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I'm always on the lookout for a good mystery or thriller and the blurb for this one sounded quite promising. Unfortunately, the reality didn't quite live up to that promise. The story starts out mysterious enough with our main character finding a dead body, but it quickly becomes more about Willa and Seth's relationship than anything else. I like romance and may have been okay with that part had I cared enough about these characters to want to see them together. Willa turned me off from the beginning when she views finding the body as more inconvenience than anything else and seemed to only use the I'm sorry, this is my first time finding a dead body and I'm upset reasoning when it suited her. I can appreciate sarcasm and even gallows humor. In fact, I often like it in a story, but it just didn't work here. Willa comes off more crass and uncaring than anything else. I also realize that this is fiction and a certain amount of leeway can be given, but the idea that an ex-police officer would be allowed to walk through a crime scene and be that involved in an active investigation was a bit much for me. We do get a decent bit of action toward the end, but it just wasn't enough to save this one for me. The author does show some potential, but in the end, this character and story just wasn't for me and I don't think I'll explore the series further.
Now and then, I would come across a story, which tugs at heart, and bring little tears to my eyes. (No ugly crying) Now this is not an easy feat, few books have ever elicited that feeling. When a book leaves me feeling as if I was on an emotional roller coaster, I know I have found a winner. No Regrets by Aimee Noalane was one of those books.
No Regrets is a story about friendship, love and heartbreak. This story will gut you and leave you raw. The character’s emotions leapt off the pages, pulling me in and allowing me to connect every facet of their lives. What I loved most about this story is that it demonstrated the emotions of the protagonists. I experienced everything they both went through. The story was honest, poignant and raw. It delivered a powerful message about love, loss and friendship.
I loved the characters. Oliver and Abbygail have been best friends since they were both eight years old. I got a glimpse into this part of their lives, which paved the way to a better understanding of the depth of their friendship. Their actions were what one would expect from the typical teenager. Sometimes I wished I could knock some sense into them. Of the two, I found Oliver to be the least mature. I understood he had a lot dealing with, but instead of relying on his best friend, he pushed her away. Then there were the moments where he toyed with her feelings, which was unacceptable. One moment he made her feel that all would be well and the next he treats her with indifference.
For someone who struggles with abandonment issues, Abbygail proved to be a strong character. Never did she think to give up on her friendship with Oliver even though she would be justified if she did. She believed their friendship was worth saving and was determined to keep fanning the dying flames, with the hope it would revive.
I should warn you, the story ended on a cliff-hanger, but rest assured the remaining books are currently available. Therefore, there is no need for a long wait before jumping into the next installment. I cannot wait to see the outcome Oliver and Abbygails’ journey into adulthood.
I have no regret reading this story. I found the writing enjoyable; the story engaging and the characters relatable.