Published by: Forever/Grand Central
Published on: March 4th 2014
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Pixie and Levi haven't spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are... awkward.
All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they're forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer..
Well, I must be the only blogger in the world who hasn't read Chelsea Fine's YA Archers of Avalon series. She's made a great move in crossing over genres, and also is a super-nice person if you follow her on social media. So I read this synopsis and thought, hmm, not sure, sounds a bit samey...
To cut it straight to the bone, Chelsea is now my favourite NA writer after reading this book (and I have read the #2 as well) her gift of writing is a treasure. All the while I was reading about the terrible accident involving Pixie and Levi, my thoughts kept flashing back to the wholesome nurturing environment of Willow Inn and actually being glad the characters lived in such a place to heal their wounds, amidst lavender fields behind and hard to define oddities such as Angelo the barman and Haley on the front desk, and mostly Ellen who owns the Inn.
Both Pixie and Levi are hurt, holding onto guilt, feeling alone and battling with getting through each day. They were both involved in a terrible car accident along with Levi's now dead sister, Charity. Charity was Pixie's best friend. The fact that Pixie and Levi now live next door in the run down East Wing of Willow Inn is like luck kicking them in the ass.
As Pixie and Levi get through the summer they have more than a few hurdles to cross, the main one would be just talking to one another. Pixie's mother is a bitch from hell. Levi's parents separated and moved away from the area after the accident because they weren't able to deal. Many mistakes were made and the hardest part is to forgive and carry on with life. Gradually as other people help bring Pixie and Levi together and events happen throughout their weeks, sparks fly as they push and pull at the other's defenses.
Overall, the characters are all so well written, the pace is even and Fine adds just the right amount of tension or sorrow where necessary. Levi is extremely gorgeous and Pixie is the perfect amount of cuteness. And as for Willow Inn, Yeah, I want to live there!!
Definitely worth picking this up and following the series.:)
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