Slammed (Book 1) description (via Amazon):
Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope. Not long after a heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the force that keeps them apart.
Layken moves across the street from Will and have chemistry at first sight. After their amazing first date, they run into a situation that tears them apart. Will struggles with fighting his feelings for her and doing the right thing, while Layken struggles with understanding and accepting that they can’t be together.
I loved the characters in this book! They are very likeable and have an interesting love story. My only gripe is that the younger boys in this book are supposed to be 9 years old but the author has them behaving a lot younger than 9 year olds.
I also enjoyed the use of slam poetry or spoken word in the book.
Point of Retreat (Book 2) description (via Amazon):
Layken and Will’s relationship persevered through hardships, heartache and a cruel twist of fate, further solidifying the fact that they belong together. What they don’t expect is that the things that brought them together may ultimately be the very things that tear them apart.
Layken is left questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built.
Will is left questioning how to prove his love for a girl who can’t seem to stop “carving pumpkins.”
Once they find answers, the couple faces an even greater challenge. One that could change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone who depend on them.
Will and Layken had a rough year and it only gets rougher as they work together to raise their little brothers yet at the same time try to keep their own identities. They hit yet another rough patch when Will’s ex-girlfriend comes back into town, which causes Layken to question her and Will’s relationship. Other unforeseen events tear the couple apart, and their love is yet again put to the test.
Loved this book more than the first and that’s saying a lot because I loved the first one as well! This time the author writes from Will’s point of view (the first book being written from Layken’s point of view) and she did an amazing job. So many things happened in this part of the series, I couldn’t put my kindle down!