"Are you dating him?"
I’ve been best friends with David since the beginning of high school, and that question has been asked about us a lot. It’s like people can’t fathom how a super hot, charismatic guy can be just friends with an overly tall, boyish-figured girl. Wait. I think they probably can, because the next question is always a hopeful, "He’s single?"
David is always single. But, he’s never wanting.
Girls throw themselves at his feet like he’s some kind of rockstar. But not me. No. I’m just his friend; a fact he likes to remind me of at every opportunity.
And I’m OK with that—I think—because he’s right. Our friendship is too important. And honestly, I don’t want to be one of David’s girls. I see the way he uses them to meet his needs then casts them aside when his interest wanes. I’m not about that life. I want something more.
Something I don’t think David is capable of giving me.
That’s not to say I’m immune to his charms. I’ve never been immune.
I delight in the way his eyes twinkle when he smiles at me.
I relish in the way his voice ripples beneath my skin when we share a secret moment.
And I love the way his fingers feel against my skin when we touch…
Yes, I’ve always loved David. Problem is, David has never loved me. Not the way I want him to, anyway.
So, what's a girl to do? Pine and hope for something that will never come? Or suck it up and move on?
I’m choosing to accept my reality and move on, a choice made easier when I start a new job and the hot AF junior solicitor shows an interest in me despite our office’s ‘No Dating’ policy.
David should be happy for me. Elliot is the first guy I’ve felt a deep attraction to in years. Despite the secrecy needed, he seems like the perfect distraction from my troubles, the perfect solution to heal my heart. He even likes David and doesn’t make an issue about my best friend being a guy.
But David isn’t happy. In fact, he’s downright angry over my new relationship. He says he’s worried I’ll get hurt again. But I don’t know, it feels bigger than that. It feels like I’m losing my best friend. Even though I’m playing by his rules.
What am I supposed to do? While I’m torn with indecision, the choice could be made for me. And this time, I might lose everything…
Katrina struggles with following her heart or following her mind in this gripping romantic drama featuring new and extended scenes from books A Beautiful Struggle and Too Close, republished as Struggle: Beautiful Series, one.
This is my first Lilliana book, although she has been on my TBR for a while as she was recommended by a friend. This is a revamp of A Beautiful Struggle and Too Close, combining them into one book. I must say, I was hooked on this one pretty fast, and I will definitely be reading more from Lilliana in the future.
Struggle is the story of Katrina and her best friend David, and then things get even more messy when Katrina's hot colleague Elliott is added to the mix. Katrina and David are inseparable best friends, and everyone around them wonders why they aren't together, and they always struggle with the balance of maintaining their friendship when dating.
Katrina has had a pretty horrible past experience with an ex, David is overly protective of her, and then she starts this new job and meets Elliott. He seems like just the right person to help her move on from her past, and also from the fact that nothing is ever going to happen between she and David.
Let me tell you, things really begin a roller coaster ride as all this starts, pretty much from the beginning. I was not expecting to dive into a book with so much angst, but boy oh boy, I could not stop reading. I was so torn between who I wanted Katrina to be with, as I equally liked both David and Elliott. By the end though, David was the one who I was cheering for the most.
Throw in some despicable secondary characters, who I really wanted to punch, and the circle is complete. We have a whole range of people who we're wondering what they will do next, if they're going to cause trouble, or if they're going to get what's coming to them.
I also loved that this was set in Sydney, and whilst I don't live in the city itself, or the Western Suburbs, it's very easy to picture everything and to laugh at, and enjoy how thoroughly authentic these characters are, because I'm a Sydney-sider myself. There were quite a few little things where I messaged my friend, and we had a laugh about how true something was that Lilliana had included.
By the end of the main novel, I really had my heart set on particular things, and I also had suspicions about other characters and what may happen with them. I was fairly accurate with my thoughts for the most part, and I was invested in how things would turn out for these guys. I was quite happy with the ending, although it may fall a little flat for some, because there is a hell of alot of angst for probably 95% of the book, and then you get this ending which seems quite smooth. I did like the ending, I just know that it's contentious for others. I did really like this one, and I would love to see what comes next for some of the other characters. Definitely recommend.
The novella part of the book comes right after the main story, and this one is from David's POV and is his and Trina's story before and right up until the accident with Christopher. It was interesting to get his perspective on things and even though you know how things ultimately play out, because you've already read the main book, you still get so caught up in whats going on. I enjoyed the novella as much as the main book.
I recommend reading Struggle, and I really look forward to continuing this series.