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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  5,833 ratings  ·  1,139 reviews

When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.
Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life.

And then ...

There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son.

All Cooper wants i
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Sunday Publications (first published September 30th 2014)
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☆ Todd
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sweet Jesus, this book.

The feeling that they're better than you.

The soccer ball to the face.

The slow journey to becoming best friends.

The torment of wanting more.

The " I would have still chosen you. "

The angel on Jace's shoulder to maintain the status quo, not disappoint or upset the family.

The devil on Cooper's shoulder to not give a fuck what oth
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Review may contain minor spoilers. I will spoiler tag all major spoilers**

I debated for a long time whether or not to read this book based on what I'd read in other reviews. It is no secret that I don't read incest, but step-brothers I can usually handle. I had a long discussion with many of my friends, including the lovely Anyta Sunday, and decided to give it a go.

It is impossible to be objective when it comes to a reading experience. It simply isn't possible. Everyone is going to take eleme
Jenni Lea

Have you ever been searching for that one story, that one hidden gem, that one perfect read and then after almost giving up in frustration you suddenly find it?

I have.

I’ve been hesitant to write this review because I just don’t know how to put into words what I went through while reading this book.

I was going to say this book destroyed me but though it may have brought me to my knees quite often throughout, in the end I survived and was left with a feeling of hope and happiness.

This isn’t a roma
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
5+++++ Fan-fucking-tastic Stars

This book was so damn good I can't even wrap my head around it. As in, in all sincerity, I adored this book so much that I don't even know what to say in review.

So instead, here is Rock's review of me :



This was a beautiful story. Anyta Sunday's writing is flawless and the way she laid this thing out was so unique and cool.

I would recommend this to anyone.
And then to that person's mother.
And then their grandmother.

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Emma Sea
Best book of the year, for me, hands down. Made me cry, but it's not a tear-jerker in the way Amy Lane writes 'em; rather that sadness is a part of our stone too, in that conglomerate life is comprised of. Soft; brittle; shining; friable; muddy; firm - each texture has its place.

The structure is - hell, can I say flawless without it sounding over the top? It means that although this is long - 5219 locations - I was swept up in it so fast it seemed to be over before I knew, even though I was del
Nick Pageant
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

You say you want
Diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want
Your story to remain untold


But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** 3.75 STARS ***

To be honest I hadn't read many reviews for this but I saw it had good ratings and I'm always on the look out for new M/M Authors and when a friend recommended it,it was a must read.
I'm really not into YA romance but it does work for me on some occasions but this didn't fully connect with me,unfortunately.

It's a coming of age story.I think if I'd known how young the two male characters were at the start I would have run to the hills.....

So,Cooper and Jace are 12 and 13 when the
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 5 Glowing Opal Stars ♥♥♥

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"Broken home, broken rules"

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This book... I can't believe I didn't read this sooner! I loved it so freaking much!! I don't care how much it hurt me, it was so damn beautiful!!

This stunningly beautiful story begins with a very young Cooper. He is a total geek when it comes to all things rocks, stones, etc. He loves collecting different types of rocks. Life is all g
This is my first Anyta Sunday's novel and I'm not disappointed.


But I had issues.

First of all, if I was ever aware my father cheated on my mother and had a parallel life with another wife and son and waiting for a baby... I'd pull his eyes out of its sockets with a fork. And then I'd play a little with his intestines. Sort of William Wallace's ending. And if I ever heard another boy calling my father "Dad", I'd rip his skin to bits. Maybe I'm Spanish after all and appreciate what the Inquisition

Just like every year, my new year's resolutions includes..."clearing out my TBR list". So every year I eagerly dive into my list and try to read all the books that have been on there for some time ! There are sooooo many !!! many books gif

I list never shrinks though...I just keep adding and adding and eventually I give up on trying to read them all...until the next new years :)

Anyways...this one has been on my list for quite some time and I have no idea why I didn't start it sooner (I say this every single tim
Heartbreakingly gorgeous and poignant, even the second time around. Still a favorite.

