Series: Games #2
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is all right. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she’s never been—and into the arms of Adrian Westfall.
To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies’ man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his façade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.
Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together—or tear them apart forever?
I always get wrapped up into whatever book I’m reading, but this is the first book in a while to actually make me tear up, so props to the author for that! My readers know I am on a serious New Adult kick at the moment and this book fit right into it. These two people had some serious things to overcome in their past, a lot of heartache and tragedy, and unfortunately for both of them they were both stuck living in their tragedy rather than moving on from it.
So Delaney has it a bit rough at the moment, her mom is on I think her third or fourth suicide attempt, her dad is in person for killing a child while driving drunk, and her brother is one big bottle of angry (no matter how hard he tries to be their for his sister). Delaney really wants to fix things for her family, find a way to move past all the bad and heal, and more than that she also wants to make amends to the family of the boy her father killed, even though she wasn’t even there when it happened and was still a kid. I think she thinks if she can make everyone else better than she can make herself feel better, it’s an awful lot for one person to carry around. I liked Delaney, she’s kind and she had a good heart, everything she does comes from a good place, not a single ounce of malice in her. Plus the girl has to be some kind of strong in order to be going through what she is going through and still have some optimism left in her.
Adrian on the other had is just tragically lost. The boy who died was his family, and more than that he died in front of him, and he blames himself. It’s actually really hard to read Adrian POV sometimes because he is just so broken, and it’s totally understandable why he is the way he is, but it just tugs at your heartstrings. He puts on a brave face for the people he calls his friend, while never actually letting them in. And pot is really his only way of calming himself, his escape if you will. Plus side for Adrian is he is a pretty respectful guy, and he knows that he is broken, and doesn’t want to inflict any pain on anyone else. However when he and Delaney start getting to know each other he really does start to open up and in a way start to heal, if only he knew the truth about her and her family.
Obviously it probably would have been better for Delaney to tell Adrian up front about who she was, but it’s understandable. It’s a really good journey to follow along with these two people to watch them both grow and move on. There is also a bit of twist/reveal in the book (which I so want to talk about but won’t ruin for anyone who hasn’t read it) that made me seriously tear up. Any book that can get me to connect enough with the characters and plot to make me tear up definitely gets a recommendation from me. So if you like new adult and romance I would say this book is definitely worth a read, you won’t be disappointed.