With Jersey Kinkaid and Isaiah “Zay” Broussard you see love meet and love unfold. Jersey is protective of Jersey, she’s guarded and portrays a “don’t care” attitude. It is what got her this far in life. It is what helped her survive the suicide of her mother and being raised by a “fault Jersey” drunkard as a father. It is what helped her with relationships, which she doesn’t do.
In steps Zay, and he sees her with new eyes. You feel that no one was ever meant to see her that way, no one other than Zay. Then Jersey’s “don’t care” attitude betrays her as she begins to feel Zay, his presence, whether he’s near or far. He occupies her thoughts, whether she’s asleep or awake. She begins to crave him because he provides something never provided to her before, a safe, non-judgmental comfort zone. Although father-and-daughter relationship was tumultuous at best, it is what she grew up with. Acceptance is a small price to pay for the guilt she feels about her mother’s death. However, her dad shows growth, as he decides he needs to move on, which gives her the clue that maybe she needs to move on, too and admit she’s human, that she has feelings and she is deserving of love. Love which is offered patiently and unconditionally…by none other than Zay.
This is my second book by Jacinta Howard and she has solidified her position as a romance writer to be reckoned with, the breakout writer of the year. She not only tells the story, but she makes you feel. She makes you want to crawl under the covers with Jersey and cry with her, she makes you feel vulnerable and yet able to overcome. This book is so beautifully written and it flows at the right pace from beginning to end.
-Reviewed by Sophie