Title: Skyscrapers & Camelot (Renovate, #1)
Author: Mindy A. Carter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 3, 2015
Keegan was my world since I was six years old. When he walked out of my life, I was certain I would never see him again. He broke my heart, but truthfully I only have myself to blame. Now I’m looking into his incredibly beautiful blue eyes. He came back into my life as quickly as he left. Both of us have changed over the years, but I can’t imagine living another day without him.
My name is Aimee, and this is the story of how I lost and found my best friend and love of my life. The journey may be tough but there is no denying that Keegan, and I were destined to be together. He rescued me the day we met and had always been my prince charming. One thing I’m sure of, I’m not letting my happily ever after get away this time.
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Skyscrapers & Camelot follows the story of Aimee and Keegan. Aimee and Keegan have been friends since they were six years old. Somewhere along the way, Aimee’s feelings for Keegan grew into more. On Keegan’s last night home before college, Aimee takes a chance and kisses Keegan. It was one of the best kisses of her life. Too bad that kiss changed everything. She never saw Keegan again after that night. Now years later, fate has brought the two of them back together….
Skyscrapers & Camelot is the debut novel for Mindy A. Carter. And let me tell you, this series is off to a fantastic start. From the moment I read the synopsis for this book, I just knew I had to get my hands on it. I loved the idea of finding your soul mate at a young age, being separated for many years, and then fate bringing the two of you back together.
I really liked Aimee and Keegan. You could feel their connection and chemistry instantly. As soon as I saw the two of them together, I had to know more. I had to know why Keegan stayed away for so long. Aimee was so hurt by Keegan’s past actions. I was rooting hard for the two of them to be able to move forward. You could tell that Keegan really cared about Aimee. He just was afraid of the way things were changing. He made mistakes and now was his chance to right his wrongs. My only complaint about Aimee and Keegan as a couple, was that sometimes, I felt like their dialogue was a little on the cheesy side, maybe a little too sweet. That being said, there was enough swoon worthy moments between the two of them to balance things out.
Skyscrapers & Camelot has plenty of angst and drama. No good angsty romance would be complete without a little drama and a villain you just love to hate. The villain of this story, Gretchen. I didn’t like her from the moment her character was introduced. She was a pot-stirrer and you could tell she was going to try to get in between Keegan and Aimee. Let’s just say, she definitely kept things interesting.
I just adored Keegan’s brother Kaleb and Aimee’s best friend Reese. Not only were they awesome friends to Aimee. But they were honest and told Aimee how it was. They gave her the strength to stand up for herself. And I loved the relationship that Kaleb and Reese had. They were perfect for each other. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of them in the next book, but I’m hoping that they maybe get their own novella.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were a couple of spots where the story wasn’t as strong. I found myself really frustrated with Aimee and Keegan at times. I wish that Aimee would have confronted Keegan about Gretchen earlier on in the story. I felt like she let her get by with a little too much. I think this series is off to a great start. The story-line held my interest. I really enjoyed all the characters. There was plenty of angst and drama. There was no shortage of romance or swoony moments. I will warn you that it does end on a bit of a cliffhanger and it’s a good one! I for one, will be counting down the days until Book 2 is released. I can not wait to find out what will happen next.
* I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
I close my eyes while he opens the door then slowly leads me into the space, the anticipation of what he’s going to show me making me feel like I’m floating on air.
We move around something, and then he lets go of my hand and walks away for a second, moving something around. Both of his hands then touch my hips, and I’m guided down to sit on his lap.
“Keegan,” I yelp, the action having surprised me.
“I’m going to count to five, Aimee, and then you can open those beautiful eyes.” His deep and commanding voice starts counting, “One … two … three … four … five.”
My eyes remain tightly shut as I feel his beating heart against my back, matching mine.
He laughs and puts both arms around me, holding me close with his chin on my shoulder, and I can feel his breath on my neck. I suddenly break out in goose bumps.
“It’s okay. Open them,” he whispers in my ear.
I slowly open my eyes, seeing we are sitting directly in front of his expansive window. The scene in front of me is one of beauty. I am facing the New York sky, the stars twinkling above and lights of different colors below us. I can see everything for miles, the entire city. It’s the most amazing view I have ever seen. The buildings and sky fit together like the perfect puzzle. The view at night is more glorious than I ever imagined, just as Keegan mentioned during his interview.
“This is … just … no words, Keegan.” Although him sharing this with me makes me feel something in my heart, I can’t find the words to describe it.
He holds me a little tighter. “I know. You don’t have to say anything.”
“Thank you for showing this to me,” I whisper.
“You’re welcome,” He replies in another whisper.
“No, really, thank you. I could sit here all night, looking at this.” I tell him, imagining how beautiful this scene would be watching the sun rise. Of course, what would make it special is watching it together.
“I have actually looked out these windows and watched the city all night.”
“By yourself?” I ask.
“I’ve never shared this with anyone until now.”
“Yes. As if I would even want to be here with anyone else.”
I melt into him. How could this man be any more perfect?
About The Author
Mindy has been in love with love, as long as she can remember. As a child, you could find Mindy engrossed in fairytale books and dreaming of her happily ever after. She was lucky enough to find her prince charming and lives in Ohio with him and her four precocious children.
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