SYNOPSIS FOR BOOK 1:
SOMETHING IN THE WAY
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, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.
SYNOPSIS FOR BOOK 3: (SPOILERS)
MOVE THE STARS:
The highly anticipated conclusion to the Something in the Way series, a forbidden love saga.
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.
A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.
When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?
I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.
Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography
Cover Design © R.B.A. Designs
Cover Model: Chase Williams
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
“My instinct to love him was as strong as my instincts to cower from him. To cover my heart anticipating the next blow.”
This takes place about 4 years after the last one and it broke my heart but it also made it soar. Because of this, I wasn’t too mad at Jessica… Who am I kidding, I can never be mad at the woman who single-handedly gave me the book I’ve been waiting to read for years.
My heart has been overtaken by this series before the release of book 1 and I can’t believe this series has come to an end. As soon as I got word that early copies had hit Kindles, I dropped everything I was doing and started the book I knew would open old wounds; Just like its predecessors have done without fail. This was one of my most anticipated releases for October and I was already crying my eyes out not even 1% into it. (No regrets)
“Did he understand the agony of knowing I’d never call him mine.”
I loved Lake since the very beginning and it only multiplied after each turn of the page. The fact that I experienced eerily similar situations as her, made my protectiveness go off the wall. I wanted to shelter her and heal her heart as much as I could. But, she proved to not need me since she turned out way better than I had anticipated. She’s come so far since the 16 year old I met a few months ago. I am incredibly proud of the woman she’s become and appreciated riding the roller coaster that was her life along with her. It was an agonizing ride but it wasn’t long enough. every one of her thoughts seemed to reflect my own at one point in my life, so in my mind, she’s as real as me. She’s just the better version of me.
“I had only one option left, tilt the universe until she fell into my arms.”
I was surprised to have loved Manning so much. (Manning without a filter is my new favorite thing, HOLY GODS.)… I was a strong advocate in the ‘I don’t want Manning to end up with Lake’ club but he managed to prove himself worthy after part 2 of this novel. I still can’t forgive him for most of the things he has done but none of that got in the way of my enjoyment of this book for what it was, thankfully. He had a lot to atone for in this novel but he still didn’t deserve the stuff that happened to him or the people around him along the way. I was absolutely thrilled to witness his character development as much as Lake’s. Jessica handled these characters with an expertise I hope to match someday.
I wanted nothing but happiness for these two and I got my wish so it’s more than I could ask for.
“I was in too deep with a man who’d ruined my life without ever touching me.”
This novel was full of heartbreak but it was perfectly balanced by epic reconciliation scenes. (*cough*And steamy ones *cough*.) I think that this is Jessica’s best series yet and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us all.
I do have to mention really quick that my hatred for Tiffany knows no bounds and from now on, will forever cringe at the mention of her name. I also noticed that there were a lot of loose ends at then end of this novel… SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS….which means…. I am 100% sure there will be more coming our way from these characters…. Right, Jessica????
This is one of the steamiest romance novels I’ve ever read so if you’re not 18, please turn away!
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State Universityand has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.