Published on December 31, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Helena Conway has fallen in love.
But not unprovoked.
Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered,
and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.
I can only justify my rating with spoilers so I’m going to try to hide them as best as I can. It would be extremely easy to ruin the plot and I do not want to do that just for the sake of explaining a rating.
The beginning is weird.
I had to reread the synopsis because I felt like I was in a totally different book. I was confused and my brain kept trying to make sense of things. I’m not sure I ever fully recovered, but I managed to plow ahead anyway. Things are cleared up in the book but felt foggy and awkward.
Helena (our female protagonist) flip flops a lot. One second she’s weak and insecure, the next she sees the bullshit through the trees and stands up for herself. And then she’s weak again. It reminds me of my relationship with pie. And chocolate. And brownies. She knows that Kit pie is full of fat and calories but she scarfs down the whole shebang in one sitting every darn time he throws her a crumb. I lost respect for her one minute and then rooted for her the next. Rinse and repeat. I kept waiting for Helena to move on and find true love instead of putting up with Kit’s atrocious behavior. It’s one thing to man up to responsibility, it’s another thing to say, “Hey, I dig you but I’m not going to stop sleeping with your best friend because…yeah.”
Kit is a selfish asshole and the frontrunner for love-of-Helena’s-life.
I can’t fully embrace Kit, not when he’s two totally different people depending on which woman he is with. He is a selfish douche when Della (Helena’s BFF and his girlfriend) is in the picture, and perfect when she isn’t. I don’t feel he redeems himself in the story. At all. The only thing that happens is Helena forgives his idiocy and blatant disrespect. View Spoiler »This man has what is to be assumed unprotected sex with someone he admittedly doesn’t love while longing for this girl’s best friend who clearly reciprocates his feelings. And after one accidental pregnancy you think he would have woken up a bit. Like, maybe not risk that happening again. Like, do something about the fact that he doesn’t want Della to be the mother of his children. « Hide Spoiler *Hit head against desk* View Spoiler »His behavior is unacceptable in my eyes. How can you be in love with one woman and do nothing to be with her? How can you be in an intimate relationship with someone you merely like, while the supposed love of your life watches on? « Hide Spoiler Doesn’t he care about Helena’s feelings at all?! Kit gets me all fired up in the bad way. If this story was full of Helena’s Kit, I’d be all about him. Instead, we see his true colors, and Helena does too (and calls him out on it many times!). AND YET SHE FORGIVES HIM EASILY! That’s right folks, I just went all caps on his behind. I’m that irked.View Spoiler »The addition of Muslim (a mystery man Helena encounters) felt like it should have held more weight. If you’re going to have this prolific, life-altering character, he should have a more profound presence to the reader in order to understand what Helena is experiencing. I don’t feel like that part of the plot arched well. Or much at all. We get a tiny glimpse and it apparently changed Helena’s life but hell if I feel the magnitude of their encounter. There is plenty I can glean from the tidbit we see but it involves a lot of assuming. And we all know where that can lead. « Hide Spoiler
Overall, I can clearly see Tarryn Fisher is talented, and I am not hesitant to read her other books. One of my new year resolutions is to read a few more of her books, and I don’t feel weighed down by that challenge. I felt like Tarryn was struggling to be consistent with this story, and perhaps it is due to fighting her usual style with this new side of her. I had higher expectations for this one, but I can appreciate what I assume is the message behind it and the raw emotion that is so clearly woven into the story. This is a great read for faithful fans and an okay read for the commoner.
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