New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Molly McAdams' powerful new novel offers one of the most memorable love triangles in fiction since Twilight - perfect for fans of new adult fiction from Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines, and Tamarra Webber.
Futures are uncertain, unpredictable - like ink spilled across the purest surface. Nearly imperceptible ripples move and flow until a unique stain is formed. The ink is permanently imbedded in the surface.
During one wild night in college, Jentry Michaels is a tidal wave of ink that brands Aurora Wilde's soul. An unparalleled stain she can't forget despite the many months that have passed - and despite the distraction she'd hoped she would find in her new relationship with Declan, the charmer who captured her heart soon after. Jentry has irrevocably touched her soul, and he is intertwined in her present and future in ways she never fathomed. Now Aurora is faced with keeping that night hidden, though it feels as if the ink has indelibly etched their story across her skin.
When Declan is confronted with his own personal demons, Aurora must decide if she will continue to hold tight to their relationship and a safe, reliable future with him or if she will turn to Jentry - the guy she can't forget no matter how hard she tries.
©2016 Molly Jester (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I love to multi-task whenever possible and audible allows me to keep up my voracious reading appetite while doing other things!
I've been needing another fix of Ms. McAdams' particular flavour of angsty love triangle hell, and she has once again delivered. The story begins with a steamy encounter between the heroine Aurora/Rorie and the mysterious man called "J" who could only promise her one night. Fate is unkind when nearly a year later Rorie (now in a committed relationship with Declan) comes face to face with "J" who is actually Jentry - Declan's brother.
This story feels real. The characters, the situations, the ensuing drama all make up a great story. I particularly liked Aurora's best friend. She was loyal and protective as she should be, but was also a straight-shooter. She disapproved when Aurora and Jentry began to stray together and was vocal about it. I thought that it was a very genuine reaction.
I must also mention Linda (Jentry and Declan's Mom). What a well-written villain! It has been quite some time since I hated a character as much as I hated this family's matriarch. She was so mean, calculating, and condescending towards poor Rorie. You will spend nearly the entire book cursing that woman and wondering if Rorie will ever stand up to her.
As far as comparisons go, this book is very similar to Molly's other book Taking Chances. That book is still my favourite of all her works. I See You has a much clearer HEA. This book won't evoke tearful emotion - and maybe that is a good thing for most readers. I guess I'm a bit greedy in liking to experience the full gambit of emotions in every story.
Now I must drop the negative and I have to harp on it for a bit: the COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY skipping back and forth between the past and the present. Take the prologue. As I mentioned, it begins with the one night stand between Rorie and Jentry. The hook is successful, except you don't get the whole encounter. Instead, the encounter is peppered throughout the novel in broken fragments. Later, there are more jarring skips between present time and three weeks ago, then a week ago, etc. I honestly had to back up the dialog and listen to some parts over again - following the timeline and trying to figure out what events took place just made for confusion. I know many authors use this technique to drive the plot and keep things interesting, but in this case it did more harm than good.
Finally, the narration was very good. Dual POVs courtesy of Em Eldridge and Graham Halstead. Each gave unique voices to the characters and were convincing when reading dialog of the opposite sex.
I automatically buy Molly McAdams' works and I don't do that with many authors. This story was definitely worth my credit. If you like angsty, new adult romances, this book won't disappoint.
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