Published by Show N'ot Tell Publishing on Mar 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: eBook from Author
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Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player--he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.
River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She's been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she's stuck right in the middle of the brother's dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn't even know she's the ultimate prize.
Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl's hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.
Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself--or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all...
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I don’t read much new adult, contemporary, or romance books, so I approached this story without many expectations. What I got was an incredible story that felt me unable to move on. As I write this review, it’s been several days since I finished the book, and I still don’t want to even look at other books. I want more of this one.
The strength of this book is in the characters and the emotions. This is a fairly clean, new adult story with realistic 20-somethings. All the characters have jobs, and apartments, and friends, and lives. They do real life things, including acting awkward and occasionally like jerks. They are all relatable, and likeable, and in Adam’s case, totally swoon-worthy.
The only thing I don’t understand is River’s habit of wearing yoga pants or sweatpants without underwear. Really? Is that normal, because it seems weird and gross. But other than that, everything is awesome.
While I was reading the story, I had a hard time understanding how this was the start of a series. Yes, there are conflicts, but I didn’t see how they could continue without being dragged out unnecessarily. And then the ending came. And I was shocked. And horrified. And totally unable to comprehend or understand how an author could do that to the characters I love?! I just sat there wondering what just happened to my expected happy ending. Because OH MY GAWD! (Also, I became unable to think, or type, in full sentences.) Just a quick explanation: it’s not a deaded cliffhanger per se, but it’s definitely a situation that needs another book to resolve.
In conclusion, I’m going to insist that you need to read this book. Like now. I need company in my happiness, and swooning, and complete denial that there isn’t a happy ending. Also, I need more people to start telling the author that the next book needs to come sooner than the scheduled July 2014 date. How can she expect me to wait that long? Also, there appears to be 4 books scheduled for the series so far, which makes me terrifed. At least they are all scheduled for release this year.