Why did I want to read it?
I knew something was up between these two. When I first ‘met’ them in book 1, I knew there was chemistry there but at the same time, they really did seem to have a platonic friendship. And in this book, we get to delve in deeper to their relationship!
What worked for me?
This is a friends-to-lovers story but I love that at the core of it all are these two people who love each other deeply, no matter the label, be it friends or lovers.
I just loved how deeply Blue and Eddie feel. Blue is so tough but she’s got her fears and sadness buried beneath her tough girl exterior. And most of all, her fear of losing Eddie, gosh, it was so palpable and real. The author did such a fine job laying out all the worst that could happen should things not work out between these two, what they could stand to lose, and I can completely understand, especially for Blue, how that fear could paralyze her and why she kept pushing Eddie way before everything comes crashing down and they would be left with nothing but a shattered ten-year friendship. But at the same time, you just feel the pull between these two. The author writes tension and longing so beautifully.
As for Eddie, talk about your past coming to bite you in the ass. His string of failed relationships projected an image of him that is so in the negative scale when it came time to prove things could be different with Blue. I fell for him when he seemed so clueless about how he can show Blue that he could be together.What was unique about Eddie is that he had actual relationships, not just hook-ups, women he was with for as long as six months, which implied some kind of commitment on Eddie’s part. And Blue’s fear that she might be one of those women when the time came was just too real and too raw. But I loved how Maggie, Eddie’s twin brother Raf’s girlfriend said to Blue about how Eddie could have just been waiting for the right person to come along but had tried with all those women before, ending things with them when he must have felt that something was still missing.
I appreciated so much what I saw in Eddie’s character when it came to Blue. He’s almost pulling his hair out trying to figure out how to convince Blue and he never wished harder for anything than for Blue to not see him as someone with only temporary feelings. And as much as he wanted to push and push Blue until she gives in, I loved it when he realized that more than his own wishes or needs, the one thing that comes first and foremost, above all else, is Blue’s happiness. (And doesn’t that just want to make you draw rainbows?)
As always, I just love Sarah’s prose, her characterizations, and basically just the way she conveys all these emotions in different settings. And! This woman knows how to write about the hot and steamy stuff. Trust Sarah to give you love scenes that will have you fanning yourself. There’s so much intimacy in these scenes and I love how this ties perfectly to that special bond and connection between Blue and Eddie, all labels aside.
What did not work for me?
I wouldn’t exactly say that it didn’t work for me but there were times when I just wanted to shake Blue out of her fears and to make her stop from pushing Eddie away. But at the same time, I do understand her reasons.
My over-all take on it?
I wanted so much to read Eddie’s and Blue’s story and I’m really happy with how Sarah wrote this. It wasn’t what I initially imagined but I was so in the zone with these two as they navigated the realizations and transitions in their relationship. You’ll love the bone-deep care of their friendship, their intensity when they became intimate, and the strength of their characters as they face their worst fears.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
Sarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama “Neighbours” and co-creating teen drama series “Karaoke High”. Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels.
She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.
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