Reviewed by Kini
I think it was the maybe possible love triangle that intrigued me in the blurb. I am always curious to see how this works out for the heroine. As we learn very quickly, Gio has been hung up on her male BFF for several years. But he frequently takes advantage of her and very early on she puts her foot down and banishes him from her life, at least temporarily. Which was way overdue.
Gio and her best friends Zoe and Declan grew up together and are best friends. They have been through a lot together and now as grown-ups they are attempting to navigate the world. This book bordered on being a little women’s fictiony for me and was heavily focused on Gio’s journey. It clocks in at over 400 pages, but it is filled with a lot of unremarkable events.
The best part of the book was Gio’s relationship with her sexy neighbor Theo. Theo is quiet and a bit mysterious. They develop an odd relationship and soon Gio is going to Theo’s apartment in the middle of the night when she can’t sleep, as she has issues sleeping and he is a workaholic. Their relationship evolves into more than just friends. Theo really cares for her and offers her kindness and caring that men in Gio’s past haven’t offered her. The love they share is not explosive and as a result, the sex on the page is a warmer and more sensual than graphicly sexy.
It’s angsty, there is some back and forth and will they or won’t they figure it out. Declan has a crisis and Gio puts a lot of her energy in it. Theo’s family is weird and terrible, but Gio wants to protect him from it. They both needed to do some maturing before they could enter in to a long term relationship. It’s pretty clear who is Gio’s real match and I think the blurb puts a little too much effort into making it something this book isn’t. If you enjoy new adult and yet looking for something a little more subdued, this book may be for you.