-------Original Review 27 May 2016----------
This book. This insanely well written and executed book. Wrecked me. I've got so many thoughts and so many feelings running through me, I may need an exorcist to get them out.

But what can I say that would really convey the impact this story had on me? I know I will be thinking about it for a long time to come and it has gone straight to my favorites shelf, but there's
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 “Broken home, broken rules” Stars

Sometimes love doesn’t work out the way you hope it to.
Sometimes, you think you’re in love but you’re not.
Sometimes you hope you’re not but you are.

It has been a while since I had read Anyta Sunday’s books and it was so much better than my previous reads by her! Before I started reading it, I wouldn’t guess that I’d love it this much. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and I devoured every word of it (considering YA is not one of my fave genres). It w
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* by: Bev

This book is a GEM

You guys know I hardly review books lately because sadly I have no time BUT sometimes a book is soooooo friggin good that I need to give my two cents.

First of all, if you feel this is not your thing because it's YA, let me tell you this doesn't feel like YA at all! You remember Superhero? This book is completely different but it's the same kind of YA if you know what I mean.

This story will bring you back to your teen years. Do you remember when flirting with someone meant insul
This was a terrible, awful, no-good book.

It broke me.

And made me cry.

A lot.

And I'd read it all over again in a heartbeat.
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karla by: Nazanin
4.5 stars**

First, I want to give a big shot out to my bestie nazanin for recommending me this amazing book! Thank you girl! And for answering my questions lol! ❤️❤️❤️

“Our story never sank”
“The breezes carried it for us.”

Anyta you given me such an emotional book so many feels! It really had all my emotions twisted up. I loved plot, the way the relationship between Cooper and Jace grew was so sweet, from their innocent friendship to the undeniable love they come to feel for each other. So many thi
Santino Hassell
*As per my previous proclamation, I've stopped rating books on here.

This book was a standout read to me. It somehow managed to find a space between gaylit and M/M Romance and fit well in both. IMO it fits in that very specific subgenre of gaylit which focuses on tales of boyhood and coming of age where the reader grows up with the narrator and we are primarily told things from his perspective, but also has a strong romance vein and a happy ending. The style isn't for everyone but it's REALLY wel
4,5 stars

This was my first book by Anyta Sunday and I really liked it! I want to try other books written by her. The writing style is great! I was hooked from the first pages.

I read it in one sitting. Such a soul wrenching story!

I must admit I was surprised the characters were so young when they met, and I'm not a fan of young adult stories, but this was much deeper than I expected, taking place over 10 years.
Cooper and Jace were so young and inexperienced, but from cold stepbrothers they e
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
I honestly don't know what's going on with me this year but the struggle has been real reading-wise.

I've started and stopped countless books, finding little that tickles my fancy. Which has sent me diving deep into my kindle for any hidden gems. For something (ANYTHING) to captivate me and, more importantly, hold my attention.

This book not only held my attention but it ensorcelled me.

The way that forbidden love is examined especially with regard to its acceptability I thought was a brill
~4.5 stars~

I hated this book.


It didn't matter that the characters' actions made me angry. It didn't matter that, sometimes, they seemed too oblivious or too naive to things that were so obvious to the reader. It didn't matter that I believe some of the angst could have been avoided. And most importantly, The Letter! It simply doesn't matter. All that matters is...
"Memories crash into me with every thrust. We’re standing in the cave on our toes, arms wide, imagining what it would b
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Torn between petting this book and strangling it.


So unnecessary. That said, it was a beautiful story from pigtail pulling to falling in love and a couple of ugly detours along the way. They made me smile, laugh, and groan with their decisions. Thrown together by their parents' relationship, they need to learn to accept each other and abandon the rivalry of us and them. The familial problems were not overly contentious, but the upheaval of tearing apart a unit to make two units is a life ch
4-4.5 STAR

“This is the story of how I fall in love.
This is the story of how my home breaks and is rebuilt.

