My rating: 5 of 5 stars
➳My mind is blown away… My emotions are running everywhere… My body is reacting with tingling feelings… But most of all, my knowledge is well aware that Penelope Douglas is the true definition of THE best NA/Romance author!
➳Penelope Douglas starts of this wonderful story with an even more wonderful prologue. It hooked me for sure! Penelope has this odd/dark/mysterious sense of writing that its rather unique and admirable because you do not read books like these in the New Adult/Romance category very often. They are strange, but also alluring to find. In this story told by two different perspectives of Misha & Ryen- two pen pals that started off in elementary school and for the past seven years have been writing each other about their lives (most of their lives anyways…) both individuals have this connection of eagerness to be with each other, both in the aspect of far away and in close proximity. Misha wants to see her, wants to meet her, and so does Ryen. She wants to put a face to all those fantasies she has of him and herself, wants to have him all to herself and not be alone. That is Ryen’s main concern- being alone.
➳Misha, the lead singer of his band is an inspirational person. Through his letters from Ryen he gets inspired to write music, to write lyrics and keep the flow going. They have never met, and Ryen has begged him to never meet so they can keep their friendship sane with no regrets if they ever meet each other. Until that one night, the night that changed everything. Misha finally meets her without her knowing that he is HER Misha, triggering a pull towards Ryen’s beauty and not so innocent personality- the opposite personality that she did not portray to him through their letters. Not only did their “encounter” happen, but Misha also lost someone who he truly loves…
➳Even though Ryen isn’t being truthful about her personality, her highschool status out does that. She is a bitch, ruthless, acts immature and acts unintelligent just to get a better status of “popular” in her crowd of “friends”- people who are mean and as well ruthless to her (Lyla and Trey). This story is a total highschool dramatic type of scene, the same vibes being portrayed in this story that Corrupt by Penelope herself also wrote. But Ryen’s status comes to a halt when a new kid named Masen is introduced. To Ryen’s eyes Masen looks familiar, because in her mind she knows that he is the guy who she met at a party three months ago, the same amount of time that Misha has not written a letter back to her, and the same time that Ryen has found other “activities” to occupy the empty feeling in her heart. What she does not know is that Masen and Misha are more alike than what she may fantasize. Masen is ruthless to Ryen, and treats her like shit. But in the back of his mind he is as turned on as a cat in heat on a steamy sauna hahahaha! He is always bothering her, physically and also mentally because Ryen can never seem to get Masen out of her head, while still think about Misha.
➳When Ryen finally opens up to Masen’s misfitting attitude, their chemistry and lust is one that bothers him in a different level, because in the back of his mind he knows that Ryen is thinking about Misha… not “Masen;”
“Longing, because I miss her. I miss talking to her as me.
Lust greater than I’ve ever known, because we’re like this, it’s the only time she softens and changes and gives me an inch, and it’s a need that’s in my head just as much as my body. It keeps me on my toes.”
➳He misses her more than he wants to admit… There is this one scene in particular that makes me want to go mental; the car sex scene… HOLY GUACAMOLES! That scene… I was NOT expecting what I read but I’m so glad I wasn’t because I felt so surprised an attacked at the same time. I couldn’t stop blushing and sweating over this scene. Misha is a master with his hands, and that mouth… DEAR JESUS! sighs
➳Something that I found rather EXCITING, is the fact that Penelope never seems to stop surprising her readers. Characters from a different past story make a wonderful and surprising appearance and my stomach kept fluttering every time they were mentioned!
➳At the end of the day, I enjoyed this story as I was expecting it 100%! My hands are getting warm and ready for Hideaway for Kai’s story… Queen PD never seems to amaze me and I am super honored to have reviewed this story as an ARC, and hope that I can for all her writing in the near future! Thank you Penelope for bringing a world full of magic and wonderful romance through your writing and your creativity ❤
➳Hero rating: 5.0
➳Heroine rating: 5.0
➳Sexual tension rating: 5.0
➳Sex scenes rating: 5.0
➳Sex scenes frequency: 5.0
➳Plot rating: 5.0
➳Dialogue rating: 5.0
➳Storytelling rating: 5.0
➳Story ending rating: 5.0
➳ARC kindly provided by author Penelope Douglas, in exchange for an honest review…