*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review
The synopsis for this book completely drew me in when I read it. It sounded exciting, emotional, and angsty. Everything I look for in a story.
Brooks, Branch, and Katy grew up together. Not only was Katy the twins neighbor, but also their best friend. When tragedy strikes Katy's family, due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, she moves in with the twins' parents. Along the way, feelings arise. Katy is caught in the middle of these two brothers. After she chooses, it was obvious to me that she chose wrong. She obviously had feelings for the other twin, but due to some manipulation, she ends up staying with the wrong twin.
Years pass, and its the night before their wedding. After the twin that was in the military comes back to be the best man, all those feelings that never went away resurfaced. They finally come out with how they felt about each other, which leads to them sleeping together. Katy wakes up the next morning and realizes that there is no way she is going to face the family after what she did, so she flees to another state. I wanted Katy to to stand up and yell from the rooftops her love for him and have enough faith that the family that raised her, would love her no matter what. I wanted her to be strong and brave enough to let all of her feelings be known.
At this point in the story, I was loving all the emotions and angst that Jennifer Foor threw at me, but I had a little bit of a problem with the middle of this book. Katy is now living in a small-town. After finding out some huge news, she decide to keep it to herself and not contact anyone from her family. Around this time is when she meets Bobby. As soon as I met Bobby, I knew he was too good to be true; I was right. He was batshit crazy! More than once I found myself yelling at Katy to get out and leave him, but that doesn't happen. The love of her life is now back in her life, but she's already married to Bobby.
I disliked Branch. From the very beginning, I knew he was hiding something and I was right. Brooks I completely loved. He was pretty great; he was there for Katy when she most needed a shoulder to cry on or just someone to be there. He was protective of Katy and completely likeable.
Overall, I liked the story. It had a strong beginning and ending, but the pace slowed down in the middle. I loved the angst and drama, and most of all, Brooks!
“Brooks, the man that I shattered and abandoned, had given me more than his heart that night we’d made love. He’d give me something even more fragile.”
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I was an early fan of the Mitchell series by Jennifer Foor so I was looking forward to reading this new story, the synopsis intrigued me and I needed to find out more.
Katie Michaels is dealt a tough hand in life, losing both her parents in the September 11 attacks, she moves in with her parent’s best friends. That also means she will be living under the same roof as Branch and Brooks, twin brothers who also happen to be Katie’s best friends since birth. But growing up, friendship turns into more and when feelings and hormones get involved, the happy trio break apart. Katie makes her decision to be with Branch even though that’s not where her true feelings lie, a lot of miscommunication and manipulation goes on.
The night before her wedding to Branch, Brooks returns from the army and Katie can no longer deny her feelings. Brooks thinks this is the start of their life together but Katie is so ashamed with her actions and the consequences that she flees her hometown and the only family she has left.
The years that follow are full of ups and downs, Katie starts over in a new town and builds new relationships. Leaving Brooks behind may have been the hardest thing she had to do but raising his daughter alone and without his knowledge proves even harder. Katie marries her friend Bobby for convenience and comfort, she is up front that her heart lies with Brooks and Bobby is ok with that to begin with, believing her feelings will change with time.
When Brooks reappears Katie’s life is once again up in the air. She has to gain Brooks forgiveness, escape from crazy Bobby and confront her ex-fiancé Branch, all the while protecting her daughter. It all goes down in this book and you are in for one roller coaster ride!
The story started strong for me, there were tears when Katie lost her parents, and I liked getting to know Branch and Brooks. It was clear from the start that Katie should have been with Brooks but they were both young and Branch made it impossible for them to be together. When Katie left town and started over, the pacing of the story slowed down. It’s not often I think time jumps are a good idea but in this case I think it would have worked, we got a lot of Katie’s life on her own and her relationship with Bobby. When I’m reading a romance, I need the connection with the two main characters, so for Brooks to be missing for half the book this did take away some of my enjoyment. I wanted Bobby’s role summarised and Brooks’ expanded.
Brooks was my favourite character by far, even though his actions when he was younger were questionable, I loved the man he became and he really was sweet, protective and kind. The scenes with his daughter melted my heart. Katie on the other hand frustrated me at times, I wished for more character growth on her behalf. She did a lot of running, avoiding and blaming herself. I did soften towards her at the end as she was put through a lot and I was glad she got her HEA.
I really enjoyed the dialogue between Brooks and Katie; there were some sweet lines. These two were clearly meant to be together and even though they had a lot of miscommunication and a back and forth relationship, in the end it was shown they were meant to be.
I did feel there were many storylines merging at the end and it all got a bit too much, Bobby, Brooks and Katie were the focus but then Branch reappeared, creating drama and then a curveball was thrown it at the end with the twins’ mum. It was a lot to take in.
I liked the storyline and I think if it was streamlined and the flow of the story was more consistent then I would have loved this book completely. With that being said, it was a good, angst filled read with plenty of drama and you should check it out today.
“It’s his life’s mission to love you more than I do. So I figure that as long as I still love you, he’ll worship the ground you walk on.”
“Hurry back to me. We’ve got forever to spend together.”
“I meant every word that I wrote in those letters, Brooks. I could never completely give my heart away, not when it was with you the whole time.”
“That night we spent together in that hotel room was the second best night of my life.” I could tell that I’d affected him. “What was your first?” “The day I gave birth to your daughter.”
“I can’t stop loving you, Kat.”
“I don’t want to be your friend, because I need more than that. Open your eyes woman. I want to be your everything. I always have.”
“I’m not scared of you.” “You should be. I’ll steal your heart and you’ll never get it back,” he promised. “I gave it to you years ago, and I don’t want it back.” I replied.
“I love you.” “That will never get old.” “It better not. I’ve been practising it in front of a mirror since I was twelve.”
A Maryland native who spends most of her time devising a plan to live off the land on some remote island, where no one will ever find her.
She is a married mother of two kids, who may or may not drive her completely bonkers. In her spare time she enjoys shooting pool, camping and spending time with friends and family.
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