5 Almost Perfect Stars
So I have several “whys” here.
Why did this languish on my kindle for oh so long?
Sports romance? Check.
Childhood love? Check.
HOT as F cover? Check.
Many of my favorite elements, yes?
In my defense, I did start this waaaaaay back in March…and was totally drawn in by the first Chapter.
But when the second chapter threw in the ole “Five Years Earlier” plot bane to my existence?
If you know me at all, you know I loathe flashbacks.
With a passion.
My least favorite flashback being the kind where the story starts in the presents and then – BAM! – you are taken “back in time” to then spend the whole book working your way forward to…?
So when that happened, I did what ALL reasonable adults would do.
I pouted like a child and put this thing on Time Out.
Now, ultimately we didn’t have to wait until the very end to get where we started in the beginning with this one, but still.
Why did it finally take several good GR buddies raving about this thing to finally get me to pick this thing back up?
But then again…
And also…revisit point one.
Long story short though, I finally read this bad boy.
And LOVED it.
Till and Eliza – with their uber cute nicknames, magic windows and reality/fantasy debates – were seriously too cute.
Add in Flint and Quarry and Martinez took this awesomeness and raised it a whole awesome.
All kinds of fun, angsty stuff happened all the way until the end.
Which leads me to my third why.
Why the little tidbit details that led to the tone of this ending?
I get ending books with your foot in the door of the next book in the series as a segue and all that…but not at the detriment to my happy feels for book one.
I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone by going into detail here – and don’t get me wrong – the ending isn’t bad…I just felt that the tone of it could have been effected a little bit differently is all.
Ultimately, I like my HEAs tied up with a big fluffy, completely unrealistic bow of unicorns and rainbows people, not tinged with sadness glitter.
But in the end I would take that every time if it meant scoring a read this good.
Can’t wait for the next one, which just so conveniently comes out TODAY.
Why am I even bitching about not reading this sooner?
Now I don’t even have to wait for Flint’s story.