My Review – 4.5 Stars
Hilariously crazy and sometimes prone to illegal activity, these friends and the men who love them make the perfect group. While I cringed at some of the things they said and did, I was all in. I would love to be a part of The Shit (literally named for the 4 ladies, Sugar, Hillary, India, and Taylor) or at least have my own version of it. Don’t get me wrong, I have some close friends who probably want to scream at me for the overabundance of information they receive about my sex life, but they aren’t quite as open and adventurous as these ladies. This book will have you laughing, falling in love, rolling your eyes, and wanting to slap a b*%#&. It’s the ultimate romantic comedy. However, if you are easily offended by outspoken and sexually liberated women, excessive drinking, smoking pot, fist fights, strippers, lesbians, and lots and lots of dialogue, this is not the book for you. If you’re cool (like me), you’ll dive in and have the time of your life.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I thought it was going to be more like a diary of events about Taylor and her three friends. Fortunately, it’s much more than that. Juggernaut is a testament to true and lasting friendship, love beyond reason and judgment, and finding your soul mate. I was happy when I got a couple of chapters in and realized that we would get another point of view from Evander (a.k.a. Van), the guy who was completely infatuated with Taylor. He seemed to be a throwback to the buttoned-up, straight-laced gentlemen who didn’t tolerate brash, loud, and sexually adventurous women. However, I quickly caught on that this was not the real Van. Though, he was a bit of a stick-in-the-mud in comparison to everyone around him. But I adored him and his awkwardness. There’s so much I would love to discuss in regard to Van, but you’ll just have to read to find out for yourself. The same should be said for Taylor. She’s someone who needs no introduction. She has no inhibitions, lives freely, loves fiercely, defends without regard to consequences, and is truly selfless in providing support and granting wishes. You can’t help but love her.
One of the most important qualities that Taylor and Van both had, was that they accepted others for who they were. This was especially necessary in their case. Van needed Taylor to see that he wasn’t stuck up and egotistical. And Van wasn’t going to get anywhere with Taylor if he couldn’t embrace her wild juggernaut ways. Many had tried and failed… The author did a great job of giving these characters depth and staying true to their personalities. They never conformed or suppressed who they were for anyone. I would’ve hated it if they changed for each other.
I’m a huge fan of the fake fiancé trope, especially when it’s done well. Taylor and Van had a real connection and made it clear from the start that they were interested in more from each other. And while they struggled at times to believe their feelings were reciprocated, they didn’t hold back or dwell too much on what wasn’t or might not be. This book was low on angst if not the drama, because there was plenty of that in regard to the secondary characters. Don’t let that scare you away though; it wasn’t too much or unnecessary. Plus, you’ll like where it all ends up. I was pleased with how the author continued Van and Taylor’s story beyond the initial HEA. It is rare to see that in the main story line; it’s usually only given in the form of an epilogue. This was a fabulous and entertaining read, and I’m looking forward to reading what more K.S. Adkins has in store for us.