Review: Yearn for Me by Aja Cole

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Title: Yearn for Me
Series: The Banks Sisters, #2
Author: Aja Cole
Published: October , 2017
Pages: 170
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: B

summary from Goodreads:

KEYRA

It’s my job to imagine everything that could happen and go wrong.

Except, apparently…when it comes to my personal life and Dane Thoreau.

I was shot for god-sakes, and still…he’s the only thing that sends me running.

Dane

I’m used to thinking one thing about women: Don’t trust them.

Until I met Keyra Banks.

The fierce, amazing woman has been getting under my skin for months, and I’m only a man.
Now, with more women in my life than I’m ready for…the question is: Can I be the man that she deserves?

And the really important thing for me to consider…

Do I even want to be?

 


 

We were introduced to Keyra in book 1. She’s the oldest Banks sister that takes care of everyone. Keyra is the Olivia Pope of the Banks family. If something goes down, she makes sure it’s handled. In the previous book, Keyra came off as a know-it-all who wanted to have control over her sisters. I thought that she suffered from Older Sister Syndrome or maybe she didn’t trust that her younger sisters knew how to run their lives.  But things were revealed about Kaija and what she went through and I can understand why Keyra feels the need to be super protective of her family.

I’m going to start off by saying that I enjoyed Yearn for Me so much. A lot of it had to do with the writing and editing. The plot was tighter. The editing was 100% better. I noted on my review on Goodreads for book 1 in the series, Ache for Me, that I had a hard time keeping up with the plot. There were inconsistencies and plot holes that prevented me from enjoying the book. Thankfully I did not have that issue with Yearn for Me.

Keyra and Dane strike up a friendship after the events of Ache for Me. I’m not sure how much time has passed between book 1 and 2 but I’m thinking more than enough since Keyra trusts Dane enough to give him a key to her condo. Dane is a player, on and off the ice. He has trust issues. Keyra is in a relationship that she can’t make public but the relationship is meh. She’s not exactly burning up the sheets with her current beau. Keyra works for her dad in the Mayor’s office. After a lot of stressful events and Keyra ending up in the hospital, Keyra’s dad forces her to take a sabbatical. Keyra is used to always working, putting out fires. She doesn’t know what to do with all this time on her hands.

Yearn for Me is less than 300 pages but a lot happens. Dane and Keyra cross that line and have sex. And of course Dane, in true male fashion, messes up the morning after. He lets his issues cloud his judgment in regards to Keyra. Even though Keyra is the more serious of the Banks sisters, she isn’t afraid of seeing where this new development with her relationship with Dane goes. Besides Dane’s trust issues, an ex girlfriend pops up and tries to start problems. But like I said, Keyra is Olivia Pope. The ex-girlfriend is handled. Papa Banks is being blackmailed and family secrets are revealed. Once again, it’s handled.

I really enjoyed this book a lot. The growth this author shows between books 1 and 2 is astounding. There are some trivial things that could be fleshed out. For instance, when Harlan’s mother is in a scene, the dialogue is immediately “Michelle said”. I think it would have been better if it was “Michelle, Harlan’s mother, said”. The author does assume that the reader has read the first book in the series even though she says it can be read as a standalone. Not a lot of recap or background info is given to help a new reader catch up. At one point a character by the name of Ethan is mentioned and it took me a minute to realize that Ethan is Nico’s friend (Nico is Harlan’s little brother. Harlan is the hero from book 1). Just little things like that can be improved upon.

The author states that Dane and Keyra’s story ends with a HFN but I’m thinking it’s leaning more towards a HEA. With the way things ended there’s no way anything is going to keep them apart.

I can’t wait to read book three, Mickey’s book. Mickey is the youngest Banks sister and she’s a handful.

Rating: B

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