- File Size: 2306 KB
- Print Length: 259 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0747XG3W8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5 Stars (Re-Read 8/1/2017)
Overall Opinion: This will definitely be staying on my favorites shelf after this re-read! I ate this book right up the second time just like I remember doing the first! I was actually worried that I would not feel the emotions that I did the first time I read it, because I knew what was going to happen. While I didn't blubber cry (like I remember doing the first time), I did shed quite a bit of tears still! That tells me that it's just that good! I hate doing it (because I really did love the rest of the book), but I'm going to lower my rating to 4.5 stars. I can't justify a 5 star rating with an ending that felt rushed like it did (see below).
**See goodreads.com/NMmomof4 for my full review with spoilers**
Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Alix and Nick's story. They meet officially when Alix is 8 and Nick is 10 when she goes to his father's junkyard to get a car part. They form a unlikely friendship that holds through the years but devolops into something more when they grow older. There is a tragic event that separates them, and when Nick returns ~15 years later he doesn't get the welcome home he was expecting. There are some cute moments, some sad moments, and some sweet moments...and they get a HEA ending.
POV: This was told in Alix's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Good until the end (see closure section). I never skimmed, and I thought it flowed well otherwise.
Instalove: No, they've known each other for years.
H rating: 4 stars. Nick. I liked him. He was loyal to a fault, but I appreciated that about him (even when I wanted to shake him a few times).
h rating: 4 stars. Alix. I liked her. I especially liked young Alix! She was strong and feisty.
Sadness level: Moderate/high. I cried but I didn't need any tissues this go-round, but I definitely remember crying a lot more the first time!
Heat level: Low. The scenes were non-descriptive and more about the emotional connection between the couple.
Descriptive sex: No. This is a perfect example of how fade-to-black or non-descriptive sex scenes can work with a book! The connection was so strong otherwise that I didn't even miss it!
Safe sex: No mentions of any safe sex specifics.
OW/OM drama: Yes
Sex scene with OW or OM: No
Cheating: Not between mcs
Closure: This had pretty good closure, but I wanted more! I would call it a HEA...but it was super quick, and I wanted to experience more of that happiness after all the bad things I went through with them!
How I got it: I paid $0.99 for it back in 2015 on Amazon.
Their love story begins when Alix invites Nick to a church picnic. At a young age she tells Nick that she's going to marry him someday, but her family has other plans for her. As Lindsey gets older, Nick's dad makes advances towards her and Nick feels like he is the only one who can protect her. After a turn of events, Nick is forced to make a choice between being with Alix, the only girl he'll ever love or protecting Lindsey, who's life has all but been destroyed by his dad.
I read this book in one day because I could not put it down. It is very well written and you feel like you are watching a movie.
Part 1 intrigued me. Alix is such an amazing character. Very caring to other people no matter how that person grew up to be. It was fun reading the relationship Alix and Nick grew up to be. Part 2 BROKE me. I understand why Alix closed off her emotions. I too would act the same way if a guy broke my heart and decided to show up in my life again. I'm very happy that Alix got what she always wanted, her happy ending.
Oh this book... the love I have for it. I've come to the realization that my words will never do it justice, but here goes...
Alix and Nick *sigh* Their story begins and ends with a tin of bee balm. Alix is 8, Nick is 10 when they become friends. They become protectors of each other. They become so much more...
The story reveals 25 years of what life brings to Alix and Nick; indivudally and together, and let me tell you, its not all rainbows and unicorns. Sure, there's love and laughter, but there's heartache and pain too.
Throughout this book I experienced every emotion possible; intense, all consuming emotions - it was a rollercoaster ride for sure, but in the best way imaginable. I laughed, I sobbed. I blushed, I gasped. I cried, I snorted. There was one time when I wanted to throw something from frustration. There were lots of WTF moments, but plenty swoony moments.
Such an amazing book. Katherine Allred wrote it beautifully. EVERYONE should read it!!