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The Other Side of Blue: A Best Friend's Sister Romance (The Other Side of Us Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08B3R7XFP
- Publication date : November 12, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2401 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #33,511 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I usually don't enjoy slow burn romance as much as I do insta-lust stories, but I was completely immersed in the story of Blue and Lyra, watching as it slowly unfolded. There was such a shroud of mystery that surrounded their interwoven pasts and how both characters ended up unhappily in their present lives, and as Bloom slowly unraveled more of their story, I found myself wholly transfixed and invested until the end. And even though I guessed one major twist that drove the story forward, Bloom still managed to surprise the hell out of me with the bomb she dropped right before she left us desperately waiting for part II.
I do have to note that the reason I dropped one star from the rating is because of how many "American" things the author got wrong. I understand that the author is from the UK, so she may not be familiar with US slang and geography, but if you're writing a book set in another country, you should do the proper research or at least invest in a native beta reader to help you out. There were so many UK words present that we simply don't use in the same context in the US (ie. jumper, vest, knickers, jersey). Also it was stated that Blue traveled West from NOLA to get to Boston, which is not right. Minor details in the long run, but important in the context of the story nonetheless.
Overall however, I really enjoyed this one, and I cannot wait to get my hands on book two!! ♡
*ARC provided by GMB promo, and I voluntarily reviewed it*
From the very beginning you are pulled in and the story has a serious grip on your heart. Anna spends the first handful of chapters alternating between the past(told thru Lyra’s POV) and the present and laying out the story from both Jack and Lyra’s viewpoint.
Jack “Blue” lived next door to Lyra. He was her brother, Luca, best friend and the boy who held her heart. Their age difference made a relationship forbidden, but all Lyra could see was Blue. He was drawn to her and she becomes his escape from his abusive father. However, he leaves abruptly one night without saying goodbye.
Four years later, Lyra is college bound on a musical scholarship she doesn’t want, but to fulfill a promise to her Gram and Jack she accepts. The only problem is when Jack left so did her ability to play the violin.
Lyra’s life is about to change again, when during a meeting with her advisor in walks Jack, her new faculty leader. Lyra is confused, but Jack is angry. As they are forced to spend time together, the realization of what the other does not know about the last four years comes to a head, and forces them to have very real conversations. Jack still wanting to protect Lyra attempts to hold back some of his truths. He made decisions to survive and they impact his future.
As Jack and Lyra try to work thru the past and lay out a possible future together- a phone call reveals more family secrets. It appears the odds maybe stacked against them. The cliffhanger will literally have you putting down the book and taking a second to regroup.
Jack and Lyra have both been through a lot in their lives. They do not have the ideal family dynamics. Lyra became Jack’s outlet and the violin became Lyra’s because of what it meant to Jack. So many of their decisions have been based on one another. Just as you feel them putting each other first and acting on their feelings, the rug is literally pulled out from underneath them.
The conclusion The Other Side of Green will definitely be in my TBR.
Top reviews from other countries
This is an age gap, taboo, brothers best friend slow burn love story, but it is so much more than that. Lyra has been in love with Jack (Blue) for as long as she can remember, but him being her brothers best friend and six years older means she is off limits. When he leaves home without a word Lyra is heartbroken, but four years later when they unexpectedly meet again, Blue is not her sweet friend from next door, he's rude, abrasive, cold and distant. Blue is gone, there is only Jack.....and he's her tutor.
This book.... wow I was gripped from the start, told in dual pov I loved both these characters. They were both damaged and had so much to overcome individually, but you just knew they would be stronger together. Anna Bloom has written a fabulous story full of intrigue, emotion, secrets, lies, twists and turns, with a few sensitively written, difficult but very relevant subjects that drew me in, at times took my breath away and kept me turning the pages. With flashbacks to the past where we learn the origins of their strong connection, these two have such a spark between them. Jack however has so much to hide. Will revealing it all break them both?
That jaw dropping ending has thrown me for a loop and I cannot wait for the conclusion to this beautiful, passionate but heartbreaking, gut wrencher of a story!
Lyra Lennox has had all these feeling for so long, that they are what makes her who she is today. Lyra fell for Blue, when she was a young girl and although she didn’t really understand her feelings, she knew that Blue would affect her life forever.
When she catches up with Blue, she realises that Blue has long disappeared and Jack is not the boy she knew and loved. But is Blue still there, somewhere deep inside Jack & can Lyra find him again?
Anna has written a book that is very current in its subject matter, and deals with issues that Anna handles with class and emotion. Beautifully written, both sensitive and seductive, her words will wrap you up and take you on a wonderful journey, that when it ends will leave you wanting - no demanding more, more of Jack & Lyra
Lyra and Blue’s chemistry is palpable, but the slow burn of their relationship manages to build up to a crescendo of sheer joy. One that almost had me singing ‘hallelujah’. Their exchanges were hot, sexy and edgy, and if nothing else proved they were meant to be together.
Lyra’s character was idealistic but spirited and was the perfect foil for the broken and bitter Blue. Each time they were on the page together I felt my heart breaking a little more for them. Ironically, as mine broke it was clear that Blue’s was slowly mending and that was one of the things I loved about this book. Anna’s care and attention were with her characters, they were the ones who needed to heal, not the reader. We had to deal with however they got there because nothing about this book was generic or expected the path followed was the one right for them. Anna also touched on some quite controversial issues that are relevant in the current climate. While she did this with sensitivity, she didn’t labour the point. She still gave us the message loud and clear in a way that only someone who has truly crafted their art could do.
I loved Blue and Jack, understanding each piece of his personality and why he was no longer the boy next door. Even when he was being Jack, Anna gave us tiny glimpses of goodness. Teasing us that if we were patient enough to scratch the surface inch by inch, Blue would be revealed. When he was a totally sexy, sweet, caring, intensely brooding hero is gifted to us.
As for the cliffhanger at the end, well it was one hell of a plot twist, yet it didn’t feel out of place or like it had been added for effect. It was the perfect end to part one.
In short, I would definitely recommend The Other Side of Blue and urge you to prepare for a love story that will make your heart ache.
This one is brilliantly written with brilliant twists and turns. There are so many secrets and the balancing on the lines of taboo makes this one read that you wont want to miss.
Lyra has loved one person all her life, the boy nextdoor Blue, one person she probably shouldn't. They had a connection that was strong an deep until one day he just disappears without a goodbye, or an explanation. She feels like she has been left in limbo until she finally decides to try to move on with her life, well to go through the motions to make other people happy. She just never expected to come to face to face with Blue again, for him to pretend he didn't know her.
This book has so much going on with Lyra and Blue. I probably shouldn't like Blue, aka Jack, but the more he opens up the more i can't help but root for him, for them to finally get their chance.
No comes the bad side in the fact that I want the next book The Other Side of Green NOW!!! so Anna had better get writing :-)