This book just hit all my buttons and almost made me cry

RegretRegret by Christina Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book needs a tissue warning! I didn’t full out blub but I was so close and definitely had very leaky eyes at the ending.

Sometimes a book just resonates with you as a reader and this was one of those for me. I could feel every ounce of Nick’s guilt and grief and all I wanted to do was reach into the book and wrap him in the world’s biggest hug.

Brin, on the other hand, for a lot of the book I wanted to sit down and just talk to, get inside his hurt and ask him to think logically about why Nick might have done what he did. His hurt was perfectly valid and I totally understood why he’d cut him off but as soon as they reconnected, it became really clear there had been something seriously wrong at the heart of Nick’s behaviour.

There’s nothing more delicious to me than a true enemies to lovers or second chance romance and this book turns both up in spades. Christina Lee is a writer who has such an authentic way of connecting her readers to the characters she’s writing. They are honest and real and flawed but also beautiful and hopeful and loving.

The sadness at the centre of this book is also wholly believable, it never once feels like a plot point thrown in just to create the drama. It was heart-breaking and something you know sadly happens more than we’d like to think and which leaves people living half lives.

The characters which surround Nick and Brin are also fully drawn out, inhabiting their own slice of the story perfectly and bringing the necessary depth to anchor their relationship reconnection on.

I’m really hoping this is the start of a new series Christina because I want to know more about Tristan and the mysterious Mr V’s boyfriend!

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Simply beautiful tale of love

True Colors (True Love, #2)True Colors by Anyta Sunday

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful, simply beautiful. This book is not a unique trope, it tells the age old story of two young men who were once the truest of friends before it all went horribly wrong.

What is unique about it though is the simple but so very clever way Anyta uses colours to signify emotional states and moments of connection, both negative and positive, throughout this romance.

We have, of course, met both Oskar and Marco before, in the Wish You Were Here anthology short story which was also published as a stand alone late last year Bottle Boy. Now we find out just what happened to push them apart for more than two years.

This is a tale of broken teenage hearts, a piratical play, fears over being hurt again, and a young man who needs to see his own soul burns just as sunburnt yellow bright as he once saw his best friend’s shining.

I’m just a little bit purple and maybe a tiny bit pillar box red after reading this.

#ARC received from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.

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Another wonderful romance from Jay Northc

Into YouInto You by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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4.5* This book makes you smile with its little hint of magic and mystery, the humour and the full flush of young love.

I love body swapping stories so this was right up my alley and it was very well done, a ‘realistic’ twist to get two best friends who’d fallen apart from each other to realise that what they’d had at the age of 14 really was something special.

Olly and Scott were well rounded characters, each unique with their own distinct voice and expressions. The setting was also firmly laid down with the English flavour of secondary school, A Levels (arghhhhhh they’re a nightmare!), football and school plays, and the excitement of university.

There’s not a lot in the way of steam, it’s light as I’d expect when the MCs are just 18 but what there is has passion and emotion and a feeling of true connection.

Jay is one of my favourite authors and I don’t think I’ve ever failed to be entertained by one of her stories.

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