Jason Lee is the friend everyone would like to have. He’s loyal, sensitive and generous and kind to those he loves. He has dedicated himself completely to his work at the pub that he manages with his friends, who have by now become a second family to him. He is trying to make sense out of a life that is damaged by loss and pain, closing himself into his safe haven of a world that is far removed from his previous suffering, and he is determined not to lose any more than he already has.
Alex McBride returns to Dublin, having been away for five years. She finds her old house, goes to places familiar to her when she grew up there with her friends, but nothing is like it used to be. Coming back is never easy, especially if your absence is responsible for the slow destruction of someone else’s life, someone you had hoped to forget but who actually remained exactly where he was, like an open wound that continues to bleed.
Jason and Alex find each other together again after a long separation: they’ve been friends, confidants and conspirators but now they’re forced to reconcile a past that has never stopped hurting and a future impossible for them to live out together, because there’s something that could separate them, and this time, they might be parted forever.
♥♥♥ The story of Alex and Jason is heart wrenching, emotional and loaded with angst. They are childhood friends, confidents and would be lovers. They love each other on so many levels. The backstory is revealed in flashbacks and took awhile for the entire picture to unfold on what drove these two apart. Talk about a killer kiss! I liked both characters and thought they were well developed. Alex’s condition was somewhat perplexing and it seemed like she needed another medical opinion but it drove the story. Jason has a heart of gold and his treatment of Alex was stellar. This is a different writing style for me and while some may love it, it was a little too slow moving and mysterious for me. There was some redundancy that had me skipping a bit. I usually like a YA/NA story but this was too angsty for me but I’m sure others will love it. The characters, main and secondary, make this a worthy read.
A.S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, their two children and a cat named Oscar.
Bookworm, music passionate, coffee drinker, she lives in a small village in the North of Dublin, where she looks for inspiration for her new stories.