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Sometimes love is messy – and a lie is the only way to save the person you love.
Rowan Steel lied to save the love of her life, but that also meant destroying their relationship and ripping his heart out in the process. She didn’t want to hurt him, but in her mind she had no choice. Now that a year has passed Rowan decides to tell Tyler the truth – or at least part of it.
But sometimes the truth is far more damning than lies.
Tyler Nusom has moved on. He has a gorgeous new girlfriend, a killer new job, and a promising future ahead of him. But sometimes the past won’t stay where it belongs. When Rowan shows up claiming a new truth about their messy breakup, Tyler finds himself stuck somewhere between bitter hatred and nostalgia for the girl he thought he’d spend the rest of his life with.
Suddenly back in a situation where the former lovers are around each other all the time, the pair has to fight their ever-burning attraction for one another while a swirl of lies and truths hang over them, waiting to be exposed.
I deserve a prize for finishing this book. Granted, I did skim through the last half. But I deserve a prize all the same.
I was fooled by the synopsis and the cover into thinking that this book would actually have substance in it.
It took me just a few pages to realize my mistake when the heroine says –
“So I backed off. I let it go. I was Elsa in Frozen.”
Um what? And she’s not even telling this line as a joke. This is how she’s justifying herself to the readers about not contacting her ex-boyfriend for a year because he didn’t want to do anything with her after she fooled him into believing that she was cheating on him.
So, we start with her going to meet Tyler a year after their breakup just to cavalierly tell him that she hadn’t cheated on him. And she says this all in a ‘Just-so-you-know’ manner. After he blows her off in front of his current girlfriend, she leaves. Next scene, we have her sharing the story with her girlfriend, who laughs that she actually went to confront him. Rowan, instead of feeling offended, laughs along with her. Umm, at this point this book felt more like a sitcom rather than the angsty romance it’s supposed to be.
This book felt surreal to me from beginning to end. I couldn’t make sense of what anyone was doing. Rowan acts as a weak cardboard who lets anyone treat her the way they want. Tyler is a douchebag who kisses Rowan every time he sees her and then is back to being serious with his girlfriend who’s basically written as a blonde bimbo. He even stands aside to let his friends treat Rowan as a trash.
Everything felt too ridiculous to be true. The big reveal at the end fell so flat that even Elsa couldn’t pick it up with her magic. Yes. I went there. I’ve read my share of noble idiocies from protagonists in my life, but this was something else.
Especially coming off a brilliant read, the flaws of this book stood out even more stark. The plot had potential but the execution couldn’t have been worse. Martin’s writing needs a lot of polishing. I’ll just end it at that.
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Publication Date: 2nd October, 2018.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)
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