Narrator: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
Series: Something in the Way #2
Published by Selfpublished on December 5, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Length: 7 hrs, 42 min
Source: Audible Purchase
If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.
A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.
Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.
I put off reading Somebody Else’s Sky because HOLY ANGST. Something in the Way, the first book in the series, left me reeling so I was concerned about where Lake and Manning would go from there. Somebody Else’s Sky was just as angsty as I feared it would be. And I loved every minute even if I was yelling aloud at the characters.
Somebody Else’s Sky sees Manning, in order to protect Lake, doing time for a crime he didn’t commit. He ensures that Lake understands he doesn’t want her visiting the prison but doesn’t put the same restriction on Tiffany (Lake’s older sister). When Manning is finally released, it’s Tiffany’s arms that welcome him. And while I understood his wanting to protect Lake – she is only 17 – I absolutely loathed that he continued into a relationship with Tiffany.
Lake, for her part, does all she can to show Manning how she feels for him. Unfortunately, she’s also doing all she can to keep her father happy. It was nice to see her cut loose and be a teenager at times. And her interactions with Manning, at times, and Tiffany, almost always, show her emotional immaturity. However, Manning is it for Lake and nothing seems to be able to change that.
Somebody Else’s Sky did see some emotional growth for Lake. The steps she takes to finally start living life for herself were welcome. I definitely cheered her on. Manning seemed to keep digging his hole deeper and deeper. His decisions, while made for what he considered noble reasons, only made me want to scream. And possibly throw something at him. And Tiffany? There’s no redemptive qualities in her, in my opinion. None.
The end of Somebody Else’s Sky had me growling and cheering – those actions at different people. And despite the turmoil going on in my heart, mind, and gut, I moved directly onto Move the Stars. I had to know how it all turns out even if that meant continuing indigestion. LOL
Oh! And Andi Arndt and Zachary Webber were fantastic. Always an aural pleasure!
I like lots of angst! Terrific review, Brandee
Great review! Sounds like this is beautifully angsty haha I do want to read this author though and I have a soft spot for character growth, it makes all the angst worth it.