Tangled Up in Blue Box Set, Ikana College Books 1 & 2
The Tangled Up in Blue Box Set includes the first two books—Tangled Up in Blue and Shelter from the Storm—of author JD Brick’s Ikana College series. It’s centered on two seemingly star-crossed young lovers and plays out in a small college town, over the wind-swept prairie of an Oklahoma ranch and on a blood-soaked battlefield in Afghanistan. The books are searing and sexy, both heart-wrenching and electrifying. As one reviewer put it, “this story is so beautifully written, so heartwarming, so intriguing, I just couldn’t put it down.”
Get tangled up in a boy named Blue…
Keegan Crenshaw needs a hero. She’s a straight-A student from a famous Oklahoma family and the youngest-ever editor of her college newspaper. She’s got a lot to prove. But she’s got enemies. Someone’s out to get her. Someone’s got her running scared. And she runs right into the arms of a red-hot boy named Blue.
Deep down, Blue is still the brave soldier who risked his life for others in Afghanistan. He’s still a hero, even if he no longer believes it. All he wants now, though, is to make music and bury the secret that could destroy his future. Blue tries hard to be a good guy. But he’s wrestling with demons he can barely control. And when Keegan moves into his house and very quickly into his heart, his hard-fought control begins to slips away.
Keegan and Blue can’t stay away from each other, can’t stop thinking about each other. They have a connection—body, mind and soul—they cannot resist. But it will cost them dearly.
Secrets have a way of exploding into the light. Sometimes it’s hard to know who’s a hero and who’ll turn out to be a heartbreaker. Is Blue the love of Keegan’s life, her knight in shining armor? Or will he become an agonizing mistake?
The story of Keegan and Blue explores the consequences of deception, the meaning of courage and the redeeming value of sacrificial love.
The Ikana College series follows the complicated lives and loves of a group of college students who live in an infamous off-campus party house.
Part 1: Tangled up in Blue Review:
The suspense is killing me!
Okay, well, I know we can all handle a little suspense, right? Keegan, or Kee Kee as her friend Megz calls her, is in trouble from the beginning. Not only does she meet trouble, whose name is Blue, she’s in trouble. She’s being threatened and stalked.
Naturally, that peaked my interest in Keegan’s story and I also wanted to know how her foray into the most raving party house on campus would go. Trouble really is the theme of the storyline and it seems that Keegan becomes more entangled in it as story progresses. The suspense is thick and even though I was able to guess who was behind the threats, it was still a bit shocking to read. It had a sort of grittiness to it. Everyone is out for their own interests and poor Keegan is in the way. It also doesn’t help that her grandmother is the most hated person in Oklahoma.
Romance with Blue is hot!
Ah, Blue. A troubled soul, ex military, toting a guitar, hero. Wait, he doesn’t like to be called that. He’s no hero and the reason why would make any girl feel sad. He has his issues to overcome, like Keegan, and their relationship is sparked when he gets involved with her drama. Their dialogue is cute and their love story might carry a bit of a star crossed lovers vibe.
We get first person narration from both Blue’s and Keegan’s point of view. It was a little different because it had been awhile since I read anything in that style. The secondary characters each have their stories and are interesting as well.
Beware: This does end in a cliffhanger.
This is just Book 1 and continues and concludes in Shelter From the Storm.
Part 2: Shelter From the Storm
I think I like book 2 better. Everything comes to a head and it’s more of a page turner.
Every action from book 1 has repercussions and book 2 is where it all plays out.
Their star crossed love is tested to the max. I almost started cursing at the book because of the cruelty that they are put though. Strength is the key and both Blue and Keegan learn to adapt to the world that is created from the previous book. Boy, did I feel frustrated for them. I was beginning to wonder about their HEA.
It was tough, but they do indeed fulfill their happily ever after.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*