Ebook ð Reclaiming Hope Epub Þ

Ebook ð Reclaiming Hope Epub Þ

Reclaiming Hope (Home for Hope, #3) [Ebook] ➩ Reclaiming Hope (Home for Hope, #3) ➯ Shell Taylor – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Seuel to Resurrecting HopeFour years ago Kollin Haverty’s best friend Riley Meadows dropped off the face of the earth When he shows up out of the blue armed with a flimsy excuse for disappearing and Seuel to Resurrecting HopeFour years ago Kollin Haverty’s best friend Riley Meadows dropped off the face of the earth When he shows up out of the blue armed with a flimsy excuse for disappearing and having nearly completed his transition from female to male Kollin wants to pick up where they left off But Riley’s unwillingness to be honest with Kollin prevents him from fully trusting Riley again Despite Riley’s insecurities and Kollin’s abandonment issues they uickly discover there’s something than friendship between themWhen a ghost from Riley’s past unexpectedly appears with haunting memories in tow Kollin’s anger about being lied to outweighs his desire to be the understanding boyfriend Riley needs As Riley’s web of strategically withheld secrets begins to unravel he must find the courage to pursue his own peace before he can move forward with Kollin and Kollin must decide what’s important—supporting his best friend or protecting himself.


10 thoughts on “Reclaiming Hope (Home for Hope, #3)

  1. Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥ Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥ says:

    DNF 45% Man oh man did I really want to enjoy this I really liked the first two books in the series and I reuested this off the strength of the author's writing I can't believe I read this far into the book I was exhausted by 10% in It was literally like pulling teeth Extremely tiresome being in Riley's head Largely I feel like this book was forcing Kollin and Riley to be together Even in the two previous books they were good friends I honestly feel like we were forced to read about the them for the sanity of a third book in the series I would have really liked them with someone help and would have been okay if they were both in this book but was building a relationship with other peopleAnother reason for me not liking the book was Kollin was initially not interested in Riley I've read a few Transgender books now and their is someone who will love Riley Kollin's first mindset was they were friends and I just didn't believe the attraction at all I really think he started something with Riley just because of their past history I don't think it's fair to Riley and not fair to himself I really would have liked Riley to get himself together before starting a relationship I just felt at times he wasn't ready for anyone and wasn't to happy with himself He had so many internal issues to work out that a relationship just seems redundant to get into right nowI really wish I would have liked this because I truly did enjoy book 1 2 but I found myself tired and angry by the point of which I decided to stop reading I do look forward to from this author though Really enjoy her realistic feelings settings and her writing flawed characters We're all flawed at the end of the day


  2. Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie says:

    5 Stars Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the authorpublisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion a review was not a reuirementWhen the going gets tough the tough get going When things with Riley's home life fell apart that's exactly what he did He ran away He ran away not only from his problems but from the people who loved and cared about him as well He ran away from Kollin his best friend When Riley returns to town 4 years later he is a changed man literally Riley is almost finished transitioning He only has his bottom surgery left to complete the process When Riley and Kollin cross paths can they pick up where they left off or is it too late to save their friendship? I loved this book I couldn't wait to read Kollin and Riley's story but I was a bit scared too At the time I hadn't read a book with a trans MC before but I messaged Shell and she was kind enough to take the time to ease my fears I'm so glad she did This was an excellently written book I've only read one other book with a trans MC but I found I walked away from that one with uestions than answers Shell did an amazing job at answering some of the uestions that I had This book was informative and seemed well researched Do I still have uestions? Yes but this can be a confusing subject matter It can also be a very delicate topic but Shell handles the story with grace and dignity I adored Riley and Kollin They were a perfect fit They were both sweet and lovable characters They shared a wonderful chemistry and connection I loved that Kollin was so accepting of Riley yet he had realistic fears when it came to having sex with Riley who down below still has female parts I also loved that Adam and Eli were such a huge part of the story The story is well written and paced well It held me captivated from the first word and I didn't want to put it down I can't wait to see what Shell has in store for us next Extremely recommendable


