This book was provided to me for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thoughts at a glance: *** (I liked it)
Summary: A year after her boyfriend Jared's death, Kennedy has finally come to his hometown of Lyra Valley to lay his ashes to rest. She doesn't quite feel ready to let go and can't bring herself to spread his ashes right away, so in the meantime, she gets to know some of the people from Jared's former life.
Including Aaron, Jared's former best friend, to whom she feels an instant attraction--followed by instant guilt. Aaron, too, tries hard to deny his feelings for Kennedy, considering how his friendship with Jared had ended so many years ago. But as Lyra Valley's thunderstorms keep throwing them together, they find that they can't stay away from each other and that really, they don't want to.
Thoughts: I enjoyed this book, but it didn't WOW me. I liked reading it while I read it, but I'm fairly certain that it's not a book that will particularly stick with me long after I've moved on to other books, if that makes any sense.
It's a bit of a slow burn, with lots of heated glances and conflicted feelings, and it definitely dealt a lot with grief and survivor's guilt, with quite a few tear-eliciting moments.
*shrug* I don't know what else to say about it - I liked it, and it was nice, but it didn't change my life. It was a good summertime devour-and-move-on sort of book.