Goodreads Rating: 4.14 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: March 14, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.
As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?
I put this book down for a month (almost two months) because the story was too heavy and got me on a reading slump. So I decided to switch to another book and just go back to it when I’m on the mood. Surprisingly, I’m more engrossed with it than before.
Tenley Page and Hayden Stryker – These two have dark stories that made them broken. Both endured such pain leaving them scars. As they get to know more better, these two are drawn with each other and slowly opened up their dark secrets that might make them vulnerable and hurt.Their story sure is heavy and really tough to get through it. Still, I love the way it was told with such emotions and you can totally feel it. Their character development is really good and they have a sizzling chemistry. Lots of steamy sexual tensions.
I love how these characters slowly opened up their feelings. It’s a huge step up for them to unload such burden. I think both of them stand out individually and as a couple. Their romance is swoon-worthy.
I love Helena Hunting’s writing style. It’s mesmerizing, beautiful, intricate and filled with emotions. The way she described the tattoos, the emotions of the characters, the sexy scenes — everything is written beautifully. Overall, I really enjoyed this book despite of the slow pacing.