Tuesday, 27 October 2015

One Life (Only You #2) by A.J. Pine ~ #bookreview #NA #romance @BerkleyRomance @SignetEclipse

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One Life (Only You #2) 

 

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In the latest from the author of One Night, tragedy causes a young woman to struggle to keep her head above water, and the only one who can help her is the guy who’s been in the friend zone for the past year...

Every time life throws Zoe Adler a curve ball, she changes her appearance. Freshmen year—after almost following in her mother’s alcoholic footsteps—she said good-bye to her blonde, girl-next-door image and opted for jet black hair and piercings galore. After her brother Wyatt’s death, she escapes to the city to teach a summer art program for kids. Her black hair goes blue, and she finds solace in the arms of a longtime friend, in his heart, and in his bed—but her guilt makes her unable to accept the love he wants to give.

Spock might be the guy to save Zoe. But when she learns the truth about his past, the edge she’s teetered on since losing Wyatt drops out from under her. The girl who kept it together for everyone finally falls apart. Now Zoe must choose between drowning in guilt about Wyatt or asking for help. But even if she gets the help she needs, Spock may not be waiting for her when she’s ready to let love in.



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24911078-one-life?ac=1



Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Intermix | Penguin Group
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Part 2 of an ongoing series


My One Life Review . . .

I absolutely adored Zoe in One Night, so I couldn't wait to get her story.  In One Night, Zoe was the rock that helped Jess through her tough time, but we always knew she had more lingering under the surface.  We met Spock aka Zach Nolan, in the first book, even though they were just friends we wanted more from these two.  They just fit together but the timing wasn't right, leading to a friends only relationship, but that doesn't mean that there weren't feelings that got developed.

"It freaks me out because I wanted to say yes. It freaks me out because after not seeing you for over six months, the thought of seeing you every day?  It's kind of the best thing I can imagine right now." 

In One Life, this book starts after a shocking trauma which brings Spock back into Zoe's life.  If I hadn't already read One Night first then I would have liked this book so much more.  In the first book Jess has a past that she doesn't want to burden anyone with, so she takes it all on and pushes everyone away.  In this book, Zoe has some issues and lo and behold she doesn't want to burden anyone, so she takes it all on herself.  Even though their issues were different, the theme felt the same, which ended up affecting the reading experience in a more negative manner for me.



Argh! The shouldering alone.  Didn't she learn from Jess doing the same thing at all?

Jess doesn't need that burden.  No one does.

"This is why I don't let people past the pretty packaging. "


Never mind that I do love him.  It's why I keep him safe from the parts of me that aren't worthy of his love. 


I feel like the tables have turned.  Jess has her shit together.  Jess has her life on track.  And I sit here, wondering when all the pieces of mine will click back into place. 

 Young love.  Some times it can be great and hopeful and sometimes the lack of maturity can be trying.  For these two, they kept so much in, and didn't communicate which made it so much worse for these two.  However, even though Spock/Zach kept some things in, he was adorably sweet.

"I'm gonna fall for you, Supergirl.  I hope you'll catch me."

Poor Zoe, she was like a Jenga puzzle with her baggage and it didn't take too much to send her falling apart.  For Zoe, she didn't know how to deal with things happening in her life, so she filled voids instead of dealing with things.  She went from one thing to the next in a need to make her be different, instead of just being herself and dealing with stuff head on.

"Damn, Blue.  You got some baggage.  But shit, we all do."

The more Zoe struggles the more she doesn't see clearly.

"What he's doing out there is blood, sweat, and work.  Nothing is easy when it comes to art, honey.  It's best you figure that out sooner rather than later."

 However, sometimes even though the delivery may be off the intent of most is good.  Zoe, had to reach her bottom before she could deal with her demons, but with the support of friends and family anything is possible.

Did I like this book?  Yes, but would have liked it more if I didn't read the first book first.  Did I like the struggles they had to deal with? Yes, as I think it's important for youth today to be aware of many of their issues within this book.  Did I like how Zoe handled things?  No, but I did get it, and it eventually led her to where she needed to be.  If there is more from this series, will I continue to read it?  Yes, if only the next book is not the same theme with the heroine not wanting to burden anyone else and taking it all on herself.  If it's different then I will jump on the chance to read it, as I absolutely adored the first book when I read it.

3 Same Same but Different thumbs up!

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Lauren


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