If you remember Beau (how can you not? He’s amazing and stole the show, in my opinion) from Drops of Rain, he seemed like this very fun, carefree, teenage guy. Yes, he’s endured pain from the physical and emotional abuse, but to me, he always seemed not nearly as intense as Drew. With his quirky, never ending amount of trivia and what appeared to be a laid back kind of guy, you would expect his book to be more of that, right? Wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. We got a few glimpses of what was lying underneath the surface with Beau alone as well as his relationship with Leila, but you have no idea the depth of these two characters until you’ve experienced this book. Starless Nights lays it all out there, and it is quite the story to be told.
The good part is that things do pick up and turn around. The story of why Beau is the way he is couldn’t hurt more. The struggle they endured as a couple over so many years will bring tears to your eyes. But when things finally click and they decide to put the truth and past out there? Gorgeous. Your heart will soar. Plus, seeing what they’re both becoming was heartwarming. Leila is out there making her dreams come true, and Beau is finding his way into what he knows and loves. In the big scheme of things, this story is very emotional and intense, but there is no shortage of sweet, fun moments. Plus, we get to see Drew and Ali along with a few new characters. The friendships they gain or continue to have make for a great ensemble, and I love them all.
I loved that Andrews writes it to include flashbacks and the present. Normally, I’m not big on this. I tend to skim through any flashbacks in most other books. Not all, but most. That wasn’t the case with Starless Nights. I was even looking forward to the next flashback. How the story is written, it’s a puzzle waiting to be built. Every single chapter, whether it was in the here and now or 6 years earlier, brings something new to the table. Finally, things start clicking. For me, I found myself a bit confused through small parts, but it’d be explained in greater detail a few chapters later and ta-dah, another piece fit. By the end, it’s a deep story that will all make sense. Just hang in there because it’s a roller coaster.
Like I said, this story surprised me, but in the best ways. I expected more fun and casual. Starless Nights is anything but fun and casual through most of it. It wasn't what I expected, but I wouldn't change a single thing. Once you dive into their story and see how much Beau has changed and what their relationship entails, it makes sense. It's perfection. I liked that there weren’t too many aspects outside of their relationship thrown in. It’s all about the hellos, goodbyes, arguments, and romantic moments they’ve had together over the course of many years. The pain and heartbreak they feel crosses over to yourself, and you’ll be right there with them hurting or loving. It’s a fantastically told story of lies, secrets, years apart, and finding one another again. I loved Beau before reading Starless Nights, but Kathryn has made me fall even harder for him if that was possible. I adore both books in this series. Based on the tiny bit we see of Matt, their youngest brother, the greatness of this series definitely isn’t ending with Beau. I can’t wait to read all about Matt. I highly suggest Starless Nights, and can’t scream it loud enough: Go one-click the Hale Brothers!