exactly what they needed. While the trip wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, it allowed them to fall back into their comfortable relationship. They have these funny, nonsense conversations about random topics just like they did back in high school. It was nice to see the old Hayley and Nate, even it was just for a little bit. 

There are some very tense moments on the trip, but they work through it together. I loved that it's clear the two of them are committed to working things out, as hard as it may be. Hayley and Nate's story is far from over and I hope that we get another book about these two. The author's next book is about Hayley's college friend Olivia, so hopefully we will get a little insight into how they are doing. I just really want them to get their HEA.

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KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. She’s the author of the NA contemporaries HEART BREATHS and ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.

THIS MUCH SPACE is the second book in her new series, TWELVE BEATS IN A BAR.

KK spends way too much time on Twitter (where she can be found as @kkhendin), and rambles on occasion over at


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