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Something in the Way (Something in the Way Series Book 1) by [Hawkins, Jessica]
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"A definite must-read."--USA Today's Happy Ever After

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents' house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn't be broken...no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights--I would wait. But I'd learn that life isn't always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn't matter. My older sister saw him next.

Book one in an epic, three-book saga of forbidden love. Book two, Somebody Else's Sky, is available now.

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Stay updated on new releases, sales and monthly newsletters—join the mailing list: www.jessicahawkins.net/mailing-list Jessica Hawkins is an Amazon bestselling author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together. She writes romance both at home in the California desert and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list. Learn more or get in touch at www.jessicahawkins.net

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2923 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Hawkins (Feb. 25 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XBTFR8V
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5 STARS
This book was not at ALL was I was expecting! I'm a huge Jessica Hawkins fan and I've read quite a few of her previous books. I'm totally addicted to her signature brand of hot, forbidden and shocking. This certainly has all of those elements, some more than others, but the story is more of a slow burn and buildup to what will happen in the next two books. It is set in the past, in 1993. It had me feeling so old and nostalgic for my own young adult years! I loved all the pop culture references.
This first installment of this series I would classify as more young adult or new adult, as the heroine is only 16 years old. Those aren't my favorite genres as I like my heroines a bit older and more mature, but I can't say no to a book from this author. She definitely held my attention by making a little home in my heart for the characters. Her love interest, Manning, is seven years older than Lake. There is that forbidden element. However, there is no sexual relationship between them. The foundation for their relationship is more of a friendship with a side of forbidden sexual tension. Lake is young in body and mind, but she has a maturity beyond her years. Despite that, Manning is a stand up guy with morals and he isn't willing to cross that line. The something in between them is Lake's older and infuriating sister, Tiffany. And the shocking part that I never saw coming? Naturally, that comes at the end with the cliff-hanger. I was left gaping like a fish out of water wondering if it really happened the way I read it! I had to go back and double check.
Overall, I prefer my books with more heat, but given Lake and Manning's age difference, I was thankful that line wasn't crossed because I would have lost some respect for Manning.
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10 LOVE/HATE STARS!!! Oh my.....how do I start....this is one of the best, most complicated stories I have read in a long time. You will love it and hate it, there is so much emotions and taboo going on you can't put it down. I absolutely love Lake, the 16 year old sister, her young life is prepared for her already. Tiffany her sister is 19 years old, well let's just say spoiled and is completely opposite of Lake. Manning is so dreamy, protective, sexy, bad boy all the way, just perfect. Manning meets Lake and Tiffany and both girls like Manning. I know it is wrong, but I was pulling for Lake to win Manning. This book ends with a cliffhanger, so please bring on the next book.
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I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars!! I believe she has a name and she sure knew what she was doing when she joined these two hearts.

Jessica what have you done to me.

You are the QUEEN of drama and slow burn. You get me every single time with your love, angst, and heartbreak.

Lake will make everyone remember what its like to be 16 and fall in love for the first time. Lake is a typical sweet shy girl trying to please her parents and find her way in life.

Until she finds it in the form of Manning. "The finder of braclets, hoarder of ciagarettes, and a Pink Floyd beast of a man." Oh Jessica you can write a lead male like no other. This is the story of forbidden love, growing up, discovering who you are and where you're meant to be.

The supporting characters are well thought out, each playing an important part in young Lakes life.

Where will this story go, I cannot wait to find out.

"I've never even kissed someone, she said close to my ear. Never wanted to before."

Who will be her first but the big question who will be her last?????

Star keeper I believe your name is Maddy.

Amazing story, beautifully written, captures your heart and will hold your attention
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Absolutely loved this beautiful book!! Jessica Hawkins just has a way of telling a story that sweeps you away, with hopes of dreams come true and love scenes that curl your toes. Manning Sutter is a perfect lead character. Strong, protective and sexy as hell yet always worrying what may happen next. He had a difficult youth and needed to find someone who could help him discover happiness again. He is such a caring soul always trying to make the right decisions. I fell for him right from the start and you will too. I can't wait for the next addition to this 3 part series. Loved it!!!
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 'Remember When' STARS May 17 2017
By Bethany - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"Some invisible tether existed between us. Nobody could see it, not even us, but I felt it."

I just want to SCREAM!!!! I am overly excited about the possibilities with this new series!! I am smiling like a loon after reading this first book and what it all means, but I seriously shook my head and said "WHAT" at the end of it. Walk on the wild side....slouch your socks, crimp your hair into a side pony, turn up your boombox and take a trip back to the 90's. This first book in this brand new forbidden series is a must read!! I don't want to chat so much about this book in my review and give anything away, but I want you to understand how amazing this book was. SO. FREAKING. GOOD. So many quotable lines and so many highlighted passages that I cannot wait to discuss with you. Seriously....SO GOOD. I am giddy with the possibilities, I tell ya! GIDDY!

"Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights-I would wait."

Based on the synopsis, we get a good idea about the forbidden aspect of this book, but I want to point out that Jessica did an amazing job making us feel Lake's frustration with everyone thinking she was too young, and actually making her actions prove she was very definitely too young. Lake was so determined and so innocent, her naïveté showed. It was so refreshing and angering, all wrapped in one. I loved being able to remember those feelings I had when I was her age back in the 90's. The memories alone of being in love with someone older than you, this was definitely a trip down memory lane. I loved feeeeeling this one and remembering those emotions that I had when I was falling in love for the first time. YOU GUYS!! You have to read this one!!! YOU HAVE TO! Suffer the cliffie with me, pleeeease, and remember we will all be scrambling after the ending, but the place she left off leaves us with breathing room. It allows for reflection and discussion galore!

