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I was extremely excited to read T.M.’s new book. This is the first story we’ve gotten from her that isn’t part of the King series, and let me tell you it does not disappoint. Sawyer leads an unconventional life to say the least. She is sheltered and her life is ruled by religious fear imposed by her overbearing extremely strict father. When her mother dies, she finally decides that she can’t live that life anymore and escapes to a small town where she hopes to stay hidden and also discover the secrets of her mothers past. When she arrives she meets Finn, the town recluse. He is mean and unwelcoming but is also incredibly sexy. Sawyer immediately has feelings for him that she can’t explain. She has always been taught to believe that sex was a sin. Finn is also drawn to her, which is a problem for him too, as he has shut himself off to the outside world. His past is haunted for different reasons, but they are just as tragic.
I really loved seeing Sawyer come into her own and discover herself and the outside world. She was afraid of pretty much everything, but slowly faces her fears and is determined to make it on her own. It doesn’t hurt that Finn, with all his brooding and all his moodiness, is looking out for her. Even though he hates it , he cant’t deny that he is drawn to her. It’s as if Sawyer is bringing him back to life. Finn is hot and sexy and so patient Sawyer, it makes him that much hotter. When he finally opens up to Sawyer about her past, I couldn’t help but completely fall for him just the way Sawyer does. There love story is raw and beautiful and proves that great things can emerge from great tragedies.
One thing I love the most about any T.M. book is the world she creates around her characters. The town of Outskirts is filled with so many interesting people and she makes us feel invested in all of them. It’s also inevitable that these smaller characters will become an important part of the story at some point. By the end of this story this is certainly the case. I read this story at a furious pace, knowing the whole time that is what duet, yet i never saw that cliffhanger coming. It’s huge and left my jaw hanging on the floor. I cannot wait to get part 2!!! Five amazing stars and a bottle of moonshine bourbon! Enjoy!