In Review: Grounded by You by Ivy Sinclair

Posted November 19, 2013 by Kim in 3 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Grounded by You by Ivy SinclairGrounded by You by Ivy Sinclair
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: November 20, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 332 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Lights, camera, and passions flare when a small town boy gets the break of his career. As the lines of life and art blur together, can he also find a way to win the love of the girl who got away?

Carter Samuel Groveson.

His name is on the lips of every woman in the country who has a pulse. An actor plucked from obscurity to star in the most anticipated movie of the century, he’s an enigma to all. Everyone wants a piece of him.

Except her.

Amelia St. John isn’t about to follow the life plan that her father set out for her. She refuses to be tied down or commit to anyone. A year ago, she ran as far and as fast from Sam Groveson as she could. But when he reappears in her life and asks her to be the friend he needs to keep him tethered to reality in the midst of the chaos, she can’t say no.

Unfortunately for Sam, his big break comes with expectations that threaten his career if he doesn’t toe the line. In this high stakes game of love, everyone is watching.


in review my thoughts

I was so excited when I realized that two minor characters from Sinclair’s Where My Heart Breaks were the centerpiece of this book. I really liked Sam in Where My Heart Breaks, but he was just no competition for Reed when it came to Kate. They belonged together. Millie didn’t really stand out too much for me in Where My Heart Breaks, but I was thrilled that she got her own book so I could learn more about her.

“At twenty-three with a college degree in hand, Millie was ready to do things on her own, uncomfortable as that was for a girl who grew up being spoon-fed everything that she ever wanted.”

I definitely connected more with Millie in this story. I desperately needed her to grown a backbone and stand up to her family. She doesn’t want a relationship but they keep trying to set her up with men. She’s an artist, yet they are pushing her to work for the family’s company. I liked her a lot more when she finally stood up for herself. I liked her even more when she finally gave into the feelings she was having for her friend, Sam. At her best, she was strong, stubborn and driven. At her worst, she was wishy-washy and immature.

“The thing is that love, real, forever love, isn’t something that you find every day. Certainly not with every girl I date. I’ve been fond of several women I’ve gone out with in the past, but I don’t know. I can’t explain it. None of them were the one for me. I’m not going to say those words to a woman until I’m absolutely sure that I mean them. And that woman, she’ll know it’s real because she’ll know the truth, that I’ve never said them to anyone else.”

Sam overshadowed Millie, as far as I was concerned. He was interesting and completely swoon-worthy. Having grown up in the same town as, and ultimately working in, the Willoughby Inn, Sam’s always been connected to the book and the characters that made the Inn popular. An actor, he was thrilled to be chosen to play the main character, Jackson Monroe. It’s the role of a lifetime, but this casting catapults him into the spotlight and starts wreaking havoc on his life. 

“I never saw her as a work in progress. I thought she was perfect just the way she was.” 

Sam has always had feelings for Millie, but she never returned them. She really isn’t looking for love, but somehow that’s exactly what she finds when she lets down her guard with him. Their connection was real and believable. As they begin to explore their relationship, he starts getting pressure from his agent and the studio to have a pretend relationship with his co-star. Will his and Millie’s real life relationship be able to withstand the pressure?

While I enjoyed this book, it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Don’t get me wrong; I liked it. I liked the characters. But I think both the story and the characters had more potential. I think the story was rushed. I would have liked it more had it just slowed down and really explored Sam and Millie’s relationship. It just felt like their relationship and his career were on speed. Given his career choice and the things that were happening for him, that was understandable. But, with their relationship, I wanted more. Had there even been more between the last chapter and the epilogue, I would have been more satisfied. But if you’re looking for a quick, sweet and sexy new adult romance, this would definitely fit the bill.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version. 

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About Ivy Sinclair

Ivy Sinclair cut her romance teeth on classics like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, and Sabrina. She is a firm believer in true love, a happily ever after ending, and the medicinal use of chocolate to cure any ailment of the heart. Ivy's guilty pleasures include sushi, endless Starbucks lattes, and wine. Readers of Ivy's stories can expect smoldering sweet stories of romance that tug at the heartstrings.

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