Friends have their own agenda, honesty comes with a dosage of lie, easy doesn’t even exist, keeping secrets sucks, and love...love is the most painful thing of all.
Maybe if Quinn Hamilton hadn’t asked me to skip classes for the day and help him pick out an engagement ring for my best friend, I wouldn’t have fallen for him so completely on that sunny Tuesday afternoon and I wouldn’t feel so conflicted. But I did, and I can’t take it back, no matter how hard I try. So I have to deal with the fact that even I’m not as good, or honest, or caring as I’d always thought I was, and no matter what I do next, someone’s going to get hurt. Probably me.
*The hero and heroine are not cheaters.*
First off, based on the synopsis it makes it sound like Zoey fell in love with Quinn when they went engagement ring shopping but that's not true. Even from the first few conversations the two have you can tell they are perfect for each other in every achingly sweet way possible. They only maintained a friendship and abstained from their true emotions out of loyalty to their individual relationships with Cora.
Their attraction is palpable and honest and it made me hate his relationship with Cora more, not because she was in the way but because it was obvious to everyone, even him, how wrong Cora was for him. I spent the first half of the book, just reading and waiting for Quinn to grow a backbone, to realize Cora is an evil b**** or at the very least a self-centered cow who doesn't deserve a guy like him. I was sad he had to realize it how he does but it's at that very moment when the book's plot thickens and you get sucked in. Quinn, though a great guy, does have a spine and he's no pushover. It was at that point where I was like, "yeah!" fist pump and all.
Read this book, you will definitely enjoy it, not only because Ms. Kage brings these characters to life in such a way that they pop off the page but because it contains twists and turns that I felt I should have seen coming but didn't.
I will confess I did not read this series in order, despite books 1-3 being on my TBR pile, and really appreciated how Ms. Kage told the story in such a way that I never felt lost. I'm sure there are probably little things I missed, inside jokes or stories, but honestly I think if you have it would only enhance the story more as it sure as heck didn't take anything from it. I loved it and will definitely be bumping books 1-3 to the top of that TBR pile so I can dive back into the world at ESU.
Next up in the series is Quinn's best friend, Ten, who is hilarious and sweet-in his own way. I personally can't wait to read more about him and his lady love!