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Summary:

“Milo is trouble.

He lives it, breathes it. He embraces anything that numbs and takes his mind somewhere else, a world where his mother is herself and not just a shell, and his brother didn’t almost kill her, severing any relationship they had. But more importantly, Milo drowns out the guilt for leaving his mother and not being able to forgive his brother. He drowns his pride and moves on to another girl and another party, pretending that life isn’t moving on around him and he’s stuck in the same place. He’s stuck in the past and doesn’t know how to let go.

Maya is trouble.

She’s done the party scene and has had her fair share of close calls and handcuffs. Not the kinky kind. She’s so over it all and fought like hell for that life to let go so she could move on. She now works as a teen counselor. Her life is better, but her life is empty. She has no one but her brother in the whole world left and he’s sick with a disease that no medicine can cure.

When they meet, a romance that scares them both emerges, but the love you fight for is the love that can mend bridges, heal scars, and open closed hearts. They’ll need each other, they’ll want each other, they’ll have each other. But will it all come too late?”

My Review:

Ok, so this is not a continuation of Emma and Mason’s story. It is actually the story of Mason’s brother, Milo and a new girl, Maya. And this may surprise you since the first two books really had something lacking, I actually liked this book. The characters were more well-rounded and had back story’s that gripped your heart. Of course, Emma and Mason are in this book but not consistently. This book is jam-packed with real-life “issues”. Drugs, illnesses, gangs, etc… If you can’t handle those type of issues, you might want to read another book. With that said, I was gritting my teeth in places and vocally swooning in others. This one is a bit of a roller-coaster, so hang on and grab your tissues.

After years of running from his brother, Milo finds something, or should I say someone, to stop running for (finally). Milo and Maya are so similar that it’s scary sometimes, but then Shelly shows differences in their stories that helps tear it away from the typical bad boy/bad girl love story.

The way Maya sees herself sheds a new light on people, real-life stories, who have come from a shady background and just wants to make a new start. The only thing really holding them back are themselves. Milo has this attitude to an extent, but Maya dwells in the misery a lot more. Of course, her brother being terminally ill doesn’t help her confidence in life much. Milo insists on chasing her and showing her that life, she, is worth it.

Milo-the wayward brother that would rather run from his problems them face them head on, (for lack of better words) starts to grow up. The moment he meets Maya, something changes. Of course Maya desperately tries to keep it clearly professional, since they did meet in an Anonymous Meeting. But that doesn’t last very long. Yes, Milo has ghosts in his past. Particularly his brother and mom drama but also drama that could end up a tragedy.

Reminder, I warned you to grab tissues and warning: prepare to stay up late finishing this book.

 

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