I liked this book, I just won’t be calling it my favorite anytime soon.
Charlotte was going through a lot. Her boyfriend was in a coma at the hospital, she still had school and her internship. She wasn’t really living, she was just existing. She was exhausted. She wanted to please everyone around her even if it meant she wasn’t being true to herself.
“When the Matthews look at me, they see perfection, a girl worthy of their precious son. What if sometimes I don’t want to be that girl? Being worthy of someone isn’t the problem. It’s the flawless version they see through rose tinted glases that haunt me.”
I liked Charlotte as a main character. It felt like she was carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders and you just want to jump through the pages and help her out. I liked that she didn’t just give into the tension between her and Duke right away and MAN was there tension between them!
“Being with Duke, connected to him, would be like driving down the highway in the wrong direction. It’s exhilarating, sure, but you take the risk at a crash and burn.”
Duke was great, he really wanted to do the right thing by Charlotte and Jacob. He struggled with his feelings for Charlotte and him thinking that he wasn’t good enough for her. I enjoyed seeing his character grow in this book.
There was a bit of mystery in this book. You know things are not what they seem and that there are secrets but can’t put your finger on it. The author does a great job at keeping you on your toes.
The reason I couldn’t give it 5 stars was because when the secrets and plot twists started coming out I was so freakin’ let down. Everything could have been done so differently.
All in all, it was a good book. There was forbidden romance, mystery, and great characters.
Quotes were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.