For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.
Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.
But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.
Overall Rating: 5/5 — Jennifer Armentrout’s one of the few authors that are an automatic 5 stars for me. Call me biased, but I just can’t get enough of anything that she writes.
No one could replace me in his life. I knew that. I was the friend who knew everything about him and whom he trusted above everyone else.
I was Kyler’s best friend.
And because of that, he would never love me the way I loved him.
Syd would always deserve far better than that, and far better than me, no matter how deep she lived inside of me.
Call me biased when it comes to Jennifer Armentrout and romance stories that are rooted from childhood, but I don’t care because I COMPLETELY ADORED THIS ONE!!! I guess this may not be at par with her more lengthy novels but for some reason, I really just got attached almost instantaneously to both Sydney and Kyler. After reading the first three chapters before, I just knew that I was in for such a treat and man oh man am I greatly pleased that I wasn’t disappointed at all. Thank heavens for dual POVs because it gave me better insight to both their thoughts and feelings as well as made me feel so much more intensely for what they were going through as their relationship progressed.
But while I completely adored this novel, there are some parts that did annoy the hell out of me, especially pertaining to Kyler and Sydney’s lack of communication considering they’ve been best friends since they were toddlers. But then I realized that being an early 20-something adult myself, I can actually relate to their stupidity and rather immature way of dealing with things so to hell with it…oh, and did I mention I was also a Psych major? I think that helped in making me relate more to Sydney’s character because I am her in some ways and I did have a Kyler before as well so there’s that, too. So even though JLA tackled on a heavily recurring theme in new adult novels, I still loved it nevertheless primarily because her writing is superb and oh-so addicting and because she wrote it in a way that I found myself relating in more ways than one. And I guess the off-the-charts sexual tension did make up for some of the annoying parts.
The story’s pretty predictable right off the bat but I still enjoyed and savoured each and every step and boy did I feel so much, especially for Sydney and her long unrequited love towards Kyler. There were many moments that I teared up because my heart was breaking for her, even though I knew Kyler didn’t want to hurt her intentionally considering that he also does have unrequited feelings for her.
Sydney: “I love you. I’ve loved you since you pushed me down on the playground. I swear–I’ve loved you since then.”
Kyler: “I know I’ve had a shitty way of showing it, but I’ve loved you since you made me eat mud pie.”
Sometimes, it all boils down to how a certain story made you feel and bottomline is: this one made me HELLUVALOT of feels and that’s why I’m once again bowing down to JLA’s awesomeness. Definite must-read for JLA fans!