DAYS LIKE THIS starts with a beautiful memory that twists into something poignant enough to take your breath away. The rest of the novel follows suitDAYS LIKE THIS starts with a beautiful memory that twists into something poignant enough to take your breath away. The rest of the novel follows suit the entire read. Pretty prose and characters who long for things they don't want to will, in turn, make you long for them to find happiness with every flip of every page. I was totally invested in Cassie and Graham's love story, before they'd even set eyes on each other.
Graham. God, Graham. You can just feel the loss spiraling out of him and the way he hungers for the past, no matter how hard he's tried to move forward. And when you put him and Cassie in the same room... They just get each other. And you know they should be together, even if their situations are complicated and messy in the most heartbreaking of ways. There are moments of such sweetness and ones of holy hell hotness. It was a perfect balance of times where your emotions are tugged to the point of almost breaking followed by sexual tension that revs your entire system.
Molly and June, secondary characters who I love as much as I love the main ones. (Hint, hint to Ellison--write their stories. I'll be the first in line for them!) Strong female characters, for the absolute win.
A moving and also completely gripping tension paved the way to a surprising climax that was impossible to put down. Needless to say, I stayed up way too late to finish the story. And even if I was a zombie the next day, I have zero regrets. I was smiling so hard by the end, and I realize now that my happiness at the close was made even stronger by the depth of the journey it took to get there.
I started reading One Two Three while I was sick and I'm pretty sure it actually slowed down my recovery, ha! Because I couldn't put it down to fall aI started reading One Two Three while I was sick and I'm pretty sure it actually slowed down my recovery, ha! Because I couldn't put it down to fall asleep. It just sucks you in that way.
I danced for many many years and slipping into Natalya's head was both easy and oh, so painful. And not just for the longing to dance aspects. The loss of her father and the almost worse loss of her mother, though her mother's still around (ish). My heart hurt so much for Natalya in so many ways.
But she's a strong girl and she stays focused on what she wants--until it's too much in itself. But we all have that breaking point, don't we? Sometimes we have to fully crack so we can get our pieces all back together.
And then there's Tonio. Sigh. Sweet, cocky, playful Tonio who I rooted for pretty much from the first scene he entered. He was the perfect ray of light to shine through the drama of Nata's world, and I loved watching her begin to realize it. <3...more
So, so hot. So, so heartfelt. I love Hector. Big, grumpy sexy (yummy coiled back muscles while he plays drums, YES PLEASE) teddybear with super superSo, so hot. So, so heartfelt. I love Hector. Big, grumpy sexy (yummy coiled back muscles while he plays drums, YES PLEASE) teddybear with super super hot skills in the bedroom...and, ahem, other places. And Tara, I love her, too. Talented, confused, lovely Tara who gives it as good as she gets. It's so obvious they should be together, but it's so obvious why it might not work, too. And by the end I was speed-reading to find out what would happen.
I've always wanted to go to Comic-Con, and now I want to go even more, based on the way the book describes it. Plus, it was awesome to be back with the cast of More than Music (and More than Exes) and I loved seeing the friends all together again. I'm already dying for the next book in the series, Behind the Seams!...more