I was anxiously awaiting this second installment in the Arden St. Ives series and it was well worth the wait. This one picks up immediately after the first book ends and follows Arden and Caspian as they return to London and try to make a go of their relationship. It's a rocky road though as Arden tries to break down the many walls Caspian has put up.
This story sucked me in from the very beginning The author has created a fabulous narrator in Arden. He's an absolute delight. He's funny, smart, introspective and insightful. Arden is also a really good guy. He's loves his friends and his devotion comes through in every interaction. When Adren focuses that devotion on Caspian we get to see Caspian taking steps to open up and return Arden's feelings. There are some very touching and romantic scenes in this book. Caspian may say he's not a romantic but indeed he is.
As the story goes along both Arden and the reader learn there is a lot going on in Caspian's head and a lot of it is pretty ugly. He's struggling with some very serious issues and I'm quite curious to see how the author is going to end up addressing this in the next book.
This book is also partly about Arden's journey to figure out what he wants to do with his life. There are quite a few scenes with Nik and Ellery and we get to meet the people in Caspian's life. (The good and the bad)
The writing was top notch and this author thoroughly entertains me with his clever inclusion of both popular culture and literary references. He's a smart writer and I'm sure I miss half of the references I should, but the ones I do catch I love.
There was a great deal of emotion in this book. I laughed out loud repeatedly, I felt a bit swoony in a few scenes and my heart broke just a bit for both of the protagonists in more than one place.
I don't think this should be read as a standalone. You definitely need to read this in order to get the full emotional impact. The first book was also one of my favorite books this year and I highly recommend this series.
Be careful what you wish for . . .
Once upon a time there was a totally ordinary boy who fell for a cold, beautiful prince. Only it's not a fairy tale, it's my life. The prince is a billionaire called Caspian Hart. And we're trying super hard to live happily ever after.
He's everything I want, need, and can't resist: a man who looks like a god and bangs like the devil. Except he's still got his rules and he's still got his secrets . . .
But if there's one thing Caspian's taught me it's that you should never settle for less than you're worth. And I'm worth his trust. I have to show him that I see him. That I'm not afraid of his passion, or his power, or his past. And that I won't settle for less than everything.
NOTE: This book ends on a cliffhanger! See how Arden and Caspian's love story ends in the third book, coming Summer 2018!
And don't miss the story of how Arden and Caspian first met! HOW TO BANG A BILLIONAIRE is available now!