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    Slow Burn Coming of Age Perfection!

    What an incredible start to this coming of age story! I was immediately captivated by Lake and Manning and devoured this book! Growing up in the same time period as the story took place in only enhanced my enjoyment and I loved all of the pop culture and music references. I honestly felt like I was right there with Lake back in the 1990's. The writing was beautiful and I experienced so many emotions while reading this book. Jessica Hawkins captured the excitement, anxiety, confusion, and butterflies of falling in love so perfectly. Lake was such an intelligent and mature heroine, but at the same time she was vulnerable and girlish, teetering on the cusp of adulthood. Manning was brooding and dark, but behind the walls and hurt was a man trying to rise above the circumstances of his life. Honestly, all the characters were so genuinely imperfect that you couldn't help but relate to them and root for them to overcome the odds. I don't want to give anything away so please forgive the vagueness and brevity of my review. Just know that this story will take you on an emotional journey you won't soon forget. It is a slow burn romance that will lift your heart one minute and then rip it out of your chest the next. Something in the Way is the first book in a three part series, so please hold onto your hearts and have the tissues ready! *I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this title*
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    Hooked me with the feels!

    4.5 STARS This book was not at ALL was I was expecting! I'm a huge Jessica Hawkins fan and I've read quite a few of her previous books. I'm totally addicted to her signature brand of hot, forbidden and shocking. This certainly has all of those elements, some more than others, but the story is more of a slow burn and buildup to what will happen in the next two books. It is set in the past, in 1993. It had me feeling so old and nostalgic for my own young adult years! I loved all the pop culture references. This first installment of this series I would classify as more young adult or new adult, as the heroine is only 16 years old. Those aren't my favorite genres as I like my heroines a bit older and more mature, but I can't say no to a book from this author. She definitely held my attention by making a little home in my heart for the characters. Her love interest, Manning, is seven years older than Lake. There is that forbidden element. However, there is no sexual relationship between them. The foundation for their relationship is more of a friendship with a side of forbidden sexual tension. Lake is young in body and mind, but she has a maturity beyond her years. Despite that, Manning is a stand up guy with morals and he isn't willing to cross that line. The something in between them is Lake's older and infuriating sister, Tiffany. And the shocking part that I never saw coming? Naturally, that comes at the end with the cliff-hanger. I was left gaping like a fish out of water wondering if it really happened the way I read it! I had to go back and double check. Overall, I prefer my books with more heat, but given Lake and Manning's age difference, I was thankful that line wasn't crossed because I would have lost some respect for Manning.
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    Jessica Hawkins has truly outdone herself

    Oh Jessica Hawkins (hand over heart) you had me at 1993. This was the year I graduated high school. For me these were simpler times. A time before cell phones, caller id or social media. When you waited for the phone to ring on a Friday night and the latest mix tape is the theme to your current range of emotions. Wonderful memories came flooding back of innocent, simpler times of being sixteen. When the smallest gesture or compliment... completely takes over your world. This is a beautiful story about coming of age. Awaking the love we are capable of receiving and wanting to give so freely. Young love and feelings can be so powerful. Little do we know at that age, that it sets the foundation to last a lifetime. Jessica Hawkins has truly outdone herself. A gifted author who is able to put into words what we all think and feel. I will forever adore this book. The title alone has some many wonderful interpretations. I can’t wait for the continuation of this breathtaking series.

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