Charlotte and Nathan were supposed to be forever. They grew up together. Their families were intertwined. Charlotte was Nathan’s first love. Nathan was Charlotte’s first everything.
Until they weren’t.
How do you hold on to the person you know in your heart you are supposed to be with when everything and everyone in the universe is telling you it’s over?
I spent quite a bit of time going back and forth with my rating. I can’t decide whether to rate it 3.5 or 4. In the end, I decided to go with four for these reasons…
Nate and Charlie. From the get go, I felt their connection and chemistry together. Considering that Nick also figures pretty prominently in the book, that’s no easy feat. Ms. Frederick was able to establish early on the indelible connection between Nate and Charlie.
The letters. Around 30% of the book was told through Charlotte and Nathan’s love letters. In the first part, it was all Charlotte faithfully reaching out to Nate during his first deployment as a SEAL. Second part was a mix of both Nate and Charlotte. I thought it was clever way of showing readers what went wrong the first time and what went right the second time. And it, again, solidifies the bond between the characters despite the years that they’ve spent apart.
The secondary characters. There were plenty. I especially loved Nate’s SEAL buddies and Charlie’s best friends Reese and Lainey.
The positives definitely outweighed the negatives for me. Hence, the 4 stars. But I would just like to point out that this book had some transition issues. Some transitions were too jarring and some words used were outdated. For example, the words “staff” was used as a substitute for cock in the book, among others. It felt out of place in such a contemporary setting.
There were also typos and grammar issues which I hoped were edited out from the ARC copy that I was reading. Other than those things, I still enjoyed this book immensely. It was far from being perfect but the connection between the two MCs and their relatability won out in the end. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author. She’s not flashy but her characters are all viscerally appealing to me. 🙂
Final Rating: 4 Stars
ARC provided by Jen Frederick in exchange for an honest review.