Series: Hale Brothers #1
on August 11th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes I think to myself, ÔÇ£How did I get here?ÔÇØ Then the pain hits and I rememberÔÇªitÔÇÖs because sheÔÇÖs gone. I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and IÔÇÖm supposed to be moving on with my new life. Only, I no longer know who I am anymore. Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone. Silence has become the theme song to my life. She said to find some joy and light, but I donÔÇÖt know how. Mostly, I feel surrounded in darknessÔÇªthat is until I meet him.
I have only one goal, in 298 days IÔÇÖm going to drive away from this small beach town and never return. People are always watching me closely, too close, and IÔÇÖm tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free. Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me. IÔÇÖm not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt. IÔÇÖm not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwantedÔÇªthat is until I meet her.
This is a coming of age story where two young, extremely talented individuals must find a way to navigate the pain in their lives. Allyson ÔÇ£AliÔÇØ Rain has just lost her mother.┬á Moving to a new town far away from everything she has ever known, Ali finds that she is left with silence as the soundtrack to her life. Her father has withdrawn into his own pain, leaving her all alone.┬á Her only reprieve is danceÔÇªuntil she literally runs into the one person who can break the silence.
Drew Hale is the nationally known swimmer/golden boy from a small beach town.┬á What no one else knows outside the wall of his home is that they donÔÇÖt know the real him. Swimming will get him out of here, and he will not be distracted from his goal. He canÔÇÖt afford to do so. Besides, who would ever want him? HeÔÇÖs always been told heÔÇÖs unworthy and no one will ever love him. All of that goes out of the window when he meets her.
I love, love, love how the authors begins and ends the story. I wonÔÇÖt give any spoilers, but I will tell you that it comes full circle with the phrase of ÔÇ£two wordsÔÇØ. Some of these situations are pretty extreme, but I think the author chooses these situations and events to force a growth within the characters. Life isnÔÇÖt always pretty or easy, but who you are is determined by how you weather the storm and carry on in the aftermath. I think this is a great way to describe Ali and Drew, individually and as a couple.
ÔÇ£ÔÇªalthough IÔÇÖm still working on discovering who I am, each day acceptance gets a little stronger and the light around me gets a little brighter.ÔÇØ
My only ÔÇ£issueÔÇØ with the book is how the author skips along the story. She does a great job of keeping you up on chronology, but itÔÇÖs like weÔÇÖve lost the opportunity to get to know Drew and Ali better during these time jumps. The sex scenes are appropriate for the age of the characters. Bonus, both Ali and Drew are very educated, driven and mature. This lends a better understanding to their thought processes and decision making. TheyÔÇÖre still teenagers/young adults, but you can tell theyÔÇÖve dealt with more than most kids their age.
A huge plus is DrewÔÇÖs brother, Beau. Got to love the war of the facts (have to read the book to find out what I mean). Seriously, youÔÇÖre going to love him. HeÔÇÖll be getting his own book and IÔÇÖm over the top excited to read it! If you have read Fallen Crest High, you get the same feeling of the power triad. However, the dynamics are just varied enough to feel fresh.
Overall, I give this book 4.5 stars. YouÔÇÖll want to keep reading the story and see what happens.┬á So, get a copy and enjoy!
~Review by Loredana
(Previously posted on TBE)