|My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I became a huge fan of this series and my excitement grew stronger every day until getting to read this book. I was not over the moon for “Hearts of Blue” and really wanted to have a proper book for one of the Cross brothers. I was not disappointed by Stu’s story! It was brilliant, funny and kept me hanging until the epilogue.
We all know the Cross brothers from book 4 and got a glimpse of their different personalities and story. Lee, Trevor, Liam and Stu are one united family, being capable of the toughest of sacrifices for seeing their love ones safe. Stu was the one to take the hit for his brother’s at the end of “Hearts of Blue” and got sentenced to 2 years of prison for robbing cars.
This book’s story begins when Stu is out of prison and tries to have a normal life. I don’t want to spoil much of the plot and I will try to focus on his relationship with Andrea. Stu enrolls in an adult schooling project, in which he meets Andrea, a young and beautiful girl, but who is also his teacher. Since the moment he walked through the door, Andie was mesmerized by Stu and had a deep connection with him, despite their student teacher relationship didn’t allow them to explore it freely.
The characters were amazing, I felt so drawn to them and caught my attention especially because they were different but bind so good together.
Andie shows him what a bright future he can have, full of love and hope. She has been a widow for 4 years, and love is not on her menu. She wants to help people, seek satisfaction into seeing them evolve and be someone in life. Stu becomes her mission and she was right not to give up on him. After her husband dies, she is afraid to love again, being afraid of feeling lost and vulnerable, and experience pain.
“That might sound weird, but I’m proud of me, too. You should be, you’re defying the odds, Stuart Cross.. Well, you know what they say, about the right teacher.. ”
She thought him not only how to love again, but how to love himself as a person and never give up on aiming big : ” Be my soft place to fall ”
” Stuart Cross made me feel alive. So much so that it took him coming into my life to make me realize I hadn’t been living.”
He made her be more confident, move on and show her that even if pain touched her in the past, her future could be brilliant and full of hope.
I truly recommend this book, it was an amazing an clever read, a true experience from the first page to the last.