Wednesday 14 August 2013

Review: Just Human by Kerry Heavens

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 Stars

“There has been something missing in my life ever since that day and last week, for the first time in twelve years, something changed. The missing piece came into view and I had to come see if I could put myself back together.”

I love second chance romance and I love friends to lovers and this had both!! So I was extremely spoilt!! This is another debut author who has done an amazing job for a first book. I was engrossed from start to finish which is no mean feat.

Liv and Danny were best friends as children, in fact they became inseparable, Danny had come over from the USA when he was six years old and moved in a few doors down from Liv. His dad was British and his mum was American. His mum was a high flyer in her field and had come over to the UK to head up the UK side of the company. They met at school, Liv attached herself to Danny (he had no choice) and over 80’s movies they gelled. At the grand old age of 15, they realised their feelings ran deeper than best friends and they moved onto the next level. Not only were they lovers and best friends but they were also soul mates. When they were eighteen Danny’s mum had to head over back to the USA, she had done so well in the UK they wanted her to go back and start something else, Danny had a choice to make, stay in the UK or head back to the USA with his parents. Liv didn’t want to seem like the clingy girlfriend and encouraged him to go, Danny not wanting to be the clingy boyfriend didn’t want to let her know he wanted to stay without her asking him to…and so the lack of communication begins!! Danny goes to America.

12 years later and a string of unsuccessful relationships between them and a meddling Aunt, Facebook brings the two together! Liv’s Aunt, after witnessing Liv’s latest relationship fall apart, decides to intervene and sends Danny a message through Facebook. She knows that the reason Liv cannot hold a relationship is because she still loves Danny. No man has ever matched up to him and they pale in significance. Unbeknown to her, Danny is in the same boat, he still misses Liv and she is the only girl that he has ever loved. As both never told each other how they felt at the time Danny left they both feel that the other broke their heart. After much soul searching and help from a close friend Danny decides to take a leap of faith and messages Liv….and so the story begins!!

I won’t go into any more detail so as not to spoil it, but will say this…their lack of communication continues which was extremely frustrating at times. Although without it, this couple just wouldn’t be the same. There are ups and down’s and it does end on a bit of a cliffie but the next instalment is out in about 6 weeks so not too long to wait.

Liv is a great girl, she is a successful bar/restaurant owner, but the downside is she works and works and works and is totally married to the job. She has tattoos and piercings but they all mean something. It was refreshing to get the tatted girl rather than the usual tatted bad boys that we are used to.

Danny is also successful, he works from home designing computer programmes for others, he also works all the hours and is often a hermit, he has casual hook ups but has had nothing serious. With encouragement from his BFF Jen, he makes the first move and messages Liv. Danny was just perfect, he was totally adorable and was big on the grand gestures, his only pit fall….lack of communication.

Their relationship does hit the ground running but you have to bear in mind their past history, there is no taking it slow, they have been there and done that before. This book is very HOT!! It is an adult book, they are 30, they are mature and they do get it on a lot!! Kerry can write a great sex scene too!! You could feel how much they loved each other and you were willing them along.

I loved both their BFF’s Danny has Jen and Liv has her gay BFF Max. Everyone needs BFF’s like those two. This book is littered with humour and as it is set in the UK I could relate a lot. As Danny is American there are also parts that our US friends can relate to as well!! I loved the Facebook message interactions between the two, you can so see this happening in real life and using social media is just so apt now in the society that we live in, it was real, it made it all the more believable!

I loved this book, even though it frustrated the hell out of me at times, but that is a sign of a good book. If it makes you “feel” then the author is getting through to you! I love these two as a couple and I cannot wait to read about them going forward, I just hope that they get their HEA, after everything they have been through, they deserve it.

Bring on book 2, I need it!!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really good, it's going on my TBR list! Thanks :)