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Release Date: June 10, 2019
Actual Rating: 4 stars
New Adult/Young Adult | Forbidden | Emotional Romance
Under a Different Sky was a book I bought based solely on the gorgeous cover. There's just something eye catching about it and the minute I had a second I tucked right in and started reading. While I did have a few minor problems with the story, I think my overall enjoyment outweighed them tremendously and I'm excited to see what happens between Nick and Hannah in the next one.
About the Book:
This is the first book in the Hand Over My Heart duet. As with all duets, the books must be read in order. I waited to read this one until the next book released because I wasn't in the mood for another cliffhanger and the wait to see what happens. If you do the same, you will be happy to know the second book is live and you can find it here WAITING FOR THE SUN.
This is a new adult forbidden romance duet. The characters are actually in high school but I consider them to be more NA than YA because they are a little older (I believe 17 or 18). Also, there's sex and sexual language, drinking, etc. Anyway, the book starts off with the hero saying goodbye to his girlfriend who died of cancer. This is sad of course, but were quickly forwarded to a point in his life a few months later. During this time, the best friend of his dead girlfriend becomes a huge part of his life. She is there for him when he's sad (which is pretty much throughout the entire book) and she helps him when he's in trouble (getting into fights, getting wasted, etc.). As the two get closer romantic feelings between the two start unraveling and well, you can guess what happens from there. The problem is though that they are keeping their relationship a secret because they feel guilty actually being together. So when they get CAUGHT at the end of this one things get... sticky. And some secrets that were being kept come to light and make the situation even worse. That's where it ends and in the second book we should be getting all the answers we need along with seeing what happens with their relationship.
Sounds like a pretty good book, right? I think many readers will agree that it all makes for an intriguing storyline.
WHAT I REALLY LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK
▶ I love forbidden romances and while I didn't realize that was what this book actually WAS I found myself really happy with the forbidden aspects of their relationship. Dead Girlfriends best friend? JUICY!
▶ I liked the pace of the story. Books that are emotionally heavy sometimes tend to drag in areas but that isn't the case for this book. I appreciated the time it took for the hero to grieve and find himself (sort of anyway) before messing with Hannah (she's the DG best friend).
SOME MINOR ISSUES FULLY EXPLAINED
▶ I was pretty annoyed at the temper tantrums the hero was throwing. I mean, I get that your upset that you lost your girlfriend and I totally understand acting out because you don't have any other way to release your anger. But it happened SO MUCH in this book that he came off as childish and it looked as if her were throwing tantrums. Now, some may disagree and say this is a normal part of the grieving process which is FINE, but at the moment of reading Nick sort of annoyed me with it. I wanted to think of him as a strong hero and seeing SO MUCH weakness made me cringe a little. On the other hand it was fairly realistic as everyone grieves differently. I suppose I;ll see how I feel about it in the next one.
▶ The girlfriend who passed away was such a large part of the story because everyone was grieving her but we never got any real glimpses to WHO she was and WHY she played such a huge role in everyone's lives. There's small tidbits here and there about her but it FELT like the author just threw her death in for the sake of adding something to the story. She never became a real character to me and I would have really liked to have known about her. Perhaps in the next book we'll get a little more insight into why she was so important to Nick? We shall see!
▶ This is supposed to be an emotional read but I never felt sad when reading it. I think this may be because the girlfriend who passed was nothing more than a thought (see above) and I wasn't able to grieve her with the characters- that would have allowed me to build connections to them.
WRAPPING IT UP
Overall, this is a good, solid story and I do look forward to reading the conclusion to Nick and Hannah's story. There may have been a few issues that I got nit picky on here in my review but when I went back and really THOUGHT about the book I can understand why it was written the way it is. I;m excited to discover many more books by Lindsey Iler!
THE COMPLETE DUET
You can find all the latest book reviews I have posted on the blog! I read various genres depending on my mood so there is a little something for any reader. xox Elle xox