My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was intrigued by Charlie from his initial appearance in book one of the Garnet Run series. I wanted his backstory, his journey from typical high school student to parenting of his younger brother to the adult he was at present. I wasn’t disappointed.

Parrish drops crumbs of Charlie’s backstory throughout and I gobbled up every morsel. My heart broke many times over Charlie. His selflessness is endearing, and his loneliness is devastating. His story is tragic and sad, and I couldn’t help but be optimistic that he would get all he dreamed of.

Rye is a feisty ball of sassiness that I just love for Charlie. Charlie patiently breaks through Rye’s surly standoffishness, and Rye does the same with Charlie’s barriers. To me, they are the perfect pairing.

As with Better Than People, Parrish manages to give the main characters’ animal companions distinct personalities, and this adds another layer of depth to the story. This series wouldn’t be complete without the dogs and cats.

***Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.***

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