Yours To Bare by Jessica Hawkins
Released: December 8, 2016
Surprise! Finn makes a return and he's every bit as intense as he was in Slip of the Tongue. He's also less mysterious and someone I found myself hoping against hope that he'd finally find his happiness, especially because the more I got to know about how his family and romantic relationships the more they seemed riddled with unhappiness and rejection.
I was hopeful...I had this romantic notion that the fate that brought Finn and Halston together would somehow make this a relatively easy love story and I was right in some ways and totally wrong in others. These two were instantly attracted to each other and just as quickly could not get enough of each other, and not too soon after they began falling in love with each other--I think obsessed was a word used to describe them at some point, and that felt pretty accurate. You could tell they felt drunk on the way they felt for each other and I'm sure many readers can recall those early first months in a relationship when you feel that need and high you get from being with your lover. So, that was the 'easy' part. The harder part came with the baggage they both had--Finn was dealing with the demons of his past and the hang ups he had because of them and Halston was dealing with figuring out who she was and who she wanted to be outside of the perimeters she'd lived in for quite some time. There were also instances when what was going on with Finn and Halston felt unhealthy, a little dysfunctional, and I knew, just knew, that something was going to have to give in order for them to end up together. By the end, it felt like the pressure was building and building from the unspoken worries and it would only be a matter of time before someone exploded.
I really enjoyed this novel, as intense and messy as it was; maybe I even enjoyed it because of how intense and messy their love was. And I especially enjoyed that Hawkins created two artists, in two different mediums, and melded them together. I felt like a kindred spirit, in many ways, to Halston--I totally understood everything she felt about writing and the need to do it, how it functioned in her life, and how vulnerable it could make her feel and I really really liked that aspect of her character.
This novel was such a great surprise for me (I somehow didn't know it was coming) and I'm so glad I was able to squeeze it in between all the research papers I was grading.
SynopsisFinn No matter how cruel it’s been in the past, I’ve never been able to flip fate the bird. I’m a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away. I don't. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, I’m a goner. The owner didn’t give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, explicit poetry—it all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her. Halston I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from… My journal is the one place I can be myself—as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.
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