By Laura- Booked All Night
Manning, Lake and Tiffany are back. And, they are just as angsty as ever. Which is a good, and a bad thing. :)
This book starts where the previous book left off, with a little time jump, but with Manning in the same place he was when the previous book ended. Egads, this is tough to review without giant, major spoilers for the first book. So, I am going to avoid talking about plot. Because I don't want to spoil. Although, if you haven't read the first in the series, what are you doing here? Go read the first one. You'll thank me later.
Jessica Hawkins writes the best angst, forbidden, push and pull romances. And, this one is no different. There are so many things keeping Manning and Lake from being together. Her age, his past, her sister, her family. And, the most powerful of all are the things that draw them together: their feelings for one another and the fact that they have not yet explored them, or even really started to, and this is part of the pull...will they even work together? Is the attraction something they can sustain?
The pacing of this book was a little tough for me in places, as there was not enough, again in my opinion, of Lake and Manning together, so for me some of their push and pull, and that emotion, was missing a little in some of the story. And, then we get to the last 10% and, oh, the push and pull...FOUND IT. Oh goodness, I found it.
And, on the other side, the things that were not the Lake and Manning relationship were important. Tiffany, well, she is important. She matters to the story, and she matters to their future. It pains me to say that, I admit that.
Do I like Tiffany? Well, no. But, she matters. In a Maleficent matters to Sleeping Beauty kind of way and in a Cruella De Vil matters to some puppies kind of way, but she matters. There has to be a villain, the person who reminds you that there are others you like better. And, I can argue that she is incredibly well written, because you despise her. If she was a weak and badly written character, you wouldn't care. And, oh, you care about Tiffany. You so care.
I am looking forward to the next one. Now works for me. October does not. By October, I may have to add Jessica Hawkins to the list of villains, for making us wait until OCTOBER.
I recommend this book, but it is not a standalone, you do need to have read the first one.