  3. Carra Carra says:

    This is the second story I've read where one of the main characters is trans and these types of stories pack one heck of an emotional punch I found myself loving the main characters but at the same time getting irritated by each of them There's plenty of angst something I expected in a story like this of self discovery and this story also stirred up feelings of protectiveness for both Riley and KollinWhile those protective feelings were particularly strong for Riley given he is the one in transition I was also not happy with him for staying gone for so many years without contact But then again it's not as easy for me to understand what he's going through like it would be for a non trans character Riley was definitely my favorite in this story mainly because he is so strong to have been able to go through all of this mostly on his ownit was gratifying to see all the support he had from his boss and later from Kollin Adam and Eli as well as some other important characters later onKollin has every right to be upset with Riley for leaving like he did so it's good to see him come to terms with it He is wonderfully supportive of Riley and Kollin has his own journey to go through as he works through being with someone who is trans To me the relationship between them at first feels a little awkward and like Kollin is trying too hard to make it work but the further into the story I got the comfortable their matchup felt Kollin's character goes through a lot of growth and it's good to see his emotional maturity grow along with his and Riley's relationshipThe author does a very good job at helping the reader understand what Riley has to go through in his uest to transition without making it seem like a tutorial I was able to feel what both Riley and Kollin were going through making this story a bit of an emotional rollercoaster but one I was happy to be riding in the end I loved Adam and Eli's roles in the story they are the kind of parents every child should have with their tolerance and understandingReclaiming Hope was a 4 star read for me and while it is part of a series it can definitely be read as a standalone I have not read the other two books in the series but now I do want to go back and read them to get Adam and Eli's story as well I recommend this book to pretty much everyone 18 for adult language and sexual content just be aware that the sexual content does involve a trans character who has not fully completed the transition to male so those scenes may not be what you expect Kudos to the author for handling sensitive topics so well it really contributed to my enjoyment of this story


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked ReadsThis is an incredibly moving new adult romance This story of childhood friends reunited in their early twenties is a thoughtful considered and very touching romance Kollin has nearly finished college but he has never forgotten his best friend who disappeared four years earlier After a difficult childhood Kollin has been adopted by two wonderful men who provide him with friendship guidance and care Riley is the interesting of these two characters He reappears in Kollin’s life as he is nearing the end of his transition from female to male He now appears male to everyone who knows him and Kollin doesn’t initially recognise his former best friend The romance between these two is difficult Riley is plagued with insecurities about his appearance and his incomplete transition Kollin is very aware that he has always fancied men and Riley may never have some of the parts he is attracted to Considering the difficulties these two face this book is surprisingly low angst These two young men communicate and the advice they get from Kollin’s parents and Riley’s boss keeps them steady I enjoyed the friendship between Kollin and Riley and I loved their romance Riley’s vulnerability slows the romance down but after some initial awkwardness the sex between these two is very hot There were times where this book slid across the line from fiction to non fiction offering detailed information about the process of transitioning from female to male and advice for dating someone who is trans Personally I found the information interesting and I don’t think it detracted from the story in any way I really loved Kollin and Riley’s story


  5. meep meep says:

    read this in 29 hours i sat and read it in one sitting it was really good and i know this is probably finished but I WANT ANOTHER BOOK


  6. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Review Copy received from publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed for Alpha Book Club by CherylThis is the first book I have read by this author and although this is the third instalment in this series I don’t feel that it would have been necessary to have read the other two books first Kollin and Riley were best friends that is until Riley one day vanishes only to reappear four years later and thrust himself back into Kollins life The fact that Riley was transgender was no secret between the boys but it is clear that Riley has taken further steps in his transition and has managed to carve out a life for himself during his time away Kollin has so many uestions that he wants to ask about his friend’s absence but it is clear from the answers combined with evasiveness that there is a lot Riley isn’t telling him The boys embark on a tentative romance taking things slowly Kollin wants to do his best by Riley but having no experience with the body parts that Riley has he is scared that he will manage to offend his best friend and say or do the wrong thing As my first forray into the subject of transgender issues I found this incredibly interesting There was a lot I hadn’t considered that people go through not only from the perspective of the person transitioning but also their friends family and lovers It’s an absolute minefield I liked both MC’s but was unconvinced by them as a couple It felt like Kollin was doing Riley a favour and trying to prove the point that Riley was attractive regardless of what body parts he had and also how did he not recognise him when he returned after his absence? They’d been best friends not casual acuaintances There was so much emotional baggage between them that they gradually managed to overcome at a nice steady pace neither trying to rush the other into anything This book certainly gave me a lot to think about and was a sweet easy read but sadly didn’t set my heart aflutter


