Published on: January 8th 2018
Published by: Self Published
Genre: YA Romance
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A childhood promise. An unbreakable bond. One tragic event that shatters everything.
It all started with the boys next door…
Devin and Ayden were my best friends. We were practically joined at the hip since age two. When we were kids, we thought we were invincible, inseparable, that nothing or no one could come between us.
But we were wrong.
Everything turned to crap our senior year of high school.
Devin was turning into a clone of his deadbeat lowlife father—fighting, getting wasted, and screwing his way through every girl in town. I’d been hiding a secret crush on him for years. Afraid to tell him how I felt in case I ruined everything. So, I kept quiet and slowly watched him self-destruct with a constant ache in my heart.
Where Devin was all brooding darkness, Ayden was the shining light. Our star quarterback with the bright future whom everyone loved. But something wasn’t right. He was so guarded, and he wouldn’t let me in.
When Devin publicly shamed me, Ayden took my side, and our awesome-threesome bond was severed. The split was devastating. The heartbreak inevitable.
Ayden and I moved on with our lives, but the pain never lessened, and Devin was never far from our thoughts.
Until it all came to a head in college, and one eventful night changed everything.
Now, I’ve lost the two people who matter more to me than life itself. Nothing will ever be the same again.
As you are all probably well aware already I am a MASSIVE fan of second chance romances and this book is a great second chancer. I was a bit hesitant going in that it was going to end up being heavy on the love triangle, there are some triangle-y moments but on the whole it avoids falling into the love triangle trap.
One of my favourite things about this book was the way it was split into 3 very clear sections. 1) Senior Year of High School,
2) Freshman Year of College and 3) 5 Years later. There is a tragic event that our characters go through in part 2 and I really liked the 5 year gap before part 3 which really allowed the characters to suffer the impact of that tragedy and made the healing in part 3 my favourite thing about this book.
“You’re the most important person in my world, Ange. For all time. Even when you think you aren’t, know that you are. Even when I can’t show you or say all I want to say, know that you are. Even if I leave, I’m still with you. I’m a part of you, just like you’re a part of me, and you’ll always be in my heart. Never forget. You promised.”
Our main trio of characters: Angelina, Devin and Ayden were an interesting mix. The relationships between Angelina and each of the boys were pretty well developed but I would have loved to have seen more of the relationship between Devin and Ayden. This could be down to the fact that the first third of the book was all written from Anglina’s POV. I would have loved some insight from one of the boys during this first section too.
As a second chance romance and my first every Siobhan Davis book I actually really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say that I felt massively emotional whilst reading it, but there were just the right amount of feels in there for it to be realistic without feeling over-dramatised.
“We thought we were invincible, inseparable, that nothing or no one could come between us…But we were wrong.“