"I'll promise you something better. Wherever I go, I won't abandon you."

I wonder how long it will take Manning to realize that all he is doing is lying to himself to avoid the inevitable. The theories and possibilities on this book are abundant. I cannot wait until May!!!! Make sure to add Someone Else's Sky to your TBR!!! And when you finish this first book, come join us in the Something in the Way Discussion Room.....theories and questions are running rampant!

"I was better than her at hiding it, but my reaction to her was the same. Physical. Powerful. Painful."
70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story!! Feb. 27 2017
By Jennifer G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars!! I believe she has a name and she sure knew what she was doing when she joined these two hearts.

Jessica what have you done to me.

You are the QUEEN of drama and slow burn. You get me every single time with your love, angst, and heartbreak.

Lake will make everyone remember what its like to be 16 and fall in love for the first time. Lake is a typical sweet shy girl trying to please her parents and find her way in life.

Until she finds it in the form of Manning. "The finder of braclets, hoarder of ciagarettes, and a Pink Floyd beast of a man." Oh Jessica you can write a lead male like no other. This is the story of forbidden love, growing up, discovering who you are and where you're meant to be.

The supporting characters are well thought out, each playing an important part in young Lakes life.

Where will this story go, I cannot wait to find out.

"I've never even kissed someone, she said close to my ear. Never wanted to before."

Who will be her first but the big question who will be her last?????

Star keeper I believe your name is Maddy.

Amazing story, beautifully written, captures your heart and will hold your attention.
123 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 WE HAD THIS STARS!! Feb. 26 2017
By Maple Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Jessica Hawkins! What. Have. You. Done. To. Me?!?!

This book? ALL. THE. DEADS. What am I going to do with my life now? I read this book in ONE sitting. It's not something I do very often. I only moved from the spot where I was reading once. ONCE. To grab a quick bowl of cereal for dinner. And to go relieve my poor bladder. I just couldn't stop. After I finished this book I had a hard time sleeping. I can't stop thinking about these characters, and I'm exhausted. And now I sit here trying to come up with the words to write my review. It's hard. So hard. That's when you know you've read something special. Epic. Magical. Unforgettable.

I fear for what's to come for Manning and Lake. God these two stole my heart. Manning is such a good guy. A man who is tortured by his past. He loves and cares with all that he is and just wants to do what's right for everyone. Lake is so innocent and has such a beautiful soul. I wanted to wrap my arms around her so many times. Wrap my arms around them both. These two are soul mates. I can feel it. They are stars in the sky. I want them to be. Just be. Together. But I know it's going to be a long and heart wrenching journey. I trust that whatever Jessica creates for these characters will be devastating and mind blowing.

The reason I love Jessica's writing so much is that she MAKES. YOU. FEEL. Happiness. Sadness. Lust. Love. Fear. Anger. Heart ache and heart break. Basically? Every emotion possible. She has this way of making you fall utterly and completely into her story. You feel like you are experiencing every emotion her characters are going through. Her stories are all consuming, and Lake and Manning's star-crossed love story is going to break me. Heck I am broken. I think it will only get worse. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

Something In The Way is truly one of the most emotional forbidden romances I have read in a long time. I am so invested in this story, I cannot even. Manning and Lake own me. And so does Jessica. She made me her #b*tch. I'm at her mercy. I can't wait to see what kind of heart crushing journey I'm going to be taken on with the next two books. This series is going to be something special. I can feel it. I am ACHING for book two NOW. Is it May yet?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Intrigued May 4 2017
By Shandi1015 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Lake is the good girl. She does everything that is expected of her; good grades and basically everything her father expects of her. When she meets Manning a crush develops and it changes everything for her. Her world starts to open up and she starts taking the blinders off. I felt she became more aware of how her sister is treated. I believe she also starts to see that her father is controlling her. I like that the author took this down the slow burn route. Lake is young and fresh and I believe at this point she is in serious “LIKE” with Manning. Not to say that this won’t become more but the author didn’t rush it and make it skeevy.

Tiffany is the sister that doesn’t have a clear path and her father has washed his hands of her. In my opinion the girl’s father is a pig. Instead of nurturing the uniqueness in each daughter he put one over the other. In some ways I feel that Tiffany should feel lucky. She is a free spirit and if she had shown any signs of academic perfection her father would have controlled her too. Now I know that most readers see Tiffany as bratty but I feel she is very lost and needs to know her worth. Meeting Manning is starting to open her eyes to the fact that she can have more and be more. I am hoping that the sisters come together and find their way.

Manning has suffered through tragedy and at this point he is just getting by. He is working construction but his goal is to become a cop. Meeting the girls brings out the protective nature in him. He feels drawn to both girls for different reasons. I feel at this point in the story he is just trying to help them see their worth and protect them. Feelings are starting to develop but he works pretty d*** hard to fight that pull.

I am excited to get my hands on book two. I am very curious as to where the author is going with that ending. Well done!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It April 2 2017
By Love to read! - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book. I will purchase the next in the series. Some parts are a bit "corny". The reasons that the main male character likes Lake (because he wants someone to protect and wants to feel like someone needs him) seems over the top and a bit childish and times.

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