AHHHHHH!!! AHHHHHH!!!! This is me screaming my heart out after reading “Walk” by Cora Brent. AHHHH!!!!
So this is my first Cora Brent book, but based on the reviews for her other books on Amazon, I’m late to the party. So don’t be like me. Get to reading anything by Cora Brent ASAP!!!!
Walk is the next book in the Gentry Brothers series. You can read it as a standalone, however, the other books do add to the overall experience. As a new reader, I had no issue picking up on the backstory of the Gentry brothers.
All that said…here is the book synopsis:
(A Gentry Boys Story)
The number of single lines you carefully scratched on a piece of college ruled notebook paper at each sunrise.
The number of days you passed in a locked cage, surrounded by fierce men who did things even worse than what you did.
The number of nights spent staring at the ceiling and praying for just five minutes of freedom to talk to your brother. The brother you love more than anyone on earth.
The brother who hates you even more than he hates himself.
The number of moments it took for a tragedy to unfold and change lives, end lives, destroy lives.
The number that represents isolation, a loneliness worse than any prison sentence.
The number of girls who show up in your life and try to crack through the iron shield you’ve built around your heart these past four years.
One girl and her name is Evie. Beautiful. Stubborn. Passionate.
You know that if you had any honor you wouldn’t take her.
But honor is something you lost a long time ago.
This book was so not what I was even envisioning at all. We start the book, meeting Stone, and it’s the night before he is released from prison. Not even going to lie, my mind sort of started heading towards a stereotypical storyline. I was totally expecting some type of instalove, and it would be sort of cheesy and intense, where everyone has their demons, etc.
I respected the way that Cora brought Stone and Evie to life. I have had a lot of characters that I’ve related to, but I really felt like I knew Evie. She could have been right in the room with me, telling me the story.
Stone was mature beyond his years, which could have normally been unbelievable. However, knowing some of the backstory of Stone, his behavior makes sense. Another aspect of Stone that I really admired was that he really saw Evie. He had options that other men would have easily taken, but he saw all these amazing things about Evie.
I don’t want to have spoilers but one thing I really loved about Stone and Evie was that they communicated. I mean, really communicated. I admired that at times, they argue or disagree, but its not some drawn out, weeks long thing. No spoilers, but in the first part of the story, Evie and Stone really get into it and I freaking LOVED that Evie just let out what she was feeling. I also super admired that Stone’s character was willing to listen to his family and friends, and also just get over himself and get out of his own way.
Another factor I freaking went insanely happy for was that we get to see Stone and Evie’s family issues right away. There is no angst or drama build up with secrets about what happened in their past and how their acting is really because of a past secret that the other doesn’t know about. Its just out there. We hear about it, we see and feel their past hurts. I really appreciated that Cora did that because it truly helped me focus on Evie and Stone. I wasn’t distracted by trying to guess a mystery secret that one or the other was trying to hide.
I feel like I could go on for FOREVER about everything that I liked about this book. Seriously. I have words upon words rattling in my brain because I was so impressed and just in awe of this book and the characters. AHHHHH!!! (See, more mental screaming here)
You should absolutely, unequivocally one-click this book. I could sit here and say its amazing, well-done, incredible and those words just do not do it justice.