Legal Affairs Books 1 -6 by Sawyer Bennett

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I just finished another serial novel with the same premise that’s why jumping onto this six part series felt very familiar to me. But of course, I was also waiting for that oomph factor that will set this story apart but unfortunately, it just didn’t come.

I read the six short serials consecutively and didn’t have the chance to jot down my thoughts per story so this will be for the whole set instead.

Our heroine McKayla or Mac is an all around modern woman. I love how she is driven, motivated and career oriented. On the other hand, our hero Matt kind of reminds me of a worse Harvey Specter from Suits. He’s equally amazing in the courtroom, commitment averse and success driven. What sets Matt apart though is that compared to other boss-employee relationships I’ve read, I liked how he cares for his employees (except for the latter part of the story) and treats them fairly and with respect.

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I particularly enjoyed the ending given that Mac was still given the freedom and independence when it comes to her career but I felt like there was a lot of stuff that’s happening over and over. On the other hand, I always have a soft spot for brainy males that’s why I liked Matt instantly and though there were times when I felt that Mac was too soft and too submissive, there were still parts of her personality that I liked.  

There’s a whole lot of sex, like A LOT, LOT, LOT, LOT and I found myself skimming through those parts as they tend to become repetitive. There was also drama and a backstory thrown in which I think is good since it added flavor and made the story more interesting to me. I found the story getting better and better with each book and while I feel like this could have just been released as one book – it was still an enjoyable read for me.

Writing wise, I’ve only read the Sugar Bowl series from Bennett before and she whips dirty talk and humor flawlessly. Her writing is engaging and is a huge factor on why I persisted finishing all six books.And as much as I enjoyed it, I’m not sure if I’ll be reading the spin offs or the Litigation God follow up anytime soon.  

This is a fast paced enjoyable read, not so much if you’re looking for something more original but more on if you want some law related, office, boss-employee romance with a whole lot of drama and a whole lot of steam.

Stars - 3

 

Royally Raised by Emma Chase

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A Royally Series short story set in the future after Royally Matched.

Royally Raised

Oh my goodness!! This story is so damn cute and just intensified my separation anxiety even more.

This is actually a short, quick update and a free one when subscribed to Emma Chase’s newsletter. It follows Henry and Sarah’s life many years later and focused on them dealing with their eldest daughter – Jane, who quite ironically can pass as Queen Lenora’s protégé.

I simply adore this family more. I love how a matured and adult kind of love now radiates from Henry and Sarah and call me greedy but I want more if this family.

Stars - 3

 

Reasonable Doubt: Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Whitney G.

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WOW! I haven’t read anything from Whitney G. before and I loved this. Though there’s just way too much sex for my taste, I enjoyed how it was coated with an interesting storyline and just enough drama. It’s a three part serial novel and I already forgot some of the details but I will try to review it as best as I can. 

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VOLUME 1

The story started strong and interesting. I was actually feeling nervous myself with the character reveal. I mean, I WAS EXPECTING IT. Truth be told, I lost count how many books I’ve read with that kind of twist but it still amused and entertained me.

Andrew is such a character but so is Aubrey. I admire how she doesn’t let her mother step on her dreams and how she pushes herself to get what she wants. For such a short read, it didn’t feel rushed at all. That ending though was a big cliffhanger.

VOLUME 2

The second installment did not disappointment! I have to admit that I was getting annoyed with Andrew and on the contrary, I saw myself admiring Aubrey more and more. Andrew is insufferable, a storm to be dealt with but someone you would also want to wrap in a tight hug. Volume two showed us bits of his past and why he was the way he was. But still, it felt incomplete. I know that there’s more.

I also enjoyed getting to know Aubrey more outside her relationship (non relationship) with Andrew and can’t wait to see how she can survive his appeal and survive her heart while standing up to her parents and fulfilling her passion. This is funny, sexy and such an easy story to devour. 

VOLUME 3

Aubrey. Aubrey. Aubrey.

Despite her naivety and misplaced hope, I just wanted to hug her and pat her back in this third volume. Coming to her senses, she finally reevaluated her life, her priorities and what she really wants. At the same time, Andrew needed to come to terms with his past to shake off the bitterness and move forward. I feel like their time apart was good for them. It was a soul searching experience from them and the distance made them examine how they see and need each other in their lives. The sex is still off the charts but I felt more connection, more humanity and more depth in this story compared to the first two. There’s so much emotions, so much angst and feels yet so much success and empowerment as well. 

The ending was definitely a happy one but I wished the author gave us more than just that.

