Synopsis: This is a stand alone novel. It is not a cliffhanger. And it is the first novel in the Forehead Kisses Series.
Can there be too many pieces to piece back together?
This is a question Keira faces every day. It’s impossible for her to go anywhere unaccompanied by her cousin, the only person who knows what happened on that horrific night a year ago. The guilt and pain weigh her down every day. Unwilling to open up to anyone and give someone a chance, she lives in solitude.
For her, that’s the only way to live.
Liam struggles with his own demons. After losing someone who means the world to him, he combats his anger and pain on a daily basis. He dives into violence and sex, losing himself more and more. But as soon as he meets Keira, he recognizes the same pain he suffers every day. And he pursues her, wanting to connect to someone who understands.
Keira can’t put herself back together, and neither can Liam. But can they do it together?
Review: Kiera has faced things that no one person should have to face, especially so young in her life. She made some decisions, as a teenager, that impacted not only her life, but also that of her parents, and she has been paying for those decisions ever since. She has become withdrawn, only leaving her apartment to go to school or work, and she only talks with her cousin. It is through him, however, that she meets Liam.
Liam is also in college, and he is dealing with a lot of his own pain and anger, but he deals with his by fighting. He has made a name for himself in the MMA world, and yet he is also drawn to Kiera, who is completely opposed to violence, of any kind. I love Liam so much, though, because he is not only a fighter in the physical sense, but he also fights for Kiera in an emotional sense. He truly wins her over and becomes her friend, even though he knows that he wants more. Once he knows that she is comfortable as his friend, he starts to let her know how he feels about her romantically, as well. It is such a sweet and realistic process, and I love that! There is no insta-love, despite heavy trauma...it is slow and real because of both of their pasts.
Just when he wins her over, however, Kiera finds out about Liam's past and about his life as a fighter. She is not prepared for that side of him and feels very betrayed by him. Yet, this story is about both Kiera and Liam learning that they are fighters and they do not give up - whether it's an actual fight, or just life, in general. For Kiera, she gets to learn how strong she really is despite what has happened to her in her life and despite what she has lost in her life. For Liam, he has to learn that he can't fight for things on his own - he has to reach out and get help. I really enjoyed this book. I think the synopsis is incorrect, however, as I believe there is a second book that is part of this story. There is no cliffhanger, however. I felt that it ended in an appropriate place. I am curious to see what happens with both Kiera and Liam.
There were some definite grammatical errors in my version, although there may be a more updated version available.