Author: B.L. Berry
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Cover Designer : Najla Qamber Designs
Publication Date: September 29, 2014 (that’s today!)
I knew from the start that he was going to wreck me.
Nothing could have prepared me for the day he walked into my life… or the day he walked out of it.
All that remained was a shell of the girl I once was.
And I don’t know if I’ll ever recover.
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This is an awesome debut and such a sweet and emotional ride!
You never know what to expect when you try out a new author, but B.L. Berry doesn’t disappoint. This story is both attention grabbing and beautifully written. It had a great mix of humor, pain, and heartwarming moments.
The beginning pulled me in and I didn’t stop reading until it was over!
The characters were great. Ivy was funny, quirky, honest, and strong. She was completely relatable and not the normal shy virgin looking for her prince. She’s not perfect and accepts her flaws. She was definitely not without her frustrating moments and had some falls along the way, but showed a lot of growth. And then there was Phoenix…. Ahhhhh Phoenix (insert swooning here)… I’m just grinning thinking about him. I absolutely adored him. He did so many things that just made my heart melt.
I loved the relationship between Ivy and Phoenix. Part of their relationship was long-distance, so we got a lot of fun emails, phone calls, and text that I loved. The long distance really gave them a chance to develop their relationship instead of it being centered around sex.
In addition to Phoenix and Ivy’s relationship there was also another fun relationship in this read. Ivy and Rachel. The crazy and loveable best friend used to be a staple in New Adult reads, but I’ve been missing them lately. I loved her and Ivy’s friendship. Everyone needs a Rachel in their life, especially Ivy with the horrendous family she was given. If there was such a thing as a “swoony” best friend it would be Rachel.
Overall, this was a great read full of laughter, pain, and a few unpredictable twist!
I recommend this read!
Silence passes between us and he nudges my elbow with his. Reaching out for my hand again, he delicately traces the inside of my palm where he kissed it yesterday with his fingertip. Goosebumps rise and my body hums with anticipation. I turn to look him in the eye again and he has a charming, yet shy, look on his face.