Book Series Review: Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins @jess_hawk
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 410 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars


An epic, three-book saga of forbidden love coming 2017.

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

Grace Review

If you are going to commit to this trilogy, there is one thing you need to know up front – the author will smash your heart into pieces. Slowly, she’ll put those pieces back together. But will they hold?

Having read this author’s previous books, I knew what I was getting into. Even if I hadn’t already known that this author has established her footing in the angst world, the reviews of readers screaming thru their own pain would have been enough. Even the synopsis doesn’t hide what you are getting into. So, with all that said. I wussed out and decided to wait to read these books once the trilogy was complete. I’m old and my heart can only take so much, lol.

What amazes me about this author, is how quickly she can get you to commit to the characters. We are barely introduced to Lake and Manning, when Tiffany, Lake’s sister enters the picture. ARGH!!
Lake is pure, innocent and underage.
Tiffany is wild, confident and experienced.
On paper, Tiffany is Manning’s match. And there’s an attraction, everyone is attracted to Tiffany. But despite Lake’s young age, Manning is intrigued. Enough to put up with Tiffany. And thus begins his internal struggle, since he has a bigger connection to Lake. Is it because he wants to protect Lake, making up for past mistakes with his sister, or is it more? Something forbidden?

Going into this book, I expected to hate Tiffany. Although she annoyed me at times, particularly how she seemed to put Lake down while complimenting herself, I also felt sorry for her. Her dad treated her horribly, so that was hard to read. At times, I just wanted to shake her and tell her how easy it would be to get her dad’s affection with a little effort. But Tiffany finds her own way to get her dad’s attention, through Manning.

This book takes an interesting turn when Lake finally starts to push Manning for more than friendship. And we’re left with a big cliffy, as expected. Thankfully, my good plans didn’t make me wait, so it’s on to book 2.

– Grace

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Title: Somebody Else’s Sky (Something in the Way #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 370 pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars


If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

Grace Review

WARNING: some spoilers within.

If there is one word to describe the theme of this book, it is SACRIFICE.
With the way book one ended, Manning giving up, only to protect Lake, that was an obvious plot line. But there was so much more Manning did to “protect” others.

After reading the prologue, I knew exactly how this book would lead. However, that didn’t make it easier to take. Of the three books, I felt this one had the most angst. Not only was it clear that Manning cared deeply for Lake, but he makes the ridiculous decision to continue to protect her, to let her soar without him. And he decides the best way to do that was in the arms of his sister.

That’s pretty much how I felt while reading most of this book.
Shaking my kindle in rage.

Sadly, this martyrdom Manning took on didn’t work for me. It is was so clear who he loved. Yet he decides to break two hearts with some noble belief that it is for the best.

The only plus to Manning’s sacrifice was Tiffany. For some reason, Manning was the first to listen to Tiffany and believe in her. And that makes a world of difference. She finally gets some direction. The downside of that direction is now she has her confidence back and pushes Manning way faster than most men would tolerate. Again, this made me ragey. WHY DIDN’T HE TELL THE TRUTH?!

Like I said in the beginning, I knew how this book would end and it pissed me off. While this book was well written, I would have preferred a different direction to the story. There was no big reward for the sacrifice. Only years of pain to follow. So, time for the last one . . .

– Grace

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Title: Move the Stars (Something in the Way #3)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 506 pages
Rating: 4 Stars


The highly anticipated conclusion to the Something in the Way series, a forbidden love saga.

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.

A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.

When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?

I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.

Grace Review

Three books.
Lots of angst.
And if you haven’t been following along, very little sex.
BUT . . . .

Let’s just say the song “At Last” came to mind while reading this conclusion.
Everything you’d expect with all the time spent waiting. But with all the good of that reunion, it was done under all the wrong circumstances. And that causes these characters even more pain.

Surprisingly, I felt this book had the least amount of angst (or maybe I was just worn down after reading book two). For the first time I felt hopeful. There’s a bit of a twist that hurt, but I actually suspected it would happen, so it didn’t catch me off guard like it may have done for others.

What I liked most about this book was Lake’s growth. For so long, she has done whatever her father asked of her. However, with her broken heart, she gives 2 middle fingers to her whole family and risks it all to carve her own life path. Things didn’t go easy or perfect for her, and to me, that made it better.

I adore Corbin and wouldn’t have minded if things worked out for him and Lake. He was the best friend who stood by her through it all and I would have been ok if that’s the path this book took.

There are parts of this story where I was sympathetic to Tiffany, once again. But when Lake and her really have it out, it pretty much took her down another notch in my mind. Tiffany is just someone who always wants to be first, and she’d hurt her own sister, just to do that. So, yeah, once again, not much of a fan.

I wasn’t sure how this book would play out, but for the first time, I felt like we were seeing Manning at his best. He was no longer faking things, hiding his feelings, slaving in a job that didn’t suit him. He finally showed his worth, and set on a mission to prove to Lake he wouldn’t break her heart again.

So, how’d it all turn out? You’ll have to check it out for yourself to see.

– Grace

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