★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★
Oh my god, this was a five star from me! There was nothing I didn’t like, it was perfect!!
When Eliza Reynolds and Till Page are thirteen they stumble across each other in a abandoned apartment. They are both escaping shitty parents, Eliza’s don’t even notice that she’s missing half the time and Till’s mum would much prefer to be getting her nails done than worry about her 3 sons.
This day is the start of a beautiful friendship, but it’s a secret one and although they go to the same school, Till does not speak to or acknowledge Eliza outside of their safe haven.
As they grow older they only get closer, while Eliza is working hard to get to college to make a life for herself and away from her parents, Till is playing football and working 2 jobs to help take care of his 2 younger brothers and keep a roof above all their heads.
When Till comes across an after school program at newly opened On The Ropes Gym he jumps at the chance to join up, especially when he sees that it is run by none other than Slate “The Silent Storm” Andrews.
When Eliza graduates school and Till fails to make the grade, he is once again reminded that he will never be good enough for her. To him she is his fantasy life that he will never be able to turn into reality. Working minimum wage with no future ahead of him, he knows that he has to let her go off to college with a chance at more but before he leaves he wants to claim her as his just one time.
Just when Eliza is starting to heal from a broken heart, she once again finds herself in Till’s life but she knows she has to force his hand otherwise she will break completely.
Till is struggling with the realisation that he is slowly losing his hearing, and on top of this he taking care of his brothers full time. He is working hard trying to make a living whilst training whenever he can in the hopes of becoming a pro-boxer – it is just too much for him to cope with on his own. He needs Eliza in his life but is he prepared to take a risk that things might not work out and lose her forever?
I loved everything about this book – the humour and the banter between Till and Eliza was hilarious and I found myself smiling so many times. Flint and Quarry are Till’s brothers and they play a vital part too, they were such great characters and I am praying to God and the Universe that the next books in this series will be about them.
I loved that when they weren’t a couple, we weren’t subjected to reading about them with other people, it really wasn’t that type of book – the focus was on Eliza & Till, their relationship as ‘just friends’ was just as enjoyable to read about as when they did finally get together.
There were some heartbreaking moments too, I felt so sad when Till was falling apart but I knew Eliza would pull through for him and it warmed my heart to see them all come together as a family.
Till Page has a place on my favourites shelf, I freaking loved him and his big heart and Eliza goes on my list of best heroines. As for Flint & Quarry – bring it on!
This is the first in a new series of stand-alones, told in dual POV. It features characters from the Wrecked and Ruined series, but it’s not necessary to have read those first
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review