I love the premise of this story!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌏
Character development: 😁☺️🤬🥵
The heroine: Amber – When she was young, her Dad got a new job and changed completely. He was physically and sexually abusive which colored her world for years to come, even long after he was gone.
The Hero(s): Liam – The bad boy of the school, best friends with Ambers brother Jake. Jake and Liam are hockey players and they are the guys who all other guys want to be and all the girls want to be with. Many of the girls have.
The Story: One night when Liam was outside, he sees young Amber crying in her room and climbs in the window to comfort her. They fall asleep and in then morning, Liam crawls back out the window and into his own. The same happened the following night and the night after that. Fast forward eight years and they have rarely spent a night apart and neither is able to sleep alone.
Though Amber and Liam spend every night holding each other, they don’t get along at all during the daylight hours. Amber sees Liam as a player and an STD waiting to happen, her brothers best friend and the guy that lives to torment her. Nothing sexual had ever happened between them. She thinks maybe Liam has a dual personality and categorizes him as day Liam (cocky arrogant jerk) and night Liam (the guy that comforts her and keeps her nightmares at bay).
This is a re-read for me and I loved the book when I read it years ago. Now, after 1500+ books in between, I saw it a bit differently. The beginning of the book was so immature I almost stopped listening. I could really tell this was her first book. Some of the scenes were beyond belief. Like when Amber is totally amazed Liam remembers her McDonalds order and in the next second we find out that she gets the same thing every time and that the three of them had been to McDonalds together hundreds of times in the past.
Another example is when Liam touching her sends her into a tailspin at one point and then her inner commentary reflects on the fact that she hates to be touched by anyone other than her brother, her mother and Liam. The book did get much better as it went along and I still liked it quite a lot, just not quite as much as I did the first time around. Though, I think I just love the thought about two kids sleeping together innocently every night and eventually falling in love. I also liked how sweet and protective Liam is over Amber.
As for the narration, I didn’t like the female narrator (Leah Mallach) because Amber is supposed to be 16 years old and I would have liked a voice that fit that age a bit better. I know that narration isn’t acting and if you just listen to audiobooks to have someone read the book to you out loud, then she did a good job. However, for me I like the voices to match the characters.
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