What I love most about this author’s work is that she can sure write a book that will hold your attention. They are absolutely never boring, and this is another complex, messy romance with the kind of story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Was I always completely sold on it? No. There are some uncomfortable moments in here that got me a little shifty, but that’s all part of the journey. It’s a complicated ride from start to finish, with a storyline that’s riddled with triggers, often difficult, yet is nuanced and fascinating. The author made a concerted effort to showcase the parallels between two very different relationships, and I loved how it depicts that old saying that “there are two sides to every story.” It’s a little rough around the edges, but well worth a read if you’re looking for something original.
The story follows Alex and June, two people who were a huge part of each other’s lives until five years ago. Alex is June’s best friend’s brother, and it was starting to look like they’d make the transition from friends to lovers… until Alex’s sister died. Believing June to be responsible for the death of his sister, Alex cut her out of his life. But when an inheritance brings them together five years later, Alex and June are forced to work out their issues – by getting married. There’s no love lost between them now; Alex hates June for what happened, and feels nothing but anger and resentment towards her. It’s not an ideal situation for either one, and Alex has to finally acknowledge that he might not know the full story about what happened. And that June’s side of the story might change everything.
I’ll be clear right now: don’t read this if consent is a trigger for you. The reader learns about June’s history right away, and it’s a difficult one. The problem – and major source of conflict – is that Alex doesn’t know what June has gone through. That causes MAJOR tension between the two, and is the focal point of the story. Alex’s anger is understandable to a certain extent, but it’s also what brings on that uncomfortable feeling, especially with some of the physicality. I was hyperaware of it. The author has clear intent in certain scenes, showcasing the fine line between right and wrong. That’s part of what makes this such a bingeable read, but a complicated one as well. There were definitely moments when I wasn’t enjoying this, things I didn’t like, and it wasn’t until the second half that I was truly all in…. but I just couldn’t stop reading, and was up late into the night. That’s what earns this 5 stars more than anything; it’s so unique that you have to see how it all plays out. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this twisty romance.
I would do anything for my family, including marrying a man who hates me.
Not like I had a choice when the person who helped raise me tells me who I must marry in order to save my home.
When I came face to face with Alex Wilks again, the man who despises me and wishes I never stepped foot back into Kinder Falls after the day I left, I didn’t know what I was in for.
Alex was the boy I once idolized, but later, he became the man that broke my trust.
Both of us are reluctant to dig into the lies and secrets surrounding the night that broke us apart.
Because it might end up being the truth that destroys us.
We just have to survive one year.
The only thing is, we both have so much to lose.
But maybe everything to gain.
About the Author:
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Erica Marselas writes a little bit of everything. From sweet stalkers, to forbidden love, to rom comes, to young adult because she believes no love story is created equal and every story deserves to be told. Even the fictional ones. As long as she can dream it, she’ll write it.
When Erica isn’t writing she’s a wife, a mother of four little ones residing in Maryland.
Dt. Dr. Pepper is her drink of choice, but tequila keeps her sane. She’s a sucker for Christmas movies and serial killer documentaries.
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