T-O-X-I-C. Not gonna lie, this couple might be better off if they’d never met. This is the perfect example of why I vastly prefer duets to trilogies, because this couple is more broken now than when they started. And I like them less than I did before. If you’re an angst-lover, that might be a selling feature for you; this is an emotional rollercoaster, and I’ve got to imagine that the only way to go is up. Because things aren’t looking too good for our couple right now.
This picks up right where The Art of Falling for You left off, with Bay and Dare coming face-to-face for the first time in four years. It’s imperative that you start there first. I won’t go into a lot of storyline details, but will say that both Bay and Dare are different people than when they were together last, yet also fundamentally the same. Bay harbors a ton of anger for what happened, and Dare is burdened by endless guilt. It’s heartbreaking to see how much their breakup has impacted them both.
I guess my biggest issue with this is that Bay has kind of lost me. Yes, Dare did a bad thing at the end of the last book, but was it terrible enough to warrant the way Bay treats him now? I don’t think so. He’s already been used and abused in his childhood, so I really don’t want to see that happening in his adult life either – even if it’s in a different way. Dare has clearly been in a state of limbo since things ended, and while I appreciate that in certain aspects of his life, it’s not healthy in others. And that all comes to a head here.
I don’t know what to think going into the final book. Honestly, this significantly dampened my enthusiasm for their love story, and it’s gonna take a lot to pull me back in. The writing is still very solid and I’m confident that fans of angst will love this – it’s emotional, messy, and I have no idea what’s going to happen next. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this second chance romance.
I don’t deserve her forgiveness, but I can’t stop fighting for it.
Bay ran from me four years ago and I can’t blame her. I broke her heart and my own with one split second mistake.
Now we’re thrown together for four weeks. Training camp after the draft is the final step to cement my pro football careers, but after seeing her again, she’s the only future I want.
If I were a better guy, I’d walk away and let her live her life. Maybe I haven’t learned my lesson yet because I can’t stop thinking about her. And I won’t stop until she knows how much I still love her.
The sins of my past are hard to run from, but I’ll battle every single one, if it means one more chance with her.
The Sin of Kissing You is the second book in the new Fulton U universe sports romance, Falling trilogy.
Start the series with The Art of Falling for You
The Hate of Loving You releases on May 8th*
*I read the blurb for the final book on Amazon after writing this review, and I’m… not enthused. I may not finish the trilogy.
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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