Review: Miles from Kara by Melissa West

Posted January 10, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Miles from Kara by Melissa WestMiles from Kara by Melissa West
Series: Charleston Haven
Published by Penguin on 12/4/2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Also in this series: Pieces of Olivia
Also by this author: Gravity, Hover

Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…

Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.

Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.

Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin...


I loved Kara in Pieces of Olivia. She’s such a contrast to her friend that you can’t help but feel all the bubbliness running out of her.

I admire Kara for trying to battle out her indecision on her major. She accepts an internship that changes her dramatically. She has to learn how to put a distance with those she is counseling and herself. She doesn’t see how the older counselors do it, and it just adds to the thoughts of choosing her field of study. She’s a friend that will always be there for you. She knows when to push an issue and when to drop it. I freaking adore Colt. He’s an all around good guy. He has his own stuff to deal with, but he does what he can to make Kara feel better.

Kara is also struggling with what she did when she was a teenager. It is something that has shaken her to the core, and she can’t let go of the pain and guilt. It effects her relationships, and keeps her in a position to push others away. I love that she leans on her friends when she needs to. They support her in her decisions, but are also comfortable enough with her to tell her when something is a bad idea.

All around this is a great book, and I can’t wait to see what happens with some of the other characters at Charleston Haven.

About Melissa West

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and YA sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing?. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

Connect with Melissa at or on Twitter @MB_West.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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