Painted Boots

Painted Boots

by Mechelle Morrison

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Overview

Painted Boots by Mechelle Morrison

When her father drags her to a new life in Wyoming, Aspen Brand doesn't expect to fall for a cowboy named Kyle Thacker-but she does. At seventeen, Aspen and Kyle share unexpected ground: guitar, running, physics. And guilt. Aspen blames herself for her mother's car accident, while Kyle can't find a way past his brother's suicide.

On their first date they open up to each other, forging an unbreakable bond between them. But Kyle has spent two years living with a vicious secret-one his ex-girlfriend will do anything to protect-and sharing his truth with Aspen makes her a target. Now if Kyle is to be her love story, Aspen must first win the fight of her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484102008
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Mechelle Morrison spent most of her childhood making up stories. It got her into trouble. A lot. So she started writing her stories instead of telling them. Painted Boots is her first novel.

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Painted Boots 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
With the continuing popularity of the NA genre comes this release by Mechelle Morrison which combines memorable protagonists, a sweet romance, and an intense and thought-provoking storyline to get people talking. From the moment Aspen loses her mother and is forced into moving to a small rural town, life and the way she sees it will never be the same. Aspen cuts off everything having to do with her past as any memories of her mother are too painful. This leads to finding new friends and creating a whole new wardrobe ala Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink. What Aspen experiences though isn't always pleasant as a girl and her friends go out of their way to make her feel unwelcome. One in particular, the vindictive and abusive Em, goes out of her way to make Aspen pay for the perceived hurts she's caused. The one bright spot for Aspen is meeting the artistic and sweet-natured Kyle who's been equally hurt by Em's possessiveness and his own loss in the past. They bond together in a sweet and slowly evolving relationship that gets put through the emotional wringer from the over-the-top Em and a father bound to see his little girl safe and hesitant to let her grow up. With the story told from Aspen's perspective I felt that we got a good understanding of her while Kyle remains a bit of a mystery. The only time we get a deeper look into his psyche is in his talks with Aspen or through his song lyrics. While the pain Aspen is going through is vividly depicted in this story with it's impact vitally important to discuss, I don't want to discount what Kyle went through at the hands of Em and the need to deal with domestic abuse issues, especially during the under-reported teenage years. His scars were just as disturbing for his stoicism and constant support and protection of Aspen at the expense of himself. Aspen and Kyle seemed wise beyond their years. Their relationship evolved slowly and maturely as they both recognized the need to heal from each of their mental and physical pains. They were committed to each other to the exclusion of what their parents thought which added a Romeo and Juliet feel to their relationship. Throughout their burgeoning relationship though there was an unrelenting sense of doom coming from the continually aggressive actions of Em. Her actions became more frenzied and over-the-top which ultimately led to a soap opera ending that diminished the overall believability and thematic impact of the story. Em's actions were allowed to increase in intensity with no ramifications which left me frustrated and reduced my overall satisfaction. Though I had a few issues with the story this was a thought-provoking first story from Ms. Morrison and I was impressed by its intense depictions of real life issues and look forward to what she has planned next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not great. Really needed some work.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I'm conflicted in writing this review. There were things that I liked about this one and I felt like it had a good overall message and also had potential to be really good. Mainly, I had trouble connected to the characters. I also felt like the story went in a direction that I didn't really care for. I think the result could have been achieved in a different way. I rarely finish books that feel conflicted about, but I liked a good portion of the book. I suppose it went a bit down hill for me in the second half. 
madeforyoubookreviews More than 1 year ago
Aspen is a very unique character, something we don't always see is New Adult books. While Aspen and Kyle do share a very quick connection, it never feels forced upon the reader. Both have a lot of issues and personal things to work out in their individual lives.  While Aspen doesn't have the easiest time after moving to a new school, Kyle helps to the cushion the blow of bullying with his constant support. While I don't enjoy reading about bully's I think its a very current topic that needs to be addressed.  Overall I think the storyline was new and refreshing from the other New Adult titles out there. The author did a wonderful job of giving us a beautiful yet heartbreaking story that I think everyone will enjoy! 5 out of 5 Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! Read it in one day, one of those lazy afternoons and all I did was read! I loved the romance in it as well as the mystery behind Kyle and the adventure! Looking forward to more books from this author.