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Something in the Way

(Something in the Way #1)

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An epic, three-book saga of forbidden love coming 2017.

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us
ebook, 327 pages
Published February 27th 2017 by Jessica Hawkins (first published February 25th 2017)
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Something in the Way, book 1 of 3. Epic forbidden & against-all-odds saga about meeting your true love when you’re too young!

“I’d never be the kind of man she deserved.”

Books in series should be read in order:
Book 1: Something in the Way
Book 2: Somebody Else’s Sky
Book 3: Move the Stars
Book 4: Lake + Manning

Something in the Way (book 1) opens to 16-year-old high-school student Lake Kaplan falling in love. Ma
Dilek VT
Feb 13, 2018 marked it as never-no-way
The hero pushes the heroine away because she is underage. Despite the fact that he loves the heroine, he goes and marries her older sister while the dumb heroine saves herself for him for years and years until they can be together.

At least, this is what I have understood from all the reviews I have read!

Is this a joke?
A joke that goes on for 4 books in a series?

I'll pass...
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
abstract, poignant, or metaphorical. This book is NOT!!!
It's sensitive, conflicted and Adolescent in its description . I'm amazed as to how could Jessica so perfectly fit into an teenage mind.
The story is about a 16 year old Lake - as a body of water, pure, clear and pristine in the soul. Her emotions are so virginal and serene , her life has one goal, to succeed in studies and to fulfill her father's dreams of getting in USC and becoming something .Very tentative and hesitant, suffering from ty
Luna Sol
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
OMG!!!!!!! My heart and nerves have bruised for the past two hours. I love when books make me feel this way. Gahhh!!!
Jessica Hawkins takes us back to the 90's in this first instalment of the series. We meet Lake, 16 years old, a good, responsible girl with ambitions and a dad that pretty much she does not want to disappoint and that has her future pretty much set up for her. Then we meet the black sheep of the family, her older sister, Tiffany. OMG at the beginning i wanted to sit her down, cha
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
⭐⭐⭐ 3.75- 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

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From the moment I heard the word “Forbidden”, I knew I had to read this story. Who doesn’t love a forbidden romance? From the seduction to the heart stopping feeling you get deep in your core knowing that you’re about to go in uncharted waters, being on the edge of something so wrong has never been more alluring. That’s Forbidden. Losing all control and not giving a damn in the moment because what you want is making you forgo all of your rational decisions.

When you
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
****4 Stars****

“I loved him before I knew the true meaning of the word.”


“Something in the Way” is part of the three-book epic forbidden love saga by Jessica Hawkins. This is actually the first book I have read by this author, so I dove right into it with no expectations. Once I had read the blurb I couldn’t wait to get started. I love a great forbidden love story and boy did this deliver. It was a well written, compelling, forbidden romance story with amazing characters you can’t help but fa
Jessica Hawkins, why do I all of a sudden want to travel back to the 90's? Why do I want to binge on Pink Floyd and Pearl Jam, rockin' some kick ass adidas sneakers? And Daria? What the hell happened to Daria? Oh, the good ole days, where adulting wasn't mandatory. I miss that. But girl!!!!!! My heart hurts in the best possible way! My stomach is in knots! Your words are ALWAYS so powerful and poetic. I don't know how you do this to me every single time. How am I supposed to survive this series? ...more
4 Stars

I keep trying to find a way to write this review without giving anything away. You know what? I'm not that talented.

I will say I cannot WAIT for the next installment. Damn that ending!

A big thank you to the ladies at The Review Loft for my ARC
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Title: Something In The Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Category: Romance
Series or Standalone: Series, Book #1
POV: Dual
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Scorching Level: 5
HEA: Not telling

I have no words. Top favorite. This book was so well written that I read it in a day. Amazing characters, great character development and complex storyline!!!
This book broke me! I fell for the hero and felt for our young, innocent heroine.
1993. Lake is a sweet sixteen year old girl that studies hard and follows her father's
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Jessica Hawkins! What. Have. You. Done. To. Me?!?!

