Review: Beyond What Is Given by Rebecca Yarros

Posted October 2, 2015 by Wil in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Beyond What Is Given by Rebecca YarrosBeyond What is Given by Rebecca Yarros
Series: Flight & Glory #3
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC - Embrace on September 28th 2015
Genres: College, Military, New Adult
Pages: 319
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Be careful what you wish for...

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.

God, I’m so conflicted about this book. I hated it and kinda loved it too. I love Rebecca, I love the Flight and Glory series, I love my flyboys, but I just could not connect with this book. I could not and I’m so sad and disappointed! And since I promised myself to be nothing but honest with my reviews I have to review this one as a 3 star.

Unlike others, I have read the previous two books, although this could be read as a standalone, I think both Full Measures and Eyes Turned Skyward should be read before this one. Full Measures is a solid big 5 stars for me, that book brings all the feels. Eyes Turned Skyward is also beautiful and an instant favorite. You see where I’m going with this I had ridiculously high expectations for this book.

I will try to review this without spoilers as much as I can, not sure if I can though. We first meet Samantha (Sam) in Full Measures, she’s Ember’s best friend and she’s awesome, we find out in ETS that something happens with her and she gets kicked out of school. Grayson we meet in ETS, he is Josh and Jagger’s roommate, quiet, reserved, loyal, great friend when he needs to be. We know he cooks, has 4 sisters and travels back home a lot. I was intrigued, I wanted to know what was up with Sam and what was Grayson’s reason to go home that often.

But I just did not expect this storyline. I thought this book was about a different theme. Had I known this book was all about second best and second choices I might not have had these expectations, so yeah I did not see that coming. Everyone that knows me and my book preferences knows I hate books where one character is made to feel like they are the second choice and where there’s a perfect and beautiful third person lurking at the background and conflicting one of my MCs for way too long. It confuses me, I want to feel without a doubt love between my MCs. God knows how much I hate Colleen Hoover’s Ugly Love and how much I disliked a very similar theme on Maybe Someday as well.

I’m obviously a rational person, I know people could fall in love with more than one person in their lifetime. I’m a sucker for second chance love stories where the characters have messy pasts. I just don’t like the past to be in my face, hate this kind of story where a third person was so present. And boy is this character present in this book. Not gonna lie, I hated it, I thought Sam and Grayson deserved a better love story than this. I was really close to DNFing this various times, but I love Rebecca’s writing and I was invested enough to see this through.

And just when I thought this whole second best, third person deal was solved, at the 60% percent mark, this book takes a turn for the worse, and it turns into a soap opera. The plot got a little soap opera-ish unrealistic for my taste and well, that’s another pet peeve of mine. I didn’t think Rebecca would go there, but she did. And let’s not start with Grayson’s ridiculous sister Parker and his dad, no words for those two and the unexpected and unnecessary drama. I feel like this backstory and this third person takes over this book in an unnecessary way up until the very end and so it turns it into a quasi love triangle IMO. I honestly didn’t care about this character at all and felt like it shouldn’t have appeared or been mentioned that much, especially so close to the end.

So, what can I say. I loved Sam, she’s such a strong, amazing character. I loved that she faced her troubles right on and came out on top. And above all, I love that she refused to be second choice, she refused to be the doormat. Gosh, I simply loved Sam. Grayson on the other hand had me conflicted, frustrated and mad throughout the book. His thoughts and words never matched his actions so it was hard to totally love him. I got his grief and loyalty to a point and he obviously redeems himself in the end but I just wish it would’ve been sooner or that the unnecessary drama would’ve been less. I think the book would’ve benefitted from more Sam and Grayson chapters towards the end instead of all of the Grayson scenes without Sam, especially the ones with him and Grace,ugh. I loved that my other flyboys Josh and Jagger and their awesome girl Ember and Paisley were very present in the story. Love the part about Jagger and Paisley’s engagement. Love them!

The last two chapters and the very, very necessary Epilogue totally saved this book for me. Had it not been for that, I would have given this book a lower rating. I’m sure many people will love this one and this is probably a case of it’s me not the book, but I’m sadly not one of them and it totally breaks my heart. I still recommend this series with all my heart and I still love Rebecca and her books and can’t wait for the second Josh and Ember book Hallowed Ground.


About Rebecca Yarros

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

Rebecca is represented by Louise Fury of the Bent Agency.

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