They always belonged to each other but even a fated love can be fractured.
Shy, artistic, and withdrawn 11-year-old Charlie McBride tries to get her footing as she copes with the loss of her mother, the move to a new town, and starting a new school. Asher Carmichael steps into her life, provides a steadfast friendship that offers her protection to grow into a beautiful, young woman. As years pass, their friendship evolves into a passionate first love neither one of them can deny. Together they explore a new relationship filled with all the butterflies and heartache expected as two young adults navigate sex, love, and trust.
One fateful night, a painful mistake leads to cataclysmic results, setting the lovers on separate paths. Charlie is too hurt to forgive and Asher has never been so lost without his Charlie. Years pass. Hearts remain broken. Neither one can forget their first love or overcome the space between them.
Contains sexually explicit language and other mature content. Readers should be 18 or older.
Whitney’s 4.5 Star Review
An emotional journey to true love for Asher and Charlie.
At age 11, Charlie has to deal with a new school, a new town and the loss of her mother to cancer. Not one to make friends easily anyway, Charlie has a tough time until Asher Carmichael takes her under his very protective wing. A beautiful friendship turns into young love as the couple grow up and leave for college.
Unfortunately, choices are made which drastically alter both of their futures. Unable to handle betrayal, Charlie leaves town but is never able to get over her first love.
As an adult, Asher regrets his behavior every day. His life still revolves around his love for a girl he hasn’t seen in thirteen years. But circumstance bring them back together. Will they be able to overcome their past and eliminate the space between them to build a future?
A little about how the story is written: This is a dual POV, however the first half is solely Charlie. Asher’s POV adds a lot to the story when it comes in to play later on. The novel is also divided up into three parts. The first when they are quite young, the second is more college age, the third they are early 30’s, I believe.
Don’t let the young ages of the characters in part one fool you… there is a lot of steam and sexy scenes when the characters are older. The first part was probably my favorite, watching the friendship blossom into first love and how amazing Asher was.
Speaking of Asher… yes, you will adore him and then probably want to kill him at some point. But keep reading! I cried several times and the story is pretty angsty but it is a truly beautiful coming of age love story.
Only a few, tiny criticisms: The writing isn’t perfect, there are times where better editing would have improved the story. And I don’t mean typos, I mean sentence structure. I didn’t notice any glaring typos or grammar problems. The end seemed a little bit rushed but I was pretty much ok with this. The story spans so many years, that dragging it out further really isn’t necessary.
I highly, highly recommend this book, a bonus is that it’s a stand alone. This is Anie’s best work yet (and I enjoyed her previous series!). Very happy to see her writing get better and better as she goes.
Anie Michaels started writing her first book in June of 2013 and since has managed to make it a full-time career. She spends her days in coffee shops imagining the lives of her fictional characters and then goes home to be a mother and wife; her other full-time career. Anie lives in Portland, Oregon, where some of her books are set, and wouldn’t live anywhere else. When she isn’t writing or taking care of her small children she spends her free time with her close friends and family. She loves beer and wine (a requirement went living in Oregon), and wishes she had more time for television because sometimes it’s nice to look at attractive men instead of imagining them all the time.