Lavender and Kodiak . . .so similar and so different Both suffer strongly from anxiety. Both can save each other, but also become unhealthily dependent on each other as children causing their parents to make the difficult decision of separating them.
Years later, they have their chance to reconnect and give in to the love they started as children. But, Kody knows if he gives in to his obsession with Lavender, he’ll ruin her again, so he lies and tells her she means nothing to him.
Fast forward to the present where they are both attending the same college, along with their friends and cousins, and they can’t avoid one another no matter how hard they try to. They also can’t stay apart. Lies grow bigger and deeper for Kody until he just can’t do it anymore. But, will Lavender ever be able to forgive him?
Oh this book . . . it had me in knots and was a real emotional whirlwind. I hated Kody at one point, but the more I read, the more I loved him and understood how he suffered and why he acted the way that he did. And, Lavender is so strong and resilient and so grown up. I adored how she found her own way and own coping mechanisms to deal with the fears and anxieties she suffered through as a child.
Together, their push and pull is epic. I love how when Lavender was young, she needed Kody to calm her and now, she’s his rock . . . it’s like they came full circle. Lavender grew to be everything that we knew she would be, even as a small child and that Kody found a way to love her without letting it consume them both. Their story and characters were so complex. Helena Hunting did a masterful job of weaving their present together with bits of their past to give readers intimate glimpses of their most defining moments. 5 stars
About Helena Hunting
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
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