Anything between us gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Book: anything between us
Author: Sarah Fine
Publication date: 31st July 2019
Genre: contemporary romance
Rating: 5 STARS
What if falling in love is the biggest risk of all?
Sasha decided a long time ago that she would only allow herself a single night each year to go out and be wild. The rest of her time is spent at her pottery wheel or taking care of her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s. She has plenty of reasons to avoid anything more than this: one guy, one night, and no names exchanged. But this year, the long and lean stranger she chooses turns out to be more than she bargained for. He makes her feel alive—when it doesn’t seem safe to feel that way at all.
Discharged from the army after a traumatic deployment, Nate returns to his hometown riddled with guilt and unable to envision a future. Everything starts to change during a night out with friends, when a beautiful stranger offers him a no-strings-attached encounter against the wall in the back room of the bar. He knows the deal, but when they run into each other again at the local artists’ co-op where his older brother works, he can’t help but crave more. She makes him feel alive—but he’s still trying to decide if he wants to live at all.
She’s not willing. He’s not ready. But with an unrelenting attraction that weakens their resolve with every passing minute, Sasha and Nate embark on a friendship. One that makes them both stronger. One that makes them wonder if the future might be brighter than either of them ever imagined—until a devastating turn forces them to decide: Is risking everything for love is worth the pain of losing it long before they’re ready?
**WARNING: This is a new adult novel and contains material which is sexual in nature. Content may not be suitable for readers under the age of 18.**
Going into this story I expected a smutty adult romance story but boy was I wrong! This story was really powerful and hard-hitting story that explores so many themes.
Starting this book I had no idea how hard hitting and emotional this story was going to be with exploration of hard hitting and deep themes such as:
- Suicidal thoughts and ideation
- Being trapped in a relationship
We follow both Sasha and nate through this story with the perspectives changing each chapter so we can follow each characters inner turmoil. Unlike a lot of romance stories Nate and Sasha’s relationship starts on a rocky one. It’s not all unicorns and rainbows and these two people are struggling a hell of a lot and need to work through these situations individually before they work on moving their relationship forward.
Sarah truly is an amazing author who captured so much pain and emotion between Sasha and Nate that made me cry! Not many books have done that to me.
Although this story doesn’t necessarily has the storybook happy ending it is such a realistic but very hopeful ending.
Final thoughts and emotions
I truly adored this book! Sarah Fine is a brilliant author and I can’t wait to read some more of her books. This is a definite 5 STAR read for me. If you are looking for a contemporary, dark, hard hitting romance this one’s for you!