"Jessica Hawkins weaves a tale of forbidden love in epic proportion.”—Corinne Michaels, New York Times Bestselling Author
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken...no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.
Something in the Way is book 1 in a USA Today bestselling love saga.
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From the beginning this book was so addicting. It made you feel so many emotions and at some points I didn’t know what to think! Here’s this older man with strong morals but dark demons and a young naive girl who is relentless when it comes to love. I couldn’t stop reading to figure out how this story would unravel and where their journey would take them. It seemed unlikely they’d be together but you secretly kept hoping. I loved getting to follow their story all the way through each sequel. It was well written and definitely a must read!! ♥️
Slow Burn Coming of Age Perfection! 🔥❤
What an incredible start to this coming of age story! I was immediately captivated by Lake and Manning and devoured this book! Growing up in the same time period as the story took place in only enhanced my enjoyment and I loved all of the pop culture and music references. I honestly felt like I was right there with Lake back in the 1990's.
The writing was beautiful and I experienced so many emotions while reading this book. Jessica Hawkins captured the excitement, anxiety, confusion, and butterflies of falling in love so perfectly. Lake was such an intelligent and mature heroine, but at the same time she was vulnerable and girlish, teetering on the cusp of adulthood. Manning was brooding and dark, but behind the walls and hurt was a man trying to rise above the circumstances of his life. Honestly, all the characters were so genuinely imperfect that you couldn't help but relate to them and root for them to overcome the odds.
I don't want to give anything away so please forgive the vagueness and brevity of my review. Just know that this story will take you on an emotional journey you won't soon forget. It is a slow burn romance that will lift your heart one minute and then rip it out of your chest the next. Something in the Way is the first book in a three part series, so please hold onto your hearts and have the tissues ready!
*I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this title*
I loved this series. Read all four books in 36 hours. At times I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest. Any Author that can evoke that kind of emotion is pretty amazing. There was a few cons I had. One, as hard as I tried I couldn’t get over the whole sister thing. It took away from their love story to me. I don’t think I ever forgave him for inflicting that kind of pain to both sisters. I know I lost respect for him and never liked him as well. Second, I felt like their lives were half over by the time they finally figured it out. That was sad for me. It was hard for me to believe that kind of love took so many years to get right. All those wasted years. Third, I think was just a preference thing, I didn’t like that it would jump so many years constantly. I understand it had to if it was going to take to that long before they figured it out but I hated that part. Once would have been fine. Maybe even twice but it was too much for me personally. Over all, it was great writing. I can’t say Lake and Manning were my favorite literary love story but it very easily could have been if I could have gotten past the sister thing but that was a betrayal like no other to me.