This book? ALL. THE. DEADS. What the HELL am I going to do with my life now? I read this book in ONE sitting. It's not something I do very often. I only moved from the spot where I was reading once. ONCE. To grab a quick bowl of cereal for dinner. And to go relieve my poor bladder. I just couldn't stop. After I finished this book I had a hard time sleeping. I can't stop thinking about these characters, and I'm exhausted. And
Gaby (lookingatbooks)
Feb 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 40%

Okay, I could not take it anymore! This book is terrible. The leading guy isn't that hot, the main character is naive, and the sister is a snob who I have mixed feelings on.

Problem 1: As a 16 year old girl, myself, I could not relate nor tolerate Lake. She is naive and childish. Girls her age are wearing makeup, listening to the newest bands, thinking about driving. Lake wasn't interested in any of these things. Her whole life consists of pleasing her father and it all seemed remi
Jun 30, 2020 marked it as no-thank-u-pass  ·  review of another edition
He loves the younger sister, but can't have her, so marries her older sister?
So disgusting

4 books

No thanks
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a pretty good start to the trilogy. I'm invested enough to continue on with the next book, Move the Stars, and thankfully it's already out because that cliffy was kinda crazy! I felt bad for the sister at times (view spoiler), but I also felt like she was a little too self absorbed to feel too bad. I liked both characters and I'm look
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loves, 2017
I believe certain books come to us at the very time we need them in life. Sometimes we're led to them, and it's like the world is shouting at us "Stop everything you're doing and read this book now!" Something in the Way was one of those books for me. First, my lovely friend, Kacy, recommended this book to me. Soon after, I was able to get a free copy of it through Claire Contreras' newsletter - Score! Then, I started seeing this book everywhere on social media with the release of the final book ...more
Olga therebelreader
I know it is wrong, he is 23 and she is 16, but Manning cared about Lake and he knew all too well how much trouble he could get in if anybody was to find out.
Manning is so down-to-earth, sexy and intriguing, and Lake is so sweet, naïve and innocent.
The two characters have an obvious sexual tension that you can feel from their first meet.
I will read the next book because I'm curious how their relationship will end up.

In short:
Hero 5/5 | Heroine 5/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 5/5 | Writing Styl
Kandi Steiner
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gah! This book was NOTHING like what I expected it to be, in the best way. I'm a huge angst whore so I knew I would be in for a ride I would love, but man, I had no idea the story would go the way it did. I was genuinely shocked at the end of it and had to immediately start book 2. I love the young, innocent teen falling for the older, more experienced guy. And Manning's background surprised me. It added a level to him that I just fell for instantly. Add in Tiffany, Lake's sister, and the plot i ...more
4 out of 5 Finders of bracelets, hoarders of cigarettes, and Pink Floyd beasts of men.

****ARC Generously Provided By Author In Exchange For Review****


'Someone else would be her first love.
Some other man would be the first to cherish her.
The first to ruin her. It couldn’t be me.'

Uhm WOW. Okay, first off I was a little unsure if I was going to like this book but damn. I ACTUALLY FLOVED IT. This is my first Jessica Hawkins book *gasp* (I know I know, I've been slacking!) and wow I think I just
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Talk about FRUSTRATING. I had super high expectations going into this book because of the rave reviews I've heard from friends and online. I was most wary about going in with such a big age gap between the characters, but little did I know that would be the least of the problems...

Lake has always done what her dad's expected her to do. She's taking classes this summer while making her way through her required reading so that she can get into the college they've always dreamed of her of going to.
Laura Lee
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Something in the Way

By Jessica Hawkins

5 stars

Lake is a young 16-year-old who has her life mapped out. All I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed...Do anything and everything possible to make your application to USC standout. The perfect daughter.
Till the day she meets Manning, the construction worker who is working on the house next door. She is 16 and he is 23 and he knows it’s wrong. But how can you change your feelings when the feelings are so strong.

