I guess the best way to start off this review is by saying that I really, really wanted to love this book. Claire works at my library, I’ve met her, I’ve listened to her speak at a panel, she’s great. But as much as I tried to love this book, I just didn’t. It took me almost three weeks to read it and I ended up feeling really conflicted.
First things first, I don’t think this is a young adult book. Honestly, if I’d read this when I was within the target demographic, I would have been shocked. I’m more than fine with sexy scenes in my books (after all, I review erotica from time to time) but those are books written for adults. What I don’t expect when I’m reading a young adult book are scenes in which the heroine “felt herself stretch around his fingers” and the hero “slid one hand down her body to their joined hips [and] stroked between her legs.” The scenes are well-written and definitely very sexy, but I would feel weird about recommending this book to an actual minor.
Moving on from that, I want to address the fact that it took me three weeks to care about what was going on in this book. It took me three weeks to read the first 250 pages. I finally told myself that I was absolutely going to finish before I could go to bed and ended up powering through the second half of the book. The story did end up picking up a bit, but it’s really a shame that it took so long for me to care.
The last thing I want to talk about is just my personal opinion on the writing style, which is that I don’t really think it was for me. I felt that the pacing was off, with nothing happening followed by a couple of action scenes and then a large chunk of nothing again. I was also confused about what was happening in each timeline, but that’s possibly because it took me so long to read this book that I was just forgetting what had happened.
In the end, I was mostly just bored while I read this book. My mind wandered a lot. I found myself mindlessly scrolling through social media or just staring off into space and thinking about my life instead of paying attention to the book in front of me. It ended up being an okay book in the end, but I don’t know that I can really recommend it.