<— *oomph*!!!! This one has it!!! ANGST in all of it’s delicious angsty glory. IT IS HERE my friends. I was pretty much… “into” it you know? It was good, entertaining, funny, cute, and going the way I expected it to go. I could tell they were into each other, but I wasn’t FEELING that just yet, ya know? That… intense pining. The “OMG I can’t breathe when he’s around” level. Not yet.
But then… things. Karina Halle’s version of emotions kicked in and OMG. So real. So raw. So intense. And I was SO into it!!!! And so was Sherry.
Sherry: When she *spoiler* and then *spoiler*, then finds the *spoiler* My heart broke, and I knew I was done… LOVED IT…So So much. Ooops, hahaha, I thought this was your PM. Damn I was tired. But wow, loved the Book!!!
Maryse: RIGHT???!! That *spoiler* KILLED ME!!!!! I told you… good fun in the beginning… but OMG right??!!!!!
Sherry: Oh me too!! I felt *spoiler* so much more than *spoiler* I was giddy when they *spoiler*, giddy when she *spoiler* and HE *spoiler*….ohhhhhh, so sweet!! But yes, the *spoiler*, then the *spoiler* chapter How can they *spoiler* without *spoiler*…
Maryse: ACK! I know…. it would have killed me!!!
Amber: OMG! I am at **% I think my heart is going to burst from my chest. Cannot put this book down!
Tee hee!!! I know. You guys are SO mad at me right now with all of this spoiler business. Believe me, it’s worth it!
Now, to be fair… it took me a little bit to be that connected. I was enjoying it, as it was fairly easy-going and sweet in the beginning. Almost safe. It had that comfortable contemporary romance feel. But I liked it ’cause we were dealing with adults. Their flirtations, their connections and their dating other people as their 30’s were coming close. That was the first half, and necessary because we got to know them, and their pining for each other as they continued to resist each other. Living their lives and all that.
Two guys and a girl that have been best friends for years, she dated one (James), he was too scary-intense as a boyfriend, and they broke up.
He was temperamental and would fly off the rail easily and usually over nothing.
Yet she’s always had that *spark* with the other (Linden). But you know how that goes. Nobody wants to ruin a best-friendship and the three of ’em don’t want to mess with a good thing.
I don’t want to lose them. But as I look around the table, I’m wondering if that’s just the way things go in life. Age brought us together, age will tear us apart.
And Linden proposes a “pact” at one point. If they weren’t seriously involved with anyone by the time they hit 30, they’d marry each other. Yep, we’ve seen this before, but not necessarily when it involves others that might just throw that monkey-wrench into their whole shebang.
“The two of you in a marriage? World’s pickiest woman with the world’s biggest manwhore? Yeah, have fun with that.”
Linden is a total player. Unabashedly so. He can have anyone he wants and has never wanted anyone. So why would Stephanie be that different to him? She asks herself that very question… and doesn’t take him all that seriously.
He’s one hot package that any girl would be lucky to snatch up.
But he’s egotistical, cocky, arrogant and a player. It’s hard to get any real emotion out of him other than intensity – he’s got this way of looking at you, at life, like he’s trying to spear you alive. He lives his life on the selfish side, can be passionate about something (or someone) one minute, then indifferent the next.
Until the time comes, and things start heating up. And I’ll let you play with the rest from there. *whoooooo!!!*
I’m afraid I can f**k up two friendships at once.
So the pact goes on the back burner.
Two more years and then I’ll face it.
Just two more years until everything changes, for better or for worse.
This one was different for me, because the second half REALLY kicked it into high gear. Slower beginning (albeit good), but at a certain point I could not put it down, and I felt EVERYTHING! I won’t say what, so you can be kicked in the gut (or tickled in the gut ;)) on your own, but just… wait for it. WAIT FOR IT!!!
SO WORTH IT!!!
Everything is changing. I’m nowhere but I’m somewhere and it’s not where I want to be.
I don’t really know what I want.
But I know I don’t have it.
4 stars! <— 3.5 stars for the first half (misunderstandings, misplaced loyalties, you know the drill) but 4.5 stars for second half but 5 STARS ABSOLUTELY for a certain part that rocked my world!!!!!!!!!!! In fact, I almost want to 4.5 star this book, and maybe I will, ’cause of how pivotal that part was, for me. You want intense? YOU GOT IT!!!