Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book from Kindle Unlimited
Series: book 2 of The Elements series
Rating: 16+ sexual content, language
In this book, we follow Logan who grew up on the rough side of the streets. He has a druggie for a mom and a dead beat for a dad, but when he meets Alyssa, he sees that not everything in life is crap. Alyssa is the black sheep of her family and is always thought of as second best, but with Logan she feels like she is the top of the world.
I wanted to love this book. I really did. The first book I read from Cherry (The Air He Breathes) completely captivated me and made me want to read more of her books. This one didn’t quite reach the potential that I had hoped I would get. The overall story was interesting enough but it was the relationship between Logan and Alyssa that I had a problem with. That relationship seemed very toxic to me that I just couldn’t understand why she would let him basically treat her like dirt and keep coming back to him. His personality is very bipolar that I am surprised that it didn’t come up as a possibility.
What I loved the most was one of the themes from the story: that we are in fact a product of the environment that we grow up in. Each one of the characters is a victim to their parents and how they treated them growing up. Perhaps this could explain some of the issues that I had with Logan and his relationships with people. His relationship with Kellan I got. Kellan felt responsible for him because he felt guilty that he had a good dad.
The writing style continues to shine in this story. Cherry is able to paint the picture in a way that will have you so immersed in the world that you think that you think that you know these characters personally. The small moments between Logan and Alyssa are beautiful but it was those dark moments that I had a hard time accepting as part of their relationship. I know that you are supposed to love through dark and light but some of the things that Logan did seem a bit harder to forgive.
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