If you’ve read the first two books in the ‘Avoiding’ series, then you probably love Lexi’s fiercely loyal best friend, Chyna, like I do. Every girl needs a Chyna in their corner. She’s been there to support her best friend through thick and thin, despite Lexi’s less than stellar choices.
From her first appearance in this series, I’ve wanted to know more about this mysterious lady. She plays the part of the spoiled, rich “princess” when it suits her, but it is clear that there is far more beneath the surface. This is Chyna’s story. It was raw. It was painful at times, but it was everything that I wanted.
Chyna yearns for intimacy and connection. Mostly, she just wants to feel wanted…to be someone that somebody else cannot live without. She needs to be needed and loved. This is in stark contrast to the “tough girl” facade that she tries to project.
Like the other books in this series, ‘Avoiding Intimacy’ bounces back and forth between past and present, slowly revealing all pertinent details to readers little by little. While this can be a bit confusing at times, I think it works well for this series. In fact, it kind of became the signature-style of this series – a calling card of sorts.
As such, much of this story takes place during the same time period covered in earlier books in the series…just from Chyna’s perspective. For much of this time, she was in Italy modeling, and away from Lexi. So, if you’re expecting Lexi, and/or Jack, to be a central focus, then you will be disappointed. Lexi has a few appearances, but this book is not centered on her like the others have been.
Before reading this book I liked Chyna. After reading it, I loved her. This is one strong-willed, tough lady. Her story goes to show that money doesn’t buy happiness. For a girl that seemed to have everything at the tips of her fingers, she was incredibly lonely. I gained a whole new respect for the “pretty little rich girl” after reading this book.
That being said, Chyna isn’t perfect by any means. She is her own worst enemy. More often than not, she sabotages her relationships before she can get too close. As much as she craved connection, she feared it in equal measure.
As expected, Adam plays a significant role in this book. However, a new man is introduced that ends up being a major player as well. Marco is vastly different from Adam, but his relationship with Chyna proves to be equally important in Chyna’s life.
One man is what she needs. The other is the embodiment of her darkest desires. Both want to claim her as their own.
Overall, I thought that this was another great addition to the ‘Avoiding’ series. Granted, I didn’t love it as much as Lexi’s story, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. I probably should have seen Lexi’s books through to the end before diving into Chyna’s vs. reading them in chronological order. I found myself rushing to get through this one, not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but because I was dying to see what would become of the Lexi/Jack/Ramsey fiasco. I recommend reading books 1, 2, 1.5 and 3 before coming back to this one. Then, you’ll know how things work out for Lexi and her guys and can savor Chyna’s story.