Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus.
Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for...no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn't right about this stranger, and Jackie's suspicions about the new girl's secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus--and deepens Jackie's despair.
Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else's lies as the mystery around Ellie's disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?
THIS BOOK. My god, this book. I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about it. I don’t know HOW I ACTUALLY feel about it. Except that I kinda loved it… And really, it’s more of a 4.5 star than 4 star read, IMHO.
So, romance between cousins. It sounds icky, but I was still intrigued the minute I saw the synopsis. I think it’s because it was different and edgy and I was eager to see what it would be like. What it was, was incredible. I was completely sucked into the story. The relationship between Jackie and Marcus might have been taboo, but it sure didn’t feel that way while I was reading. These characters were just so right together, regardless of how wrong it should have been. I devoured this book in one sitting. It was a total roller coaster ride for me and my emotions were all over the place. I wanted them together, then I wanted them to find happiness even if it wasn’t together, then I was mad when someone tried to move on… ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE.
The mystery of Ellie’s disappearance and the question of what Sylvia was really hiding added another level of interest to this story, too. I guessed the outcome, if not all the details, but that was ok. It didn’t feel too predictable. And actually nothing about this book was predictable as far as I can see. Kate has a fresh voice and really made me stop and think. The characters and their struggles, however, are what really made this book for me. It was real and raw and I was completely hooked and went through every emotion with them.
I’m really glad I took a chance on this book. If I hadn’t, I would’ve missed an incredible read and a very real romance. I know the subject matter might turn off some readers, but I hope more open-minded readers will give it a shot, too. I think they will find themselves surprised, just like I was, that something so taboo can be so right.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.