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I was sixteen when he came to our house. Landon Jones, a boy with nothing, from nowhere. He had cinnamon hair and grey eyes—light blue, just like mine. When we went out as a family with my foster brother, people asked if Landon was my twin. He wasn’t. That year, we found out how much he wasn’t. When my parents caught us, they threw Landon out like trash.
Now I’m twenty-seven, a soon-to-be surgeon, like my mom and dad. I know residency is going to kick my ass, but I had no idea that it would rip my heart out, too. Not until I see him—Dr. Jones.
I absolutely loved the characters Landon and Evie. And when I say loved, I mean LOVED. They were so rich, layered, deep and strong…yet totally vulnerable at the same time.
The synopsis gives you a good idea of what the story is about. I’m not necessarily a fan of the whole step brother / foster brother trope, but for some reason this one caught my eye. The story it’s self was definitely good, but I think the home run (for me) was the characters and how they related to each other. There was something between Evie and Landon that drew me in from the start. The first part of the book is about when they were teenagers. And it was almost written in a true young adult format. Then the book switches to present day and it is definitely a more new adult format. We can get more into that in a minute.
As you know from the synopsis Landon is Evie’s foster brother and they fall in love, but her parents obviously don’t tolerate it. In reality, whose parents would? They reconnect years later, however we met them when they first met. We really got to witness their falling in love for the first time, and I found that part to be my favorite. There was a certain innocence, a certain desperate feeling where they just had to have each other. It was all-consuming which was absolutely fantastic and reminded me of my youth. I loved Landon’s brooding-ness, and I knew there was so much more to his story. I loved Evie’s quirky sense of humor and how she became brave when she was with Landon. Fast forward to when they are both adults…the chemistry was still totally there. But they had to overcome hurdles.
The love Evie and Landon felt, whether it was when they were in high school or adults was the same. The part that did change was how it was written! The teenage part of the story was fade to black. While it was kind of a bummer, it was probably more appropriate. I still could have used even more “innocent” details, like about the kissing. Fast forward to their adult times and it was definitely not fade to black (yay!) I chuckled little bit.
I did get my HEA, but I wish I had gotten to witness a few more things. I know we got to see Landon meet some people, but still not everyone. I assume he did eventually, but it was not in the book. Still, I was glad to know these two made it to the other side and that made me all warm and fuzzy.
I think for me the story was really good and the characters were outstanding. I just needed more. I didn’t feel like I got enough of the story it felt like it was almost over before it began, as so many things got either glossed over, pushed to the side, or ignored. I don’t understand how they could’ve been separated for 10 years and not found each other, especially when they were just so desperate for one another. There could’ve easily been another 200 pages in this book and then I probably would be satisfied.
Rec it? Yes! If you love second chance romances this is a great addition for your TBR. It had aspects of being a very emotional story, and while it was excellent, I’m a very greedy reader and needed more – it didn’t reach it’s full gritty potential for me. However, the characters were written in a way that was above and beyond; they were so well-rounded, multi dimensional and finished. I loved the way they thought I love the way they were together. Read Evie and Landon’s story, you won’t regret it!
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