Throughout Bria’s teen years, Knox was her rock, her person, her constant—but never her boyfriend. And for all those years, she told herself that was exactly how she wanted it to be.
Knox wasn’t the one that got away—he was the one that never was.
Now, Bria’s full-on adulting, and she’s crushing it. She’s got a grown-up job, a lush D.C. apartment, a dreamy med-student fiancé. What more could a girl want?
But when a family crisis lands her back in her hometown of Dalesville, she finds herself face-to-face with the one thing she always wanted and never had: Knox.
But she’s determined to keep her feelings for Knox in the past. It doesn’t matter that he’s as charming as ever, and looks even better with age. It doesn’t matter that she discovers huge sacrifices he made for her, way back when.
Nope, it doesn’t matter.
. . . Right?
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Let me start of this review by saying this was a solid 5 star read till 90% of the book.
This was an amazing friends to lovers romance that had me feeling such longing and anticipation! Bria and Knox were best friends in high school and there is obvious attraction and a sense of wanting more from both of them. Bria has to watch Knox go through a new girl every week; commitment is not really his thing. Bria is the girl that is always in his life though and we get a sense that he doesn’t want to risk ruining that by getting involved romantically. These are the best type of slow burn romances that I just love! This was an absolute page turner for me and I was completely captivated by Knox and Bria’s unfolding loves story.
The story is told in both the present and the past and it actually starts off with an older Bria coming home to her small town to help support her family in their time of need. She currently lives in the city and appears to have the perfect life with her med student fiancee and her recent job promotion. Coming home and seeing Knox again brings back old memories and feelings she can’t ignore. I was so enamored with Knox! He was so sexy and confident but also vulnerable at times. He was completely selfless and the sacrifices he made for Bria and her family made me fall for him even more. When he finally exposed himself and layed out his feelings for Bria, I just about melted! Gah! I experienced ALL THE FEELS!
I was seriously loving on this book but then right at the end the author took the book in a completely unexpected direction and I just wanted to scream! I mean literally right at the end and it just killed me. It didn’t make sense to me and so yes I dropped the rating for <10% of the book that I didn’t like because just no…
Overall , if you asked me if I would recommend this book, yes absolutely! This was an absolutely delightful read with just enough angst with a sweet unfolding love story and a downright sexy hero. Some of you may be actually intrigued to read this to find out the ending and some of you may even enjoy how the author took their story. I would definitely read this author again because regardless of the fact that I didn’t like how she ended it, she definitely made me FEEL!
Heat Level: Mild
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Taylor Danae Colbert is a romance & women’s fiction author. When she’s not chasing her toddler or hanging with her husband, she’s probably under her favorite blanket, reading a book, or writing one. Taylor lives in Maryland, where she was born and raised.