Sunny Shelly’s Review: Together We Caught Fire, by Eva V. Gibson

 

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A forbidden attraction grows even more complicated when the guy Lane Jamison has crushed on for years suddenly becomes her step-brother in this sexy and gorgeously written debut novel about the lines between love, desire, and obsession.

What happens when the boy you want most becomes the one person you can’t have?

Lane Jamison’s life is turned upside down the week before her senior year when her father introduces her to his new fiancée: mother of Grey McIntyre, Lane’s secret, longtime crush. Now with Grey living in Lane’s house, there’s only a thin wall separating their rooms, making it harder and harder to deny their growing mutual attraction—an attraction made all the more forbidden by Grey’s long-term girlfriend Sadie Hall, who also happens to be Lane’s friend

Torn between her feelings for Grey and her friendship with Sadie—not to mention her desire to keep the peace at home—Lane befriends Sadie’s older brother, Connor, the black sheep of the strict, evangelical Hall family. Connor, a metal working artist who is all sharp edges, challenges Lane in ways no one else ever has. As the two become closer and start to open up about the traumas in their respective pasts, Lane begins to question her conviction that Connor is just a distraction.

Tensions come to a head after a tragic incident at a party, forcing Lane to untangle her feelings for both boys and face the truth of what—and who—she wants, in this gripping and stunningly romantic debut novel.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 3 Stars

This book did not go the way I was expecting based on the blurb. I was expecting a stepbrother romance between Land and Grey, but that’s not at all what this story is about. It’s super-angsty, but the main romance ends up between Lane and Grey’s girlfriend’s brother, Connor.

There is a lot of family drama in this book, and it was hard to keep track of it all at points. While I thought the mental health and reproductive health (Lane has endometriosis) elements were interesting and handled well within the story, I just did not like most of the characters. Lane grew on me, eventually, and Connor was just okay. But I found Sadie to be a hypocrite and a mean girl, and Grey was just a walking disaster of a jerk. After years of having a crush on Grey, Lane was just suddenly over him in the blink of an eye. I don’t know what she saw in him to begin with.

Ultimately, I don’t know that I would recommend this YA read. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

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