  7. Filipa Filipa says:

    35 stars


  8. Jayme Jayme says:

    First of all I am terrible at reviews In fact it can be said that I suck tremendously at reviews but I couldn't let this book go by without a few words To the readers Read this book It's a beautiful story with complex main characters Riley and Kollin whose journey is one of love help and hope To Shell Taylor Thank you for writing this book You're helping to shed light on the transitioning process by giving us a look into the mind of a young person who is going through it It's a very important but sometimes difficult subject and you gave the character the grace and dignity he deserves


  9. Chris Chris says:

    4 out of 5 starsDescription Four years ago Kollin Haverty’s best friend Riley Meadows dropped off the face of the earth When he shows up out of the blue armed with a flimsy excuse for disappearing and having nearly completed his transition from female to male Kollin wants to pick up where they left off But Riley’s unwillingness to be honest with Kollin prevents him from fully trusting Riley again Despite Riley’s insecurities and Kollin’s abandonment issues they uickly discover there’s something than friendship between themWhen a ghost from Riley’s past unexpectedly appears with haunting memories in tow Kollin’s anger about being lied to outweighs his desire to be the understanding boyfriend Riley needs As Riley’s web of strategically withheld secrets begins to unravel he must find the courage to pursue his own peace before he can move forward with Kollin and Kollin must decide what’s important—supporting his best friend or protecting himselfMy Review Reclaiming Hope is the third book in the Home for Hope series It is best to read this series in order because the backstory for both Kollin and Riley are in the previous two books Reclaiming Hope picks up four years after the previous book Resurrecting Hope Kollin has long ago been adopted by Elijah and Adam and now has a little sister who's twelve Kollin's in a good place in his life finally he's in college volunteers with his Dads at Home For Home and has plans for his future While he still has some abandonment issues life is really good for Kollin One day while he's out studying he's approached by an attractive young man thinking he's flirting with him he flirts back but nothing comes out of it A few days later Adam is speaking with the young man again but this time at H4H he introduces him to Kollin and tosses his world upside down The young man is Riley who disappeared out of Kollin's life four years ago Kollin and Riley were best friends both dealing with being ueer and in Riley's case being transgender and just starting the transitioning process While Riley's home life wasn't bad his parents didn't accept his wanting to transition Kollin was living with an abusive family and used Home for Hope's center as a getaway after school so he didn't have to go home Riley was also harboring deeper feelings for Kollin but had so many issues in his life that he didn't want to ruin their friendship in case Kollin didn't feel the same Kollin and Riley start getting to know each other again but Kollin knows Riley is hiding something or at least holding information back from him This causes Kollin to not trust Riley completely which also makes him feel like Riley could disappear from his life again I'll admit I was a little hesitant of where Kollin and Riley's story might go I loved both characters in the previous books but hated that Riley disappeared out of Kollin's life I almost expected that if the author wrote Kollin's book eventually that we'd find out something tragic had happened to Riley So I'm thrilled that wasn't the case and that Riley and Kollin got a start at a HEA And yes this is a start because both of these young men are just that young Kollin isn't even 21 yet and Riley is just past 21 I believe They still have a lot of things to work through by the end of the book but the romance between them is solid and their sex scenes were very hot The author did not hold back on the scenes between them even though Riley hasn't had bottom surgery just yet Riley has completed his transition by the end of the book though which is one of the things he struggles with through out the book I enjoyed the developing story between these two watching them move from friends into the start of a solid relationship I liked that the author made these characters assess their feelings causing them to take a hard look at themselves as much as what they wanted from the other person I only wish that there had been a little toward a solid HEA vs just the HFN I hope the author revisits these two in the future either in another book of their own or as part of another couple's story just to complete their circle I definitely recommend this one for anyone that's read the other books in the series and for those that haven't pick up the series and enjoy it from the start


