Aly's life changed so much that night when she was just 14. The boy she had grown up with and grown to love was taken from her. Leaving heartbreak so deep she opens to no one. She hasn't spoke his name or seen him since. He's her little secret, everyone trying to guess why she's closed off and who is the reason for it.
She's trying to live and open herself, but he's back.
Jared doesn't know what led him to leave his home and a good job. He's not sure why he came back to Phoenix of all places. When he runs into his best friend before it all happened, Christopher, it's decided. He's going to stay with him and lil' Aly for a while. Only Aly isn't little anymore. He can't fathom the beauty before him being the girl that held his shirt tales growing up.
As friendship is rekindled so aren't other feelings, unknown feelings or unacknowledged feelings. Can this only lead in heartbreak? Should Jared let himself get close to Aly or does he really have a choice? He's not confided in anyone or formed an attachment in so long.
This book is a haunting love story. Jared is such an extremely tortured character. Yes he made the wrong choice, but it wasn't done with intent to harm. He doesn't see it that way though. He just needs love and doesn't realize it. His demons are from seclusion not worthlessness. While so incredibly strong, he's so weak inside.
Aly is just as tortured as Jared. She's bottled up secrets, letting no one know what she has actually experienced or why she can't form a romantic attachment. Her friend Megan sees it, but Aly doesn't open up to her. While she's now closer with her brother, he still sees himself as her protector and closes his eyes to the woman that is also there.
There are so many dynamics to this read. I read it straight through. I absolutely could NOT put it down once I started it. Jared and Aly's reacquainting is slow and torturous, yet more fulfilling because of it. I loved the ending! I had my suspicions and was so happy with the turn of events. This is an excellent book and wraps up everything in a wonderful length. I only had one question and hope there's a sequel to it, What happened to the girl Christopher was with? Samantha?
This book is 5 STARS and ABOVE!
Books like this are few and far between,
you'll put it down feeling absolutely fulfilled.