Sunday 8 June 2014

Review ~ He + She by Michelle Warren

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 Stars

“He treats me with respect; he opens doors for me, makes me laugh, and comforts me when I cry. He owes me nothing, yet gives me everything in return.”

This is one of those books that once you start you don’t want to stop. I made the school girl error of starting this late at night and this lead to a late night/early morning reading marathon. This is a totally captivating story from start to finish, a beautiful story about two people, escaping their pasts, their paths cross and a beautiful friendship is formed. Knowingly not sharing any part of their histories, these two reinvent their pasts while trying to learn to live for the now and the future. Will what has fast become a beautiful friendship evolve into anything more or will their pasts become a deciding factor on their future?

Both characters in this book are strong, they are fun, flirty, addictive, crazy and oh so cute, yet both are broken in their own way.

Hew is escaping his past and trying to pave the way for his future, attending a job interview in a new state it is while he is on the plane that he first crosses paths with Shea. He couldn’t help but stare, something about her awakened a part of him that had been buried for a long time. Their paths cross again the next day, call it fate or destiny, whatever but these two were destined to meet.

“Every second I’m with you, I feel like a better person. You make me believe it’s possible that I can move on from every mistake I’ve ever made and live in your world.”

Shea, running away from her previous relationship, she just boards the first plane out of state. Only planning on staying a few days and then moving on her plans are derailed when she first meets Hew. Something about this man has her intrigued, even though her “flight” instinct tries to take over, she cannot help but want to stay around her new friend “Hew.”

Yes Hew and Shea are make believe names, deciding not to say anything about their pasts, during one of their crazy chats they decide to rename themselves and reinvent their pasts. Starting off their friendship with their new histories, they continually meet up and sight see and just genuinely have fun. You can see their friendship morph from “friends” to more but will they act upon it? When their real histories catch up with them will they alter their futures? Is everything really as it seems?

“For the first time since I met her, I understand her need to keep her name secret and respect that. Here, someplace other than at home, we can be who we want, be with who we want, as long as it makes us happy. There’s no past today, only this moment together, right now. I may need that as much as she does. We are exactly the same…”

This story had me laughing, the sense of humour these two have and the shenanigans they get up to will have you cracking up, the humour and wit is interwoven amongst a plot of romance, with a past of pain. A perfect blend of funny, crazy, romance and angst. You will find yourself rooting for them from the start and even when the curveballs are thrown you will be championing them even more. I was glad that their friendship was founded on a fresh clean slate, they found each other and built their foundations without the past being a deciding factor, they found the real “Hew” and “Shea.”

This was a fab NA read, as I said above I was captivated from the start and didn’t want their story to end. A great fun, romantic read.

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