His mother’s health is fragile and his father’s disapproval is breaking him down. Theo is afraid if he follows his heart, he’ll fail, and not just himself, but his brother who believed in him when no one else did.
Drawn together by their pain, Theo and Kacey slowly build a friendship, re-forge old ties, help each other to heal, and give one another the courage to reach for their dreams. Together, from the depths of grief and guilt, they learn to laugh again, to trust again, and quite possibly find something beautiful and lasting amid the shattered pieces of their broken hearts.
So, after I DNF’d Full Tilt, you’re probably all wondering why I’d bother picking up All In. Honestly? The writing was never my problem with Full Tilt. I loved the writing, I loved the characters, I loved the dialogue. I only got to know Kacey for about 25% of the first book, but I already liked her enough to want to see her get the happily ever after she so richly deserved. And, oh boy, did she ever get that HEA.
Theo and Kacey’s story was a beautiful friends-to-lovers read that felt totally believable. Their path wasn’t always easy, but they were a perfect match for one another. There was more angst in the story than I generally care for, but it was so beautifully written that I completely overlooked it. Besides, it was understandable angst. These two had issues to overcome. The angst was in no way self-imposed or thrown in just for angst’s sake.
And for once, I have nothing to nitpick. I loved every minute of it. In fact, I think many new adult readers will be adding Theo to their lists of favorite book boyfriends of all time.
I’ll close this review out by saying I can’t recommend this book highly enough. (If I say anything else, it will degenerate into silly fangirling, and we can’t have that. I have to preserve what little dignity I have left at this point.)
Full disclosure: We generously received a free copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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