One life-changing summer.
The boy who offered me safe touches and heart-stopping smiles – smiles he shared with his son.
We filled our days with porch-step kisses,
filled our ears with laughter,
filled our hearts with love.
Deep, soul-aching, desperate love.
But love is misleading.
It’s an invisible, fleeting moment.
Somewhere between false adoration and pure hatred comes an emotion, a vulnerable need, a single desire.
It lives within the ones who miss it, who crave it,
who know better than to expect it.
Love is relentless.
Even when that love turns to hate, turns to loathing,
turns to pain.
Love should heal you.
But it can also break you.
Believe me, I know…
Because I’m Becca Owens – a broken girl…
…And he’s Josh Warden – the boy who broke me.
What a fantastic conclusion to Becca and Josh’s story. I loved it from the first heart-shattering page until the last blissfully happy one!
If you haven’t read the first book you shouldn’t read this review as it contains mild spoilers.
Josh has the skateboarding career he always dreamed of but he’s lost the love of his life. Even though he and Becca are no longer together, he hasn’t stopped thinking about her and he’s incapable of moving on. She was his one true forever and no one can replace her in his heart.
Becca is trying to forge a new path in life and she’s connected with her dad, she’s in college, and she is doing some volunteer work but Josh is never far from her thoughts.
In this book, Jay explores that often fine line between love and hate. Becca hates Josh for what he said and did but she also still loves him and she hates that. Everyone is telling her to steer clear of Josh but when the heart wants….
My heart broke for little Tommy in this book as he called out for My Becca. It was good to see his family situation improve with his mom and her fiance playing a role as well as grandma.
Events toward the end of the book were so sad but ultimately it ends up on a happy note. I really enjoyed how Josh and Becca’s love story spanned so many years. It gives truth to the notion that timing has to be right for things to fall into place. Both needed time to heal within themselves and to discover who they really were and what they wanted in life before they could make a commitment to one another. That epilogue was pure perfection and I’ll happily admit that I cried. It was beautiful. I’m really sad to see another one of Jay’s series ends and wish I could scrub out my brain and re-read all her books from scratch because her books are absolutely amazing and totally my kind of read.