by Olivia Lynde 4/13/13
” I don’t want the world, I just want you.”
A girl who has lost her voice, and a boy who carries a world of anger bottled up inside.
A girl haunted by soul-crushing guilt and regret, and a boy who knows he can’t afford the weakness of feeling—not if he is to survive.
Summer and Seth meet by chance and become unlikely friends. In each other, they find a safe haven… and respite from the darkness haunting them both.
Until they are betrayed.
Can they ever regain their friendship? And if they do, can they trust each other enough to take the biggest risk of all: falling in love?
Every now and then I stumble across a book that I never intend to read and this was one of them. I was fortunate to win a copy of this story through a giveaway and was forewarned that this book is not for everyone. That being said, my first thought was to set it back down my TBR list but I was wanting a challenge yesterday morning and just decided to pick up and read it. My curiosity just got the best of me so to say, what can possibly make a story marked as “not for everyone”? I could always put it back down if it wasn’t for me right? But oh my gosh, right from the beginning this story drew me. There are some dark aspects in the story but it was what made this book so much more remarkable to me. It was intense, emotional, dark and beautiful all rolled up into one.
The story starts with Summer, who is five at the time she ends up in foster care after her parents are murdered. She’s been to a couple of trial adoption and foster homes within the past six months but she always gets turned down. The social worker is desperate and decides to call Mrs. Lewis to plead her case. Hearing Summer’s story Mrs. Lewis decides to take her in. Seth is seven and the biological grandson of Mrs. Lewis. He lives with his grandmother off and on depending on what his mom has gotten herself into.
As soon as Seth sees her, his life is turned upside down. After Seth gets her through the first couple nights of torment they become inseparable. With her under Seth’s tutelage, Summer finally finds her peace and they both find happiness. Their happiness does not last long, soon enough Summer is ripped back into the foster care system and leaves Seth behind.
Seventeen foster homes and five years later they finally meet again. Is it fate that brings them back together? Both are upset about broken promises that were made they both thought that their friendship was so much more. How could they let each other go for that long? Come to find out there was always someone to blame for their misery. As they reconnect, this person puts them through hell. Question is can their friendship, trust and love get them past the trials and tribulations thrown their way?
” I love you beyond obsession.”
“I love you to insanity. That’s who I am, and that is who we are. I don’t have any qualms about admitting it, and I don’t have any regrets.”
There are only two things that I would change about this story, first is the title. I wish that the title would have been based on the picture on the cover instead. I honestly thought this was some hard-core romance. Ironically, it does not have a single sex scene in it, which is another thing I would have changed! Haha! Their passion for each other is so intense I would have loved to read about them being together. But obviously that wasn’t the focus of this story. In the end, I also wished that Summer would have done something with her talent (singing). But you never know, I could speculate that she becomes a music teacher in the future.
I really do wish there was a second book but I would be ok as well if this was a stand alone. It was just that beautiful! Sometimes something this beautiful should be left alone. Although, there are a couple of plots that I can foresee happening if Ms Lynde decides to pursue them. The epilogue is very well written and did not really leave any unanswered questions. After all that hardship, I was so delighted to get an HEA. All throughout the story I was waiting and waiting for the ball to drop because of the warning “this book isn’t for everyone” it made the book so much sweeter! I although would have love to read more about Jessica. Why she is the way she is? And what becomes of her in the future.
“I loved you when you were a child. I loved you through the five endless years when I lived without you, even though I felt hurt and betrayed. I loves you when you finally came back to me and I made you mine forever. I’ve loved you in the three years since, and each day I fell in love with you all over again.”