Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Page Count: 320
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: borrowed from library
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.
It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?
I read Molly McAdams purely for the drama and angst. I can admit that. I think I'm pretty sure I know what to expect from her - love triangles, plot twists, plot holes, and no character is safe from anything. McAdams is predictably unpredictable. And sometimes, that's just what I'm in the mood to read.
The characters this time around? Barely tolerable. I found Grey to be annoying. Oh, that's so bad, but so true. I could have done without her. I liked Jagger. I maybe even love him. Strong and silent with the added bonus of suffering and pining after someone who can never be yours. Oh yes, crank up the angst. Let's not forget to mention Ben, who I didn't like for some reason. And that was BEFORE the bombshell. So, yeah, I could have done without him, too. Jagger's mother and sister were just props in this story, and they only served to add drama.
A few other things bothered me about this story. I didn't like that every decision Jagger made was based on what Grey was doing. He followed her around like a lost puppy, and I would have appreciated him more if he had a life for himself. I also couldn't understand how Grey graduated college, was supposed to be smart, and yet had zero life goals and career plans. I don't know what her major was in college, but why go back to your hometown if it can't support your profession?
You know what? This book was just okay. It had plenty of problems, like the dual POV being a bit of a mess, but I still finished it (and went on to read the next 2 books in the series.)
My rating: 3 stars
I Loved You First by One Direction
"I've been waiting all this time to finally say it
But now I see your heart's been taken
And nothing could be worse
Baby, I loved you first"
I Wish by One Direction
"'Cause I got three little words
That I've always been dying to tell you"