  10. Sandra Sandra says:

    There are so many phenomenal 5 star reviews for this book While I liked it well enough it just didn't hit me in the feelz the way I thought it would It was pretty slow to start with a lot of back and forth While I appreciate Kollin being a forgiving person Riley might be right in that by Kollin forgiving him so easily it made Riley's abandonment seem like less of a big deal than it wasI haven't read the other books in the series so I didn't witness Kollin's heartbreak firsthand While I think it was a shitty thing for Riley to do this book doesn't punch you in the gut with how devastated Kollin was and what turmoil Riley was in Even all of the horrible stuff that Riley went through while in Boone was alluded to forever then finally revealed in one big convo and then sorta over It was a little too 'tell' for me I guessThe crux of my 3 star rating unfortunately is that I wasn't feeling the chemistry I wanted to I felt their friendship and the platonic love I even felt Riley's massive unreuited feelings But I found the transition from friends to boyfriends really awkward and not at all organic view spoilerKollin just decided that they should try to date Since they've always been such good friends it makes sense? But mostly because he wanted to prove that someone could be attracted to Riley While I appreciate the thought hide spoiler


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10 thoughts on “Reclaiming Hope (Home for Hope, #3)

  1. Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥ Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥ says:

    DNF 45% Man oh man did I really want to enjoy this I really liked the first two books in the series and I reuested this off the strength of the author's writing I can't believe I read this far into the book I was exhausted by 10% in It was literally like pulling teeth Extremely tiresome being in Riley's head Largely I feel like this book was forcing Kollin and Riley to be together Even in the two previous books they were good friends I honestly feel like we were forced to read about the them for the sanity of a third book in the series I would have really liked them with someone help and would have been okay if they were both in this book but was building a relationship with other peopleAnother reason for me not liking the book was Kollin was initially not interested in Riley I've read a few Transgender books now and their is someone who will love Riley Kollin's first mindset was they were friends and I just didn't believe the attraction at all I really think he started something with Riley just because of their past history I don't think it's fair to Riley and not fair to himself I really would have liked Riley to get himself together before starting a relationship I just felt at times he wasn't ready for anyone and wasn't to happy with himself He had so many internal issues to work out that a relationship just seems redundant to get into right nowI really wish I would have liked this because I truly did enjoy book 1 2 but I found myself tired and angry by the point of which I decided to stop reading I do look forward to from this author though Really enjoy her realistic feelings settings and her writing flawed characters We're all flawed at the end of the day

  2. Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie says:

    5 Stars Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the authorpublisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion a review was not a reuirementWhen the going gets tough the tough get going When things with Riley's home life fell apart that's exactly what he did He ran away He ran away not only from his problems but from the people who loved and cared about him as well He ran away from Kollin his best friend When Riley returns to town 4 years later he is a changed man literally Riley is almost finished transitioning He only has his bottom surgery left to complete the process When Riley and Kollin cross paths can they pick up where they left off or is it too late to save their friendship? I loved this book I couldn't wait to read Kollin and Riley's story but I was a bit scared too At the time I hadn't read a book with a trans MC before but I messaged Shell and she was kind enough to take the time to ease my fears I'm so glad she did This was an excellently written book I've only read one other book with a trans MC but I found I walked away from that one with uestions than answers Shell did an amazing job at answering some of the uestions that I had This book was informative and seemed well researched Do I still have uestions? Yes but this can be a confusing subject matter It can also be a very delicate topic but Shell handles the story with grace and dignity I adored Riley and Kollin They were a perfect fit They were both sweet and lovable characters They shared a wonderful chemistry and connection I loved that Kollin was so accepting of Riley yet he had realistic fears when it came to having sex with Riley who down below still has female parts I also loved that Adam and Eli were such a huge part of the story The story is well written and paced well It held me captivated from the first word and I didn't want to put it down I can't wait to see what Shell has in store for us next Extremely recommendable

