Genre: Young adult, romantic fiction
Luke believes he has his life figured out…and then he meets Theo.
It should have been simple-a summer spent with his girlfriend Zara at her family’s holiday cottage in Cornwall. Seventeen-year-old Luke Savage jumps at the chance, envisioning endless hours of sunbathing on the private beach and riding the waves on his beloved surfboard. He isn’t interested in love. Though his rugged good looks and lazy charm mean he can have his pick of girls, he has no intention of falling for anyone.
Nothing prepares Luke for his reaction to Theo, the sensitive Oxford undergraduate who is Zara’s cousin and closest friend. All at once, he is plunged along a path of desire and discovery that has him questioning everything he thought he knew about himself. No one, especially Zara, must find out; what he and Theo have is too new, too fragile. But as the deceit spirals beyond their control, people are bound to get hurt, Luke most of all.
Romance, growing up, and self-discovery all packaged up in a brilliantly written novel.
When Luke decides to join his girlfriend, Zara, in Cornwall for the summer, the last thing he expects is to fall in love… with her cousin and best friend, Theo. But when Theo returns his affections, the stage is set for betrayal, heartbreak, and a lot of change…
From the exquisite writing, where the metaphors were so beautifully entwined in the fast prose that you had to look twice to realise they were there, to the quick pace combined with great character development, to the realistic and important plot, this was the best book I’ve read all year. The coming-of-age elements were sincere and heart-wrenching, the drama palpable, and the romance hopeful. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
*I received a free copy via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.