Chloe Reed and Nick Grayson couldn’t have more different lives. Where Chloe had a bleak future and was trying to deal with a loss that had left a hole in her heart, Nick was a happy-go-lucky guy, leading a carefree life with a path set.
Until one fateful night, they met and everything changed. The night that gave Chloe hope for the future, left Nick scarred for life. Was their meeting a one-off tryst or was their story just beginning?
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There is serious potential with these characters but it’s just not there yet. This story is a prequel of sorts to Watch me Rise. From the story here you can’t read this one without continuing to read Watch me Rise right after. The ending isn’t really a cliffhanger but you can’t really call it a happy for now either. It just ends with you wanting to know what happens next and if Chloe and Nick will get together for real at some point.
I adored how Chloe is realistic with her mental health problems. She is very real about what depression means and how it affects everything she does. I like that she got help for herself, even if she’s still resistant to it. Her guilt is slightly misplaced at times but I understand her logic and line of thought so I do get where she’s coming from. I’m interested to know more about her and how she’s going to handle the road ahead.
Nick confused me at times and made me feel bad for him at others. His grief and self loathing are really well written. You can feel those emotions with him. However, his response to his family makes me want to yell at him. It makes no sense why he’d willingly subject himself to family members that aren’t support of him. Even if he feels he “deserves it” the family’s reaction is so bad it just doesn’t make sense why Nick sticks around them at all. I have hope for him but there’s only so much self flagellation I can take before I need to see a character move on and accept their bad deeds.
I couldn’t stand Chloe’s friend Danni. She is toxic and Chloe needs to drop that frenemy like the habit Danni is. I don’t see anything redeemable about the friendship and see no reason for Chloe’s justification of sticking around with someone that only ever thinks of herself and how she appears to others.
There’s serious potential with this story and the author’s voice. The emotions are well written and there’s a great overall plot. The characters need a bit of work and hopefully they can redeem themselves in the end in the next book.
Three and a half
Tara lives in the vibrant city of Toronto. An engineer during the day, she moonlights as a writer. Her favourite genres are romance, mystery and fantasy. She has been writing since she was 7 and her first story was about a spaceship (BIG Voyager and Star Trek fan). When not working or writing, she catches up on her favourite shows on Netflix and spends time with family and friends.