Title: Everything Has Changed
Author: Mia Kayla
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: February 16, 2015
Bliss Carrington has known Jimmy most of her life, since Kindergarten to be exact. He took on the role of the big brother Bliss never had, breaking Bliss out of her shy shell, encouraging her to have fun in high school, and pushing her to live her life. It’s always been friendship between them until one day, she realized, it wasn’t. Now seeing women everywhere swoon over Jim Brason, NFL's head quarterback of the New York Cougars, is enough to drive her to madness.
Jim Brason, an alpha whore, is on a fast track to fame and money. In all this craziness, the one person who keeps him sane, keeps him whole is Bliss. He’s been in love with her since before forever, but she doesn’t know and can never find out. He’s a firm believer that history repeats itself. With his tainted past, he’s afraid he’s fated to hurt her if he allows himself to follow his heart.
Bliss watched this boy grow into a man and it wasn’t fair that someone else would get to keep him when in her heart, she knew he only ever belonged to her.
Can their friendship survive? Can she live pining over a guy who will never commit? She doesn’t want to live like this, but she doesn’t know a life without him either.
EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED is a story of Love, Loss, and Longing for the boy you grew up loving.
★★★★ 1/2 stars
I'm not sure what it was about this book that drew me in. Maybe it was the fact the hero was an American football player or the fact the heroine was his childhood friend. Either way, whatever it was, the book caught my attention and didn't let it go until the last page.
I really liked Jimmy and Bliss. They really had an amazing friendship. The moment Bliss saw Jimmy in the club, I understood what the problem was. Her pain at seeing him so enamored with some one else hurt and her realization she couldn't see him without hurting was hard to take too. I love how Bliss took us on a trip through the past and present to show how she fell in love with Jimmy and their interactions throughout the years. I know many people don't like flashbacks, but each is labeled clearly and accordingly, allowing no chances for confusion.
For the longest time in the book I wasn't sure what Jimmy's feelings towards Bliss were. Mia Kayla did a great job at keeping it a surprise. I really thought Jimmy was possessive of Bliss because he of the promise he'd made her father. I both felt horrible and admired Bliss and Jimmy when it came to their parents. I admired them for being their for their mothers. I admired Bliss's sacrifices. I felt horrible because they had to make sacrifices and see what losing love did. I didn't want Bliss and Jimmy to make the same mistakes their parents did, but Jimmy elevated that desire to a completely different level.
This story is sweet and hot. It also made me cry. There's loss in this book and I felt lit like it was my own. I also laughed and said, "Awww..." a couple of times. This book may seem light but it still packed a punch. I am really looking forward to reading more from Mia Kayla in the future. If they're anything like this novel, they'll be fantastic.
*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
About the Author
Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois. On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.
She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.