Title: Just Between Us
Author: Hayley Oakes
Published by: Hayley Oakes
Publish Date: March 26, 2014
Genre: Romance, Tabooish, Contemporary
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 Flames
Overall: 5 out of 5 Stars
See Mindy’s Goodreads Review Here
“An attraction that can’t be denied ….
s spent trying to forget.
Kyle returns to his home town following years away to discover Sophie nursing a broken heart after being dumped by her fiancé.
A decade before Sophie and Kyle hated each other, she thought he was an arrogant playboy and he thought she was a spoilt princess. A drunken kiss changed everything and they spent the summer before university hiding their budding relationship.
Back then he was the achingly attractive bad boy that Sophie couldn’t resist and now Kyle attempts to revive Sophie from her misery as her friend.
But is the one person she wouldn’t let herself have the only one who can save her?”
This story sort of reminded me of the movie Clueless but only in regards to Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and her “former” step brother, Josh (Paul Rudd), falling in love and both being filthy rich. Everything else was unique and I LOVED it!! I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started this book and I have to say that I was genuinely blown away!
I did not like Kyle at first and I thought he was just a spoiled jerk who only cared for himself. When he would yell at Sophie and tell her those horrible things, it made my heart hurt. Then I realized that as a young adult, he just didn’t understand or know how to deal with the type of feelings he was having. Kyle as an adult, he had grown very wise and knew exactly who and what he wanted.
The back and forth between Kyle and Sophie in their younger years is so damn hot that I get butterflies in my belly just thinking about it. As adults… its explosive!
“He ran his hands over my hips and squeezed me gently. ‘I can’t get your tight little body out of my head, and all I want to do is barge into your room and….’ He stopped and took a deep breath. ‘It’s because I’m the only girl you can’t have.”
“She’s the person I would move heaven and earth for.”
I did like Sophie but her constant whining got on my nerves. As a teenager I could completely understand her reluctance to be with Kyle. They live in the same house and their parents are married so that makes them step siblings/related. People will talk and shit will hit the fan. As an adult, I still understood her reservations about being together openly. What will their parents, family and friends think and what will people say? However, even after Sophie admitted her feelings and they were planning on being together openly, she continued to make excuses for them to not be together. It was infuriating! I finally got to a point where I just wanted to jump into the book and smack her!
“Perhaps coming here wasn’t going to help me at all. Perhaps it would just transfer one type of sadness to another.”
“To be with the right person wasn’t supposed to come without a struggle and mine was to swallow that feeling of shame.”
Now for some of the things I didn’t like and only docked 1/2 a star because the story is soooo good. The word “whilst” is completely overused. I did a word search and its used 49 times. With that being said this author is British and it very well could be a British thing. Another thing that bothered me was that there was a lot of alcohol in this book. I don’t mind the consumption of alcohol but it feels like it was an excuse to loosen up the characters so they can make some bad decisions. However, they never once blamed anything on the alcohol and that made me happy. It seemed to only loosen their inhibitions. Then when Kyle and Sophie were together for the first time, I thought it cheapened the experience to be on a bench in public. Don’t get me wrong, that was a HOT scene, but I think it would have been better if that part of their relationship was more developed first. And lastly the jumping back and forth from past to present. It wasn’t terrible, but got a little confusing. In the beginning I found myself more interested in their younger years rather than the present. I think I understand why the author jumped back and forth from past to present and it’s all about Sophie. She had a hard time coming to terms with their relationship when they were young and had all the same feelings again as an adult. So I guess if it was written with the past in the first half then the present the second half, then the author would have caught hell for repeating the story. So, bravo Hayley Oakes! Bravo!
Overall, I loved this book! The characters are well developed and believable and the sex is amazing! This is a very, very well written book and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to skirt the line of taboo. This is a step sibling romance and I personally know one person who doesn’t like reading about this. This was my first step siblings romance so I wasn’t sure what to expect and I ended up really enjoying it. I can’t wait to read more from this author!!
“It was not written in the stars for us. We were Romeo and Juliet, and if we weren’t careful wed kill each other trying to be together. .”
I received a copy of this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.