Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: It’s never easy to find redemption.
Carrying scars and regrets, River Darcourt avoids too much intimate contact. Among his friends, he is known as a quiet loner. Forget about love. It’s not something he will consider… until sweet, young, and tempting Morgan Hayes becomes his housemate. River closed his heart long ago, but the attraction is impossible to deny.
Morgan Hayes needs a change. He is moving out of his critical father’s home and in with his friends, including his secret/not-so-secret crush, River. Having feelings for River is a terrible idea. But what is a guy to do when the annoyingly sexy mechanic is just across the hall?
While Morgan has overcome ugliness and is ready for love, he’s just not sure River ever will be. They have both experienced pain in their lives. So Morgan dares River to take a chance, and love will either break their fractured hearts in more pieces or, just possibly, make them whole again.
Review: If you’ve reading this series since the beginning like me you’ve been waiting for River’s book. It’s finally here! River is brooding and broken. Something in his past is haunting him. The death of Brendan is just another heartbreak for River to find a way to live through. We really don’t know much about him beyond other people’s perceptions so getting his POV in this book is a big deal. His POV wasn’t quite what I thought it would be but I think I was pleasantly surprised. River wallows sure but he wants to be happy. He just doesn’t think he deserves to be happy. He’s suffered for a long a time and I liked that he was able to find moments of joy fairly early in the book. He’s always going to struggle with his guilt but with Morgan by his side he finally has someone who knows the darkest parts of him and still loves him. It’s like that burden and fear of rejection has been lifted letting cracks of sunshine melt away all the barriers he’s built up. His self doubt. All those little moments made the insta lust he and Morgan found together feel like more from the beginning. I was pretty impressed with how this was all written. It could have come off as happening too quickly but it worked for me. They’ve both been interested in each other for awhile.
Morgan was River’s sunshine. I know that sounds corny but it’s true. Morgan’s attack has left him scared. He’s still blaming himself like it was somehow his fault. River makes him feel safe. He’s drawn to him. He has no idea why. Morgan’s issues with his dad continue in this book but they do come to an understanding about how they may not like everything about each other but they care for each other. That’s something not everyone has. Morgan kept this book from feeling too heavy IMO. He has his low moments that River is there for him for but Morgan’s acceptance and honesty about wanting something more and real with River is what forces River to face is past. To stop running and get some closure. They’re also super sexy together.
This series is angsty which really isn’t normally my thing. However I love Skylar Cate’s writing. She can apparently write angst in a way that sucks me right in. There’s a nice balance that she seems to be able strike. She also has this way of using everyday activities to help me really get to know the characters. To make them feel real to me. I loved that the entire cast makes an appearance in this book. Ian and Cole get married. Tomas and Marc are making plans to get married. The entire group is working on moving on from Brendan’s death, I’m looking forward to a new couple set up in this book. Lance the firefighter seems like an amazing guy. If his story involves the ex that promises some pain and longing. This was another great addition to this series. Not quite as dark as I thought it would be but again I was pleasantly surprised by how it all worked out. Definitely worth the read!