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.
Romance | New Adult | Contemporary
Amazing! Somebody Else’s Sky was both fulfilling and gut wrenching emotional with a cliffhanger that left me wanting more the second I finished the book. Just outstanding. If I haven’t convinced you to pick up this series I really hope this review does the trick!
Picking up almost right where Something in the Way left off, Manning is currently spending his sentence in prison. I won’t go into much more detail than that because you need to read book one, but the part I enjoyed about the transition from one to two is that though both books split between Lake and Manning, book one was more focused on Lake’s POV while book two is more Manning’s POV. So it is like we get different perspective of growth between the two characters, Lake was still an adolescent teenager, Manning a early twenty year old man – it is interesting to see the mindset of both.
Speaking of Manning, his personality has shifted. He is more understanding that he does hold feelings for Lake but not only are they wrong, but he feels he is not good for her. He puts somewhat of a distance between him and Lake, he seems more callous at times, more brute and bark than consoling and understanding like he was previously. I liked this growth. Manning is battling so many inner conflicts that it is just boiling over while he is trying to find his center, that center being away from Lake.
Lake on the other hand is still a teenager but she has grown. Her mindset is still the same, she is living in her world where she knows Manning cares for her yet it is her against the world. Basically what we all think as teenagers. Lake is more outspoken at times yet her shyness and naive innocence shines more and more when she is cornered. As annoying as she gets, I still love this aspect of her… I say it again, her personality is so relatable that even when she annoys me I cannot help but understand that feeling. That helplessness, that feeling of complete agony.
I cannot describe the pain I felt when Lake and Manning were together. The tension grew more towards a hostile or possible resentment air. Between Manning trying to push Lake away while Lake is trying to convince Manning to be with her – the push and pull was just a swift kick to the guts. By the end I was destroyed, evident of my tear soaked cheeks. That cliffhanger left me completely broken…
Obviously I said it before, and I will say it again: Get this series. It is phenomenal.
The emotional feels from this series is beyond sublime. I loved every minute of Something in the Way and now with Somebody Else’s Sky, this has become one of my top favorite series. I highly recommend it. Jessica Hawkins has some of the best writing style I have seen in romance novels. I love everything about it, from her believable backbone of the premise to the fact that I can relate to her characters on some level – it is just perfect!