Until Harry by L.A. Casey
Published by Montlake Romance on July 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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He was my best friend, my best not-really-big-brother and my best protector. He was my best everything. He was mine.
Coming home is hard for Lane. Hard because Harry, her beloved uncle, has died suddenly, but also because of him. Kale.
Kale Hunt has been her best friend since childhood. But it was never that simple. He was Lane’s reason for leaving home and moving to New York. Seeing him with someone else, in love with someone else, shouldn’t have hurt. But it did. It really, really did. So she upped sticks and left, started a new life and cut herself off from her past.
But now she’s back and all the feelings are right there. As if she had never left.
Emotions are running high for everyone, and tragedy has a funny way of bringing people together. But is Lane reading the signs right? Are they still just friends, or is there something more?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Until Harry was a very emotional read, so if you easily tear up I highly recommend you have your box of Kleenex handy.
Kale, Lane and her brothers all grew up together, and since the moment she could remember Lane saw Kale as hers. He was her best friend and her protector. Three years her senior, Kale cared for and looked upon Lane as a little sister.
Unfortunately, their age differences meant that it wasn’t long before Kale got into girls, and Lane was just too young yet to catch his attention in that way. Thus begins their tale of woe and shit timing.
It’s hard to talk about the story and not give too much away so I’ll just say it was a captivating book. Fighting the flu and feeling like crap, I couldn’t put it down and basically read it all in one sitting.
The story is told between past and present chapters, telling how things came to be as they were and how Lane began to deal with her current circumstances. This is all from Lane’s point of view and I won’t lie, more than once I wanted to be in Kale’s head… more like almost expired from wanting this but that never happened.
While I connected with both Lane and Kale, I can’t say I really liked them. I felt for them, yes; but almost all of their heartbreak stemmed from them not being honest with each other about their feelings, and trying to protect themselves in the aftermath of their misunderstandings. This made me want to conk them on the head with a blunt object more than once.
In the beginning, Lane also came off as a bit selfish given the circumstances, though as I read on and I began to understand how everything pieced together, I started to see her in another light.
Their love for each other ended up being their redeeming quality for me, and how finally Lane started to work through her issues instead of just running away. As we are never in Kale’s head this is not so easy to see, but I really felt for his struggle in regards to his changing feelings for Lane. That said, he was such an arsehole in more than one instance that I wanted to kick him in the shins besides conking him on the head.
What didn’t work for me was the flashbacks to their early childhood chapters, in my opinion, the author did not captured the actions, thoughts, and feelings of 6-13 year-olds in a believable way.
For a book that sits in the romance genre, Until Harry keeps a heavy hand on the drama. Not angsty per se there’s a quasi-love triangle feel to it, but surprisingly this did not detract from my enjoyment. I’ll say Ms. Casey captured me with her writing and kept me hoping for everything to work out.
One final warning, though, when I say there’s a lot of drama I really, really mean that. There is a lot of tragedy that for some could be a trigger so just in case, check under this tag View Spoiler » the story features death of loved ones, death of a child (a baby) and physical assault « Hide Spoiler.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 “be mine” Stars
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