I have a hard time with deception in romance, so I should have known this would be a difficult book for me, but I can’t resist a man in uniform. In this case, I really should have resisted because it ruined the entire book for me. You, however, may be less squeamish and think this is wildly romantic.
Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, this breathtaking story of love and loss is guaranteed to break your heart and sweep you off your feet.
When high school senior Kelsey’s identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn’t know about the tragedy is Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can’t bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.
As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can’t deny that she’s falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn’t want.
Kelsey’s ongoing lie is probably the biggest bone of contention readers will have with this book because it isn’t actually a bad read at all. I just had such a tough time sticking it out because I disliked Kelsey so much. I think it is hard to get past a narrator in a book who is unlikeable, and the author doesn’t do much to change reader’s opinions of her until nearly the end of the book. Perhaps if she hadn’t come across as so shallow for the first third of the book, I would have been more sympathetic, but it is the transformation she goes through that adds depth to her character, so she has to be shallow at the beginning. I won’t bother to analyze the other elements of the book in this review because they are only relevant if you can tolerate the narrator. Basically, if you can handle lies in a romantic relationship long enough to get the whole story, you will be able to enjoy this book. If you have a hang up, as I do, about a relationship that develops around a major deception, you are probably going to dump this book after the first 25%.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.