**Contains Adult Themes – This book can be read as a standalone**
The universe works in mysterious ways.
Well, it did for me, anyway.
It was like it knew that I needed him.
It put him in my life during a time I honestly thought I couldn’t go on.
He was broken. I was broken.
We only had one thing to offer each other – friendship.
A true, deep, incredible friendship.
Laughter fixed us.
Talking bonded us.
He quickly became my everything.
This is our story.
I can’t promise it’s always perfect.
It might make you laugh.
It might make you cry.
It might even make you love.
It’s us. Besties.
[Book review originally featured on Ramblings of a Bookworm]
“Love is an asshole like that. Sometimes people can do horrible things to you, and you would still be willing to overlook it if you could just have them in your life once more.”
Molly’s suffered a broken heart. How many of us can say the same? That all-encompassing, life altering shatter of what we once knew to be our life. In that moment, we are certain that things can never be different — the pain that is shrouding us can never dissipate. Real. True. Heartbreak. I’ve felt it. I’ve also felt within it, that stirring of hope that resides deep within us and lets us believe that other person really isn’t the terrible dope they have acted like. The feelings here are so real and explained so perfectly, for me.
In the story, Molly and Roman are both recovering from one of those life altering breakups, each for different reasons. Both are dealing with a life void of a person who has been the center of it for quite a while As annoyed as I was at certain moments in this story, I couldn’t believe how accurate Bella was describing some of my own feelings in these characters. Nothing in a relationship is cut & dry or black & white. In this relationship of besties, they truly run the gamut of emotions, all of which seem valid in the situation. Saying this, they did annoy me at times. I wanted to slap a little backbone in Roman and open up his eyes, while I wanted to shake Molly and give her the right words to say. But this is friendship, life, love … it’s totally messy.
A lot of people are probably going to read this story and expect the signature angst that accompanies Bella’s MC. This story is different, but no less important. I found the relationship represented by Molly and Roman to actually be beautiful. While it did seem a bit rushed and a little awkwardly formed, I feel like sometimes relationships just happen that way. Through the whole story, though, their relationship seemed genuine. This was a story about breaking; losing all of your pieces and not knowing how, or if you even want, to pick them up again. It’s a story about healing your wounds by helping someone else. And more even than that, it’s about the kind of love that forms when you share ALL of you with someone else.
Do I miss the angsty Jokers Wrath guys and gals? You betcha!
Do I think this story measures up to the other Bella Jewel works?
Do I think some people are going to be left unsatisfied? Unfortunately.
Go into this story with NO expectations or preconceived notions. Let the characters take you on their story. Be annoyed. Get mad. Roll your eyes. Yell at the characters. But whatever you do, listen to their story & let them teach you how to find healing through laughter and create a life past the destruction of your heart.