VOLUME 1 – 3 STARS

VOLUME 2 – 3 STARS

VOLUME 3 – 4 STARS

TOTAL: 3 STARS

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Review Headings -  Blurb

My cock has an appetite. 

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar…(Although, that’s a story for another day.) As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. 

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats. 

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

At least it was, until “Alyssa”…She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades. 

But then she came into my firm for an interview–a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed.

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Yara Phillips is a wandering muse.

She dates men who need her, but always moves on to something new, never staying in one place for very long.

David Lisey is in need of a muse.

A talented musician lacking lyrical inspiration. When he first sees her, he knows he’s found what he’s been looking for.

Yara believes she can give David exactly what he needs to reach his full potential:

A broken heart.

David’s religion is love.

Yara’s religion is heartache.

Neither is willing to surrender, but religion always requires sacrifice.

 

Yara’s Yesterday Spotify List:

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Dear Yara,

The bands in London, November 12th. Want to catch up?

David

So casual. So nonchalant. You’d think we were only acquaintances, that we’d once sipped a couple of beers together instead of tattooing love on our skin and reciting marriage vows. I read the e-mail again and analyze the shit out of it. How can I not? I count out the words: thirteen. The punctuation: four. His name, my name. A flippant, casual turn of phrase: catch up. In the end, there’s only so much psychoanalyzing you can do to a thirteen-word e-mail. I move on with my life, feeling rather pathetic. But not before I e-mail him back. And okay, sure, I don’t move on with my life. What does that even entail? Forgetting? Forgiving? Being happy? Besides, I know what he wants to talk about. I know why he’s coming.

Hi David,

Yeah, sounds good. Let me know when and where.

Yara

My e-mail is a word shorter.

I’m that petty.

 

Tarryn was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated to America with her parents when she was thirteen, and spent the next eighteen years in South Florida where she earned her degree in Psychology, wrote her first novel, and had two children. In 2012, on a whim, she moved her family to Seattle, Washington where she currently makes her home safely away from the sun. Tarryn is the founder of Guise of the Villain, a fashion blog, and has written eleven published novels. Tarryn is a Slytherin.

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Royally Matched by Emma Chase

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“My story hasn’t been written yet … but I know it begins with you.”

Royally Matched

Quite expectedly, this book was so much fun! The pages flew by and I found myself having intense separation anxiety at the end. Emma Chase is truly one of my go to authors for fun, humor and wit. She’s reliable like that. And I’m thankful for authors like her who could just pull you out of whatever funky mood you’re in and just make you feel like you’re part of her story. 

Following Royally Screwed, this is now the story of younger brother, Prince Henry as he struggles with life after his older brother chose the woman he loves over his crown. I was truly intrigued as to what will happen to Henry since his ways and personality are far from being dutiful and responsible.

Being inside Henry’s head is a fun, comical ride. Emma Chase really knows how mix humor and wit and create lovable and fun characters that readers will enjoy reading about. Not surprisingly, I also fell in love with Sarah. I could see parts of myself in her actually. The love for books, the awkwardness and social withdrawal. Sarah is quite the introvert but as Henry grows, so does Sarah. Henry and Sarah are exact opposites but they found growth in each other and it was beautiful seeing the changes in them. That ending, more specifically was a beautiful touch and I love that the romance was unhurried and allowed to bloom spectacularly.

This book is hilarious and fun but equally sweet, matured and romantic. I do hope I get to see more of Henry and Sarah in the future books and I can’t wait to see more of Henry being in his element and Sarah living life as royalty.

If you’re looking for a fast paced, fun and something that you just can’t put down – this one’s for you.

Stars - 5


Review Headings -  Blurb

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition. 

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight. 

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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“I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me. Who knew success would taste so bitter.” 

Broken Prince

There’s something about this series that just reels me in despite some of my issues with it. I found myself addicted, wanting to know more and craving more. Broken Prince picked up where Paper Princess left off and I was rewarded by my faith in Reed.

One thing that I adore about this story is Ella’s growing love for the Royal family, the genuine loyalty and care towards the brothers and the family’s devotion to Ella.  

There’s always something happening that’s why you will not notice that you’re almost halfway then almost done with the book. It’s seriously that fast paced and there is never a dull moment. I truly enjoyed being in Reed’s head and while some male POVs annoy and disgust me, Reed’s on the other hand made me more appreciative of him. 

