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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 (first published February 25th 2017)
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! 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 trilogy should be read in order:
Book 1: Something in the Way
Book 2: Somebody Else’s Sky
Book 3: Move the Stars

Something in the Way (book 1) opens to 16-year-old high-school student Lake Kaplan falling in love. Manning Sutter is working construction next-door when he encounters Lake and her flirtatious ol
 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’re a
Luna Sol
Feb 25, 2017 Luna Sol 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
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 fall
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 wishe
Shabby- BookBistroBlog
Mar 19, 2017 Shabby- BookBistroBlog 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
Feb 25, 2017 Serena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-need-this-rfn

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
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 fo
3.5 "Choices" Stars

That blurb. It pulled me right in. Forbidden. Taboo. Family drama. Jessica Hawkins writes fabulous angst and I couldn't wait to get my grabby hands on this one. It may not have been exactly what I expected but I still cannot wait until book 2 comes out. I have a feeling this saga is going to rip my heart out before it's over.

Lake is a 16 year old girl who meets 23 year old construction worker Manning and nothing is ever the same. Especially after her older sister Tiffany meet
Laura- BookBistroBlog
Feb 26, 2017 Laura- BookBistroBlog 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
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
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 California
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
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
Mar 01, 2017 Sera rated it it was amazing
Loved every minute of this. I wish I could have waited until the next book was out because I knew this would end badly but I couldn't help myself. Can't wait until May for the next book!!
Sanaa  ☆ Sanaa's Book Blog ☆
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
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Lake is 16, smart, and unaware of the world around her outside of her father's reading list and her college goals of USC. While she is quiet and unassuming, her older sister is brash, beautiful, and too willing to test her boundaries. Lake doesn't understand it, she just wants her fun sister, until she sees the man working construction across the way from their house. He takes an interest in her, he defends her. The feelings she has for him are new,
Elisa Gioia
Jan 18, 2017 Elisa Gioia 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.
Full rev
Shari Kay
May 21, 2017 Shari Kay marked it as skip-it
No way. No how is this romance, at least one I want to read. <--book 2
S.L. Scott
Feb 27, 2017 S.L. Scott rated it it was amazing
A stunning, thoughtful, and addicting book one in this epic series. Something in the Way completely enraptured me from the beginning to the end. I couldn't put this book down. Manning Sutter is complex, brooding, and utterly dreamworthy. He is the perfect hero. His protectiveness is swoony. His heart in the right place and his care for others so alluring. Manning will have you falling in love with him at first sight. Hawkins never disappoints and this book is completely captivating.
Jan 18, 2017 Jen 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.
Sarah (Words With Sarah)
Feb 26, 2017 Sarah (Words With Sarah) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs

Last month I read my first Jessica Hawkins book, Yours to Bare, and absolutely loved it. But Something in the Way has blown me away. Swept me up in this tale and didn't let me go for a single second. I am head over heels in love with this story, these characters, these words. Every. Single. Thing. Angsty and forbidden stories always intimidate me because I know I'm going to be anxious and have a heavy heart for most, if not the entire book, and while I did feel these things, this book is so much

Feb 26, 2017 Alexis rated it it was amazing
Jessica, thank you for bringing me back to my teenage years. Through Something in the Way, I relieved my high school years through Lake.

Lake is sixteen years old and living in her sister Tiffany’s shadow. Her father has made it his mission to make sure she following in his footsteps by making sure she sticks to a rigorous schedule made up of classes and reading.

That is until the fateful day that she meets Manning, the twenty-three year old construction worker next door.

Manning is the first boy (
Feb 25, 2017 Kim rated it it was amazing
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What an incredible start to this coming of age story! I was immediately captivated by Lake and Manning and devoured this book! Growing up in the same time period as the story took place in only enhanced my enjoyment and I loved all of the pop culture and music references. I honestly felt like I was right there with Lake back in the 1990's.

The writing was beautiful and I experienced so many emotions while reading this book. Jessica Hawkins captured the excitement, anxiety, confusion, and butterf
Feb 27, 2017 Akiko rated it liked it
This story had so much potential, but it fell short for me, in a big way. It seems I'm in the minority on my rating.
Cassandra Curiel
Feb 25, 2017 Cassandra Curiel rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review*
"My world had been so dark before her. It worried me how far I'd go to keep that light in my life."
As soon as I had this ARC in my possession, I dropped everything I was doing in order to start it. It had already overtaken my entire being as soon as the synopsis dropped. Who cares if I was dealing with a headache and needed to go to sleep in order to go to work in a few hours. My heart and mind didn't care, so I started i
OMG this book was freakin' awesome! So much so that I didn't even care that the heroine was 16 throughout its entirety nor that it was a slow burn (leading up to an extremely exciting ending that I was NOT expecting), which are two things I ordinarily steer clear of.

I read that this was the first book in a 3-book epic saga, yet I didn't realize how much (and how long) it would span the young life of the heroine, but I don't even care because it was SO GOOD and, really, seeing where this is all
Mar 04, 2017 Carlabulian rated it it was amazing
4,3. Livro maravilhoso, angustiante e inesperado. Fiquei um pouco apreensiva durante a leitura, pois, em alguns momentos parecia que estava lendo um livro de um autor que não curto, devido a sensação de aperto no peito. Mas passou logo e acabei essa leitura digna de aplauso. Não é de hoje que adoro os livros dessa autora, sempre trazendo histórias polêmicas para seus livros.
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