  3. Carra Carra says:

    This is the second story I've read where one of the main characters is trans and these types of stories pack one heck of an emotional punch I found myself loving the main characters but at the same time getting irritated by each of them There's plenty of angst something I expected in a story like this of self discovery and this story also stirred up feelings of protectiveness for both Riley and KollinWhile those protective feelings were particularly strong for Riley given he is the one in transition I was also not happy with him for staying gone for so many years without contact But then again it's not as easy for me to understand what he's going through like it would be for a non trans character Riley was definitely my favorite in this story mainly because he is so strong to have been able to go through all of this mostly on his ownit was gratifying to see all the support he had from his boss and later from Kollin Adam and Eli as well as some other important characters later onKollin has every right to be upset with Riley for leaving like he did so it's good to see him come to terms with it He is wonderfully supportive of Riley and Kollin has his own journey to go through as he works through being with someone who is trans To me the relationship between them at first feels a little awkward and like Kollin is trying too hard to make it work but the further into the story I got the comfortable their matchup felt Kollin's character goes through a lot of growth and it's good to see his emotional maturity grow along with his and Riley's relationshipThe author does a very good job at helping the reader understand what Riley has to go through in his uest to transition without making it seem like a tutorial I was able to feel what both Riley and Kollin were going through making this story a bit of an emotional rollercoaster but one I was happy to be riding in the end I loved Adam and Eli's roles in the story they are the kind of parents every child should have with their tolerance and understandingReclaiming Hope was a 4 star read for me and while it is part of a series it can definitely be read as a standalone I have not read the other two books in the series but now I do want to go back and read them to get Adam and Eli's story as well I recommend this book to pretty much everyone 18 for adult language and sexual content just be aware that the sexual content does involve a trans character who has not fully completed the transition to male so those scenes may not be what you expect Kudos to the author for handling sensitive topics so well it really contributed to my enjoyment of this story

  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked ReadsThis is an incredibly moving new adult romance This story of childhood friends reunited in their early twenties is a thoughtful considered and very touching romance Kollin has nearly finished college but he has never forgotten his best friend who disappeared four years earlier After a difficult childhood Kollin has been adopted by two wonderful men who provide him with friendship guidance and care Riley is the interesting of these two characters He reappears in Kollin’s life as he is nearing the end of his transition from female to male He now appears male to everyone who knows him and Kollin doesn’t initially recognise his former best friend The romance between these two is difficult Riley is plagued with insecurities about his appearance and his incomplete transition Kollin is very aware that he has always fancied men and Riley may never have some of the parts he is attracted to Considering the difficulties these two face this book is surprisingly low angst These two young men communicate and the advice they get from Kollin’s parents and Riley’s boss keeps them steady I enjoyed the friendship between Kollin and Riley and I loved their romance Riley’s vulnerability slows the romance down but after some initial awkwardness the sex between these two is very hot There were times where this book slid across the line from fiction to non fiction offering detailed information about the process of transitioning from female to male and advice for dating someone who is trans Personally I found the information interesting and I don’t think it detracted from the story in any way I really loved Kollin and Riley’s story

  5. meep meep says:

    read this in 29 hours i sat and read it in one sitting it was really good and i know this is probably finished but I WANT ANOTHER BOOK

  6. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Review Copy received from publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed for Alpha Book Club by CherylThis is the first book I have read by this author and although this is the third instalment in this series I don’t feel that it would have been necessary to have read the other two books first Kollin and Riley were best friends that is until Riley one day vanishes only to reappear four years later and thrust himself back into Kollins life The fact that Riley was transgender was no secret between the boys but it is clear that Riley has taken further steps in his transition and has managed to carve out a life for himself during his time away Kollin has so many uestions that he wants to ask about his friend’s absence but it is clear from the answers combined with evasiveness that there is a lot Riley isn’t telling him The boys embark on a tentative romance taking things slowly Kollin wants to do his best by Riley but having no experience with the body parts that Riley has he is scared that he will manage to offend his best friend and say or do the wrong thing As my first forray into the subject of transgender issues I found this incredibly interesting There was a lot I hadn’t considered that people go through not only from the perspective of the person transitioning but also their friends family and lovers It’s an absolute minefield I liked both MC’s but was unconvinced by them as a couple It felt like Kollin was doing Riley a favour and trying to prove the point that Riley was attractive regardless of what body parts he had and also how did he not recognise him when he returned after his absence? They’d been best friends not casual acuaintances There was so much emotional baggage between them that they gradually managed to overcome at a nice steady pace neither trying to rush the other into anything This book certainly gave me a lot to think about and was a sweet easy read but sadly didn’t set my heart aflutter

  7. Filipa Filipa says:

    35 stars

  8. Jayme Jayme says:

    First of all I am terrible at reviews In fact it can be said that I suck tremendously at reviews but I couldn't let this book go by without a few words To the readers Read this book It's a beautiful story with complex main characters Riley and Kollin whose journey is one of love help and hope To Shell Taylor Thank you for writing this book You're helping to shed light on the transitioning process by giving us a look into the mind of a young person who is going through it It's a very important but sometimes difficult subject and you gave the character the grace and dignity he deserves

