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What a peach, what a find and what an addictive storyline between the deep, complex, moody, tattooed and pierced badboy Elec and his virginal caring step-sister Greta. He was a troubled boy coming to stay with his estranged father and his new ready-made family so the animosity and resentment between father and son was high.. but there were secrets too. And, from the moment Greta and Elec meet at age 17 sparks flew - and not always in a good way but, after many months of understanding, compassion and acceptance from Greta, some of Elec's walls had been scaled and a bond was formed. He was meant to stay for a year but circumstances suddenly change which made them confront their hidden desires and a forbidden night of passion and unspoken feelings followed.. but in the morning he'd still be leaving.
Fast forward seven years Greta's living in NYC with a failed engagement under her belt and she and Elec have to return home for his father's funeral.. and Elec's not alone - so Greta has to try and hide her jealousy, her true feelings and the strong sexual pull Elec has on her.. but it's difficult because she can see he's struggling too. And what follows is an emotional rollercoaster of heartache, joy, sadness, a deep connection and bitter-sweet memories because Elec, who hadn't physically crossed any lines but verbally.. wow, was again still going to be leaving Greta. However, it wasn't over because two months later Greta would get a text that would change everything.
What a great story this was as the misunderstood adolescent badboy finally showed his true feelings and the grownup man tried to hide his in a valiant but ineffective attempt not to hurt anyone. When you finally hear from Elec's POV (from the pages of his book) you see how much he cared, how sweet and tender his feelings were and that there were many layers to his character. Greta had always deep down loved Elec but the timing was never right for them until it was.. and it was everything I'd hoped for when they eventually got their HEA ending. Strong chemistry, a couple of sex scenes, humor, passion, heartache, butterflies, gut churning and toe curlingly awkward scenes, a mega twist and sighworthy romantic chapters made up this very enjoyable listen that was told from Greta's POV. And I couldn't fault the narration because each Chapter came to life as vivid mental imagery played thanks to a good narrator.
Worth a credit? I'd hoped for good and Penelope Ward gave me great - so YES IMO very very creditworthy.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I was skeptical of this story being that it's about step siblings but I was pleasantly surprised. The story was angsty but good. the only thing that I didn't like was how the author covered Elec's point of view. It was very repetitive. Also Greta was kind of weak, I liked her character but I found myself wishing she would stand up for herself. Overall I liked it a lot
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Loved this book found my self wanting to jump forward to see what happens. I'm exhausted because I couldn't stop until it was done.
It's a journey of tears and laughter. x
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I don't normally bother with reviews but let me tell you that this book is beautiful, captivating, enthralling! I couldn't out it down!!
Incredible story brought to amazing life. Sensational author. One if my favourite stories of all time
Such a great book, it made me laugh, cry and scream at the characters. Such brilliant writing and brilliant voice acting. Well done :)