Author: Ramona Wray
Series: Stand Alone
Published: Available now by CreateSpace (Amazon)
Source: Author sent for review
Description: Like most girls at Rosemound High School, seventeen-year-old Lily Crane is acutely aware of Ryder Kingscott. Hands down the cutest guy in school, Ryder is cool, mysterious, and utterly untouchable…especially for Lily. For when she touches someone, Lily instantly learns all about their lives. And while such a skill might seem nifty, in truth it is wrecking Lily’s life. So she is shocked when Ryder asks her out — and even more shocked to discover he has a rival. Lucian Bell is the gorgeous new kid who can’t take his eyes off of Lily. Being pursued by two hotties should make a girl happy, but Lily is skeptical. The boys act as if they’ve met before, hating each other with a passion that could only be rooted in a dark, dangerous past. A past full of terrible secrets. The kind of secrets that could get a girl killed.
I Give This ...
I admit, I almost turned this review down. I haven't had a lot of luck with self published novels. But, I was intrigued because I liked the cover and description. I'm so glad that got the best of me because I would have missed out on a really great book!
I actually really loved Lily. I liked the idea of instantly knowing someone's life just by touching them. While it's not new, the books presents it differently. Lily is still somewhat of a social outcast because of this. But she has her trusty best friend and her family. She avoids physical contact with people, but doesn't let them stop her from trying to be social. She was well rounded and I found that she was someone I enjoyed reading about.
I also enjoyed Ryder. He doesn't just show up all of a sudden and then Lily's is drawn to him (how many storied out there are like that). Lily has been admiring him from afar for over a year. Turns out he has been doing the same. He knows all about her and for some reason I didn't find it creepy at all. It seemed sweet. And while I thought he professions of love, etc were a bit heavy at times, it all made perfect sense in the end. I really enjoyed how their relationship progressed.
I also really enjoyed the mythology behind what Lucian and Ryder really are. I wasn't expecting the twist and turns in the story and the connection to Lily. It was really a great overall story with all questions answered and no cliff hanger at the end. I hope the author goes far with this!