Synopsis: Sometimes life’s unforeseen paths lead us to discovering sides of ourselves we never knew existed.
Ace Bosse has always found solace at home, but when she returns for the summer from college she builds an unexpected relationship with the reckless Max Miller.
Three years ago, Max left for Alaska to find what he thought he’d lost, but now he realizes just how much he left behind.
Max teaches Ace that sometimes a little crazy is exactly what life needs while learning that some chances are worth taking, regardless of the risks.
But how do you know when you’ve met the right person? And will they be prepared to experience one of life’s biggest obstacles?
Falling in love isn’t easy, but holding on to it is where the real challenge lies.
**I received a copy of this book from the author,
but that did not influence the review**
4 stars This story gets a swoony 4 stars from me. Parts of this book were 5 very big flashing stars, but then the beginning half was very slow for me, with parts at 3 stars as I found myself putting this down. But I’m so very glad I kept going because once Ms. Dietz got the rhythm of the book going it was outstanding. So overall a 4 rating seemed reasonable.
Let’s get right to why you should read this book: MAX MILLER. I love Max Miller something fierce. He is sofa king sexy. Like crazy town swoon-ville, my friends. I love love love him. Trust me on this. He is all man, not too sensitive, plenty of brooding and all kinds of perfect.
And then there’s Ace. Oh Ace I love you too. She really was great, but more than once she frustrated me. But it also made her human and imperfect so don’t get me wrong…I still adored her the whole time even if she didn’t act like I wanted her to. I will admit I wasn’t crazy about her nickname, Ace, and wish she was called by her given name, Harper. Or at least have Max call her her that. It fit her so much more, but that is kind of irrelevant, I guess. Just know that I loved watching her evolve, and she did it in a way that made me feel like I truly was a part of her journey too.
The romance was sweet, and yet really deep. Ace and Max had chemistry that absolutely worked and gave me, the reader, butterflies. My heart fluttered and I fell in love just as Ace fell in love. It definitely took a while, and while I do love the slow burn sometimes there were strange time lapses. I would think there was a big moment, like an almost kiss, but then the next chapter would start and say “we ran everyday for the next few weeks”. I didn’t know how something could almost happen then have weeks of normal. I get that time had to pass, but sometimes chapter endings/beginnings were a little jolted. I also would have loved a little more descriptions when we had kissy time because I felt like we waited SO DANG LONG for it. Now, I don’t mean we needed it to be R-rated, just more because I’m a very greedy romantic reader and the love between Max and Ace really was pretty epic.
While I loved the main characters there were about 5 million secondary characters. But let me tell you who shined through it all…Kendall and Jameson. I loved them and would definitely read their books as well, because their love felt pretty special and epic too. Maybe they will get a chance to tell their story?
Now, let’s talk cover love. I am really fawning over it. Initially it was just really pretty, but after I read the story I realized exactly what flower it was, and it is perfection. The perfect cover is perfect.
The ending…..oh the ending killed me, I thought it was a stand alone….but it’s not. I need book 2 now….but there’s also a book 3 so I must wait. I can’t do this to my poor heart, and my poor heart is very broken for quite a few people. Please let there be a HEA!
Rec this? Yes! If you love coming of age and sweet blossoming romance with a very swoony man this is a great addition to your TBR.