Isla Eriksen was the girl next door, my best friend’s little sister, the girl he warned me never to touch. Sometimes rules are hard to stick to. Over the years I tried to stay away, but when she needed me the most I was there for her and all the rules I stuck by went out the window. Now I have a secret life she doesn’t know about and if I tell her I know I will lose her forever.
He was everything she couldn’t have.
Finn Connolly, the golden haired boy I lost my virginity to, the world famous rock star, a well-known man whore and my brother’s best friend. I told him to pursue his dreams when we were younger. I was right beside him as he and the boys from my childhood became super stars. I fought the chemistry between us for years, I tried to move on.
I tried to love another but he broke my heart. Now I’m back at square one and we can’t seem to keep our hands off each other. Unfortunately, first love and raw chemistry isn’t enough for him to choose me over loyalty to my brother.
One little taste can't hurt; can it
A frustrating story.
The idea of this story got me a little giddy, teen sweethearts, best friends, neighbors, two people who grew up together who would then fall in love, with their love tested when Finn hits it big as a rockstar with his band and then you would expect the story to then go onto the hea but no, it did not go how I expected at all and sometimes predictable is better. It was more complex than that and the characters and their actions become frustrating.
Suddenly trouble begins when Finn and Ilsa are young and this whole journey is through the years to the present day.
When Isla and Finn become more than just friends they keep their relationship to themselves and away from Isla's overprotective brother who is also Finn's best friend, then the band they have formed begins to get noticed and they are asked to go on a tour.
Isla being younger stays behind at school and she tells Finn to experience being a rockstar, all of it, the whole experience and if he's tempted to be with a groupie that's all part of it, he doesn't have to be in a relationship any more, they should just be friends and in the future see where they are because they would be a part a lot and she didn't want to hold him back.
I understood Isla saying this, their relationship was secret anyway, she was young and he would be tempted while on the road and she didn't want him to feel trapped or put in a position were he would have to make excuses to her brother who is also a band member that would give them away but TWO WEEKS? Two weeks before he was pictured with girls and that was just the start of it.
Finn was not only a huge man-whore with crap excuses but I'm convinced a sex addict too, the group went to sex clubs and orgies with each other. When Isla was older she still had feelings for him and joined to be part of the band's team and witnessed all of the sex going on with the band members, the parties and the guys openly having sex, Finn with numerous girls etc.
That girl, I don't know how she stuck around, Finn would sleep with her when he was tempted and they fell into old ways of sneaking around and Isla because she loved him took what he gave then he would be with groupies or at the sex club later in the plot.
Isla didn't have enough backbone for me, both these characters deserved each other in the end, I can't say I liked either of them or their actions in most scenes and I still wasn't convinced at the end they had a forever kind of love.
I love a roller-coaster journey but this was beyond comprehension at times.
I haven't read the previous books, this book can be read as a standalone.
My first by J.A Low, It wasn't an enjoyable read for me and I will definitely have to read a different book by this author to appreciate her writing because it was the characters and the plot in this one that I just couldn't like.
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