Published by Macmillan Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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How did my life get so broken? It’s a question Lacey St. James asks herself every day. Stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker exboyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out.
And then, she meets Everett, who changes her entire existence.
Everett is an outsider who’s housesitting his family’s mansion off the coast, and for reasons Lacey can’t understand, he’s completely transfixed by her. He seems determined to show her that life can offer more than she’d ever hoped for, if only she believes in herself. She desperately yearns to trust him, but what happens when she finds out that everything he’s told her is a lie?
I really liked this book, for a number of reasons. First off, I feel like I should warn you, if you are looking for a lighthearted, cute, flirty, romance this probably isn’t the book for you. This book has a lot of serious issues in them, and in my opinion they give the characters a lot more depth to them.
To say that Lacey lives a hard home life would be an understatement. After her father died, she finds out he isn’t her biological father, and her mother moves her into their grandmothers trailer where she is abused emotionally and physically. And if that isn’t enough a bad experience in high school basically results in her being emotionally scarred and dropping out of high school. And then there is her boyfriend…Macon… there really are no words for this d-bag. You really need to read him to experience his extreme un-likability. Through everything though Lacey keeps pushing forward, she has plenty of moments of doubt, and sure she thinks about giving up, but she doesn’t. She has a little brother who she loves and cares about, and she knows she has to keep going to do well for both herself and her little brother. And I like that about Lacey, any time a women, or a person for that matter, can go through so many hard times and keep a good head on her shoulders and keep going, moving forward, just shows how strong people can really be.
I liked Everett too, I liked that he was a good guy right from the beginning of the book. He meets Lacey in a bar, and when her abusive boyfriend shows up and makes a scene, he protects her without even a second thought. I also like that the more he gets to know Lacey, he never once tries to push her into anything, he gives her space, and really is just a good friend to her first and foremost. Everett does come from a bit of a tortured past though, he has some secrets that he definitely doesn’t want anyone to know about. And unfortunately for him, lies (even those of omission) always seem to get out.
The secondary characters in this book were really well done. The grandmother’s evilness (and I don’t use that lightly) just leaps of the page. Clare is one of the first people in the book to stand up for her at work, and ends up being a true friend. Cherise is also a great character, she’s a bartender with a serious feisty side, my kinda girl. I wouldn’t mind the author writing a book about Cherise truth be told.
I think the book is really well written, it was enjoyable from beginning to end, and it was easy to really bond with and in some cases identify with the characters in the book. I would easily recommend this book to anyone looking for a new adult romance that has characters with some serious depth to them.