Tiffany, is the older sister who has done no
5 Stars!

This book had me turning the pages just sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. An angsty slow burn that threatens to throw you over and then reels you right back in, I loved it!

Set in the 90's I was the exact same age as Lake, so I totally connected with all of the 90's references and loved reliving those things through Lakes eyes.
She's a 16-year-old girl who's super smart with an extremely strict father who has her future planned out for her. This book is Southern Californi
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

Manning and Lake meet when she loses her bracelet at the construction site next door and he finds it. Realizing she's only sixteen to his twenty-three, Manning knows there's no way anything can happen between them...but that doesn't stop him from wanting it.

Lake feels the same way but she's not really as wise to the world as he is...but she's coming around. Her sister, Tiffany, is older (and legal) and she has her sights on Manning as well. This is both a plus and minus...if Manning and T
Annie Brewer
I can't stop thinking about this book. I'm still reeling, still dying inside. It's such a beautiful, gut-wrenching story. I loved it! I hated it! No, I never once hated it, but the ending has me all sorts of messed up. I can't cope. I want everything to work out for Manning and Lake as bad as I need my next breath of air, but fuck, I just don't know how it can. So many obstacles in the way, it seems so cruel. It is. I need more time to process. I just need...I don't know, something. It's still s ...more
Jan 31, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents' house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn't be broken...no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young,
Lea ★
ARC kindly provided by author.

Jessica, what did you just do to me? I have no words... and that rarely happens.
Sweet Jesus... this was so, so good!
Be aware that Something in the way ends in cliffhanger, since it will be a three book series. I can not wait! Brilliant!
I am usually not a big fan of slow burn romance, but this one is so well written, I just can't say one bad thing about it. I do wish I could go back to 90' and re live my teenage years once again.

Something in the way is a complex
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I already know this is going to be so.damn.epic. I need this book - this SERIES WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! - in my hands YESTERDAY. OMFG I love Jessica Hawkins and I can already tell this is going to rival Cityscape.
martina (semi-hiatus)
Something In The Way Series
Something In The Way ➟ 4 stars
Somebody Else’s Sky ➟ to be read
Move The Stars ➟ to be read
Lake + Manning ➟ to be read

Book: Something In The Way
Rating: 3 stars
Favorite Quote: “Manning and I needed Tiffany, but at the same time, there was no denying—she was also something in the way.”
Trigger Warning: Hero is 24 while Heroine is 16 – no physical/sexual acts occur between the two

This is a classic tale of the “I saw him first, but he saw her” story. In some ways,
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars!

My world had been so dark before her. It worried me how far I'd go to keep that light in my life.

How the hell are you supposed to get over that? I have so many arc's to read and I can't stop thinking about this book. There's no word in the English dictionary to explain what I'm feeling right now and that ending was HOLY SHIT!!!

Manning and Lake are as forbidden as you can get. She might have seen him first but her sister saw her second. And the fact that she's not of age yet. But t
when u want someone & dont wanna lose em, im not sure marrying their sister is the right solution… fucking the sis (while enjoying it) for years also sure as shit isnt selling u for the swoony hero role. manning the dude just seem like the type to love 2 ppl at the same time. and while reverse harems’ nice, the opposite’s not my jam. same goes w poly romances, i prefer mmf than fmf

the heroine was much worse though. i swear 16 yos arent as… awful as she is. what a pair
• Jodi Bibliophile •
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
OMG that last 13% was intense as fuck!!! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!
Elisa Gioia
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want the second book right now!
I was glue to this story from the blurb, and, after reading the first lines, I was lost in Lake and Manning particular love story.
Ready to come back to '90?
CAPTIVATED! This is the first word I think if I have to describe it, I start reading and at 2AM I couldn't put my kindle down. I suffered with them, I breathed slow craving a moment only for them two alone. It ends with a cliffhanger and I can't wait to have the second book of this trilogy in my hands.
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