A twist to the usual second chances trope and an interesting separation reason

53605377._SY475_Rare by Briar Prescott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m incredibly impressed with Briar Prescott.

It’s rare for me to read a Young Adult book, I find myself getting annoyed with the immaturity of most 18 to 21-year-olds, however in Part I of this book, at no point did either Alex or Noah irritate me.

I did find myself occasionally frustrated with both of them once they started their relationship but that was more down to lack of communication, and I find that frustrating irrespective of the age of the MCs!

However, I also found them both completely endearing, Alex being far more than the spoiled rich boy he was presenting to the world and Noah’s sweetness providing a perfect foil.

By the end of Part I my heart was breaking for both of them, while I was also curious to know what caused the specific issues which cropped up at that time.

I was very glad there wasn’t a long wait to reunite them in Part II and I absolutely adored Noah’s friend and work colleague Hannah. I do love when there are strong and supportive female characters in an MM romance.

Did I like that there’d been a 10 year gap and that neither had tried to find the other, not a jot, but when I discovered Noah’s reasons, while there is very much an element of martyr syndrome I think it was justified. I also appreciated the unique reason for why Noah had left Alex 10 years earlier wasn’t an inconsequential one.

The path back to happiness is relatively smooth, and I again really appreciated how there was no messing about with communication once they reunited.

There won’t be any spoilers from me, but it felt utterly believable, the cause is one that’s close to my heart and I liked that it was treated with the seriousness it deserves and the awareness of the rarity of Noah’s position.

I got the warm and fuzzies with their second chance relationship though and I loved how passionate they both were. I also thought there was considered effort put in to making neither Noah’s mother, or Alex’s father villains they’re both just flawed humans who are doing what they think is right or were unable to verbalise their feelings.

So that’s two out of two for Briar and I can’t wait to see what common MM tropes get twisted next!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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