By: Jamie Beck
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Thirteen years ago, Vivi LeBrun was sketching a rooster and eating Oreos when she first met—and fell for—her friend’s brother, David St. James. Since then, her love for David has only intensified thanks to years of friendship with his family, who rescued her from a lonely, tumultuous childhood. As she travels to Block Island to vacation with the St. James siblings, Vivi daydreams about reuniting with David, hoping he’ll finally see her as his soul mate.
After his mother’s death, David distanced himself from his siblings, determined to hide a devastating family secret. Now, he’s brought a new girlfriend along to his homecoming—one who’s pushing for a serious commitment. The last thing he needs on his growing list of problems is his budding attraction to Vivi.
With tensions running high, David’s behavior triggers a series of events that might cost him the love he’s always taken for granted and Vivi the only real family she’s ever known.
This was definitely worth the wait, on so many levels. This book just gives you hope that there is still love out there and sometimes you just have to step back and look, because most likely it’s already there and you just don’t realize it. I’ve always loved the books where you are in love with your brother’s best friend. They bring you more hope because you know they have been around one another for a longer period of time, and they have seen you at your best and your worst.
This book had a little bit of everything for me in regards to a contemporary romance. The characters were just fabulous, relatable and so convincing. There was no insta love, there was a love that grew over the years, and an understanding between two people that super passed friendship and even love at times because that’s how well they knew one another. These two characters David and Vivi knew each other so well. From the very beginning of the book when they meet and she’s only 13 and he’s 18, she was quirky and he was sweet to her, from that very moment I knew this was going to be an amazing book and I was not disappointed for a single moment.
Vivi has loved David from their first meeting, and even though he doesn’t say it, a woman knows by the way he acted and has acted throughout the book that he too loves her, he’s just too dumb to realize it. Isn’t that just the case though sometimes? Men aren’t the brightest even if they think they are most of the time. There were some really great moments of epiphanies for David in this book and I enjoyed every single one. The dynamic between all the siblings and characters were great, I really felt invested in all of them. Even Laney, who by the end I just felt bad for because she thought she had something good. But nothing is as powerful as that love that lasts a lifetime.
The setting in this book was great too because not only do you have the hustle and bustle of the city but you also have the peacefulness of the Island. Which let me tell you made me go research this island because that’s how much I want to go there now. Overall this book was great from beginning to end. It had great characters, a really wonderful story, and depth to it. Every time something was heartbreaking my heart felt it. Those butterflies fluttered and there is nothing more special than getting lost in a book and feeling every moment that you are reading. Jamie Beck did an amazing job and I can’t wait to read another one of her books.
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