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.
Romance | New Adult | Contemporary
Wow. That is truly all I can say after finishing this book.
Before I slam head first, let me start by saying this is not my first Jessica Hawkins novel or series I have read from this author. I will also admit that going into this series I have an understanding that in some spectrum, whether the characters themselves, the dynamics, or scenarios – I will be able to connect, as a reader I will be able to relate. This is what I absolutely admired about Hawkins writing style. Given the stereotypes or stigmas (if this is the word you want to use) that are used in her tropes, I feel she can always hit a nerve on an emotional level, leaving me reflecting on my own person. She is an absolute dream of an author.
Now back to Something in the Way, because I cannot say this enough, I highly recommend this series. When I first saw the premise I was a little weary, I say this because well it does start out with a young female lead, Lake who is in fact under age who nonetheless is attracted to a much older man named Manning. I was weary because I wasn’t sure what to expect, but at the same time I understood the possibilities because as a young teenager once, I can relate. So tickle me intrigued, I snagged it… and read it in one sitting.
At the start Lake is the perfect teenager. Not just because of how her personality is meant to come across: daddy’s girls, great grades, innocent. But more importantly, she or her relationship with her sister is something believable if you have ever been in the shadow of an older sibling. I loved Lake. Even from her cry baby attitude, her naive almost sheltered childlike personality, she is stunning. As a reader, you hate to love her yet love to hate her. As for Manning, I instantly lusted for this hunk of man meat. He was the delicious, jaw dropping construction worker working next door to which I was beyond taken with him as Lake had been. Nothing but charming, sweet and hot as hell…
Obviously the chemistry can be somewhat awkward here depending on how you want to understand this scenario. Manning shortly after the beginning starts getting involved with Lake’s older sister Tiffany (who is of age… in case you were worried) and Manning retains a platonic, semi-brotherly love towards Lake, at least on the exterior. This is what makes their chemistry so angst oriented; from the constant push and pull of Manning battling his feelings for Lake to Lake not understanding fully what love actually is, struggling with knowing her sister has what she can’t yet testing how far she can take Manning into revealing his feelings. This really puts a huge strain on every person involved in the mix, not just Lake and Manning. But to put it bluntly, I love their connection. It is almost star-crossed lovers doomed to never be together, but they share these moments – these moments that pull from the pages that can bring tears to your eyes or anger to your heart.
Overall, to me this is just a masterpiece. I was completely enamored by Something in the Way; not only captivated by the entire writing style to the premise of how everything played out but just the emotional involvement I felt connected to the characters. Call me a sap but it was definitely a choke of a tear jerk with a side of gut wrenching punch to the heart perhaps a dash of forbidden sensual scenarios that are hard to ignore the foreshadowing that you just want to happen. The drama was excellent, the dynamics of each supporting cast really developed the domino affect of the emotional roller coaster with the plot.
All in all, I have absolutely nothing negative to say, I am absolutely in love with this series at this point. I loved it. I could not recommend this novel, hell this series enough to followers! Hawkins has become one of my go-to favorite authors, and at this point I expect nothing less than grip me by the throat delicious.