Reviewed by Mandi
Oh this book – *bangs head on the table for a few minutes* Okay, I’m ready now.
I’ve really enjoyed the books in this series and up until this book, I’ve really liked that this author has stayed with this core group of friends and revisits the other couples in each book so we can continue to get a glimpse at their lives. That being said, I need a family/friend tree moving forward. There are so many couples now with kids running around and some siblings, some are half-siblings, some are just best friends – I can’t keep straight who is who anymore. And there are a lot of people who show up in this book. Hannah is our heroine and she is the younger sister to Ellie (who is married to Adam. Ellie’s half-brother is Braden from On Dublin Street). In the previous book, we had a hint that Hannah was going through something serious with a boy, so I was eager to get her book and find out just what the details were. Unfortunately, that eagerness quickly turned to annoyance when I started to learn more about Hannah.
When Hannah was in high school she had a crush on a boy named Marco. Marco is from Chicago but had a bad family situation, so he came to Scotland to live with his aunt and uncle. His uncle doesn’t treat him much better, but he does get some love from his aunt. Hannah has a crush on Marco for some time and one day when she is getting harassed walking home from school, Marco comes to her rescue. They start spending a lot of time together. A little ways into the future, Hannah and Marco meet up at a party and Hannah loses her virginity to him (this is told in flashbacks in the book). Right after the naughty sexin’ Hannah blurts out that she loves him, Marco freaks and leaves. And by leaves I mean – he ends up back in Chicago and Hannah doesn’t hear from him for many years. There is also something else secretive that Hannah holds onto from this time that leaves her depressed and angered but she won’t share it with anyone.
Anyway – years later, Marco is back in Scotland (Hannah doesn’t know this) and they see each other at a wedding. Marco wants her back and Hannah doesn’t trust him and is still hurt he left all those years ago. And this is where I wanted to reach into my Kindle to strangle Hannah. She will NOT let the past go. Will. Not. She is ticked off that Marco left, she is ticked off that he came back to Scotland and didn’t tell her, she is just ticked off at life in general. Because of events with Marco, she hasn’t even dated for five years. Girl needs to get an attitude adjustment. Yes, she lost her virginity and was embarrassed shortly after, but grow up. Move on with your life. Shit happens, people react stupidly when you are a teenager. Now as an adult, you can’t drag all that back up constantly. And the secret thing that I mentioned that happened to Hannah that she hasn’t told anyone – saw it coming. And girlfriend needs to let that go too.
And Marco has a secret from the time they were apart too – and when Hannah discovers this, I liked her even less. Goodness this girl.
So Hannah kind of put a big old damper on this story, which is a shame because I really do enjoy this series. I hear Cole’s book is next and I like him a lot. I didn’t even talk much about Marco in this review. He is much more likable – but it was hard to keep my focus on him when this is told in Hannah’s point of view and I was yelling at her from inside my head most of the book.
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