Beyond The Orange Moon by Adrienne Frances — JENN’S REVIEW

beyond the orange moon

WHY I READ IT

The first book in the series was such a beautiful story, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.

WHAT I RATED IT

4.5stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

Sometimes fate strikes in unexpected ways…
Lucy Dalton was tired of living a life she didn’t want.
Charlie Mathews was living the life he always wanted.
But one night, fate changes the course of their lives forever. A year later, Lucy and Charlie’s paths meet again, igniting a spark that neither can deny.
Lucy knows he doesn’t remember her, but she’s already in too deep.
Charlie knows the unwritten family rule: Mathews men never admit when they’re broken.
Can they leave the past where it belongs and find a way to look beyond the orange moon?

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JENN’S REVIEW

I loved Under the Orange Moon, the first book to feature the Mathews siblings, namely Dylan Mathews, who was in love with her brothers’ best friend, Ben. Beyond The Orange Moon follows Charlie Mathews. Charlie has suffered one of the worst tragedies imaginable and Lucy has a front row seat to all of it. It changes both of their lives in ways they never would have imagined and eventually leads them to each other.

Charlie was quite the guy in this book. He has suffered a tremendous loss and the life he has planned is not meant to be. He has the love and support of his family, but something is missing. That something turns out to be Lucy. They have an intense connection from the start. Charlie is drawn to her, but has no idea that Lucy remembers Charlie from their encounter a year ago. Lucy has never forgotten Charlie and what he went through, but she just doesn’t know how to tell him. Every time she tries to bring it up, something (namely Charlie) distracts her, and she lets it go. But it eats at her. The chemistry that these two shared was undeniable, but you always knew in the background it could all blow up in Lucy’s face. Keeping a secret this big never goes over well. What happens when Charlie finds out Lucy’s secret? Is the love they feel for each other enough, or will he feel betrayed?

This book had me laughing and crying in equal measures. The emotion was real and your heart was just wrecked for Charlie. All you wanted was for him to be happy. As with Under the Orange Moon, one of the best parts of this series is the family dynamic of five siblings who love each other and their single mom beyond belief. Their banter and the silly jokes keep a smile on my face throughout the story. They are extremely supportive of each other, only wanting the best, even if they have some unorthodox ways of going about it. I hope the series continues with each the rest of their family finding their happily ever after.

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