Purchased: Kindle – $.99 [Received ARC from author in exchange for honest review]
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
What’s It All About:
“His name is Royal, but he’s no prince charming. He’s not even a prince – though you could say I loved him once upon a time.
He was my older brother’s best friend.
Growing up, he sat at our dinner table every Sunday, teased me mercilessly, and pretended I annoyed him.
When I was old enough, he took me on my first date.
Royal taught me how to drive. Escorted me to my junior prom. Gave me my first kiss…amongst other things. He was my first taste of toe-curling, all-consuming, can’t-sleep love.
We had our whole lives ahead of us. There was never anyone else for me but him.
And then he disappeared. No letter. No explanation. Not even a goodbye.
My sisters and brother never forgave him, and my parents forbade me from speaking his name in our house ever again. For all intents and purposes, we were to pretend Royal Lockhart never existed.
I’ve spent the last seven years trying in vain to forget my first love, but just when I think I’ve finally moved on, guess who’s back in town?
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is a full-length, stand alone, older brother’s best friend/unrequited love romance with a HEA and no cliffhanger. Enjoy! xoxo”
Description taken from Amazon.
The Best Parts:
So where do I start. This novel is one that is very different from Winter’s previous novels. The struggle for every character has your head reeling. I must say that there is a lot going on all at once, but trust me it is needed. The back and forth and the tugging of your heartstrings play a very crucial part to this novel. I feel like this whole thing was written so that we could feel what Demi was feeling, since she knew nothing, but also feel sympathetic for Royal at the same time.
It was a perfect mixture of love and pain at the same time. Also, speaking of pain. I haven’t found a character that I have hated so much in a long time and this book had four of them. Fuck Brooks, Fuck Brenda, Fuck Afton, Fuck Pandora. Fuck them all to hell. How can you be so full of shit and still be able to breath.
The Worst Parts:
I really wish that at the end instead of just hearing about Brooks and his ponzi scheme, that we actually got to see something about him and how he is doing with his new woman and his child and how his mother is taking it all. I need to know just how much his life fucking sucks now!
Also – let’s talk about the fact that I cried while reading this book. I cried a lot. Like not cool. Like so much pain was in my heart for Royal and I haven’t had this kind of reaction to a character in a long time. You will fall in love with him, and fast so beware.
This is a quick and emotionally fun read that will leave you with wanting to take a gold club to a car and screw Royal all at the same time. This book does take a few turns that touch on some uncomfortable things that some may not like, but if you are good with that then read it! ❤