Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.
Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and he perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.
This book wasn’t really what I was expecting. I was expecting your typical New Adult (NA) Romance story and I was wrong. While this book has some definite elements from a typical NA Romance, it goes so much deeper than that. It’s packed full of emotion and issues and dealing.
Both main characters, Kacey and Trent, are pretty messed up in their own way. They each have hidden pasts that they have tried – and failed – to deal with in unique ways. Throughout the story, we see both struggle and finally deal with their traumatic pasts. There is definitely growth of characters in the novel.
There is one major twist in this story that I think is pretty easy to figure out after a certain point. I, myself, guessed it a little over halfway through the book. However, even though my guess was correct, it didn’t really ruin it for me when the book eventually reveals the twist to the reader. I had my doubts, of course, and there was the anticipation of when I was going to find out for certain. So, even though a lot of readers will probably pick out this twist, I don’t think it affects the enjoyment of its reveal.
While this book was good and it kept my interest throughout (I didn’t want to put it down at times), I just don’t feel much excitement over it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read it, but I feel it only deserves 4 stars. There were just little things that prevent me from fully loving it enough to give it a higher rating. It was very close to earning a 4.5 rating, however, but in the end it’s a 4-star for me.
Best Aspect: It’s deep
Worst Aspect: It just didn’t give me that feeling
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