Review: Just Between Us by Hayley Oakes
Ten years spent trying to forget.
Kyle returns to his home town following years away to discover Sophie nursing a broken heart after being dumped by her fiancé.
A decade before Sophie and Kyle hated each other, she thought he was an arrogant playboy and he thought she was a spoilt princess. A drunken kiss changed everything and they spent the summer before university hiding their budding relationship.
Back then he was the achingly attractive bad boy that Sophie couldn’t resist and now Kyle attempts to revive Sophie from her misery as her friend.
But is the one person she wouldn’t let herself have the only one who can save her?
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“Kyle was a hard habit to kick, and like a crack whore i was driven to madness in need of my fix.”
As a teenager, Sophie was disappointed when her mom married Kyle’s dad. Kyle was everything Sophie was not, popular, outgoing and a jerk. Then something shifted, changed. Sophie saw a side of Kyle no one else saw and fell in love. Kyle saw Sophie, wanted her, loved her almost from the first time he saw her. Unfortunately, Sophie knew no one would approve and things ended between them. Several years later, Sophie is healing from a broken engagement. When Kyle sees her again, he knows he would do anything to bring back her spirit and mend her shattered heart. He wants to be a good friend and stepbrother, but after years of self denial, Sophie isn’t so sure she wants a platonic relationship with Kyle.
I was drawn into this story from the beginning, unable to resist Sophie and Kyle. The attraction between them was HOT, although it was a bit distracting going back and forth in time. Overall, I did like Hayley Oakes writing and will be getting her other books!