SERIES: The Story of Us #1
AUTHOR: Cassia Leo
RELEASE DATE: February 18th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Gloss Publishing LLC
FORMAT: paperback & ebook
Five pages. A letter holding a secret buried for more than five years. A secret neither of them wanted to know.
Five years after their messy breakup, Houston and Rory are forced to work together opening up a new wine bar. Despite their tragic past, they find themselves once again drawn to each other, unable to deny their potent attraction.
But the secret of the letter hangs like a guillotine over their heads. And soon, Houston finds himself in the same position he was in five years ago, choosing between the truth and the only woman he’s ever loved.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and now lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter (who doubles as her rock star assistant) and her two German shepherds, Bentley and Pippa. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Shattered Hearts series and Black Box, and the USA Today bestselling series The Story of Us, Luke, Knox, and Unmasked.
In the years since Leo published her first novel in 2011, she’s published more than forty titles, hitting the bestseller lists more than a dozen times. She’s been traditionally published in dozens of countries, had her work translated in multiple languages, and is self-published all over the world. Her writing influences are Jodi Picoult, Gillian Flynn, George Orwell, Lauren Oliver, and Markus Zusak.
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Houston and Rory have known each other since they were kids, she used to be his sister's best friend and once in college and after a tragedy, they start to be together but their love doesn't have a happily ever after. Now, five years later their paths cross again and feelings will mess up with their heads, hearts, and lives. Houston is now married and Rory has had a hard time moving on, so when they have to work together nothing good comes out of it. It's clear their feelings are still strong and tension is all around the story.
The writing is very good and the writer uses flashbacks to explain what happened in the past. They really help to understand the characters and the outcome.
Overall, I enjoyed the emotional side of the book, there are lots of tears and hard moments, sadness and years of accumulated resentment create an interesting setting for the story. My problem was Houston, he is not a good man. I tried to understand him but he is not my favorite guy in the world. I would have screamed at him more than once. Rory is a likable character, and it's easy to relate with her.
Overall, I enjoyed the emotional side of the book, there are lots of tears and hard moments, sadness and years of accumulated resentment create an interesting setting for the story. My problem was Houston, he is not a good man. I tried to understand him but he is not my favorite guy in the world.