Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
Kacey is a rockstar in my eyes. She is battling with a tough case of PTSD after being the only survivor in a car accident. The story starts shortly after she has gotten over the rough part of dealing with this tragedy. Her life is finally starting to be put back together but she still has her walls up because she doesn’t want to get close enough to anyone because she doesn’t know if she can handle anymore lose in her life. Kacey soon befriends the most unlikely candidate, her zaney neighbor Storm. Storm is a Barbie-looking, single mother/bartender who lives next door. I loved Strom’s character and how she brought humor to this story. For someone who doesn’t sound like she has her life together, Storm is actually one of the most level headed characters in the book. She does not fit into a stereotype and honestly became one of my favorite characters.
The romance was good. I wasn’t in love with but I did enjoy reading it. There were times where I thought Trent was too perfect. In the end it makes sense but when they have a perfect picnic lunch and a walk on the beach, I may have rolled my eyes a bit.
There’s a twist in the story that I did not see coming. I am sure many people who constantly guessing the ending of books would easily be able to see it coming from a mile away but I was blissfully blind sided. I am happy to be one of those people that doesn’t see something coming because it adds that extra WOW factor to the book. There is nothing more I hate than a plot twist being reveled in the synopsis.
The pacing and writing were both great. I was able to breeze through this in a single sitting and easily found myself wanting to keep reading. There was never a time where the story would drag or skip. Whenever there was a jump in time, it helped the story along but there was also enough to understand what happened in that time jump.
I really enjoyed so much about this book from the characters to the plot twist to the writing. I cannot wait to continue on with the companion stories, especially because I hear book 2 is nearly everyone’s favorite.