Ella remains to be the feisty and bold heroine we knew from Book1 so no surprises there. For me, there’s more flavor and entertainment factor in this sequel compared to the first book and I really liked it more. I was more immersed and interested with the characters, with the storyline and I wish the authors can explore the other brothers’ storylines because I know I NEED MORE! I doubt that they will be focused on the third book given that ending so this is me wishing to know these characters more. 

The steam is intense. Mic drop. I have no more words for it.

I am seriously sold. But most definitely, the allure of this series beyond the characters, beyond the steam, beyond the intense characters is the onslaught of twists, turns and crazy cliffhangers.

Because damnnnnnnnnnnn what is that ending even????

I have no idea how other readers waited so long for the third book.

There’s so much whys and hows going on in my head as I finished the book and for sure, Book 3 will be another win for me.

Stars - 4


Review Headings -  Blurb

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT. 

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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“Somewhere along the line, I started thinking that if I just got through this bad experience, this bad day, that tomorrow I’d have something better, brighter, newer.”

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I kind of stayed away from this series because of the hype surrounding it and I wanted to read it without the pressure of everyone else’s emotions overwhelming me. And I think that I decided right since I was told that the cliffies are intense and I’m just glad I don’t have to suffer the waiting game.

I went in blind and all I have was faith in Elle Kennedy (since I heard that she was 1/2 of the authors who wrote this). The cover totally blindsided me. I was expecting fluffy romance, something akin to The Selection series (which I never got to finish) but damn this first book felt more NA than it was YA.

I enjoyed how this was written. Fast paced and fun to read, my attention never wavered. I just cannot get over that cliffy ending because what in the world was that????

I’ve read a lot of alpha males that they no longer come as a surprise to me. To be honest, it was Ella who truly reeled me in. Surprising eh? This girl is a whole different story. She is the kind of  female lead that I really enjoy. She’s witty, strong and totally kicks ass. Her resiliency and drive to survive are admirable at best. On the other hand, it was Easton I liked best among the Royal brothers. I have a deep fondness for his playfulness, loyalty and open mindedness. On the other hand, I felt like the twins were just added for decorative purposes. I don’t know about you but they can be taken off the story and I won’t even notice. Big brother Gideon is also a presence in this book. Although he’s more of a come and go character, I feel like there’s heavy baggage in him.

Lastly, Reed Royal. He’s alpha male personified and one of the bossiest among the bossy characters I have read. Still, I credit it to good writing why I found it NOT difficult to like his character despite his douchebaggery. And even at the end, I felt a bigger reason to why that last scene happened.

While the premise very much felt like F4’s Meteor’s Garden, I still enjoyed the banter, the sarcasm and the battle for superiority. It’s like Meteor Garden, Gossip Girl, Mean Girls and Cruel Intentions had an orgy and this was the baby.


UNPOPULAR OPINION: However, parts of the story came across as disturbing like the extent of bullying, the rich kids’ disregard for discipline and other very adult-y stuff happening making me forget at times that these were high school kids we’re dealing with. And this is also the reason why I can’t give it more stars – it was a never ending cycle of sexual tension, evil and violence.  


It may not be the most original story out there but the way I was engaged and how it kept me reading are definite plus points. The writing is amazing. I know for a fact that Elle Kennedy is real good but I haven’t read anything from Jen Frederick before so this may just be the arrow sign I needed towards her books.

I’m going to end this by saying that this book, despite some of my issues with it will make you obsessed and hooked. Addictive at best. There’s no other word for it and Elle and Jen (Erin Watt) have a lot of explaining to do to my darkened undereyes. Because truthfully, this book is that hard to put down.

Stars - 3


Review Headings -  Blurb

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

 

Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

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“It was always you. I thought it was someone else, but it was you. You were the person that I felt.”

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I guess I spoke too soon when I admired Jessica Park’s ability to create deep and interesting characters after reading 180 seconds because Flat Out Love is AMAZING! I was planning to continue exploring new to me authors but after 180 seconds, I knew I have to read more from her.

This book is really interesting. I felt invested to everyone in the story. I felt the heart poured out in creating the characters and in turn, they seemed very real to me. I love how quirky and unique the characters are. They are all different from one another and each one carrying a burden. They are flawed but their imperfections radiate realness. The characters came alive from the author’s colorful, witty and fun narration. We saw depth, we saw hurt, we saw humanity.

I actually thought that it was going to be a fluffy read but I was surprised by how deep and emotional the story turned. I appreciated how the author felt comfortable shifting between emotions and playing with just the right amount of drama and fun.

