"A body is simply a package for the true gifts inside. And you are full of gifts."
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Ms Hoover is a wonderful writer. She knows just how to kick me in the proverbials with her words, and I undoubtedly get all emotional reading her stories. I loved the way she painted Fallon & Ben's relationship, I loved the slow burn, I loved the betrayal, and the angst, and the pain. I enjoy a good plot twist or 2 in my romance reads, and this definitely had those.
The writing itself is impeccable, emotional, and just the right side of flower-y without making me wince.
Ben was an awesome non-alpha! I loved everything about him, all of the time!
Sometimes, I don't get why a couple can't be together. The obstacles don't make sense to me. Like, if they really loved each other, they would move heaven and earth to be together, right?
Well. I thought the obstacles (granted, they put the obstacles in place for themselves) were believable, mature, and insightful. I really enjoyed that even though these 2 are 18 when we first meet them, their obstacles were valid and I appreciated them.
Fallon was a lovely, flawed, HEA-worthy character.
There was this one plot twist... quite a major one... and I saw it coming the first time Fallon met Ben's brothers. I knew it in the marrow of my bones. So when the truth came out, it was like ok. So? Having said that, at one point early on I thought maybe Ben was a junkie, so I'm not the queen of the knowing stuff that happens in books.
Did Fallon really have to hurt Ben so much? Was that really necessary? And also, why did she get to be so whiny after she hurt him so badly??
The sheer number of deaths this character had to face? That sucked so hard.
And I know without a doubt that there were several times during the past few years that we were madly in love with each other at the same time.