Starless Nights (Hale Brothers, #2)
by Kathryn Andrews
She said that she was my best friend and then one day she wasn’t. Every day I live with the visible scars, but it’s the invisible ones that hurt the most. They are a constant reminder of everything I’ve lost as well as all the things that I’ll never have. I should be over this by now, it’s been years, but I can’t escape the memories that haunt me. Everyone around me is moving on with their life, so now I need to do the same. Tennis brought me to Columbia University, and I am quickly proving that I will not let anyone defeat me, past or present. I am in control now. Life has taught me the hard way to remember that. But after all this time, I’m still searching for an answer to the one question that is constantly burning in the back of my mind…why?
He said that he was my best friend, and then one day he wasn’t. It took one moment to change my entire life. What I thought I knew became a lie and nothing was ever the same. Slowly, I picked up the pieces and focused on what I could control…me. I live in New York City and attend one of the world’s most prestigious fashion and design schools. Day after day, I am getting closer and closer to making my dreams come true. I did this all on my own and no one can ever take it from me. I know my future is bright, even if my heart is destined to stay in the dark. The dull ache that still lingers is my daily reminder to rely on no one but myself. Although, after all this time, I still can’t help but wonder…why?
Emma - 5 Crowns
Book 2 in the Hale Brother's series. This is very much a sequel to book 1 and although it could be read as a standalone, I would strongly urge you to read book 1 first as so much relating to this book happens in Drops of Rain.
So we move to the middle brother Beau. Having just moved to New York to attend Columbia focusing on his Tennis, Beau's life has turned a corner. No longer able to hide the hurt and pain he feels from years of physical and emotional abuse from his father, daily life is a struggle to find his true self, to find his place and above all to find his happiness. After another sleepless night he heads out for coffee. What he doesn't expect is to be faced with his past, the sorrow of lost love and his best friend.
Leila has been in New York for the past year, muddling along and pursuing her dreams in the world of fashion. When the only boy she has ever loved appears early one morning in her coffee shop, once again the pain of rejection stings her heart. If only she knew why her best friend hurt her all those years ago, then maybe she would be able to move on with her life.
Beau and Leila were best friends. From 8 years old they were inseparable, where one went the other followed closely behind. When Leila was forced to move away from the island they called home, the relationship that was slowly turning into love was damaged beyond recognition. When Leila returned several years later, the boy who once held her heart so gently in the palm of his hand, crushed it with hate and bitterness. Neither knows why their love turned to hate and each feels betrayal deep in their souls. Neither are able to move on because of the obvious feelings that still remain, but when secrets are told and truths are uncovered will they survive or will they finally be able to go their separate ways?
Beau, how I love thee! I admit now that I had a tad of a crush on him during Drops of Rain. He seemed like the stronger brother, the brother who let the darkness in the Hale family not effect him. Let me say right now that appearances can be very deceptive. I thought Drew was fucked up (for want of a better word) well actually this book is an example of how suppressing your feelings and masking the hurt you feel changes you once you let the emotions boil over. Beau has put up with years of physical abuse and was his father's punching bag, taking punishment to protect the brothers he adores. Now the terror he has endured is over, he struggles to cope with the overwhelming feeling of sadness. Leila is his North star, she was his anchor in the roughest of seas but she like another betrayed him when he needed her the most; even though he loves her, he cannot accept her as part of his life. For Leila, Beau's behaviour is puzzling. They went from being inseparable but then he discarded her without a second look. From her return to the island at 16, she has put up with his hurtful comments and watching him parade girls in front of him. She knows he hates her, she heard him; but she has only ever loved him, it leaves her confused, heartbroken and at a loss.
I have to stop now as this book seriously brought out the passion in me, and I could seriously harp on and on about it. Told from dual POV's and with some back and forth charting their relationship, this is essentially a book about facing the past, being truthful and moving on. Beau and Leila suffer the effects of years of lies, secrets and a total lack of communication. It is as breathtakingly beautiful as much as it is poignantly sad. Once you start this book you will be entrenched in a avalanche of emotions and angst. It is a very special book in a very touching series and I would recommend it to everyone.
Kathryn Andrews, you have pulled it out of the bag girl. This book is simply stunning. Your writing is faultless and I can feel the passion you pour into it. The world you have created for the Hale's is honest. Sadly too many families experience the pain you have so eloquently written about. You should be proud of the books you have written, I am in awe of your talent and am so glad that you decided to unleash it on the world in 2014. I wait with baited breath for Unforgettable Sun/Matt's book. I didn't think you could create a more emotional book then Drew's, then you gave me Beau's; I know that you are saving the best till last, Matt's book is going to be epic! (no pressure - LOL!!).
An unforgettable and emotional MUST READ!!
Kelly - 4.5 Crowns
A best friends, coming of age poignant love story with angst aplenty. From sandcastles and salt water taffy, to stolen kisses, miscommunications and shattered hearts, Beau and Leila's story is triumphant as much as it is devastating. Beauty and pain. Dreams and shattered promises. Love and unending devotion.
Starless Nights is a complex read that touches on a very serious subject matter, but with some truly inspiring characters, making this another unputdownable read by Kathryn Andrews. I absolutely loved this sequel to Drops of Rain and can't wait for Matt's book.
Read this series!