Monday, May 22, 2017


Title: Somebody Else's Sky
Series: Something in the Way #2
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 22, 2017


If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.
A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.
Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

Book two in the Something in the Way series, an epic, 3-book saga of forbidden love...

Manning, Lake and Tiffany are back. And, they are just as angsty as ever. Which is a good, and a bad thing. :)

This book starts where the previous book left off, with a little time jump, but with Manning in the same place he was when the previous book ended. Egads, this is tough to review without giant, major spoilers for the first book. So, I am going to avoid talking about plot. Because I don't want to spoil. Although, if you haven't read the first in the series, what are you doing here? Go read the first one. You'll thank me later.

Jessica Hawkins writes the best angst, forbidden, push and pull romances. And, this one is no different. There are so many things keeping Manning and Lake from being together. Her age, his past, her sister, her family. And, the most powerful of all are the things that draw them together: their feelings for one another and the fact that they have not yet explored them, or even really started to, and this is part of the pull...will they even work together? Is the attraction something they can sustain?

The pacing of this book was a little tough for me in places, as there was not enough, again in my opinion, of Lake and Manning together, so for me some of their push and pull, and that emotion, was missing a little in some of the story. And, then we get to the last 10% and, oh, the push and pull...FOUND IT. Oh goodness, I found it. 

And, on the other side, the things that were not the Lake and Manning relationship were important. Tiffany, well, she is important. She matters to the story, and she matters to their future. It pains me to say that, I admit that. 

Do I like Tiffany? Well, no. But, she matters. In a Maleficent matters to Sleeping Beauty kind of way and in a Cruella De Vil matters to some puppies kind of way, but she matters. There has to be a villain, the person who reminds you that there are others you like better. And, I can argue that she is incredibly well written, because you despise her. If she was a weak and badly written character, you wouldn't care. And, oh, you care about Tiffany. You so care.

I am looking forward to the next one. Now works for me. October does not. By October, I may have to add Jessica Hawkins to the list of villains, for making us wait until OCTOBER.

I recommend this book, but it is not a standalone, you do need to have read the first one.

Ok, it took me some time to gather my thoughts before I could write this review. I went through a gamut of emotions while reading this book. I was angry, I was annoyed, I was desperate. I felt like I was going through the five stages of grief-particularly bargaining-with Jessica Hawkins throughout this book. But it was worth it.

This book picks up where Something in The Way leaves off-so if you haven't read that (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for??) go read that first. Then come back to me. I'll hold your hand through this.

I *knew* this book was going to give me feels. It was going to make me mad in spots and it was going to make me ache. And it did. Those moments that had me aching were both sweet AND bittersweet, so the agony was twofold. I felt for Lake. I felt for Manning. I felt, just a little, for Tiffany.

This book had some gripping moments. Nobody else quite writes like Jessica Hawkins, in my opinion. Her work gives me a physical reaction while reading-it's unavoidable. I don't always love it but I do always appreciate it.

Now I will say this book lacked a little in the actual time between Manning and Lake-and I was expecting a bit more of that to add to the angst to be honest. Did we see growth? In Lake, absolutely. In Manning? I'm not so sure. And don't get me started on Tiffany. Seriously-that's a whole separate review. 

I'm still bargaining with Jessica Hawkins, even as I write this. I know this is a trilogy, I knew that going in with the first book. But now I'm bargaining for the ending I feel this characters are deserving of...and I know I'm going to accept what Jessica Hawkins feels that is. Because while she may put my heart through the wringer every damn time I trust her. I trust these characters with her...and can't wait for October to see what their epic conclusion will be. I recommend this book.

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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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