Up In The Treehouse by K.K. Allen
Published by Self-published on July 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.
Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.
Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy--sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.
Now it's too late . . .
Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other's lives. Haunted by the past, they're forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can't seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.
Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn't the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?
* * Sexual situations and light swearing * *
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Up In The Treehouse is a heartfelt story about three characters that takes you from their childhood years into adulthood. Bullying is a key theme throughout the book, not in the action but the impact it has on both the victims and the perpetrators. The side issue was constant misinterpretations and falsehoods concerning past and present situations.
As soon as I laid eyes on the cover of this book I fell in love with it and how it is symbolic of much within the story. Treehouses are the ultimate cubby houses, or at least that’s what I called them when I was a child. There is an air of mystique about them; they hold secrets, hopes and dreams for their occupants. Climbing into them can involve skill, evoking an element of danger and of course the big draw card for a child is the privacy they provide.
The treehouse belongs to twins Devon, Gavin and early on they welcome Clover into their sanctuary. The three friends were distinctly different characters, with Clover being the one who impressed me the most through her ability to survive and as such was the strongest of the trio. On the surface, some would say Clover was a lucky girl to be taken under the wings of her childhood friends, but life is never that simple.
Devon stood out as a bad boy, the one you shouldn’t fall for but can’t help yourself. He was reckless, bold and in your face but he failed to win me over. I wanted to like him, and usually, this type of persona would appeal to me but with his self-centred ways, there was less and less that impressed me. Gavin was the antithesis of his twin and the golden boy of the two. He was the one who metaphorically held the door open for Devon. Always taking the high moral stance when it came to his decisions, this went in his favour as a person, but it didn’t enhance his self-appeal. There were times he came across as an indecisive, albeit well-meaning character, which meant for the majority of the time, he was stuck in second gear. If you drive stick, then you know there is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in second gear.
The romance took a back seat, to the extent early on I imagined it was doomed to remain unrequited, and it was the downside of the story for me. Not because of angst but by one or the other characters halting any chances that arose. At 40% I shelved this as I became frustrated with the romance going nowhere and the predictability of the plot. It took me a couple of weeks to decide to give it one more go and found I enjoyed it a lot more with a more realistic expectation of the story. This book was not one I’d describe as a page-turner, but the story itself is inspirational albeit predictable. I imagine this story would come across well on screen, and it would be a good book for readers who like to read a chapter or two at a time.
Lily’s Rating: 3.5 Stars
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