Only J.A. Huss can make me cry, make me laugh and make me fan myself, all while reading one book! But with Pretty Thing, she did all that and so much more. I didn't know what to expect with this poignant tale of 3 friends and the way life moves forward when the trio becomes a duo. And yeah, it had been years since Kali, her twin brother Kyle and their best friend Aiden were all together but the bonds they created from the first time they met at the tender age of eight could never truly be severed. Not even when life throws them all a curveball and Kali and Aiden are left to pick up the pieces and hopefully find a way to move on.
Wow. This is one powerful little read. There is a deep sadness at the loss that has been suffered by Kali and Aiden and yet all the underlying feelings they have had for the other come racing back to the surface. But do they go against Kyle's wishes? Do they continue to long for the other and do nothing about it? Oh my, it's one big messy situation and yet Huss manages to carefully allow Kali and Aiden to sort through their grief and find some semblance of peace, no matter the cost.
And I loved the subtle 'signs' from Kyle that gave a certain sweetness to this story. It added the right touch as both Kali and Aiden have this push and pull, wanting the other so fiercely and desperately afraid to hurt Kyle. They were beautiful signs of acceptance and was exactly what our couple needed to move on. Kali and Aiden have an incredible chemistry and their reluctant yet overwhelming desire led to some insanely hot trysts. Those scenes added a realness to what they were dealing with internally and couldn't help but act upon.
Pretty Thing proves that J.A. Huss can incite fierce emotion even in the pages of a shorter read. She knows how to get to the heart of the matter and keep me thoroughly engaged and I'm in continued awe of her talent.
This book is quite simply lovely from start to finish and deserves a solid 5 stars!