Hailey Elwood always knew three things: she wanted to be a writer, she didn’t want to run her family diner, and she was madly and unconditionally in love with Caiden Anderson.
When Hailey came to the conclusion that her family would never understand her dream to write, she decided to take her future into her own hands, but what she didn’t expect was Caiden’s ultimatum.
Falling in love with Caiden was easy. Saying goodbye to him was not.
Five years later, Hailey’s debut novel becomes an international bestseller, skyrocketing her to fame, but when her mother passes away, she’s forced to return to her hometown to confront the memories and the man that shaped her first book. She’ll argue it’s fiction, but Caiden knows better.
Hailey wasn’t the only one who was left battered and bruised, and Caiden makes it a point to make her accountable chapter by chapter.
Now with her publisher suddenly pushing her for a sequel, she isn’t sure how to write it when her future is still unwritten.
So I’d like to thank Ink Slinger PR for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated. So this author I have followed all the way back when she was on wattpad. She made the jump into publishing and honestly I followed her all the way there because I love her writing. This book hit me in ways I did not expect. I’ll get into that further in the review, but loved this so much.
Hailey, I loved that she was a writer. Being a writer myself I love when characters are writers I related to her so much, how much she wanted to make it and just have her dream. I relate so much. I also love the process of seeing her trying to write, I love anybody’s writing process character or real I love it. We don’t get to see Hailey before the tragedy but she is brought back to her hometown after the death of her mother which she is dealing. As she is there we discover she is also avoiding her ex!
Caiden, the ex, we don’t actually get to meet him until a few chapters in and damn this man is fine. A fire-fighter, and damn he so sweet and kind and lovely but he also is kind of cocky but he does it so well.
The friends in this book are friends you wish you could have, Brandon, CeCe, Tyler, Cameron that little friendship group that they have with the main characters I loved it. I wish I could have friends that good. The way they were there instantly even though it had been 5 years since she had returned home I love how supportive they were and of course as friends did totally put their nose in Caiden and Hailey’s love life which was honestly quite funny as those two did the same for Brandon and CeCe which let me tell you I totally need a book for them please and thank you.
We quickly learn that Caiden and Hailey have a pretty painful past, and let me tell you their first meeting was awkward and so heartbreak and honestly it broke my heart. The chemistry between these two were off the charts, like there is so many cute moments. It’s even cuter when you see Caiden with a cat.
One of my favourite scenes in this book is when Hailey burns her soup and because her fire alarm is automatically linked to the firehouse the fire crew comes up which is of course, Caiden, Brandon, Tyler and Cameron and honestly the fact that Caiden and her argue over Soot the cat and Hailey teases him about it being their child is hilarious.
So another thing I related to so much in this is when she is contemplating killing Caiden’s girlfriend in her next book, honestly hilarious and mood any writer I think we’ve all been there.
So here comes to the part that literally made the hairs on my arms stand up, and that I related to so much and my heart broke for both of them whilst I was reading this and honestly I was sobbing.
You’re allowed to know, but you’re not meant to care.
Reading what was going through your head was equally scary.
Someone has said that last one to me before when similarly I was writing the story of me and my ex and he was reading some of the things I wrote and he said it’s weird and scary being inside my head. Like it’s so weird how much I related to both Caiden and Hailey talking about their relationship the good the bad and the ugly. Been there done it and I could relate.
I was a sobbing mess through this book.
It’s all you’ve been saying, and it’s all we ever do. And you know what? I think I’m the only one who gets the short end of the stick here with our talks. You get to ask all the questions, as if you’re the only one with a problem.
So much confusion and heartbreak between them and it gets worse especially on the bonfire when Hailey realises how much Caiden reads and holds onto the book and when his girlfriend throws a drink at Hailey and confronts her about it being a book about them. When she goes to throw the book in the fire, the look between Hailey and Caiden when they realise how much that one copy means to each other it’s a moment. Obviously they break up.
Hailey and Caiden begin to take things slow which if you’ve ever gotten back with your ex it’s really hard to do slow but I loved their relationship. The sex scene was written so well, I love how we got so much information about their past between them it was so cute.
The ending of this book is so adorable, and it’s wrapped up so nicely. I kinda want more. So Hailey is at the airport and she hears two people talking about her book and honestly she has her epiphany as they say wanting a love like that and that’s when she realises she can’t make the same choice twice, so she runs to go back to him and it’s so cute.
I loved this book, the plot, the story and the characters. This book hit close to home and I cried a lot of the way through.
This book is my new favourite of 2020.