By D.S. Wrights
Every family has their secrets. Some deadly, some dark, some full of longing.
Beth's father John has been to her best friend Lily everything a godchild could ask for: a protector, a friend, a better father as her own could ever be. Lily and Beth have been best friends since they were born. They share every secret, apart from one: Lily, who is almost the image of her mother, has never been in love, never longed for a boy, because she feels she belongs to one man only: John, Beth's father.
The alleged car accident four years ago that put Beth's mother in a week-long coma, did not only kill Lily's mother's and Will's wife's life, but took from John his best friend, and first love. Now, when he looks at Lily, he forces himself to see his godchild, Will's daughter, Beth's best friend and not his second chance for true love.
**Warning: This books is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to explicit sexual content.
Emma - 4.25 Crowns
Lily and Beth are best friends who have known each other their whole lives and are now looking forward to going away to college together. Not only are they life long friends that live on the same street, but Beth's father John is Lily's God-Father and their parents are best friends... or were. That is until Lily lost her mother in a car accident also involving Beth's mother Lydia, who survived. Since that time her father has spent most of his time in the bottom of a bottle. This has only driven Lily even closer to Beth and towards the man that she has no right dreaming about.
John is nearing 40 and is a successful architect. It's just a shame that his professional success doesn't cross over into his personal life. His marriage to Lydia has reached breaking point, with her spending more time away than at home. His relationship with his oldest friend Will is now none existence, thanks to the death of Will's wife, his best friend and sometime lover Sarah. But the worst thing of all is the feelings he's started having for someone so untouchable, that it's now taking over every waking and sub-conscience thought he has.
This is the story of how a loving, caring and innocent relationship suddenly crosses the line. How it evolves into a magnetic, physical and undeniable connection. A story of how 2 people heal and complete one another; no matter their age or origin of their initial relationship. It is taboo, it is hot and it is very enjoyable.
I loved the innocence of Lily and I loved the genuine hesitance and goodness in John. It was a real push and pull and although the story for the majority takes place over a very short space of time, it is packed full of drama, emotion and a good dose of angst. If you are worried it will feel icky, don't. It is pitched perfectly in my opinion and I think she has set the tone just right. Lots of truths, lies and secrets will come out as the story is laid bare, making the book a real page turner. My only negative would be that it needed maybe an additional proofread to polish it to perfection, but it certainly didn't detract from what was an original take on the very popular genre of taboo relationships; which seems to be the new black in the world of creative writing.
My first D.S. Wrights read and one that I throughly enjoyed. If you like your taboo love stories, with a heavy dose of drama, angst and plenty of steam then I highly recommend it .