Published by Self-Published on July 19th 2016
Genres: New Adult
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I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.
Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.
Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy--sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.
Now it's too late . . .
Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other's lives. Haunted by the past, they're forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can't seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.
Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn't the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?
It’s hard to throw this book into a category. It’s kind of like a second chance romance, but isn’t. It’s kind of like a love triangle, but isn’t. What it IS, is good. I haven’t heard of the author before and took a chance on the blurb and the cover (self-admitted cover whore). I wasn’t disappointed.
We have three, maybe four major players in the story. Chloe is a young girl when 2 twin brothers, Gavin and Devon, move in across her little forest area. These twin brothers are her age and she spies on them as they build a tree house in the area between their two houses. She accidentally falls asleep one night and that is how they meet. After an incident at school with another player in the story, Stacy, who is Chloe’s bully, they become inseparable. Gavin and Chloe are closer friends than her and Devon are, but they are always together.
The story is told, very imaginatively, in parts and rungs of a tree. The story builds and you know it is going somewhere great. Although this isn’t a true second chance romance, the characters did get caught in the known hamster wheel problem that the sub-genre is known for. Running, going back, running, going back. You almost want to scream at the pages…MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MIND ALREADY! And in fact, Chloe gets fed up with it and says exactly that.
Overall, I would give this 4.5 stars. It has a really great feel-good quality to it with some emotional punch. The characters are well developed and deep. The dialogue is real and emotional.