This book. This book!! There are so many reasons as to why this book is on my favorites list and why Kandi Steiner is now one my favorite authors and I don’t even know where to begin!! And on top of that I’m going to get to meet Kandi in February? I. Am. Speechless
This book in one sentence: This book is the epitome of books I need in my life because it is absolutely perfect!
A part of me wants to sit here and rave about this book and tell you so much about it, but a greater part of me doesn’t want to do that. This is one of those books that you just have to pick up and start! I kept seeing teasers for this book and even though I have to many books I have a deadline for, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to get it. Believe me when I say, once I started it, I NEVER wanted to set it down!
This is my first Kandi Steiner book and lucky for me she has more out! With that said, I’m more than glad that I started with this one and my oh my, am I in love with it! Our main characters are B and Jamie and we start with them while they are in high school and we get to watch them grow. We get to see so much and it wasn’t long before I fell in love with them! Their story if FULL of angst and even though it killed me half the time, I couldn’t stop reading! I was reading and I started reading faster and it still wasn’t fast enough! This book took my emotions on a rollercoaster and made me tear up a countless amount of times. I came to care about these characters so much, I found myself losing my mind more than half the time! This book just about destroyed me in the best way possible and I would read it again if only my heart could handle it! This is one love story that I’ll never be able to get enough of!
I want to point out something that I’ve even mentioned to Kandi! Our main character, B, was a person of color (POC) and that is SUCH a big deal! I’ve noted on many occasions how there is a great lack of diversity within most of the books and I’m steadily seeking out more books with diversity within them! I know it may seem like a small aspect to some, but this representation is literally everything! Kandi didn’t create the black best friend, her main character was black! But even more in detail, B was actually mixed, her mom was black and her dad was white and that’s another big deal! B’s parents, as well as B and Jamie, were in interracial relationships that aren’t represented as much as they could be! I’m just SO SO in love with it!
Another point I want to make is that Kandi’s writing is absolutely astounding! There were points where her writing made me melt! And when I say that, I mean just about the entire book made me melt! There were so many times I had to lower my kindle down as her words sank into my mind!
It turned out a Whiskey stain was just as permanent as ink, and I wondered if I would ever truly wash myself clean. Or if I even wanted to.
I’d been holding back, delicately balancing on the line, afraid of drinking too much – but this was it. I knew it. I felt every inch of the fall from tipsy to drunk. I was completely wasted, and all I wanted was to feel this way forever.
He was a slave to the way he felt about me. I knew, because I was in the same shackles.
I am pretty sure that being punched in the face would hurt less than what this book did to my heart! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read lately, but this? This book is something I’ve needed! And on top of that, I never knew I’d learn so much about whiskey but it’s safe to say that I want it and need it! My goodness, you all have to pick up this book! This one is definitely on my top ten! I can’t thank Kandi enough for giving us this! And I can’t wait to see what’s next!
In short: this book is an angst filled story of two lovers who can’t quiet get timing right. You will laugh, you will probably cry, and you will most definitely fall in love at the same time! 10/10 would recommend. Will be an Instagram giveaway!