My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wowzers, that’s how good this book is, it made me use the word workers.
Riley, beautiful Riley and his broken brain. I loved how he came to realise he had to want to try for himself and not anyone else, not even for Colin. I loved that there was no magic dick and that professional help was sought, but still had the proviso that he wouldn’t ever be “normal” (Riley’s own words).
Colin felt much older than his years. In fact both characters read as being older than their stated ages I think, their behaviour and dialogue felt more mature even in spite of Riley’s illnesses.
I also thought Megan dealt with mental illness with great empathy and understanding, the highs and the lows, the almost manic behaviour, the paranoia. It’s such a difficult subject to get right.
But I loved Colin, how he tried so hard but eventually realised he couldn’t be Riley’s answer to everything that was troubling him.
I loved the cameos from #JusLan, it was an interesting way of making the connection between books. There was also a lot of humour and smiley moments in the story too which stopped it from becoming an angst fest.
And the sex, get me a fan now because Riley and Colin’s first time was hot enough to give the Earth’s core a run for its money. I loved how Megan went against the usual tropes with these two.
Stunningly beautiful cover too, as with book one, which always goes a long way to making me want to read a book. Always a bonus when what’s inside matches the pretty exterior.