Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A lifetime of abandonment leaves its mark on a person. So much so that when Nicki left, it made a twisted sort of sense. After all, everyone else I had loved in this world had left me, why should he be any different?
Six years later and he’s back in my life. He’s still the same Nicki. Still the same sensitive, intelligent, loving and compassionate man he was years ago. Except…there are shadows in his eyes that were never there before. How do I love him again, trust him again? If he disappears now, there’s no way I’d survive.
I love Kaine Devereaux. I always have. But sometimes love just isn’t enough. When my family moved thousands of miles away to chase the dream of a cure for my mysterious illness, Kaine and I had no idea that more than distance would end up separating us.
How do I ask Kaine to trust me again when I almost destroyed him? How do I ask him to love me again, when I’m still haunted by the specter of my past?
This book was good but there was a bit of overlap with the previous book which caused us to read some of the same events again (just form a different perspective) which isn’t my favorite thing. Some of the story or events felt a bit drawn out or repeated which may have been intentional but since I have a hard time with longer books it just caused me a little frustration. And I wish we would have gotten closure on whatever Kaines professor was doing (though I think I have an idea), it just was forgotten about after everything happened with Nicki.
Nicki went through so much alone just to protect his mother and Kaine but when he finally breaks free he has to re-learn that he is worth fighting for. I hated that Kaine has felt abandoned after what his parents did even with the support and love he gets in the Devereaux family.
I think what both of these guys went through made their connection stronger when they got back together they just had to work to get to that place. I loved watching Nicki blossom with the love of friends and the new family he found. Kaine seemed to have a quick turnaround once he accepted Nicki back into his life which seemed a little uncharacteristic to me.
The cover art by Reese Dante is nice, I like the picture of Nicki and how it’s in a similar style to the previous book.
Sales Link: Amazon
ebook, 345 pages
Published: December 9, 2019
Edition Language: English
Series: Twin Peeks Bookstore #2