*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
The Truth About Us was a moving and touching love story. As I didn’t reread the synopsis before I started this book I did not know what to expect, and after the first two chapters I was hooked.
Sophia Ross and Corbin Kasey were such interesting and likable characters I was intrigued around the mystery that surrounding them both, and from the very beginning I wanted to know their story it was one of the reasons I didn’t want to put this book down.
“Do you ever feel like life has already passed you by? Like you’re dead in a sea of lies with nothing or no one around to talk to. No one who understands what it feels like to not be in control of a single facet of your life? Even your death.” “Yeah, I do.” ~ Sophia
Both Sophia and Corbin are drawn to each other; there is an attraction, chemistry, but it’s not instanst love. They are both are dealing with so much, have secrets, demons that have left them slightly broken and damaged with issues yet, on the other hand, they are both strong in so many ways, and once their stories started to unfold my heart went out to both of them.
“I have secrets inside me that burn so bad that I can barely stand it. Some days I hate everything I represent. I’m a coward, an asshole and a liar. Under it all, that’s what I am” ~ Corbin
I loved the storyline it was about love, heartache, facing the truth, secrets, self-discovery, healing, and friendships. It was an emotional read at times; I found myself laughing one minute and then reaching for the tissues the next. It is told in both Sophia and Corbin’s POV, which I loved as it allowed me to connect to their emotions, so raw and heartbreaking at times. I loved watching Sophia and Corbin’s relationship grow, I loved their passion, and how they open up to each other and faced their demons.
“Every time I open my mouth around him, my inner thoughts come bubbling out” ~ Sophia
“Something about her makes me want to tell her all the things inside me that I barely want to admit to myself” ~ Corbin
This book definitely kept me guessing with a few twist and turns, and the last 30% made for some intense and anxious reading. I was on the end of my seat chewing and chewing my fingernails. One part of me wanted to read the book really quickly so I could get to the end and know what was going to happen, and the other part wanted me to slow down and take my time, as I did not want the story to end.
I loved the secondary characters, there were so many that added to the story as such great friends, Rich was sweet, Tobie was such a support and a true friend. I just love the way she was with Sophia, and the things she does for her. This story showed that family doesn’t have to be the family you were born into, something that I can definitely relate to.
“I know you don’t know me very well Sophia, but I see you struggling. I hope some day you’ll find me worthy of your confidence”~ Tobie
“Once you set eyes on the right one, you might as well be dead because your heart no longer beats for you, your world no longer spins on its’ own, your soul is wrapped up in that single gaze and handed over freely. Everything you do from that day forward, whether you like it or not, will be for her; and her only.”~ Rich
Overall, I really enjoyed this debut novel from TJ Hannah it was very impressive. I liked the ending, but I was left with a few questions. TJ doesn’t leave you with a cliffhanger, but without an epilogue I know that there is more to come. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, and to find out what is next for Sophia, Corbin and some of the secondary characters.
If you are looking for an emotional read that flows well, is beautifully written and has characters that you are going to fall in love with then I recommend you one click this book today as you wont be disappointed.
“You and me, sweet Sophia. Nothing that feels this good ends well.” ~ Corbin
“We can’t both be broken and maybe that’s why we work. We are each other’s distraction, going back and forth until we can breath again.” ~ Sophia
“You charmed me sweet Sophia. You stood out to me” ~ Corbin
“I barely know you, and you’ve change my world” ~ Sophie
“I’m a guy who looked at a girl once and the girl looked back. So it’s not all bad. It’s never all bad.” ~ Corbin
“It makes me feel like maybe I can figure out how to live again. Right now, I just want to live in him. I want to live in all of him.” ~ Sophia
“The truth is she doesn’t need to be mine, because I’m already hers. For as long as she wants me I’m here. ~ Corbin
TJ Hannah is a Canadian author working on her first NA novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT US, while juggling a few other personalities and living multiple lives. She loves to be outside or writing but preferably writing outside. TJ is also easily appeased with a good book, a comfortable couch, and a glass of wine.
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