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Author: Erin Butler
Publisher: Entangled Embrace, Entangled Publishing
Print Length: 151 pages
Release Date: December 28th, 2015
Although aimed at the New Adult readers, this is a very emotive story that will appeal to a much wider audience.
This book is full of angst and turmoil. As teenagers, Ronan (aka Bear), Chase, Kyle and Kyle’s sister, Kelsey, were the dream team of friends, supporting, encouraging and caring for each other. When Kyle died in a car accident when Chase was driving, Ronan struggles to come to terms with it all – losing one best friend because of the actions of another made him feel like he’d lost them both and months later he’s still struggling to forgive Chase, which also means he’s troubled because Kyle made him promise to look after Kelsey – and she won’t let him near till he’s forgiven Chase.
Emma Stewart was on the periphery of the friendship group, a friend of Kelsey’s who joined in with them sometimes. She secretly had a crush on Ronan but is now in an abusive relationship with Nat. She goes to visit Nat on holiday, driving miles to see him, only to be rejected and told to stay home. She has a near accident on her journey home and Ronan comes to her rescue. Their journey home is the start of a relationship for the two but there’s much more to come before they’ll have a chance at achieving a HEA!
Although this is the second book in the series, it works well as a stand alone – I haven’t read the first book and still really enjoyed this one. Exploring grieving, abusive relationships and young love could make this a sad read but it is anything but. Written in an easy to relate to, empathetic manner, this is a lovely story to get lost in. The angst and turmoil experienced is related by the use if different points of view used in the story, making it simple to understand where the key characters are coming from and going to.
This is a captivating story that I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys their romance to have much more to the story, exploring difficult situations and emotional responses.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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