Genre: New Adult (?)
Source: Net Galley
Goodreads Rating: 4.34
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.
As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?
This story had a lot more going for it than I expected. The two main characters are broken and wracked with guilt, yet undeniably attracted to each other. There are several nice and steamy bits but I was glad to find there was more to the story than just the hooking up portions. I found the character reactions to their difficult situations realistic, although I felt Tenley’s character was a bit over the top at times, making her life more difficult than it needed to be…but I suppose there are people out there in the real world that are drama-llamas who make things worse for themselves than it needs to be. All in all, it was an enjoyable, emotion-driven story that I think a lot of people will get into. The only thing I really disliked? Cliffhanger ending! Nothing is wrapped up. You’re left hanging and quite honestly, it was super annoying. I don’t mind questions left to have a sequel, but not resolving anything? Nope. I’m not a fan.