I have been waiting for this book since the second I finished Ride last year!! I fell in love with JJ and his big heart. I couldn't wait to meet Raquel and learn what went wrong between them.
There was never any doubts for me that JJ and Raquel loved each other in a way that most people can only imagine but I can't pretend that, as I learned more about their relationship and their reason for breaking up, the more I wondered if that love was really enough for them to make it.
I found myself annoyed at JJ's behavior and how, at times, it seemed like he was intentionally saying or doing things to see how far he could push Raquel and how he never seemed to want to actually sit down and discuss their issues. Instead, he just hoped that they would just get over them eventually.
"We did this for years. It's okay. We'll get over it."
Then there was Raquel, I know that a lot of readers will be upset with her for the role she plays in their problems and I completely understand how what she asked of JJ wasn't fair but that doesn't invalidate her feelings or make her the bad guy. Ignoring her worries and fears wouldn't have made anything better. This just felt like a no-win situation for them and that's why I questioned if their love for each other would be enough.
This was a story where a lack of communication and compromise came into play. Not that either of them kept their feelings to themselves, their issues were clear as day, but their ability to sit down and discuss them without getting defensive and angry made the situation feel rather hopeless. If it weren't for Chase and Hanne stepping up to put things in perspective for them and getting them to see how each of them were prolonging their issues, I'm not sure we would've seen these two work it out.
Once again, I find myself thoroughly impressed with Harper Dallas' writing and ability to build a world with characters and situations that I can't help but feel totally immersed in. Even though I didn't love Raquel and JJ in the same way that I loved Chase and Brooke, I'm totally enamored with this group of friends and look forward to reading more about them!!!