Nerds/geeks do not usually get to be the lead in the story but this one has a lot of brain power and intellectual tension which I truly, truly enjoyed. It’s refreshing how this story revolved around problematic personalities and their day to day lives. And though I saw the twist a mile away, it was still enjoyable getting from Point A to Point B. It was an immensely engaging read and I found bits and pieces of myself in the flaws of the characters – from Julie, Matt, Finn, Celeste and even Erin. They are dysfunctional that they become relatable. But they are so well written that families like them can actually exist.

I could go on and on about how good this book is but you just have to experience the characters to know what I’m talking about. Beyond the plot, beyond the twist, it’s the characters that won me.

Also, watch out for the drunken phone call!

Oh and my favorite character in this story: Celeste.

Stars - 4


Review Headings -  Blurb

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

It’s not what you know—or when you see—that matters. It’s about a journey.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side… and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well… doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

180 SECONDS

“We are engaged in a form of intimacy that scares the absolute hell out of me. It’s as if there is a weight on my chest that I want to shove off, and I’ve never been this terrified before.
Or this whole and hopeful and connected.
My body starts to tremble. I want more of what I’m feeling, and I also want none of it.”

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It’s imperative to say that this is my first ever read from Jessica Park and in just one book, she was able to make me rethink about some of my opinions about some very important things.

Not really a fan of insta-love and insta-connection, 180 seconds made me reconsider my stand on this and the possibility of this happening in real life. I can tolerate instant connections so long as it is cleverly written but with this book – I not only tolerated it, I embraced it.

I love how this story just flows and grows. Initially, I was a bit hesitant to continue because our main character, Allison, sounds a lot like a main character in one of the books I recently read and did not fully support. Broken, flawed, difficult past – I felt that she will be predictable. However, I was surprised by how different she is. Her character was not stagnant. She knew she has issues, she acknowledged them and worked on them. Then there’s Esben. I cannot begin to explain how special he is and I feel like he will be one of those main characters who will stay with me for a long, long time.

I appreciate the idea of performing social experiments and using social media to promote kindness and hope. I enjoyed how relatable this story is and I am grateful for the kind of hope it gave me. At the same time, I admired the author for being realistic enough to also show the negative side of social media and the monsters that lurk in the background.

This book is spectacularly written. The pacing is perfect, I felt that it was neither slow nor being rushed making it all the more believable for me.

180 seconds may have been the push Allison needed to evaluate her beliefs and her life. But for me, this book is a catalyst of hope and making me believe that though a lot of days may be bleak, there’s still so much goodness and positivity to look forward to. There may be parts in the story where my heart broke (Damn 70%) but I understand and can accept it as well.  I know how pivotal certain events play in our MC’s life and I like how the author was very delicate and sensitive in writing those scenes.

This book is for those readers who would like to feel good, escape harsh reality for a short while, doesn’t mind a few tears and just need more positivity to boost their day. I didn’t really read the blurb but after finishing, I realized that I needed this kind of read now. So thank you Jessica for giving me Allison, Esben, Steffi, Kerry and Simon.

And though this is just my first read from this author, I am quite positive that this won’t be the last.

5 #THISKISSTHISKISS STARS!

Stars - 5


Review Headings -  Blurb

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

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“The world keeps spinning because your heartbeats exist”

*Better late than never review*

This book is one big story comprised of little moments sewn together. Brittainy Cherry is fast becoming one of my favorite authors given that this is only my second read from her.The Silent Waters.jpg

When you read a story and it touches your soul, you WILL know.

This is one of those stories wherein I have absolutely no clue as to how things will play out. I fell in love with Maggie and Brooks as kids and even more as they grew. I admire how Cherry’s plots are unlike any other, how she digs in deeper and really finds that connection to her readers.

She creates characters which are not perfect. She creates characters you can relate to, characters who are flawed that you will sometimes find bits and pieces of yourself in them. 

She reinvents flaws and make them strengths and to date, I have to say that creating characters who seem real to me will always be one of her greatest strength as an author.

It also seems like friendship and family are dominant themes in her stories. This one in particular spans years and it started during our main characters’ childhood to being young adults to adulthood. I love how the story evolved, how the characters grew and I felt myself growing with them. I can’t say a lot about the story without giving much away. What’s important for you to know is that this is superbly written, thoughtfully structured with the minor characters providing great support to the main characters. How all the characters grew and matured with time is just exceptional. Each one affects the other and the main strength of this story is in the depth of our characters. 

Books like this is one of the reasons I read – to feel, to think and to learn to appreciate even the tiniest moments. 

4.5 STARS!

Stars - 5


Review Headings -  Blurb

Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.