“I don’t want him to be any sort of uncle to me or be my dad’s best friend. I want him to be MINE.”
➦*DEEP BREATH* Since this is a taboo romance I want to I start this review by answering all of the questions I had myself prior to reading it.
Age gap? YES, 15 years. ✔
Blood relatives? NO. ✘
Underage sex? NO.✘
YEARLY, KEEP READING ^.^
➦I have to applaud Carian Cole for creating a unique, unconventional and delicate situation and shaping it into such a beautiful friends to lovers romance. Once you strip all the technicalities away you are left with two characters whose friendship developed into love.
➦Kenzi, the heroine, is born into a family of famous teen musicians. They have to be away from her quite often and so they have their best friend Toren help babysit and essentially raise her. They are all 15 at the time, by the way. Does this look like a normal situation? No. So why expect a normal result?
➦So you can probably see where this is going, right? Kenzi grows up and, once she turns 18, the relationship between her and Toren starts changing.
➦The torment was handled very well here. These two understand perfectly well how they will be crucified in their immediate social circles and yet the pull between them is so strong that the collision is inevitable. How will Kenzi’s father react to his best friend being with his little girl?
❤I loved both of the characters to bits. Kenzi is a sweet and brave girl who follows her heart to get what she wants.Toren is a gentle soul who is all man with some savageness to him. I loved how he saw Kenzi and how fiercely he loved her.
“I’m staring down at cleavage for days surrounded by thin, teasing black lace that I want to chew through to get to her. “
❤In the scheme of things, these two grew up together. The transformation from caretaker to friend to lover was very well done. He is her first love and she is his, too.
➦On a side note, I would like to add that the hero in this book spends his free time rescuing stray animals. Carian Cole’s books feature pets and she donates to PET RESCUE from her proceeds. So not only would you be getting an awesome story to enjoy but also a satisfaction of helping an animal in need. 🙂
➦Highly recommended to those who love taboo/forbiddenlove stories, friends to lovers tropes and super romantic yethighly erotic reads with tons of anticipation and sexual tension. I might have been itching, no joke.
About Carian Cole:
I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.
Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.