This is the story of how I became a rock.”

Since this was my first YA M/M and my first book by this author, I didn’t have any expectations. YA is not my genre of choice, most of the time because I can’t connect with the characters, but from time to time I like to try something new. I was brave enough to try this one and I’m glad that I did, because I enjoy
Mandy*reads obsessively*


“New day, new stone”

I have read quite a few of Anyta Sunday’s books and they’ve have a few things in common.
They are all really good and she has a real talent for writing a story covering a long time period, she keeps me invested and interested in the lives of all the characters, not just the MCs. In this book we follow Cooper, the narrator through his parents divorce and living half of his life with this new family.
A new family that includes Jace..
"How do I stop feeling like this? How do I
This is an exquisite little gem, quite the loveliest and most romantic tale I’ve read this year. I simply fell in love with it. Sheer perfection, desperately sad at times (yes, you WILL need tissues), but so beautifully written that I was moved to tears on several occasions. I can only give it 5 stars, and it's worth millions more. I choose to think that Jace and Cooper are not in an incestuous relationship...surely Lila wouldn't have been that cruel??

Jace, you broke my heart, not once, not twic
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, m-m, br, wow

BR with my Girls! HERE - October 13th - Monday!

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5 "All I Want Is You" Stars


It was like reading poetry where each verse was about a rock/stone, and each characteristic, were interlaced with the beautiful and magical story of 2 boys; despite my pained heart, and the various degrees of hurt I suffer, I ADORE this journey, each drama, each tear, and each joy!

Some images of what I love and want to keep for reminding me of Cooper and Jace!!

Moeraki Boulders

Waitomo Glow worm Caves

I c
Eli Easton
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-lendable
This was just gorgeous. And annoying. Because I had a list of 20 things to do yesterday (Saturday) and I started this book in the morning with my coffee just 'for a few minutes'. There went my Saturday! I was completely hooked, and every time I tried to put it down, I'd find myself thinking of nothing else, so I'd give in.

The writing is just lovely in this, Anyta. Really special. And I loved the theme with the rocks. Very interesting and unusual. Highly recommended to any and all!

Anyta Sunday,
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based on previous reviews by friends I had all of my essentials lined up before starting:

Tissues - check (for tears...not for clean up...get your minds out of the gutter)
Antidepressants - check
Booze (lots of it) - check

With all of my backup, I felt totally confident that I would make it through this book unscathed. WRONG! But sometimes the best endings are the ones that take a lot of hard work to get to. And dammit, Jace and Cooper had to put in some work I tell you!

Brought together by a less th
5 diamond encrusted stars

How do you write a positive review for a book that absolutely destroyed you? A book that continuously stomped on your heart time and time again? While I was reading Rock, Lori, who’d already read the book, asked me if I was enjoying it. WHAT? HELL NO I was NOT enjoying it. It’s was slowly fucking KILLING ME! I’m an emotional reader anyway, but the characters created here are so real I physically ached for them. I wasn’t sure how I would feel at the end but I couldn’t put
★★★★★4.5 Stars★★★★★

Amazing, I absolutely loved this book. A coming of age story which spans from high school to adulthood.

Set in New Zealand, Rock centres around Connor and Jace, who are thrown together when Connor's dad leaves his family to move in with the love of his life, Jace's mum.

Whilst his sister, Annie, is not so keen to integrate with her new family, Connor misses his dad and is keen to find out why the new family are better than his. As a coping mechanism, he collects rocks that he
Xia Xia
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Xia Xia by: Jan
Here I was during my vacation. This was my 4th book in 5 days after a book slump that lasted almost a month.
I started slow. A friends-to-lovers, an enemies-to-lovers, a rom com. You know, just to clear my mind, relax, ease into my vacation.

Then comes Anyta Sunday with a bloody uppercut right from page 1.


And it kept coming. Angst, broken families, love and loss. A coming of age that lasted for almost 10 years with a beautiful complicated love story.

In the second part of the book I started cryi
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