My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A lot can happen in 10 years, and Gwen and Craig have been there for each other through it all, from meeting on the playground to juggling college finals. But their long-standing friendship hasn't been without its challenges.
Gwen keeps her emotions locked down tight, and when someone hurts her, she shuts down and shuts them out. Craig has always been her hero, but when one night leaves her broken, she realizes he has the power to hurt her the most.
Unable to get past Gwen's emotional barriers, Craig focuses on baseball and reaching for his dreams, but he misses his best friend. He wonders if he'll ever have the same relationship he did with the girl he met ten years ago.
When the barriers finally come down and their true feelings are revealed, will they finally become the couple everyone says they're destined to be, or will the darkness from Gwen's past tear them apart forever?
*Warning* This book contains some scenes that may be hard to read. This story is meant for readers 18 and older.
Baseball!!!!! I’m so ready for baseball season to start that I jumped at the chance to read this book.
This is my first book by Bethany Lopes, and my first book in this series. I was a little worried that I would be a little lost since this is book 5, but it was definitely a stand alone.
From page one, I was hooked. The book starts out when Gwen and Craig were children with how they met and bounces through time. This both worked and didn’t work for me. There were a few times that it did, but others that it was a little intrusive. Example: There was a scene where Craig and his brother walked in and Craig was wearing a particular jacket. That jacket brought back a particularly bad memory for Gwen and the flashback worked. But there were some others that didn’t transition quite as well for me. In some ways, I wish it had just bounced through time chronologically. Age 10, age 13, age 18, age 20. But this wasn’t a huge issue since the overall story was good.
I enjoyed the friendship between Gwen and Craig and their path to a romantic relationship. Gwen could be frustrating at times, especially regarding the events surrounding why she stopped talking to Craig.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it made me curious about some of the other couples. I’ll definitely go back and read their books. :)
My favorite part:
“The girl loves you, that’s as plain as her love for her camera, but she fears rejection. Abandonment. You need to prove to her that you’re going to stick.”
Brock watched me for a moment, as if making sure that what he said had penetrated, then he turned to leave me.
He stopped, looked over his shoulder, and grinned wickedly.
“Oh yeah, and if you break her heart, I’ll bury you.” <--- Best line of the book.
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
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