Author: Sadie Munroe
Publisher: Sadie Munroe
Summary: Nineteen-year-old Star Collins never intended to return to her hometown, Avenue. That part of her life ended when she was nine years old, and child services took her away from her hoarder mother. Her mother chose her stuff over her daughter. That part of her life was supposed to be in the past.
But her mother has just passed away and Star finds herself giving up her summer to quietly clean out her old home. She just wants to sell it and move on with her life. However, things aren’t going the way she planned. With her dyed-black hair and tattoos, she’s attracting almost as much attention from the small town residents as Ash Winthrope, the guy who was just released from prison.
All Ash wants is a chance to start over. He screwed up and he knows it, he’s going to have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. But he’s stuck in Avenue until his parole ends, and no one, not even his own parents, wants anything to do with him. Nearly out of money and completely out of options, Ash takes the only job he can, helping Star haul stuff out of her mother’s house.
Neither of them expects anything to happen between them, or for their lives to change. But sometimes meeting the right person is all it takes.
Review: A copy of this book was graciously given to me through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I am not 100% sure what I was expecting but whatever it was this book delivered hands over fists more!
The book yanked me in within the first few pages, but then I started getting that worried feeling that the book was going to disappoint me. It has happened to me a few times lately where the beginning seems so promising and then it tanked. Was delighted that as this continued it just got better and better!
Star’s life has not been easy, yet she has managed to make the best of it. She’s carved out a life for herself with a group of friends she now calls family. I wish we got more about these friends; a lot of inside jokes were shared and we got hints of their past but it got me curious and intrigued. It felt a bit like I was missing out.
I fell in love with cliche bad boy with a soul Ash. He is troubled and torn up over his past mistakes. It was refreshing that he wasn’t this hardened guy where you had to chip away at his defenses. Ash is broken and hopeless, there is nothing for him anymore. The entire town is against him and that is when Star enters his life.
These two could go down as one of my favorite pairings. I loved them and their chemistry, which was delicious! The slow simmer between them fueled my love for character growth and angst. And even how they helped carry each other in a subtle way. Never really letting the other know how much they’ve helped.
Was a beautiful story!