  9. Chris Chris says:

    4 out of 5 starsDescription Four years ago Kollin Haverty’s best friend Riley Meadows dropped off the face of the earth When he shows up out of the blue armed with a flimsy excuse for disappearing and having nearly completed his transition from female to male Kollin wants to pick up where they left off But Riley’s unwillingness to be honest with Kollin prevents him from fully trusting Riley again Despite Riley’s insecurities and Kollin’s abandonment issues they uickly discover there’s something than friendship between themWhen a ghost from Riley’s past unexpectedly appears with haunting memories in tow Kollin’s anger about being lied to outweighs his desire to be the understanding boyfriend Riley needs As Riley’s web of strategically withheld secrets begins to unravel he must find the courage to pursue his own peace before he can move forward with Kollin and Kollin must decide what’s important—supporting his best friend or protecting himselfMy Review Reclaiming Hope is the third book in the Home for Hope series It is best to read this series in order because the backstory for both Kollin and Riley are in the previous two books Reclaiming Hope picks up four years after the previous book Resurrecting Hope Kollin has long ago been adopted by Elijah and Adam and now has a little sister who's twelve Kollin's in a good place in his life finally he's in college volunteers with his Dads at Home For Home and has plans for his future While he still has some abandonment issues life is really good for Kollin One day while he's out studying he's approached by an attractive young man thinking he's flirting with him he flirts back but nothing comes out of it A few days later Adam is speaking with the young man again but this time at H4H he introduces him to Kollin and tosses his world upside down The young man is Riley who disappeared out of Kollin's life four years ago Kollin and Riley were best friends both dealing with being ueer and in Riley's case being transgender and just starting the transitioning process While Riley's home life wasn't bad his parents didn't accept his wanting to transition Kollin was living with an abusive family and used Home for Hope's center as a getaway after school so he didn't have to go home Riley was also harboring deeper feelings for Kollin but had so many issues in his life that he didn't want to ruin their friendship in case Kollin didn't feel the same Kollin and Riley start getting to know each other again but Kollin knows Riley is hiding something or at least holding information back from him This causes Kollin to not trust Riley completely which also makes him feel like Riley could disappear from his life again I'll admit I was a little hesitant of where Kollin and Riley's story might go I loved both characters in the previous books but hated that Riley disappeared out of Kollin's life I almost expected that if the author wrote Kollin's book eventually that we'd find out something tragic had happened to Riley So I'm thrilled that wasn't the case and that Riley and Kollin got a start at a HEA And yes this is a start because both of these young men are just that young Kollin isn't even 21 yet and Riley is just past 21 I believe They still have a lot of things to work through by the end of the book but the romance between them is solid and their sex scenes were very hot The author did not hold back on the scenes between them even though Riley hasn't had bottom surgery just yet Riley has completed his transition by the end of the book though which is one of the things he struggles with through out the book I enjoyed the developing story between these two watching them move from friends into the start of a solid relationship I liked that the author made these characters assess their feelings causing them to take a hard look at themselves as much as what they wanted from the other person I only wish that there had been a little toward a solid HEA vs just the HFN I hope the author revisits these two in the future either in another book of their own or as part of another couple's story just to complete their circle I definitely recommend this one for anyone that's read the other books in the series and for those that haven't pick up the series and enjoy it from the start

  10. Sandra Sandra says:

    There are so many phenomenal 5 star reviews for this book While I liked it well enough it just didn't hit me in the feelz the way I thought it would It was pretty slow to start with a lot of back and forth While I appreciate Kollin being a forgiving person Riley might be right in that by Kollin forgiving him so easily it made Riley's abandonment seem like less of a big deal than it wasI haven't read the other books in the series so I didn't witness Kollin's heartbreak firsthand While I think it was a shitty thing for Riley to do this book doesn't punch you in the gut with how devastated Kollin was and what turmoil Riley was in Even all of the horrible stuff that Riley went through while in Boone was alluded to forever then finally revealed in one big convo and then sorta over It was a little too 'tell' for me I guessThe crux of my 3 star rating unfortunately is that I wasn't feeling the chemistry I wanted to I felt their friendship and the platonic love I even felt Riley's massive unreuited feelings But I found the transition from friends to boyfriends really awkward and not at all organic view spoilerKollin just decided that they should try to date Since they've always been such good friends it makes sense? But mostly because he wanted to prove that someone could be attracted to Riley While I appreciate the thought hide spoiler

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