First, I have to say from the get go that this was my first Megan Smith book. I’m always intrigued with the idea of a standalone spin off. Can it truly stand by itself? I usually tend to go ahead and grab the others beforehand, but I gave this one a whirl all by itself. The answer to that question right up there is yes, it can absolutely, positively stand alone. Smith builds the main characters, as well as the supporting characters, in such a way that makes you fully understand, but also pulls you into their world. There’s no confusion or overlapping that will make you scratch your head. It flowed exactly as I had hoped it would, and gave us just enough information without overwhelming. I do desperately want to go back and read the entire series now though. I need more!
I have a massive crush right now on Eli. He’s caring, trusting, and kind. Swoony, right? The pull he had for Layla was what we all want in these books. That connection and intensity right from the get go was amazing. Layla… Poor Layla. She’s trying so hard and gives everything her all just to make things right for her little sister and herself. They live in a very broken household, plus her abusive boyfriend that feels as if he owns her. It’s all too much, but she tries. I’ve found myself getting a tad bit tired of the “broken” heroines, but Layla just worked. Her story mixed with Eli’s couldn’t have melded better. Their relationship is heartbreakingly beautiful and beautifully heartbreaking, all in one.
(Still mad. Just sayin’ lol)