“I loved him before I knew the true meaning of the word.”
“Something in the Way” is part of the three-book epic forbidden love saga by Jessica Hawkins. This is actually the first book I have read by this author, so I dove right into it with no expectations. Once I had read the blurb I couldn’t wait to get started. I love a great forbidden love story and boy did this deliver. It was a well written, compelling, forbidden romance story with amazing characters you can’t help but fall madly in love with. If you are looking for your next read to be both heart racing and heart stopping all at the same time, definitely give this one a go.
“Something in the Way” is told in dual POV and I felt this added to the intensity of the story. The reader was given an insight into how each of these characters thought and felt. The story unfolds on a hot summer’s day in 1993; being a teenager myself then, I really felt the story bought me back to that era, especially the music.
Lake is a 16 year old straight A student who is always compelled to do the right thing; study hard and get accepted into USC. Everything Lake has been able to achieve has been thanks to her hard work, discipline and to please her father. Lake was incredibly sweet, innocent and somewhat naïve. She is not like regular 16 year olds in the sense that she doesn’t sneak around behind her parent’s backs, she doesn’t party and get drunk and she’s never been kissed or had a boyfriend. The more I read of her, the more I wanted to protect her innocence from the ways of the world.
“Some invisible tether existed between us. Nobody could see it, not even us, but I felt it. I was sure Manning did, too. As long as we both knew it, that was enough for me. For now, at least.”
One thing I didn’t really like about this story was Lake’s sister Tiffany. I found her to be a selfish spoilt brat who has absolutely no concept of other people’s feelings and who thinks it is perfectly acceptable to use people for your own self-gratification. Having said that, I believe it’s the skilful writing of Jessica Hawkins that has made me dislike Tiffany so much.
Next door to where Lake lives with her family, there is a construction site full of men. Lake and her sister, Tiffany have been warned by their father to stay away from the site. One hot summer’s day, Tiffany forgot to pick Lake up from summer school and Lake had to walk home. Once she reached home, she took the opportunity to look for her bracelet she had lost the day before. One of the construction workers, Manning, found the bracelet for her. The resultant first encounter between the two was the day that would forever change Lake and Manning’s lives.
“In one afternoon, everything about my small, easy world had changed.”
Manning is a 23 year old construction worker who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Lake. Manning is a hardworking man who likes to keep to himself and is in no way looking for trouble. I absolutely fell hard for Manning, I loved everything about him from his infinite heart of gold, his protective nature and his ability to always see the good in people. He has had a tragic past and has witnessed things no one should have to in their life. What he has been through literally broke my heart and I really felt for him. Though he has experienced those tragedies, the silver lining was that it helped make him the beautiful man he is today.
“Something in the Way” is definitely a slow burn romance which I really enjoyed. I loved the compelling plot line, the heart break and the way this story made me feel. It had me fully engaged from start to finish and I can’t wait to find out how this three-book epic love story concludes.