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- ASIN : B08X3X1JCX
- Publisher : Penelope Ward Books, Inc. (February 20, 2021)
- Publication date : February 20, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2498 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 258 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Farrah and Jace’s story was full of passion, forbidden desire and angst. Reading their story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. Together, they were explosive. I was frantically turning pages to see what would happen next, absorbing each and every word. This is a slow burn, sexy, angst-filled story of second chances and forbidden desires. It's a story with imperfect people who sometimes choose wrong. It's a story with heartbreak and angst, but also with healing and growth. And most of all it's a story of learning to follow your heart.
I was hooked on this book from the moment I started it and I could not put it down until the end. An emotionally charged, angsty love story and such a rollercoaster. It was absolutely unputdownable. An amazing story of two people, the choices they made and the unending love they had for each other.
Jace Muldoon, twenty-seven, seems to have an easy life. He excelled in sports and academics growing up – and the girls have always loved him. He went on to get a business degree in North Carolina and stayed there to become a property manager. He always has one or more girls around, but he doesn’t make them empty promises. He doesn’t see himself settling down and has no reason to. The example set by his two older half-brothers had been a powerful motivation for him at a young age. He was determined to steer clear of addiction and to make his own way in the world, which is exactly what he is doing.
When his father is diagnosed with cancer, though, Jace knows it is time for him to return home to Palm Creek, Florida. It has been seven years and still the guilt plagues him. Living in North Carolina has made it easier to ignore the memories that he wishes he could forget. He had spent much of his childhood with the Spade family. He and Nathan had been best friends since around age twelve. The summer Nathan’s parents were murdered was the last time he had been home. He had run from what happened, letting Nathan and his sister down when they needed him the most. He doesn’t know how long he will be staying Florida, but he sees this as an opportunity to begin to make amends.
Farrah Spade, twenty-one, hasn’t decided what she wants to do with her life. She had taken a few community college classes, but decided it was best to take a break until she came up with a plan. Meanwhile, she has a nice paying job as an administrative assistant at a law firm. She and her brother Nathan have lived together since he took custody of her seven years ago following the death of their parents. They are the only family they have left, so they rely heavily upon one another. Nathan does his best to keep things normal for Farrah, but there is no denying that they have both been damaged by their loss. Farrah writes, swims, and meditates in an effort to reduce stress. She has a hard time expressing herself, but recognizes she needs to change. She attends The Iguana’s open mic “Pour Your Heart Out” night regularly, hoping to one day get the courage to get on the stage and tell her own story. She is always trying to be positive – and to manifest her own happiness.
When Jace returns to town and asks to move in with Farrah and Nathan until he can get his own place, she is surprised to realize that the crush she had on him since age six hasn’t abated. All those same feelings persist, but now there is an even bigger pull toward him. With so much shared history, they are like family, but she doesn’t want to be seen as the little sister anymore. She is no longer the little girl with an innocent crush on her older brother’s best friend. She is a woman, and if only Jace would see her as an adult rather than the little girl he left behind, she is convinced she can show him that they were meant to be.
Once Farrah sets her sights on Jace, he slowly begins to recognize what has ben staring him in the face. Farrah had been a sweet little girl that he considered like a sister. She was innocent yet mature beyond her years. But it is now becoming harder each day to deny that his feelings for her are evolving. Yet Nathan remains his best friend, and Jace would never risk losing his friendship or hurting his friend. No matter how much Farrah pushes, no matter how much he wants it, he and Farrah must accept that the cost is too high.
As Jace settles in and helps fill in for his father at Muldoon Construction, he finds himself with the weight of the world on his shoulders. His world turns upside down, but Farrah’s comforting presence offers a temporary reprieve. But their story is not simple, and the obstacles to happiness seem insurmountable. Eventually, a random meeting at table six offers an opportunity for the couple to earn their happy ending.
Wow! Nathan, Farrah, and Jace all lose their innocence when the Spade parents are murdered. Nathan and Farrah do an admirable job of staying together, but it is a lot for a twenty year old young man to give up everything to care for his fourteen year old sister without a support network. Jace may have had parents to turn to, but he chose to run from his problems. The three each have a long road of healing after years of repressed feelings. Their paths don’t coincide, though, so their collective journey is rocky. Their stories are deep and personal. Each deals with pain, guilt, and betrayal in their own way, and their inability to voice their feelings effectively amplifies their grief. Their story is about family and friendship, and how those relationships evolve over time. It is about living safely versus taking risks. It is also about forgiveness – and self-forgiveness in particular. Nathan, Farrah, and Jace each have to grapple with loss and finding a new way forward. Their story will sit with you long afterward because it is very real in so many ways. The myriad of angsty emotions leaves the reader exhausted but fulfilled.
Farrah’s childhood crush on her brother’s best friend Jace is full-on when he returns home to help pick up the pieces years after her parents’ tragic death. Their story is a deeply emotional read. Grab the tissues – this is a real tearjerker. Surprisingly, there are also some laugh out loud moments that will have you in stitches. The story is very well-written. The plot is complex and layered. The characters are carefully crafted and three-dimensional. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Jace and Farrah. The POV is set up marvelously in a way that builds suspense, such that at times either Jace or Farrah has more to say. I rate this book five stars.
I liked how we got a glimpse of the present and then we went back to how it all started and getting the background of how these two fought there attraction had me turning the pages.
Farrah was broken and the only family she basically had was her brother Nathan and the object of her affection Jace and her crush lasted such a long time but what i found interesting was seeing both her and jace working out their feelings.
The reason why Farrah was broken was something that Jace had witnessed and he had so much guilt and really hadn’t gotten over it and he just never felt like he deserved to love.
I don’t want to give to much away as it’s a go in blind book for sure and again Penelope wards writing was amazing and it’s a must read if your a fan you won’t be disappointed and if you are yet to read a Penelope ward book do your self and favour and read one