Summary from Goodreads: Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.
When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and he moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.
Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job, she has friends, she’s content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?
New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
What drew me to this book was the spectacularly sexy cover and some raving reviews. I immediately hopped over to Amazon and grabbed it. It took me some time to get to it with my huge TBR pile staring at me. But once I got to it, I finished it in a day. It was a short read (193 pages).
The book hooked me in from the very first page and 35% into it, I was really liking it but by the time I reached 75%, I had mixed feelings. I had this love-hate relationship going on with the book.
Let me talk about things I loved. I loved the overall plot. It was new to some extent and I liked how the author dealt with it. I liked the main character, Evie. She is someone you take a liking to immediately. I loved the depth of the writing at some places. Here are some examples-
“I will prove to you that forever is not just a word, not just a measurement of unending time, but that forever is a place where I will treasure your heart.”
“And the thing about falling in love is that no matter where you are when it happens, you can’t help but to color those moments with beauty, even if you’re in a location of ugliness. He made what would have been a place of nightmares into a place to dream.”
Well, sappy, yes but I’m a hopeless romantic and love all kinds of sappy.
Yet another thing I liked was how some of the chapters started with a peek into the past and then the present unfolded. I have seen these two kinds of POVs (third omniscient and first person) going on side by side in a couple of other books and have grown to like it.
Now to come to things that I could have done without. The writing style was a bit new for me. At some places I found the details to be distracting rather than involving, like, what the main character is wearing right down to the details of the makeup. I did finally get used to it but I would have preferred a more cohesive writing style that didn’t break it up for me. Then again, though the plot is to some extent new, it has lots of repetitiveness and it doesn’t give a fresh feel. Despite more or less liking the main character, at times, she felt unreal and too perfect. Also, the concept of insta-love is something that kind of irks me so that didn’t really help.
And finally, the biggest flaw, the predictability. I love when a book keeps me on my feet and this one missed the mark by a lot. There were supposed to be a lot of twists and turns but either I have a really sharp mind or the author didn’t conceal it properly because it was right in my face and I could tell what was going to happen next. And that didn’t work out for me.
Overall, if you’re looking for a sappy, sexy love story with a decent pace but predictable plot, this is the one for you.