I don’t believe in destiny.
Or in soul mates.
But I believe in Hawke.
My life has never been whole since my parents left forever. I have my brother, someone I can barely tolerate most of the time, and I have my best friend, Marie.
And I have myself.
But when Hawke walks into my life, there’s an immediate connection. Our eyes lock and an unspoken conversation is exchanged. For the first time in my life, I actually feel something.
But he doesn’t.
He keeps me at arm’s length and pretends there’s nothing between us when there clearly is. I’m not the kind of girl to wait around for any guy, so I don’t.
But that doesn’t mean he isn’t in the back of my mind.
Our paths cross again in a way neither one of us expect and it changes everything. Was it destiny that made it happen? Was it fate?
Or was it something else?
You guys know by now that I really don’t hold back in my reviews. I always try to keep any criticism constructive and I never want to tear someone apart. So I agreed to read this book and I was just not feeling it. I don’t mean the book itself. I was just feeling lazy and tired and all kinds of blah. But I made a commitment and I will honor that. And I am so happy I did.
Just to be up front, Hawke is friends with Axel, who is Frankie’s brother. So I never like those stories. Like, they just never make sense to me. I hate the whole “hide the relationship from the older brother” thing. This book is also the first in a series and I don’t always loves series. Basically my point in here is there is so much about this book that I should have really hated. And yet…I loved it.
E.L.Todd managed to make me love a book that had several themes in it that I normally avoid. That is NOT an easy feat. But she did it. One aspect I truly admired how was how she handled the entire situation of Axel and Hawke being friends and Axel not wanting Hawke to date Frankie. Mild spoiler here: Hawke just has a man to man conversation with Axel about it. I cannot put into words how much I loved that. In other books with that “forbidden relationship” theme, I always wish the characters would just grow up and address the real issue and they never do and it becomes a mess. So the fact that Hawke stepped up to the plate for Frankie was just extremely admirable to me.
Another facet that I was swept up in was that both Frankie and Hawke have issues. They talk about them but yet, they don’t. Some readers might find that frustrating but I felt it made sense for Frankie and Hawke. They truly have that soul mate connection and its one of those things where words aren’t always needed to convey what the soul is feeling.
This story does cover aspects of abuse and death. Its not the main theme of the story but I had a deep respect for how the author showed how family deaths and domestic abuse in the family has long lasting effects on someone. I think some stories cover those events as they happen but its more rare to see the long lasting effects on the characters. So I appreciated that we see Frankie and Hawke both working through their issues.
This book is the first in a series, but I would not say this book ends in a cliffhanger at all. This is definitely not the end of Frankie and Hawke’s story, and I am ready to dive into the next chapter of their story.