ARC Review: Yours To Bare by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Yours To Bare
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: December 8, 2016

 

Finn

No matter how cruel it’s been in the past, I’ve never been able to flip fate the bird. I’m a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away.

I don’t. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, I’m a goner. The owner didn’t give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, explicit poetry—it all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her.

Halston

I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from…

My journal is the one place I can be myself—as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.

 

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

It had been a year since Finn Cohen had his heart broken. He tried to move on though some days ghosts of his past still haunted him. Until one day he found a provocative journal that lured him to seek the owner who penned those words that helped blurred the past.

For years Halston Fox was content with how she lived her life, until she felt it’s no longer enough. Meeting Finn helped her pushed herself getting out if her safe cocoon. But there’s no guarantee where they’ll end up when the layers of scars were raw and exposed.

When I love a character, I’m always worried about a changed of heart when they ended up getting their own book. I’m glad I still love Finn the way I remembered him.

If my instinct is right this time, if she’s the one I’ve been looking for, then the heartbreak, the struggle, the loss— it would be worth it.

Finn was the calm, voice if reason in the relationship. From his past experience, he was understandably wary about putting his heart on the line. But that didn’t prevent him from claiming what he wanted.

She’s not the girl I thought I’d find, but she wrote those words, I feel it in my gut. She’s hurting somewhere, somehow, damaged.

I was with Halston when she decided to take her life into her own hand. I admired her determination, but as the story progressed, her fragility quickly seeped out to smear the facade she worked hard to maintain.

I like the storyline with how the social media element played a role in the progression of their relationship. It exposed them individually to each other without it being public knowledge.

I mold one hand to the curve of her ass, spreading my fingers over her lower back, and give it to her harder than I ever have.

I do wish there were more angst though. I like having my heart put through the wringer. This book is a little bit mellow than I expected. I’m happy with the level of sexiness, but then again I’ve always thought Finn is sexy haha!

“Take chances and risks. Make mistakes. Especially now.”
“Why would anyone want to make mistakes?” she asks tightly.
“They’re necessary. It’s how we grow.”

Yours To Bare is a story of couple daring to bare their soul and choosing the direction that suit their needs. It would appeal to readers looking for a non cookie cutter sexy romance.

Note 1:
This book is a standalone but Finn is a character first appeared on Slip Of The Tongue.

Note 2:
I appreciate that the people from his past didn’t have active role in this book. I would hate for his baggage to be dragged into the storyline.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

 

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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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