We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.
Aaron Ryland, aka Rain, lived on the streets of Houston assuming his “typical defiant, don’t-give-a-shit teen thug persona”, but all he wanted was to stay in one place and have a normal life. Regrettably, his chance came when his mother was found dead and he was shipped off to live with his Aunt Ruby in the middle of the Texas Hill Country in New Wurzburg. Aunt Ruby is all right, but the people of this hick town are just plain weird.
Friederike Burkhart, aka Freddie, is rebellious, daring, and a challenge that Rain is ready to accept. “He’d never met anyone quite like this girl–fierce and smart and painfully sexy”. She is surrounded by her male cousins who have to be dealt with so Rain can get to know Freddie better, but there are forces more incredible to get past first.
To believe so concretely that there’s someone–something–out there watching guard, keeping us safe, testing us only with what we can handle. I’ve never believed in anything the way Aunt Helen believes in God.
Harper has lost her sister, June, to suicide. Her big sister, the golden one, the one that did no wrong, as opposed to Harper, the rebel, the misfit. Why did June do it? She didn’t leave a note, but she left notebooks with stories about California. Harper’s parents were divorced and not coping well and Harper wanted to give June her wish of going to California, so she devises a plan with her best friend, Laney. The problem is Harper only has a driver’s permit and Laney’s car is toast. Enter Jake. He seemed angry the first time Harper met him at June’s funeral, so why would he give them a ride to California? He says that he and June were friends, but was that all?
This is a coming of age story of three young lives who discover the beauty of living. Harper discovers the truth about herself and about her sister, Laney discovers that there are consequences to her behavior and Jake discovers that he should strive for his dreams. I liked the trip they took and the people they met on the way. You don’t want to miss a second.
Thank you to Ms. Harrington, Harlequin and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.