Impressive. Honestly, if I had been handed this book and known nothing about this author (which I honestly know very little) I would never have guessed that this was her first book. This was so fantastic.
A childhood bully/bullied, enemies to lovers story, this one had all the buildup I look for. The kissing was scorching hot and honestly the entire relationship developed amazingly well.
While I started out feeling this had similarities to another recent book I have read, this steered quickly into new territory and the story grew quite beautifully. Brody’s childhood and his relationship with his mother was just heartbreaking. But the love and devotion that transpired tapped into the feels something hard. Phew. I was a mess.
For the first time in Owen’s memory, the long table his grandfather built over 40 years ago, was filled with family-blood and chosen.
Family indeed. This had such a strong sense of family. Of love. Of commitment. And of support. These moments were simply beautiful.
I have heard more is to come from this author and eagerly await more on Jonah. He was a quiet force but so compassionate and strong. And Gabe…wow! Look out. I am so in love with this character. His style, his wit and his love for Brody was written perfectly. In addition, the banter with Leslie was just so well done and genuine. Every scene felt real.
I adored the aunts, the mothers and even sweet and confused Nate. Cannot wait to see more from this guy as well.
Overall, I adored every moment of this book and cannot find one thing to complain about. LOL
** Highly Recommended**
An ARC was received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.