on October 23rd, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The highly anticipated conclusion to the Something in the Way series, a forbidden love saga.
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents' house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.
A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.
When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?
I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.
6 days after finishing this, I’m still reeling. To be sure, Move The Stars has been one of my most anticipated books ever and Jessica Hawkins managed to exceed every expectation I had. I like to believe the characters channeled through her, that in some parallel universe, Manning and Lake exist and are living life that was paved in the pages of the Something in the Way series. The need to experience their second chance has weighed on me, and here it is.
Jessica Hawkins managed to give me exactly what I wanted. The story is told in parts with some gaps in time as they are living their lives a part. As with any relationship, there are miscalculations and assumptions made, promises made and broken, and everything is stacked against them and my heart broke, cracked, gave be palpitations while they tried to find their way to each other.
I needed Lake to be strong and yet remain vulnerable. I’d hoped she wasn’t completely broken and that she still had the capacity to dream and have faith in herself and Manning. I felt every ounce of the fear, the rejection, the loss, and the hope she held that she knew could bring her down. She see’s clearly what no one else does. Everyone was making decisions for her, everyone knew better then she did. But they didn’t know her heart and just how much it could break. But she’s built a solid support system and for this I was ever thankful, and she’s got a new sense of herself so her tone and snark (at times) made me root for her all the more.
Does Manning have a hero complex, yes. It’s endearing and frustrating at the same time. Does Manning man up? Yes, and in a big way. Without the cloud of mistakes hanging over him, he lets himself go with what he feels for Lake. A lesser man would stay away. But Manning is a romantic and he needs to feel complete and there’s only one person who can do that. But he doesn’t play this game well. He goads her and at times I was less then happy with him. But is he redeemable? You bet’cha.
Jessica leads us through a sometimes unfortunate and yet always beautiful love story. If you are a romance reader who appreciate’s an angsty story about forbidden love, this series is for you. If you want to “witness” epic love in the making READ THIS . I wasn’t even a little bit worried that Jessica wouldn’t deliver the perfect conclusion. I knew there would be at least a few heart stopping moments and I accepted every hit that would come but I never agonized over where it was going. I just couldn’t get through it fast enough, but I slowed myself down and read every word. By the time I finished the story, I had over a hundred highlights and tears streaming down my face. I re-read is already in order and even knowing what I know it will hurt and will heal. The wait for the conclusion was totally worth it . A rare 6 Stars to MTS and the entire SITW series.
~Review by Cyndi
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