Saturday, 28 September 2013

A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader

A Taylor-Made Life
Blurb (from Goodreads):
They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.

Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn't find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.

Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he's gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he's matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.

When it's discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor's mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he'll never know to a girl he just met.

A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

A Taylor-Made Life(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kary Rader, and Christine Marie, Book Publicity and Promotion.)
17-year-old Taylor is dying. She has leukaemia, and as a blood marrow donor has not been found, she’s not expected to live to her 19th birthday. Taylor knows what she wants though, and she doesn’t want to die a virgin.

When Taylor then meets 25-year-old Gavin, who is also suffering from cancer, she knows that he is what she wants, and she wants more than just sex, she wants love.

Gavin tries to push Taylor away, thinking that the age difference is too big, but Taylor isn’t about to let him get away.
Can Taylor and Gavin really have a relationship? Is the stress too much for a man in Gavin’s position? And how long do they have left together?

This was a real tear-jerker contemporary romance, and I really enjoyed it.

Taylor knew what she wanted and went for it, which I really admired. I couldn’t really blame her for not wanting to die a virgin, and I totally got what she meant when she realised that she didn’t just want sex, she wanted love. I admired how strong she was though, and how open she was with Gavin, and was happy to give him her love, even when he pushed her away.

The storyline in this was sad but good. Gavin did annoy me a bit with his refusal to even kiss Taylor, even though he wanted to, and I was like ‘Come on! Time is running out!’.
The romance in this was sweet though, and I really liked it. I liked the way that Taylor flirted with Gavin, and how sweet they were together. I did think that when Gavin finally changed his mind he maybe went a bit overboard, but when you’re dying you’ve got to seize the day I suppose!

The ending was bittersweet, but what can you really expect from a book where the main characters have cancer? I thought that it was done really well though, and we did get a much better ending than I thought we would. I would recommend this to anyone who likes contemporary romance, especially those that enjoy a good tear-jerker.
Overall; a tear-jerker contemporary romance.
7 out of 10.