This book was amazing on so many levels for me. First of all, this is my first time reading author Karina Halle and in no way was I disappointed.
This was a friends to lovers story about Delilah and Fox. Delilah has been in love with Fox since she was a little girl. Fox knows that Delilah is one of his favorite people in the world but he has so many demons of his own that he doesn’t look at her that way.
Ok, where do I start with this one… I really liked Delilah. Like REALLY liked her. I think that she was an amazing character. She was strong, she worked hard to be happy for Fox and honestly wanted him to be happy. She was hurting and it was getting harder and harder for her to deny her feelings for him. She has a great relationship with her mother, and Fox’s family and her relationship with Fox is great. I think that was was extremely level headed about things and honestly my heart just broke for her. I wanted so bad for her to get everything that she wanted. I don’t feel that she was whiny, or unreasonable. She just wanted to be loved and she is right everyone deserves to be loved.
Fox, okay, I have to be honest, I liked him. He truly had a big heart, but he was lost. He was hurting and he was struggling with his mother’s death and with his own form of depression. My heart hurt so bad for him. I wanted to rail at him at times, but coming from where he was, I can see where he struggled and why he he struggled. (I don’t want to give away details) I think that he was as strong as he could have been, he didn’t know how to cope with things and I think that Ms. Halle did an amazing job relaying his struggles. It was like I was in his head the entire time while things were spiraling out of control. It was just heart breaking.
This book really, really hit way close to home. I had moments were I was actually sobbing because it opened my eyes to another side of depression. The destruction of those left behind. I don’t typically go into details about my personal life, but I struggled with postpartum depression. Thankfully I was able to get help, but for me to read about the children and family left behind was gut wrenching. I have to congratulate the author on opening my eyes and dealing with the repercussions of this subject. Most just gloss over things but I felt that she did an outstanding job in dealing with things and not brushing it under the rug. It was a very, very emotional read for me, but at the same time the ugliness and rawness of the emotions made for a beautiful story that gives you that HEA that we all long for.
I think the strength of her characters, and the supporting characters helped her pull this story off. This was an extremely well written story, with some funny parts here and there and an adorable squirrel to throw in. The pacing and flow of this book was excellent, I couldn’t put this down. I read it entirely in one setting. The depth of the characters was suburb. You can’t pull of this emotional of a book without the depth that Ms. Halle was able to achieve. This is the third book in the series, but can be read as a standalone (I haven’t read any before this one and understood what was going on).
This is currently one of my top reads so far of this year and I highly recommend this book. I plan to go and devour more of Karina Halle’s books. This was a very emotional book but like I said, I loved it and I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Halle.