on December 8th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
No matter how cruel itÔÇÖs been in the past, IÔÇÖve never been able to flip fate the bird. IÔÇÖm a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away.
I don't. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, IÔÇÖm a goner. The owner didnÔÇÖt give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, explicit poetryÔÇöit all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her.
I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. IÔÇÖm not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I donÔÇÖt want to come down fromÔÇª
My journal is the one place I can be myselfÔÇöas long as I can tie it up and put it away when IÔÇÖm finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.
I only recently finished reading Jessica Hawkins CityScape series and when I saw the opportunity to read Yours to Bare, I was ALL over it. Yes I’m a new fan of Ms. Hawkins an now I can proudly proclaim that I’m now a die-hard fan. That’s the effect that Finn Cohen elicits. Yours to Bare stole my breath and kept me reading late into the night.
Admittedly I haven’t read Slip Of the Tongue, which is where we first meet Finn. It’s not necessary, but there’s history from that story that plays into his mindset when he meets Halston (Hals), our heroine in Yours To Bare. Yours to Bare picks up on Finn’s life about a year and a half after the end of Slip Of The Tongue. I love Finn sooo much that I’m rectifying that immediately – another confession is that I’m a little nervous about it.
Yours To Bare is an incredibly emotionally charged story. Finn is a very forthright man and he was left defensive by his divorce and his involvement with Sadie. First and foremost he must protect his heart and like any reasonable person, he has certain rules to help him avoid making the same mistakes more than once or twice (I think twice is his hard limit and rules do get broken). But he’s a big believer in fate (which I find incredibly romantic – which he is) and so when Finn finds a diary of sorts that leaves him completely intrigued about its owner. Finn takes action and too quickly becomes involved with Halston in a very passionate and very complicated love affair. There are red flags going up all over the place but Finn see’s them and chooses to trust Halston. She’s convincing enough for sure.
The most immediate complexity for them is really born by Halston. I almost hate saying it but she is a HOT MESS. Her emotional and mental health is tenuous and while had so much sympathy for her plight, I found it hard to be in her head at times. This is something that I found with Olivia in the Cityscape series as well. But, it’s just more proof that that Hawkins is a brilliant story teller and a master at writing perplexing and wounded female characters. Between Halstons issues and Finn’s need to protect himself, they have a drama fueled and very sensual relationship.
It’s a fast paced read because Finn and Halston are too quick to become a couple. They endeavor on a creative partnership that is so fascinating and makes for a great plot driver (Yours to Bare on Instagram ) I tried and tried to picture the work as Finn and Hals describe it and I appreciate that Hawkins offers this as part of the Y2B experience. This is a 5 star standout read and one for any drama loving romance reader!!
~Review by Cyndi
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