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The Other Side of Blue: A Best Friend's Sister College 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 : 2368 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 362 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,462 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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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*
This story is so beautiful and forbidden and I can't recommend it more. The change Lyra and Jack go though in the four years they are separated is so heart breaking. And even though that time changes them they are still so helpless to resist the other. Like magnets to each other tethered forever.
I really like the supporting people in this book. They all brought something different to the table and some of them really surprised me with their actions. I'm still kind of reeling from this book so can't think more on what to write in this review, but if you have a chance to read it you should take it. I can't wait for the second book, I hope it gets released soon.
Running into Jack again four years after he left New Orleans leaves Lyra shocked. She thought he was dead and has been mourning the boy she loved foe years. Seeing Lyra again shocks Jack as well, as the carefully crafted lie of a life he’s been living the past four years — and why he left and never came back home — begins to unravel.
Now they are forced to work closely together at Berklee, where he is her TA. The animosity he is for her is harsh and she doesn’t understand why; Jack hates that being around her again is dredging up old feelings that he wants to keep buried.
Flashbacks between Blue and Lyra as kids/teenagers are mixed in with their present-day reunion at Berklee. They never did anything wrong back then, as she was a minor, but Jack had such guilt over his feelings for Lyra, and that ultimately propelled him to leave and never look back. As the truth about that night comes out, there is not just one plot twist, but two that left me with my mouth hanging open!
It bothered me somewhat, as it always does with a foreign author setting a story in America, that the lingo isn’t right. It’s little things like “queue” instead of “line” down the street that disrupt the reading for me. Not that it takes away from the story, but I get out of the groove as I mentally translate. And while Jack’s reasons for hating his once best friend Luca became clear, I thought Jack had treated Lyra harshly for something that she really had no part in.
I also wish I’d known that this book was the first part of a duet and ends on a cliffhanger. It wouldn’t have made a difference in me wanting to read it; I just need that mindset going into a cliffy! I can’t wait for The Other Side Of Green and the rest of Blue and Laura’s story!
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
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 :-)
The book is told from both the present time, and in the past. This is not a stand alone book - there is more of this story to come in The Other Side of Green.
Adolescent Lyra, has feelings for her older brother's best friend, Jack, or as she calls him, Blue. The troubled boy next door, who's father is handy with his fists. But then one night, everything changes; Blue disappears, and young Lyra is left feeling lost. Four years later and Lyra wins a scholarship, though she's no longer following her dream, merely following through on her promise to her Grams, to play violin. One her first day, she had an unexpected reunion with Jack, a teaching aide. Fabulous characters, angst, drama, and a twist at the end that will leave you desperate for the next book. I loved this story and can't wait for more.