Why I read it
I love everything Tara puts out!
What I rated it
What it’s about
Five years. I would’ve stayed away longer if I hadn’t received the letter. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about her, haven’t missed her smile, haven’t wished that things were different.
The last time I saw my two best friends, I vowed to not stand in the way of their happiness, even if that meant I couldn’t be a part of their lives. Cameron James and her emerald-green eyes were too much of a temptation and I couldn’t stay and watch them together. Cameron deserved better than me. She deserved him.
But now that I am back, things are different. I’m not going to stand by and watch the woman I’ve always loved slip away again. I’m done living my life with regrets and I’m ready to tell her the truth. And I’ll do whatever it takes to show her that I always wished she was mine.
Wow! I LOVED THIS BOOK!
First of all, there hasn’t been a Tara Sivec book I’ve met that I haven’t loved yet, but even in Tara’s world, some books “stick” with me better or longer than others. Fisher’s Light, for example, is one I still rave about when people ask me for a book recommendation with “all the feels”. This book is ranked right up there with that on the feels scale!
I’ve been having a hard time finding my reading mojo lately. So many books I’ve started, but leave me feeling blah, and never get finished. However, this book was SO GOOD, I couldn’t put it down! Cover to cover in an almost record speed!
First, let’s talk about Aiden, the hero. So many times, I just wanted to yell at him! He was so stubborn! He was also on a path of self-destruction until an event triggers his return home. Of course, he’s not going to quit his self-destructive ways overnight, making me want to reach through the pages and knock some sense into him! But his stubbornness kept me hooked to the pages, hoping he would finally wake up and see what was right in front of him!
Cameron was the type of strong female heroine I love to read! While strong and independent, she is also vulnerable. People look to her to be strong for them when they cannot, and she takes on other’s burdens as her own. It takes a toll on her, but she is always putting those she loved and cared for above herself. I LOVED her!
While I typically tend to steer away from books where there is a lot of back and forth between past and present, this one didn’t bother me. I think it really helped to understand where the characters were coming from, and what led them to their (albeit ridiculous) decisions. (Or lack of decisions, in some cases.)
And let’s address that elephant in the room… Everett. The third part to the trio. How heartbreaking was his story?! (Sorry for the vaguebooking, trying to keep spoiler-free!)
Overall, this was such an amazing book, and I loved it!