Yours To Bare – Jessica Hawkins

Book Description

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.

My Thoughts

I´m not sure what has happened but Jessica Hawkins´ stories are not as powerful as they once were. Or, at least that´s the impression I have. 

`Yours To Bare` was an okay read. Nothing more. There were tids and bits I liked but other than that- the story felt less emotional, ALTHOUGH is was filled with all sorts of feelings. 

And that´s the problem. This author usually has the emotional part down and can make a readers stomache turn with her words. Where did the feels go? It´s not like the emotions were there and disappeared. They weren´t fully there to begin with. 

Also, Finn ( Hero ) wasn´t convincing enough for me. His character was introduced in `Slip Of The Tongue` and I actually enjoyed reading about him but in this one…. not so much. A shame, really. He comes across as a guy who falls in love hard way to fast ( which he does ). Even if it´s explained why he´s the way he is I think his story wasn´t necessary. 

As for Halston ( Heroine)- She seemed divorced from reality. I could not relate to her nor could I sympathize with her.

All in all not a bad read. A reader can get by easily and even enjoy the story. It just didn´t do anything for me. I would recommend `Yours To Bare`. I wouldn´t re-read it, though. 

The Cover – 5 stars ( As always, outstanding image and colors)

The Story – 3 stars ( Not a bad idea but I would have liked for less B/W storytelling )

The Characters – 2 stars ( Not relatable. I couldn´t even build a connection on any level with them)

My emotional state after finishing this read Indifferent

stars-16

I´m giving `Yours To Bare` by Jessica Hawkins, 3 out of 5 generous stars.

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Have fun! xx

Slip of the Tongue – Jessica Hawkins

Book Description

Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.

When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.

Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.

My Thoughts

I´m a big fan of Jessica Hawkins and with `Slip of the Tongue` she created another good read!

A story about an unhappy wife, a neglectful husband AND a new neighbor is bound to be a great and angsty tale.

This is one of those stories where you ask yourself at the end „ Would I have done the same?“ The topic in this book is most definitely one to argue over.

Sadie loves her husband, Nathan, more than anything and believes they´ll forever be happy the way they are. Until one day Nathan changes and that leaves Sadie confused and shaken. Weeks pass and Sadie still hasn´t found out the reason for her husbands neglective behavior. Then, on a depressing day, Sadie bumps into her new neighbor, who happens to be not only nice but also drop dead gorgeous! And hottie Finn has some qualities her oh so beloved husband lacked to show.

Of course, Sadie and Finn hit it off right away but Sadie is reluctant…at first. She can´t ignore the fact that she´s attracted to Finn and both end up doing something that shouldn´t happen in a supposedly well functioning marriage.

This is where the book discussion begins:

Personally, I wouldn´t have taken the exact same path Sadie chose. That would´ve given me a never ending headache. But I totally understood why she decided to do what she did. Come to think of it- I understood her husband ( near the end ) too. But I still wouldn´t have done the same. Not even if I was THAT desperate * shoulder shrug *

Now to the characters:

What´s great about this author and her books are that the relationships are ALWAYS the center of attention. There are less details, which I don´t mind at all because Jessicas characters really stand out enough… in a good way, of course.

I have to say- Nathan and Finn were both wonderful fictional figures. Nathan, the quiet type who was a full blown humanitarian and Finn, the outgoing artist who had no problem voicing his thoughts. Both were stunningly good looking and both loved Sadie. Both worshipped the ground Sadie walked on.

Sadie on the other hand was not my favorite character. Not the type I fully enjoy to read about.

It was clear that she was hurt, unhappy and confused throughout the story so the decisions she made can or cannot be accepted by readers. I, myself, was a bit annoyed by her indecisiveness.

The reason for Nathan acting out of line is thankfully revealed towards the end and that seals the deal for Sadie. I won´t spoil it for you so I´ll leave you with this: Will she or will she not pick her husband? Or will Sadie go for the hottie neighbor who has ( in my humble opinion ) more dirt under his shoe than one could think?

For me- the end was not completely satisfying. Everything happened too fast in the last bit and then came the happily ever after. There was hardly any tension or any reason to feel utterly joyful about the outcome.

Besides that- I have no other reason to complain. Jessica Hawkins has a wonderful writing style and her stories always keep me on the edge of my sofa.

The Cover – 5 stars ( I have hardly seen a cover THAT pretty. The image is almost too fabulous to put on a book cover. Stunning!)

The Story – 3 stars ( The idea of the story was great. I just imagined it would be more powerful)

The Characters – 3 stars ( Finn and Nathan = DA BOMB. Sadie = kinda selfish and not likable)

My emotional state after finishing this story – Not satisfied enough to give this book more than 3 stars.

I´m giving `Slip of the Tongue` by Jessica Hawkins 3 out of 5 stars.

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com by clicking here.