Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.
Law school? Check.
Camera-ready smile? Check.
A dull and boring existence? Double check.
But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend’s unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.
It’s while she’s checking off her first item on the list–buy coffee for a stranger–that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he’s a complication Bianca doesn’t need but desperately wants.
With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she’s buried under what’s expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she’s willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.
Two tortured hearts find each other and forge a new path in life.
All The Ways You Saved Me by Jamie Howard is an emotional story that will tug your heartstrings and give you so many feels! It was a fantastic read jam-packed with complex, well-developed characters and the type of angsty, dramatic romance that I’m a sucker for!
Bianca has lived under her parents controlling ways for far too long. When her best friend dies, she takes it upon herself to finish her “bucket list of sorts” and thus begins a journey that brings her to Ian. Ian has been battling his own personal demons for the last two years and he has shut himself off from everyone and everything. This book explores the relationship between our two mains as they learn to open up to one another and fight for what they want in life.
At times this was very hard to read. Ian is a nice guy but he is so caught up in himself, and his problems, that he doesn’t see how his actions and his behavior are affecting Bianca. Bianca is used to toing the line, forgoing her own feelings in favor of others, and at the start, she did that with Ian too. However, as she became more independent and more determined to break out on her own, she faced up to the fact that he wasn’t meeting her needs and she called him out on it. I loved how strong she was to stay true to her convictions no matter how much she was hurting.
I loved how Ian’s story was gradually revealed, and how the pieces of the past fit together to bring us to this point in his life. It’s not that difficult to guess where the plot is going so I can’t say there were a ton of surprises, but it didn’t matter because this book was about so much more than that.
Although I struggled to get into the first few chapters, once I hit chapter four it all clicked and I devoured the rest super-fast! The writing and editing are great and the pace was consistent thereafter.
The emotional complexity and expertly-crafted characters are what made this book such a joy to read.
I was upset for Bianca after the wedding and disappointed in Ian that he took so long to explain things to her, but apart from that I have to say there is little I have to fault about this book.
Actual Rating : 4.5 stars
Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.