REVIEW: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins

Something in the Way Book Two; Not a standalone

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♦BLURB♦

If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

 

♦4-STAR REVIEW♦

In the second installment on the trilogy, Hawkins further deepens the convictions and consequences suffered from the cast of characters from the first book. Somebody Else’s Sky works impossibly around a forbidden romance and the turmoil encased within a family. It isn’t just a man she can’t have because of the difference in age, but that this man, a man whom Lake loves, is with her sister–the definition of something you cannot have.

I’m always torn by middle stories in a trilogy for their worth and furthering of the story and in this novel, I can see reasons that fall on both sides. I think some of it wasn’t necessary to the story and felt like filler, but for the most part, a lot of it made their connection fuller, more brutal. Lake and Manning’s bond, while strong and irresistible in the first novel, morphed into this untouched, explosive ball of sexual want and emotional need that just kept growing and growing with each page turn. Their desire ripped at me, caused my mind to race with ways in which their love could be, if at all. That, to me, made this book a needed part to their story as it ensnared me deeper into the draw of them and their impossibilities and hopes.

It’s a gut-wrenching love with obstacles and thorns and walls obstructing every inch of it; the kind of love that hollows your stomach and burns your chest wide open. Both Manning and Lake are so vivid, their magnetism with one another so strong, and yet it’s all mired in betrayal, suspicions of those who see too much, a sentence that continually rings out and strikes both of them down. It hurts so good, in a very oddly non-satisfying way. The battle seems like an impossible uphill trek, but I cannot wait to see how Hawkins carries it out in the final installment to their story.

 

♦SERIES♦

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Something in the Way Book One; Not a standalone | My Review

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Something in the Way Book Three; Not a standalone

Release Date: October 23, 2017

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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