This book is nothing like what I expected! First let me say, that even though this is a duet and I’m dying to get my hands on the sequel, this book is 100% complete on it’s own. True to Brittainy Cherry form, I was bawling like a baby and swallowed this book up in a matter of a day.
You can always count on BC to get DEEP, but whew...this was deep in a way I didn’t see coming. It dives into the depths of depression, loneliness, hard family dynamics and the tiny blessings that keep us afloat. I would classify it YA and although it has a love story intertwined in it’s pages, it really highlights and shines more as a story of self discovery, self-love and self worth. I’m in LOVE with this book, LOVE I tell you!!! If you’re anything like me and live for a story that gets you way up into your feelings, do not hesitate, read this book ASAP!
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When someone saw your pain and didn't look away, it felt like a gift, like they were allowing you to be exactly who you were without shame and judgments.
When you stop allowing toxins into your system, it means getting rid of certain types of people in your life too. Addictions didn't only come in the form of alcohol or narcotics. Some of the worst addictions in one's life can be the people allowed into it. I'd learned to be very selective about who I allowed into my world. It turned out, you didn't need a big circle of people to be content. You simply needed the right people.
Hurt people have a way of hurting others. Not even on purpose, but it happens. That's the problem with making decisions during stretches of temporary sadness or struggle. You sometimes shoot bullets at people who didn't deserve to be shot.
Shay Gable hated my guts, and I hated hers, too.
We went out of our way to avoid one another at all times. When she came my direction, I went the other. When we locked eyes, she’d turn and walk away.
All of that changed the day I was presented with a challenge. It started out as a stupid bet: make Shay fall in love with me before I fell in love with her first.
That was an easy bet for me to win.
I didn’t love, I hardly liked.
Yet slowly the game started to shift. Shay made me crave things I never knew I wanted.
The closer we grew, the more she challenged my darkness, and the parts I kept locked away.
The game between us became too real, our feelings intermixed, and the risks of hurting one another grew higher.
But you know what they say...
All’s fair in the game of love and war—especially the heartbreaks.
(Book one in the L&S Duet)