Release Blitz: Something In the Way by Jessica Hawkins

February 27, 2017

Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017


It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

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⭐⭐ 3.75- 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐

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From the moment I heard the word “Forbidden”, I knew I had to read this story. Who doesn’t love a forbidden romance? From the seduction to the heart stopping feeling you get deep in your core knowing that you’re about to go in uncharted waters, being on the edge of something so wrong has never been more alluring. That’s Forbidden. Losing all control and not giving a damn in the moment because what you want is making you forgo all of your rational decisions. 

When you’re a sixteen year old girl one Summer break, the only thing you want to do is work on your tan and have fun with your friends. But for Lake, that is not the case. Her days are filled with taking Summer courses and finishing off her required reading list and trying not to annoy her older sister Tiffany. While waiting to be picked up, Lake discovers that she’s missing a very valuable item and she decides to look for it herself near a construction site. From that moment, life as Lake knew it would never be dull because the handsome older construction worker, will now cement himself into her life. 

Manning has seen a lot in his twenty-three years of life. Things that would harden a soul and make you see nothing but darkness but for him, that’s not the case. Sure he has his own demons but underneath it all, what you see is a good, strong, protective man that would do anything for the ones he loves. From the moment he meets Lake, that protectiveness became a strong force that was unexplainable but Manning knew that this girl was someone he needed in his life. Her sister on the other hand? Let’s just say….. it’s complicated. 

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“Someone else would be her first love.. Some other man would be the first to cherish her.

The first to ruin her.

It couldn’t be me.” 

I’m going to be honest right now and say that this book was NOT what I expected. Yes I knew it was forbidden and it was going to have the love triangle tendencies that was going to make me pull my hair out, but I wasn’t aware that this was going to be a “coming of age”/ New Adult read. Maybe it was my fault and I overlooked that part, but I was looking for more romance. But what I will say is that this story kept intrigued until the very last page. 

Did I get frustrated at times with the characters? HELL YES. I wanted more from them in different scenes and don’t even get me started on a certain character. If I had a boat, I would take them out to sea and leave them there! No joke. I almost wasted my good liquor on that person so to say I hated them, was the understatement of the year. I also felt like the story moved a little too slow for me in certain parts but that’s just me. Aside from that,, I loved that this story was in the 90s era and even though I was very young at that time, the feeling I got when I was reading about the music bands was my absolute favorite part and I secretly wished I could've gone back in time to experience it as a teenager.

No please be advised: This story ends on a cliffhanger that will have you feeling extra stabby. Part two will be available May 2017

Author Bio

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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