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“Say the word, and I’ll follow you to the ends of the earth. No questions asked.”
Carrigan Casper (Ace) and Heath Lovelly met at a very dark time in their lives. For them, love became equivalent to loss. Soon enough they become each other’s saving grace. They have each other. Always. Ten years later, something shifts. They feel it. I felt it. Their love for each other goes beyond friendship. It’s so much deeper than that. But their friendship is always what has held them together. They’ve always just been Ace and Heath. No complications. Until now.
“She’s someone that I trust with every secret, every vulnerability, every ounce of my life. Without exceptions. Without restrictions.”
Ace and Heath have a strong connection. They just fit. These characters are genuine, passionate, and reminded me of my love for YA. Their beautiful story captured my heart from the beginning to the end. Heath is so much more than the typical player in high school. He has heart. He loves with his entire being. He speaks with conviction. Especially when it comes to Ace. His love for her knows no boundaries. But he’s scared. Love brings pain. He cannot bear to lose Ace’s friendship. . He doesn’t think he can live through another loss.What if she doesn't love him back? But Ace? She’s more than worth it. She’s beyond your typical shy good girl. She has spunk! She’s fun. She’s a fighter.
“She’s the calm to my temper, the light to my darkness, the balm to my emptiness.”
I found that while this is considered mature YA, the voices of the characters were refreshingly mature. Yes, some high school drama was dealt with, but this story goes beyond that. It’s about life and love. That life will throw things at you. But you don't give up. On love. On life. Ever. This story challenges any thoughts you have about young love. How can two people so young truly love each other? Ace and Heath prove that young love is no joke. They love hard. Deeply. Their love is beautiful, breathtaking. Every word of declaration of love is felt. In their actions. In everything.
"I’ll always love her. Even when the sun sets and the world ends, my love for her will never fade away, because she’s my forever.”
The dual POV was seamless and effortless. The flow of the story kept me glued to my kindle for hours until I finished the entire story. When a life chaining event comes back in to the lives of Heath and Ace they are both taken aback. But not for long. Heath doesn’t run away. He loves Ace harder than ever before. His love for her stronger. And Ace realizes that life without Heath wouldn’t be worth living. This beautiful love story is one that will stay with me for sometime. Telling you their love story cannot be explained in words. It is to be felt. Love conquers all. Love never fails. Not ever.
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