on July 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother, and my best protector.
He was my best everything.
He was mine.
Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.
Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.
But now she’s back, and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left.
Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?
I love discovering new authors, so I was excited to dive into this book. From the blurb, I knew this would be the type of story I love, second chance with loads of angst. This story definitely delivered on the drama. Kale and Lane’s journey is one of loss, hope, and family.
“Even though I moved thousands of miles away to escape him, every day for the past six years I woke up seeing those hazel eyes and fell asleep hearing that soothing voice. I couldn’t shake him whether I was half a world away or in the next room.”
The story alternates between the past and the present, told entirely from Lane’s POV. The book starts in the present when Lane is summoned home for her beloved Uncle’s funeral. It’s been six years since she’s been back, and she must confront everything she left behind. Right away, it’s clear that she has some significant history with Kale, her best friend from childhood. Slowly, the story unfolds through the years as Lane and Kale grow up together and become the adults we see in the present. Lane and Kale arrive at adulthood scarred and broken. They both have loved and lost, now more strangers than best friends.
“He was my best friend, my best not-really big brother and my best protector. He was my best everything. He was mine.”
I loved the contrast of past versus present Lane and Kale. The glimpses we see of them from a young age kept me intrigued, and I was anxious to finally find out what causes their separation for six years. On the other hand, both of the characters frustrated me at times. I wanted to shake some sense into them; lots of misunderstandings and miscommunication on both their parts.
I enjoyed seeing these two characters evolve and grow, and ultimately, overcome their past. I would definitely classify this as a slow burn; these two have a lot to work out before they can come together. I only wish we could have seen more of them actually being a couple. If you love drawn out love stories with lots of angst, this is the story for you.