Audience: New Adult Romance
Length: 352 pages
Author: Mila Gray
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Release Date: December 8th, 2015
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Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend’s sister, Jessa – the one girl he can’t have.
But Kit’s not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa’s falling for his irresistible charms.
What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.
When summer’s over and it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa’s finally following her dreams and Kit’s discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.
Jessa’s prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they’re forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.
This book is fast paced and rarely lets up. That first chapter already put me on my toes and I read this incredibly fast because HOW COULD I NOT FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS.
The first half of the book wasn’t my favorite. It felt like the whole focus was just about Kit and Jessa sleeping together. How often could they find time alone together kinda thing. When other aspects of their whirlwind romance were brought up they were SO SWEET. I was smitten with the loving way Kit treated Jessa and how tight their bond was childhood (brother’s best friend trope!!).
I loved the second half. It was devastating and raw. I felt emotionally gut punched and had to know that a positive ending was imminent (thank goodness it was). Many bittersweet moments. I appreciated that things seemed true to life and I could completely understand both main characters actions and decisions as grief consumed them. A touching read that I’d definitely recommend!
Overall audience notes:
- NA Contemporary Romance
- Language: some strong
- Romance: multiple open door
- Trigger/Content Warnings: PTSD (from war), a potentially abusive parent (hinted at, but not seen on page), loss of a loved one, depictions of grief/depression/survivor guilt