“I don’t have all the pieces to fix this beautiful, trapped, broken man, but I do have one piece and it’s mine to give… For how ever long he wants it.
I love this book!!!
If you loved Ten Tiny Breaths, you’ll love this one too! It was different in many ways and definitely stood on it’s own but it had that same spark! I just could not put it down!
I have to say this story really surprised me. It went in a really different direction than I was expecting and I just LOVED that about it! See, it was actually a bit of a forbidden romance. Here’s the set up:
Livie was always mature for her age and after the tragedies her family suffered through, she grew up too fast too soon. Her shrink just wanted her to to let loose and LIVE a little and so her sister, Kasey, takes her out partying. She wakes up the next day with very fuzzy memories, a brand new tattoo on her back and in a room full of people, one of whom happens to be Ashton.
To her horror, Ashton seems to remember everything but… seems more than happy to forget it. Much to her disappointment. At this point, she meets his best friend Connor who is pretty much perfect, gorgeous, Irish and totally the kind of guy she could see herself with while Ashton is gorgeous, mysterious, but more than a bit of a man-whore and is hiding something underneath it all. But even with this perfect guy in front of her, she can’t stop thinking about the one who shouldn’t be on her mind…. Ashton.
“… you’re not a fuck-buddy kind of girl and he’s not boyfriend material. Clearly.”
As the story goes on, Ashton keeps insisting that they shouldn’t be together, that he isn’t good for her… and something about it makes her wonder if there’s more to his story than meets the eye.
“He looks away for a minute and I watch his jaw clench… “Because you’re not a one-night-stand girl, Irish.” Leaning in to place a kiss on my jawline, he whispers. “You’re my forever girl.”
Ashton was just the kind of hero I love. Broken/tortured heroes just break my heart in a way that just makes me fall even harder for them and Ashton was definitely one of those characters. Between that and just his whole attitude and all the swoony and sweet things he did, I found it impossible not to fall in love with him.
It was all about the little things… flirty comments, a glance that has so much meaning, a little touch that lingers too long, a glimpse into something deeper behind the carefree exterior.
But I have to say that when his back story came out, it seriously just made my heart hurt. It’s bad, guys. Really bad. I was trying to think and figure out what exactly his reasons could be for staying away but nothing that I came up with made sense. But when the reason was brought out into the open, it totally and completely explained EVERYTHING. It was very well put together, took me by surprise and ended up being fully believable given the context of the story.
As for Livie, I really liked watching her journey as she figured out what she wanted most out of her life. Up until now, she’d always taken the safe road. The right road. Connor was safe, right, perfect. And Ashton wasn’t. This story was about her letting go, learning to live, and learning to choose with her heart over her head.
“Life has a funny way of creating it’s own tests. It throws curve balls that make you do and think and feel things that are in direct conflict with what you had planned and don’t allow you to operate in terms of black and white.”
I loved watching Livie and Ashton dance around each other a bit in the beginning. The reason I called this a forbidden romance is that there were genuine reasons why they couldn’t be together at first and so everything between then was in these little, emotionally charged stolen moments.
I’m not usually a fan of love triangles but the reason I was totally okay with this book was that you could tell right from the start that Livie and Ashton were right for each other. There was really no question there. It was just a matter of figuring out how they’d end up together.
The entire book was really well-written but I also have to say that the scene where Livie figured out what had happened to Ash in his past was just phenomenal. I felt like I discovered it right alone with her and came to the realization at the same moment that she did. That moment? Omg I was just right THERE. I teared up, got chills. It was really emotional and I loved it.
The story wasn’t a fast build but I enjoyed the pacing. Around 50% in, my heart really started to race as the layers built. The detailing and character development was so engaging that honestly I just wanted to read this in one sitting. Add that to the fact that broken/tortured heroes are just my all-time favorite and really this book just hit all the right marks with me. I cared, really CARED about the characters and the story.
There is definitely steam in this book but it’s very tastefully written and not graphic. But trust me, you’ll feel it!
I also loved that we got to see quite a bit of Kasey and Trent in this. I think it’s wonderful when, in sequels, the characters from the first book are remembered and included. It gives the whole story a really wonderful, well-rounded feeling.
Oh and yes, there is a happy ending! Fully resolved, no cliffhanger!
I love the whole interconnected sort of family network that has been built between this book and the first one. I’ve heard that the next book will be about Cain (he’s so mysterious! I want to know more!) and then Ben. I really can’t wait!!
Each of the books in this series can technically be read as stand alones but I do suggest reading them in order if you can.
I highly recommend this series!
Each book in the series is about a different couple and can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading them in order because they are interconnected.