Yours to Bare…Review

No matter how cruel it’s been to me in the past, I’ve never been able to flip fate the bird. I’m a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away.

I don’t. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, I’m a goner. The owner didn’t give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, sensual poetry–it all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her.

I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from…

My journal is the one place I can be myself–as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.

Review: This book started out slow for me. Not the pace because the pacing is just fine, however, I’ve never been big on fate or poetry. What does that have to do with the pacing you ask…not a damn thing except the hero, Finn, is totally into both and they play a big part in this novel. So, it took me a┬áminute to sit down and focus on this story and I am so glad that I did. I loved it.

Halston, the heroine, is so imperfect that she is perfect. She is the type of heroine I love to read. She is damaged and she recognizes it just not in a damsel in distress type of way. She actually does something about it, but she does it for herself. Not for a man or for their relationship, but herself. That is so admirable and I loved it. The story also touched on mental illness. Not the deep dark recesses of it but in a way that most people can relate to or at least put themselves in the “shoes” of our heroine. It was interesting to see it written this way. Finn was just as interesting as Halston. He has more emotional baggage than any man should but he never gives up on love. I loved reading him (yup dual POV people!). It is so interesting to see how these two damaged characters work through their issues together as well as apart. There was only one thing I didn’t like about the story and it was how they kept referring to Finn’s hands as, he’s not an animal and I am sure there are other adjectives out there. The story’s climax and falling action put this story in my top 20 reads of 2016. Yup, 5 perfectly imperfect stars for this Jessica Hawkins story.


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