I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by: Self Published
on February 27, 2017
Genres: Coming Of Age, Contemporary Romance
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An epic, three-book saga of forbidden love coming 2017.
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken...no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.
Jessica Hawkins, why do I all of a sudden want to travel back to the 90’s? Why do I want to binge on Pink Floyd and Pearl Jam, rockin’ some kick ass adidas sneakers? And Daria? What the hell happened to Daria? Oh, the good ole days, where adulting wasn’t mandatory. I miss that. But girl!!!!!! My heart hurts in the best possible way! My stomach is in knots! Your words are ALWAYS so powerful and poetic. I don’t know how you do this to me every single time. How am I supposed to survive this series?!?! I know you like to make us work for a happily ever after, but DAMN WOMAN…what am I supposed to do with my life now?!
“Someone else would be her first love. Some other man would be the first to cherish her. The first to ruin her. It couldn’t be me.”
Ok, I’m going to be honest and tell you that I was a little weary of reading this book. When you read the blurb you get the sense that there are not two, but THREE people involved and it is sure to get messy. I for one, am not a big fan of love triangles, but when Jessica Hawkins sends you a book that she wrote, all of my weariness and concerns needed to be pushed to the side because in my heart of hearts, I knew that Jessica would not lead me astray. I trust her. I trust in her writing. I trust her to take me where I’m supposed to go through this journey. And boy let me tell you, SOMETHING IN THE WAY took me FAR and WIDE. It took me out of my comfort zone and straight into the fire. I was invested INSTANTLY in the well-being of these characters. I ADORED one. I HATED one. I was HESITANT of the other. My heart broke many times and many times it wouldn’t fit back together.
To say this book pushes boundaries, would be an understatement. Some people will love it. Some will be shocked with the lines that are crossed, but in the end, you were warned that this is a forbidden love story. Really think about that before starting this book. In the end, all you need to know that Ms. Hawkins’ beautiful prose shines throughout this book. Her characters will take your heart and do what they will with it. There is so much angst in this book, that you will not know what to do with yourself. You will have anxiety and a myriad of emotion will overwhelm you with every turn of the page. Manning and Lake will embed themselves in your heart right away and there will be no looking back. The cliffhanger is strong with this one guys, so be prepared for anything. Again, you are warned that this is a ‘three-book saga’ so bare down and take it like a champ. I’m invested. I’m addicted. I’m overwhelmed with the love I have for these characters. I’m over the moon that I have something to look forward to from this author. The beauty is real. The heartbreak is severe. The love is harsh but true. There is nothing better than experiencing a love story with so much heart and soul in between the pages. Jessica Hawkins has done it again! Simply stunning!