Series: The Woodlands #5
Author: Jen Frederick
Release Date: April 13, 2015
Winter Donovan loves two things: her sister and her sister's ex boyfriend. She's spent her whole life doing the right thing except that one time, that night when Finn O'Malley looked hollowed out by his father's death. Then she did something very wrong that felt terribly right.
Finn can't stop thinking about Winter and the night and he'll do anything to make her a permanent part of his life, even if it means separating Winter from the only family she has.
Their love was supposed to be unrequited but one grief stricken guy and one girl with too big of a heart results in disastrous consequences.
How much of yourself and your happiness are you willing to sacrifice in order to keep the peace in your family? How far down the list of priorities do you have to be in someone’s life before you finally stand up for yourself?
These are questions Winter Donovan must find the answers to. Winter is in love with her sister’s ex-boyfriend from high school. She’s had a crush on him since she was fourteen years old. One night she finally had a chance to make her move—when she did something very wrong in her mind, but it felt so right. Now she just needs to move past her worries.
Finn O’Malley. Man of Winter’s dreams. He’s had a long time crush too—on Winter. With the death of his father, Finn’s trying to make his way. His dad was his rock and greatest cheerleader. Finn is stuck between his dad’s dreams and his own. How will he choose and will he choose for his own happiness?
Their one night ignites Finn and Winter’s passion but will Winter’s feelings of obligation to her family and her mess of a sister keep her from her own happiness? Can she finally do something for herself and put herself first for once?
I really enjoyed this book. Finn’s trying to balance his own work and his father’s company. He’s a mess in his business life, but he knows what he wants in his personal life. He just wants Winter. Winter is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to make her realize that fact. Sigh. I love Finn’s determination. He’s a great friend and a bit of a man whore in the past, but he’s dead set on having Winter in his life. He knows he’s potentially screwed it up, but he’s willing to gamble on his mistakes and hope that his love for Winter pulls them through.
And Winter! God, Catholic Guilt has NOTHING on Asian Guilt. Winter never puts herself first. Her love and concern for her sister shines through on every page. Too bad Ivy is a selfish bitch who only cares for herself. I found myself wanting to just knock on Winter's door, give her a big hug and tell her she’s not responsible for every decision made in the world. Then I would smack her upside the head to wake her up about her manipulative sister.
I was really pleased with the final outcome too. And I loved the glimpses of Bo and AnneMarie, and Noah and Grace. The boys are Finn’s roommates and they really helped round out the story.
Jen lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own.