Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Something In The Way by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017


It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

My Review
Talk about a slow burn! 

Even if I hadn't received a copy of this book to review, I would have never been able to put it down! I've been in a huge reading slump since the beginning of the year. We're almost into March and I've only finished one non-children's book from start to finish. Now, two. Ever since I discovered the delicious Romeo & Juliet remake starring Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996 I have been in love with forbidden romances. They just do something for my heart that I will never understand. When I learned that Something In The Way was a slow-burn forbidden romance, I knew I had to read it.  

And boy, did it burn.
I felt for Lake's character from the very start of the story. She was a girl caught in the middle of being a child and being a woman with nothing to focus on but her academics and doing what was expected of her. She never had a reason or an excuse to fight the plan that was laid out for her life but, even without knowing it, she was desperately in need of one.

Manning was a delicious character and I really loved his drive and determination. He had a not so pleasant story and it made him a great candidate for Lake. In all the ways that he was rugged and strong, she was innocent and naive but they complimented each other in every way that two people could.  He gave her the drive to grow and discover a world that she wanted to live in and, in return, she brought back a little bit of his past and gave him a reason to the man that he was. He gave her a future worth fighting for and she gave him a purpose worth having. In the end, this childish, naive girl became a woman in ways that she hadn't before, even with the physical barriers placed between them. 

Something In The Way was an absolutely beautiful story and it made me feel things for the characters that I haven't felt in a while. I wanted their story to work out so badly that I didn't even realize that I had read all the way to the end until I turned the page to find an author's note.  I know the next book in this three part-series is expected to release in May. I really hope that nothing derails that plan because I am impatiently waiting to continue their story and, hopefully, get that happy ending I so desperately need for Lake and Manning.

5 Stars, easily.

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Author Bio

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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