The Best Years by Elena Monroe

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“It’s stupid. I shouldn’t even be crying.” I felt his lips kiss my shoulder. “Why is it stupid you’re hurt? At least you’re strong enough to show it. When I’m hurt, I just hurt everyone else. I’m a wrecking ball in a room full of hearts.”

This book wasn’t what I was expecting, I kept having some issues with the writing and the story and I couldn’t connect with the characters.

Layla wanted to get away from her life and have a new beginning, and the only way to do it was going to college on the other side of the country, so she and her best friend B decided to move from Florida to New England. Over there she met Oliver and his friends, all of them with secrets and dark pasts that kept them together and made them protective of each other, so to say that Layla wasn’t well received in the group would be the understatement of the year, she looked “too innocent” for them, only she wasn’t, she had a dark past and secrets too.

Layla is perceived as an innocent and good girl, but she is far from it, she’s strong, she has tattoos, piercings and she always speaks her mind, she doesn’t have a problem standing up for herself or fighting for what she wants. The moment she meets Oliver they connect instantly, they have a bigger attraction that they want to admit, and he helps her to overcome her past and be comfortable with her body and to have sex again.

“She needed to know she couldn’t save me. That wasn’t an option. I didn’t want saving. I didn’t need it.”

Oliver is the epitome of bad boy, he spent most of his youth on drugs, alcohol and sex, until he went to rehab. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love, but he’s been with Elizabeth (a girl that is a part of his group of friends) for a long time, he cheated on her, got another girl pregnant, he overdose and went to rehab, but for some reason she’s still with him. He doesn’t even like her or want to be with her but they keep sleeping together, even after meeting Layla.

“Layla was my serenity to accept the things I could not change. Elizabeth was my courage to change the things I could. And I was still searching for that damn wisdom to know difference.”

After rehab the only high he could get was through sex, and his bigger high?? Sex with Layla, but he is so hot and cold you’ll get tired of it and give you whiplash. He had a great moment with her and then disappeared for a whole week, but good thing for him Layla was always there, waiting for him to get back to sleep together again. On the bright side he made her realized sex was great and it helped her heal for the bad experience she had last year.

When Oliver and Layla finally make it together something happens to keep them apart a-fucking-gain…

The end left me with so many unanswered questions and so many thoughts about Oliver and Layla’s relationship. I also had a few other issues with this book, for starters I can’t deal with toxic relationships, and this book is full of it. I didn’t like the way the story flowed, it was repetitive at times. There were scenes that weren’t necessary, like the beginning with all the rehab thing. I don’t like books that have dual POV’s and when one POV ends the next one starts in the middle of the scene we just read so we end reading the same thing twice, it was absolutely unnecessary.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

2.5/5

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