That ending? And that cliffhanger? DEVASTATING. The kind of devastating that makes you want to start reading the followup immediately. I’m really, really – emphasis on the really – not a trilogy girl, but this story has me hooked and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. While this is a full-length novel (and not a short one), it felt like a lot of setup for the main event. Understanding this couple’s history is essential to their future, so I completely get why it was necessary, but I’m much more interested in the present day. These characters are complex and interesting, and I love the backstory that the author has set up for our hero. He is… well, he’s a bit of a mess, but I love that about him. Seeing how that all plays out in the future should very interesting.
The story follows Dare, a high school senior who has one last chance to make it out of his hometown. He’s lived with an abusive father for years, and it’s shaped him into the guy he is now – a strong, temperamental football player with hopes of going pro. Football is his shot at making a better life for himself, and it’s become the center of his world. That is, until Bay enters the picture. She’s gone to school with Dare for a few years now and has lived next door for months, but it’s not until Dare hears her playing guitar that he takes notice. The more Dare discovers about Bay, the more he likes, and she soon becomes a bright spot in his otherwise bleak life.
I’ll openly admit to being hesitant going into this. I love a standalone, like a duet, and generally avoid trilogies, but I’m a fan of this author’s work, so I decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did. This foundational portion of the series is important going forward, and I kind of liked that it was a whole book devoted to the past. It’s a slow burn that takes a little bit to build up the romance, but I was invested in Dare’s story from the start. Theirs is a relationship that fumbles along the way (probably too much), but I love the sides they bring out in each other. There’s some teenage melodrama and miscommunication that wasn’t my favorite, but I’ve got to imagine that both Dare and Bay will be different people going forward. And that’s all I’ll say about that. The ending broke my heart, and I can’t wait until the author puts it back together again – the good news is that it will be very soon. I received an early copy via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sweet, slow burn romance.
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“Are you stalking me?”
“We live right next door to each other, New Girl.”
Bay Bishop aka The New Girl is my new neighbor. In her glasses and stage crew black clothes she has a knack for fading into the background.
She’s probably the only one who rolls her eyes when I walk past instead of cheering on my last touchdown play. But before I can shove her into the recesses of my mind filed under “Not my problem” she lands herself smack dab in the middle of my dreams.
I catch her singing with a voice unlike any I’ve heard before that taps into feelings I shouldn’t have for the girl who avoids me at all costs.
With three months until graduation, the final play is on. Only it’s not for more points. It’s for Bay.
Unlike my success on the field, this win is anything but assured. But I can’t stop myself from taking the risk.
There’s no flashing scoreboard.
There’s no cheering crowd.
There’s only her and me.
The countdown clock is ticking. The only thing scarier about finding my first love will be losing her.
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The Sin of Kissing You will be here on April 8th!
*Warning: bypass the blurb on Amazon if you don’t want spoilers. I think it says too much.
About the Author:
Maya Hughes, that’s me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.
I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.
I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum.
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