Series: Second Chances #2
Genres: Best Friends Sister, College, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Karlie Reed has been crushing on Holden Marks for as long as she can remember. The problem? He’s eight years older than her and her brother’s best friend.
One night, when things get out of hand, they make a pact. They’ll spend the summer together and when Karlie goes to Joffrey Ballet School, their affair will end.
No emotions, no hearts broken.
But nothing is that easy.
When the unexpected happens, Karlie and Holden are rocked to the core.
Karlie will run.
But will Holden fight for her?
I had high hopes for this book, largely because I’m kind of a huge fan of the whole best friends little sister thing, and I love when two people have to hide their relationship from others. So when we meet Karlie and Holden things aren’t exactly what I would call romantic. There is an age gap between the two of them and while Karlie definitely has a thing for Holden, he is a bit on the stand offish side with her. Until of course we find out that it is because he is has a thing for her too.
Karlie is young, and lives with her older brother, and to say she is babied by her older brother would probably be a huge understatement. In fact I had a big problem with the way that Karlie allows for the people in her life to baby her. She’s might be young, but she’s an adult, so I mean why would she allow her brother to continue treating her like she was a child. I did like that she did go for what she wanted with Holden though, I mean she clearly wanted him, and even though she knew that it was a situation that her brother would not approve of, she went for it anyways.
Of course this whole thing doesn’t play out the way either of them expected. I don’t want to ruin it with a spoiler, but let’s just put it this way, something horrible happened, everyone found out about Karlie and Holden, and in the end Karlie just ran away, went to Joffrey to be a ballerina and left everything that happened behind her. Although I’m not sure that you could really say that Karlie left everything behind her, the situation haunts her.
Holden turns out to be a really good guy. I liked him a lot over the course of the book. He really cares about Karlie, he cared about her before things even picked up between them. And when everything comes to a head, he really tries his best to do the right thing by Karlie. I could totally understand why he stepped back, I don’t know that anyone knows how to handle these types of things 100% correctly.
I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but I think I was thinking it was going to be a bit on the lighter side. I’m not annoyed that it wasn’t more lighter, but I do wish I had connected more with the couple. I liked Karlie, I liked Holden. I didn’t love them as a couple. I mean they seem okay, but I didn’t have strong feelings for them one way or another. Also there is a significant portion of the book where these two are separate, and I don’t know how much I enjoyed those parts of the book. If you are looking for a happy go lucky book, this book is not for you, but if you are looking for something that has the possibility of pulling on your heartstrings, this might be the book for you.