I once again find myself in that strange position with a book where I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either, and to simply say that I liked it seems too easy of an out because I did get immersed in it and want to see how everything worked itself out in the end. So, to give the book it’s due, let’s say that it fascinated me.
Josh and Hadley fascinated me. That actually does sound right because while my heart broke for what they had endured at a young age, I didn’t really like either of them. I felt empathy for them. I understood that their actions, or lack thereof, were direct results of the trauma they experienced, but they were so highly frustrating at times and, IMHO, did things so half-assed backwards that tossing my Kindle in the freezer just wouldn’t have been enough and I love my precious too much to slam it against the wall. But, they were fascinating subjects to watch as they stumbled through their issues in order to get to their HEA, which can only be placed in the realm of ‘they aren’t necessarily good for each other, but they aren’t good for anyone else.’
It took me a bit to get fully invested in the book because the beginning felt a little choppy, but after a few chapters it smoothed out a bit and I got into the flow of the story. The story is told in solo 1st person POV via Josh and I thought it was done well. I don’t want to give too much away but if you have issues with abuse of any kind there are subjects that pop up in the book that could be a trigger. For a debut novel, I thought it was done well and will be keeping an eye out for future books by Ms. King.
~ ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Hadley saved my life . . . and I ruined hers
Hadley's my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets . . . except one. My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it's the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words . . .
Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole-sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I'll do anything to fix it.
I'll never leave her again. I won't ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I'm terrified that if I tell her everything, she'll never forgive me. I'm even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs . . . it's a debt I'm determined to repay.
Tyler King was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Creative Writing. As a journalist, her work has appeared in Orlando magazine and Orlando Business Journal, among other publications. She is a proud army spouse currently living in Virginia with her husband.