Layken’s father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn…
Layken’s mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across the country. However, a new home means new neighbours… and Layken’s new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper.
Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching halt. Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart…or learn to live without each other.
Look, until now Miles Archer was my go-to CoHo book boyfriend. All right, he still is, but I think I have a new favourite CoHo book. Maybe. Well, I’d have to say that Slammed, Ugly Love, and Confess all tie for first place.
I was not expecting to love Slammed as much as I did. Poetry isn’t my thing; I don’t read it, I don’t write it, I just generally have zero interest in that form of writing. However, holy crap. I loved the use of it in this book.
So, the story started off with our main character Layken moving with her mom and brother after the death of her father. They move across the street from super hot Will Cooper, who quickly grows close to Layken. They go out, he’s really charming, and she’s falling. Hard. I found him to come off a little strong in the early stages. It just rubbed me the wrong way. However, as they got to know each other a bit more, it became less awkward to me. Everything seemed to be going realllllllly well until
That is all.
Blindsided. That is how I felt. Chapter three was probably the shortest chapter in the entire book, but it carried the biggest punch. (Ha. Punch. That’s funny if you’ve already read the book.)
At first it was all very Ezria to me. (If you don’t watch Pretty Little Liars that won’t make sense, but I figure most people do.) At least the age difference wasn’t bad, like, at all. I mean Will went to school with some of his students. That has to be a little weird, right?
Of course Lake had to find out about this major bombshell on her first day at a new school… right before she has class… with Will… er, Mr. Cooper as her teacher. I would have bolted right then. I still do not understand how she sat through his class.
They try the whole teacher/student/maybe friends route, but it becomes clear very quickly that it won’t work out.
I understand why he wouldn’t give up his job to be with her, and I probably would have really disliked his character if he had. He has a brother at home to take care of and who means the world to him. I had to respect her, too. She knew this, and she didn’t want him to give up his job either.
It was all very angst-filled and painful. They were clearly good for each other, but bad for other parts of each of their lives.
Not only was there romantic drama, there was also family drama. Shortly after the move Lake suspects her mother is already in a new relationship and that was why they had to move. When she finds out it is actually because her mom has lung cancer and a specialist was located close to where they moved to I bet she wished it had been a new boyfriend.
This development was heart-breaking, but worked as an agent that brought Lake and Will closer. He was there for her in the ways she needed. The comfort, the friend, the kick in the ass that made her open up to her mom and talk about the time that they would have left together.
Eddie, who Lake meets her first day of school, quickly becomes her best friend. She’s outgoing, funny, and when she finds out about the almost-relationship between Lake and Will she vows to keep her mouth shut, knowing the severity of the situation. She also forces Lake to deal with her mom’s illness, face it, and talk about it. She’s a damn good friend, one I wish I could have!
I am eager to start Point of Retreat, however I think I’m going to give my heart a small break before I delve back in for more Layken and Will.
I absolutely loved this book and rated it five stars on Goodreads.
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