Oskar used to be Marco’s best friend. His everything. His sunshine yellow.
But that was before. Before Marco stopped being a hot jock. Before he learned to live with scars and pain. And before Oskar tore their friendship apart.
Now the boy next door has returned home, determined to rekindle his friendship with Marco, and Marco’s more afraid than ever. Afraid of getting hurt. Afraid of being humiliated.
Afraid of falling in love.
Can Oskar find a way through Marco’s fear, back into his heart?
While I liked "Bottle Boys" fine, this second story in the series felt much more fleshed out and the connection more real.
Marco had been deeply hurt by the person he trusted most, so he wasn't entirely thrilled when Oskar finally returned to Berlin.
As a teen, Oskar made the most horrible mistake, mostly out of fear. But that mistake gutted Marco to the very core of his being.
But it was time to move on from past wrongs and forgive themselves in order to move on with their lives, so there were a lot of awkward situations and difficult conversations in this story.
Oskar was persistent, though, always seeming to show up when Marco least expected, or wanted him there. Some wounds can never heal, as Marco understood better than most, but some can, given enough time and care.
This was the story of two best friends, then enemies, putting in the work to get back what they'd once taken for granted and lost. Then transforming that friendship into something much deeper, something permanent.
Marco was such a sad, broken character, so it was a complete joy to see him eventually come to accept his physical and emotional scars, no longer allowing them to rule every aspect of his life.
Then we had Oskar, riddled with guilt over his cowardly betrayal of the person he loved most, right from the start, but he finally decided that he had to try and make things right. He remembered how happy he and Marco had once been, so he refused to give up on that without a fight. And fight he did.
With a couple of especially steamy scenes, this was a sexier read than I'd come to expect from Anyta and, let me tell you, she did not disappoint when the clothes went flying off.
The story wasn't overly angsty, but two characters did tend to make my blood boil on sight. Oskar's boyfriend, Jessie. Ugh. And 'Olivia.' Double ugh. Maybe triple, even.
This book overlapped the same timeline as "Bottle Boys," but I suppose it could be read as a standalone; however, I personally would not recommend reading this story until you'd first read book 1.
I'd rate this one at a very solid 4.25 *draw-me* stars and highly recommend it.
My ARC copy of the story was provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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