Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Review: Come Back to Texas by K.K. Hendin

Come Back to Texas (Twelve Beats in a Bar #1)
K. K.  Hendin
NA, Romance, Military, Contemporary 
See on: Goodreads

Buy links: Amazon

Everyone thought we’d be the ones who made it through high school. The ones who’d get married and stay married forever. The example of how young love can work.

We thought so, too.

Too bad life had other plans.

It’s been three years since Hayley and Nate broke each other’s hearts. Three years, and a lot has changed. Hayley’s a freshman in Bushwick University, and the only things keeping her sane are stress baking, and her a cappella group, Twelve Beats in a Bar.

Nate’s a Marine, stationed in Afghanistan. The only thing that’s keeping him sane is the last picture he has of him and Hayley, and the hope that maybe when the hell of deployment is over, he can find her again and apologize.

One explosion will change everything.

When a bomb kills all of Nate’s unit, leaving him missing a leg and eyesight in one eye, he’s sent back home to Texas. Texas, where he loved Hayley more than he could possibly imagine ever loving anyone else.

With seemingly endless amounts of free time and needing something to distract himself, Nate starts making YouTube videos, imploring Hayley to come back to him, and come back to Texas.

Hayley’s life is wrapped around the Beats, making sure she doesn’t flunk out of biology class, and babysitting Ohio’s smallest monster, Brandon. She doesn't want to admit it, but she misses Nate more than anything.

It’s too bad she doesn’t know just how much he misses her, too…

What I love about this story is how it brings down Hayley and Nate's love story from cloud nine to solid ground.

I know it sounds harsh and I can feel you lot wanting to pelt me with the books you're currently holding but I still stand by it.

Though Nate doing those videos for Hayley made me swoon (a little).

Anyway, their love story was not always rainbows and butterflies. They fought and stumbled so much that it almost made me think that their relationship would never last. And yet, the trials they faced and the hurt they've been through makes them realize their mistakes and the true value of the other in their lives. So much so that, even under different circumstances, even if Nate hadn't lost his leg nor damaged his eyes in the war, he would still come back to Texas and find Hayley. Hayley too, would have gone finding Nate. And even if the scenario was them ending in good terms during high school, I still get the feeling that they'd find each other to continue from where they left their story.

Also, being classified as an NA book, you'd be expecting that there's--ahem-- involved but I am truly happy to say that there's none. It veers away from typical NA stories because the problems they had and encountered together are very real to what most people experience. And, going back to the sex thing, this book just goes to show that when a book is classified under NA, it doesn't necessarily say that sex must be there. And for the act to be very explicit and detailed in the story. 

That is why I am highly eager to see and read the next chapter (or book, technically speaking) of their love because after having the joy of finally finding each other, will the love they rekindle be strong enough to keep them together? Come Back to Texas does not show the rose's pretty petals, it shows the rose as a whole: thorns and all.

 I SAY. . .

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 spends way too much time on Twitter, and rambles on occasion over at

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