Skylar Orion’s life has been complicated ever since his mother abandoned him and his sister Evie. Making ends meet seemed impossible until Tate Chandler took them in — his knight in shining armor who promised to make life about more than just surviving. But Tate is not the man he seemed to be, and even his whispered I love yous and generous gifts do little to soothe the pain he causes. Knowing he can’t give his sister all that she deserves without Tate, Skylar stays with him, relying on bad puns and a worse sense of humor to keep up the charade.
He will do anything for his sister, even if that means acting the responsible adult and going back to his old high school to meet Dexter Weston, the hot math teacher who can make even algebra interesting. Sparks fly between the two of them, but with his dependence on Tate, Skylar isn’t free to follow his heart. He wants what is best for Evie, but can he pass up the chance to find love that heals instead of harms?
Warning: This book contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence that some may find triggering to read.
I’m in love with this book. I couldn’t stop reading. It felt extremely realistic and heartbreaking. Skylar was a beautiful character. I loved the way he thought, again, It felt very real for someone on the position he was. The hesitation, the fear, the love, every emotion coming out of him was something beautiful to read, I just loved him so much.
The plot was really good, I was on the edge of the time. Every character seemed so important for the story. It felt relevant. There was romance and was lovely, but I don’t think it was the most important part of it. The ability of the author to portray an abusive relationship was amazing. Not only the acts but the way Skylar felt. It was really stunning.
Dexter was a great character, but Sky is the one who make it worked the best for me, he will be on my mind for a long time. I loved the cover too, it might not seem relevant at first sight, but after reading the book it make perfect sense.
I think it was a really amazing book, I would recommend it to any reader, although I think is important to know there are some scenes that could be triggering so I’ll recommend to take seriously the warnings before reading.