“Reverie is my secret. Just like I’m hers.”
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I am a huge fan of Monica Murphy; so of course, I was intrigued when I discovered she was writing a mature young adult story. I was interested in how her writing style would differ and most importantly, could I fall in love with her younger characters?
Nick has been dealt a rough hand in life; he’s experienced more in his seventeen years than most adults have. On his release from Juvie, he is dealt a further blow, one that is quite life changing for a young man. Nick wants a better future for himself so he lands a job at Reverend Hale’s farm for the summer. Trouble comes in the shape of Reverie Hale, sweet seventeen and very off limits. Nick has to decide if she is worth putting his future in jeopardy.
Reverie Hale has a good girl image to uphold. Being forced into the limelight as Reverend Hale’s holy daughter at a young age has Reverie feeling trapped. She hasn’t experienced life and when Nick crosses her path with all his rough edges, Reverie knows it’s time to really start living.
“I want that. A special love, a boy who will want me and love me above all else, who will do anything for me. Do anything to have me…”
I enjoyed Nick and Reverie’s story, it really was one of first innocent love on Reverie’s part. Reverie’s voice might have read as young and naïve but I felt that was true to her character. She had limited life experience and I can remember myself at that age, going gaga over boys because they so much as threw a look in my direction.
“If I play my cards right, I’ll have a boyfriend for the summer. A real, bona fide boyfriend. Someone to create memories with, to do things with. Someone to fall in love with. That’s what I want more that anything. I want to experience..everything. I want to do it all with Nick. I want him to be mine. All mine.”
Nick was a little more complex. There was a little bit of confusion for me regarding his age and the timeline of the story in the beginning but perhaps that was an ARC error, with that aside, Nick has experienced the darker side of life. He wasn’t sheltered like Reverie and he certainly wasn’t innocent. His childhood friend Krista was happy to use and be used by Nick that was until Reverie came into Nick’s life and he realised his on-off relationship was Krista was toxic for them both, if only Krista went quietly but then again there would be no drama if she did!
The book was told mostly from Nick’s point of view interspersed with Reverie’s in the form of diary entries. There were a few moments when Nick and Reverie were about to connect or share something special only for it to switch to Reverie’s point of view and then she would gloss over it. I did feel myself wanting to read it through Nick’s eyes, I wanted to experience their tender moments in detail, in order to love their relationship completely.
I think the most important thing when reading this book, is to bear in mind that Reverie and Nick are YOUNG. Of course, everything is a drama when you are only seventeen, of course silly decisions will be made and at times, they will be naïve. That is the beauty of growing up, when Nick and Reverie meet, they have the opportunity to love, learn and make mistakes together. I think I was able to enjoy Nick and Reverie’s journey as I started the book with this mind set.
Their story does end on a cliffhanger, one I wasn’t expecting as I thought their story would be complete. It ends almost in a full circle and Nick is back where he began, it will be interesting to see how the events unfold as Reverie and Nick have a lot of growing up to do and their predicament will test the strength of their love.
His Reverie is not a high impact, emotional read. It’s a true to life, forbidden love story. If you enjoy young adult books and if you are a fan of Monica Murphy’s then you need to try this one today.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.
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