Even though it’s been a few years, I’ve read some of this author’s previous works and thoroughly enjoyed them. Devouring this story reminded me just hEven though it’s been a few years, I’ve read some of this author’s previous works and thoroughly enjoyed them. Devouring this story reminded me just how much. A true contemporary romance at its finest, Year 28 will have you flipping the pages faster than a cat lapping chain lightning. Usually I like a lot of danger and suspense in my books, but this was a nice change of pace. While I guessed what the big secret was from the get-go, it was done in a way I haven’t really seen before. That perspective changed things for me, in a big way. I went from being really exasperated with the heroine to seeing her in a whole new light.
That being said, I was still firmly on team Sylas the entire book. Even knowing she was hiding a ton of pain and not knowing why, she was really hard to connect with. I appreciate that this story was told from dual perspectives; it added a much-needed layer that wouldn’t have been known if we only read from Raegan’s mind. The depth that Sylas added to Year 28 allowed me to fall in love with both characters. I loved that the story bounced from past to present, allowing you to really experience and immerse yourself in their lives. Done well, this adds a complexity to characters that you didn’t realize you needed, and the author achieved this in spades.
I love a tale with a good deal of angst, one that physically hurts to read in the best possible way. Year 28 poked and prodded at me with a hot fire poker from page one and never let up. Not afraid of the façade that Raegan presented to the world, Sylas fought tirelessly for her, taking charge in the most delicious means. I need my stories to have characters who are both confident and vulnerable, and this one did not disappoint. Lack of love was never their problem; it was just what went unsaid, or rather was what refused to be spoken about. When those walls were torn down, brick by brick, I felt like it was a hard-won battle. I was equal parts fatigued and so full of love, but it was all worth it.
This was a sweet story, full of innocence in the flashbacks, but also very adult throughout the rest. Quite simply, it was the perfect balance that displayed the progression of their relationship from children to teenagers to adults. It was real, it was authentic, and I would highly recommend it. Do not pass on this phenomenal love story!
To sum up this story perfectly with two songs that just happened to be on my playlist today:
Alanis Morrisette - Everything You see everything You see every part You see all my light And you love my dark You dig everything Of which I'm ashamed There's not anything To which you can't relate And you're still here
Sheryl Crow - Strong Enough When I've shown you That I just don't care When I'm throwing punches in the air When I'm broken down and I can't stand Would you be man enough to be my man...more