RELEASE DATE: 26th September 2016
BLURB: Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo’s unremarkable life like a supernova… and then was gone just as quickly.
For the past miserable year, Leo hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will’s life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off. What begins as a unique friendship soon burns with chemistry they can’t deny… though Will certainly tries.
But Leo longs for more than friendship and hot sex. A romantic to his core, Leo wants passion, love, commitment—everything Will isn’t interested in giving. Will thinks romance is a cheesy fairy tale and love is overrated. He likes his space and he’s happy with things just the way they are, thank you very much. Or is he? Because as he and Leo get more and more tangled up in each other’s lives, Will begins to act like maybe love is something he could feel after all.
I’m the first to admit that I was a bit afraid of starting this book, the first two in the Series were so amazing that I knew this couldn’t be as good (does Roan Parrish ever write a bad book though?).
Though this book 3 is different from the first two, it is just as enjoyable. I normally always recommend that you start with the first book of the Series and make your way through them, but this one can be read very successfully as a stand alone. Previous characters from earlier books only appear in cameo roles, so there’s no confusion within the storyline.
These MCs are very different from each other and also very complex.
Though there is a age gap between these two, we were prepared for it, it was mentioned in Book 1 and therefore it didn’t seem such a big age gap.
20 year old Leo has lived his entire life in a very small town called Holiday. At the beginning of the story, we would call Leo “naive” but as the story develops, so does he. Will on the other hand is very different. He’s not “naïve” at all, he’s a fully grown man, works, has a house and certainly not looking for a relationship – he’s very happy with the way things are, thank you very much.
Right from the start, he’s totally honest with Leo so you can’t begrudge him (though I did want to hit him over the head a few times, lol). He never tried to deceive Leo, it was Leo himself that had the illusion that he could change Will and when he realises that it’s not possible, recovery from that fact was so very hard.
So it was a complete shock when it’s Leon that deceives Will when he leaves him! (sorry, bit of a spoiler there, but it’s important to the storyline).
So, for the most part of the book, it’s about Leo’s growth. How he changes from the young, inexperienced college student leaving Holiday to go to New York. How he changes himself, with the help of friends and Will, into the man he is today. But it’s not only that, because Will also grows up too,
I like the conflicts and the misunderstandings in the books that I read and trust me, this story had lots and lots of it.
And the HFN ending was not only perfect but romantic as well. Who knows if they will have their forever ending but I truly hope it will happen.
Maybe this story isn’t of the same level as the first two, but Leo and Will are very real characters and I really enjoyed reading their story.
****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****