What This Book Is About:
Skylar was my best friend, but I secretly pined for her. One thing after another kept us apart, and I’ve spent the last decade in fear of losing her forever.
First, it was the cancer, but she survived only to face the unthinkable at my hands. Because of me, she left town. For years, I thought I’d never see her again.
But now she’s back…and living with him.
I don’t deserve her after everything I’ve put her through, but I can’t live without her. This is my last chance, because she’s about to make the biggest mistake of her life. I can see it her eyes: she doesn’t love him. She still loves me...which is why I have to stop her before it’s too late.
This book has my emotions all over the place! I was completely hooked from the first line on the very first page. I read this entire book in one day (well, if finishing it at 2 am still counts as one day). I literally couldn’t put it down. My Skylar was the third book in the Gemini series, but it was the first one that I have read. This book was addicting. It has been a while since I read a book that was this unbelievably good. That made me feel this much. The writing was perfect. The characters were extraordinary. They made mistakes, but they were so real. Their story was so heartbreakingly beautiful. I am definitely going to have to go back and read Penelope Ward’s previous books. Our main characters are Skylar & Mitch. Skylar was an amazing character to read about. I can’t imagine going through what she did. She was so very strong. She was also very open and real. I loved that about her. Mitch was… Mitch. Like Skylar, he was also very strong & he was always so open with Skylar. She was the only one he felt he could be completely honest with about everything he was going through (well… almost everything). This story was fantastic. The first part was so beautiful. It was the “before.” Honestly? That was my favorite part. Them falling in love & finally accepting their feelings for one another. It gave me the feeling of falling in love for the first time. Complete with all of the insecurities, butterflies, and moments of absolute giddiness. I loved the bond that they formed as children. Then, at about 20% in, I felt as if my heart was being painfully ripped from my chest. I was an emotional wreck. I hurt for them. I cried for them. I was scared for them. What they went through? It was absolutely heartbreaking. But, it seemed to only make them stronger & more in love than ever. Part two of the story was the “after.” It was more about them accepting the mistakes that that had been made. It was about them admitting (to themselves and each other) that no matter what happened, the love that they shared… it was never going to die. It was just growing stronger with time. Something that we found out in part two just amazed me. It really showed how loyal Mitch was to Skylar & just how much he loved her. I don’t want to give anything away so all that I am going to say is… 5 years!?! Wow. That is a long time. Like a really long time. A. Really. Long. Time. Wow. The ending was just completely wonderful. The epilogue was even more wonderful. The writing was so great that I felt as if I were these characters. Like it was me in the story. It was an incredible feeling. There were some “steamy” moments. Okay, those moments were a little more than steamy. We had to wait a bit for them, but it was definitely worth it. This book as a whole was just completely mind-blowing. I loved it! Seriously, I cannot recommend this book enough. Read it!