Author: Adrienne Frances
Series: , #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: March 17, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Romance
Page Count: 273
Dylan Mathews grew up in a house that was always filled with good-looking guys. However, with four protective older brothers they never stood a chance.
Except for one.
Dylan knew she loved Ben McKenna from the first time she laid eyes on him. When he started sneaking in her room, she thought he felt the same way.
But just as their passion ignited, he left for college and never came back.
Returning home after 5 years, Ben realizes Dylan has always been the one for him.
Can he win back her heart and finally find love under the orange moon?
I am seriously late with this review and I had serious writers block with how to write this review. The book is about a boy, Ben McKenna and a girl, Dylan Matthews. The girl of course is in love with the boy and the boy is in love with the girl, however the boy does not think that he is good enough for the girl. What I liked about this book is that although the girl has to change and grow, I felt that the boy was more of the focus for the author. His relationship with her, his relationship with his parents, and his relationship with his friends caused me to get mad, sad and happy. I did not laugh at this book, but I cried along with both main characters as they go through their struggles.
When I say that Ben struggles, he goes through a lot. His best friend is Dylan whom he seeks comfort from most nights by sleeping with her in her bed. Not sex, at least not until the night before he has to leave for school. Dylan loves Ben with everything that she has. On his last night she makes her move, however, Ben does not want a one-night stand with her.
“Ben looked into her eyes and slowly shook his head, a silent no that he knew ripped her to pieces.”
Yup, he left her. Yup, this is where my heart broke for her. However, I understand Ben’s decision. He loves her and does not want her to be just a one-night stand.
“She was too pure and flawless to end up as miserable as Ruth McKenna.” “He has to save her from the destruction that he left on everyone who had ever been foolish to love him.”
It was easier for Ben to walk away than deal with his love for Dylan. Flash forward five years and Ben is coming home for Christmas break. He is not excited at all. In fact, he would rather not be there but as the dutiful son, he goes home. Okay, so this is a part where I got mad at how quickly Dylan let Ben back in. I was a little disappointed that she did not make him apologize for leaving her, but she does not want to talk about it. Both are good at ignoring their feelings for each other. But his visit home is the wake-up call that Ben needs and the push for Dylan to finally spread her wings without her family.
What happens in the book separates both Ben and Dylan but also brings them together. It also brings Ben closure with his parents and his feelings of self-worth that have plagued him his entire life. This book is about growing and acceptance as a person. It is also about forgiveness. Ben finally is able to forgive his parents and with that finds he is able to admit his love for Dylan. Dylan is able to forgive Ben for leaving her so that she is able to finally be with him. Kudos to Ms. Frances. I look forward to reading more from her in the future.