Such an awesome book! They have known each other all of their lives. Best friends and neighbors. Everyone expected them to be together. Though something always keeps them apart. The story is heartwarming, tragic, and also hilarious. It has both characters breaking each other’s hearts, and mine broke too every time they hurt each other. Knight Cole and Luna Rexroth are definitely meant to be together.
Both of them have major abandonment issues and insecurities. Luna hasn’t spoken since her birth mother left her when she was less than two years old. She speaks in sign language when she speaks at all. Knight and Vaughn are her only friends. Vaughn, Knight and Hunter are the kings of All Saints High and are major players. While Luna is often off on her own because she doesn’t fit in with the rest of the student body since she is silent. Though if anyone picks on her, Knight is her protector, and has been since they were young children.
“Since that day, I’d become what they call a selective mute. Meaning I could speak, but I chose not to. Which, of course, was real stupid, since I didn’t want to be different. I simply was. My not speaking wasn’t a choice as much as it was a phobia. I’d been diagnosed with severe social anxiety and attended therapy twice a week since babyhood. Usually, selective mutism means a person can speak in certain situations where they feel comfortable. Not me.”
It is apparent that Knight and Luna have loved each other since they were young, and that their families and friends expect them to end up with each other. However they each have insecurities that won’t allow them to just come out and say how they feel. Luna is afraid she will never measure up to the girls Knight hooks up with and Knight has tried to kiss Luna a few times, only to have things go wrong or to be rebuffed and he is afraid to put himself out there again.
“Kiss Numero Dos occurred when I was fourteen and had a pretty good grasp of the fact that my cock liked Luna just as much as the rest of me. By then I’d learned a bunch of tricks to avoid attacking her with it, especially since we slept together every night.”
I’m not going to go too deeply into the story other than to say that it is awesome! I love the obstacles in the way of the relationship, the jealousy, the fact that they are each other’s “Ride or Die”. There are several side storylines that fit together nicely with the main story. The side storylines mainly have to do with their parents but they all tie in to Knight and Luna’s insecurities and abandonment issues.
The supporting characters include the Luna and Knights families as well as the other families in their neighborhood. The parents are the same couples that featured in the Sinners of Saints series. Luna Rexroth is the daughter of Trent Rexroth and a fling her had. Her name was Valencia and she took off when Luna was a baby. Trent met Edie, a 19 year old when Trent was 33, they married and raised Luna together and had a second child named Racer. Trent and Edie’s romance was in the book “Scandalous”.
Knights parents are Dean and Rosie Cole from the book “Ruckus”. Knight is adopted, then his parents had biological child, Levy. Vaughn is a moody character who acts like doesn’t care about anything except his Art, he is the only child of Baron “Vicious” Spencer and Emilia, who is the sister of Rosie Cole. Daria And Penn from the book “Pretty Reckless”, also make a few appearances in this book. Daria’s Parents Melody and Jamie had a forbidden (student/teacher) romance in the book, “Defy”.
The supporting characters are all completely fleshed out and well developed and L.J. Shen has alludes to or shows the beginnings of some romances that will occur in the upcoming books. The next book features Vaughn Spencer and he is quite the mysterious character so that book should be great. The best thing about this book is despite the rocky and sometimes heartbreaking road to romance between Knight and Luna as well as the deep and tormenting issues that they both face, there is still so much humor in this book that I was laughing and highlighting things the entire time. Knights inner commentary is especially hilarious. Both he and Luna are lovable.