High school senior Alyssa hasn’t had an easy life. Her dad died in a car accident, her sister ran away and now her mom has lost her battle with breast cancer. All Alyssa wants now is to avoid a persistent child service’s caseworker so she can graduate high school and go to college. When she meets Dalton, Alyssa realizes just how lonely her solitary life has become.
Meanwhile, Dalton is dealing with problems of his own. His mother is an abusive and raging drunk who kicks Dalton out on the street. Despite this, Dalton remains a sweet and kind young man. He quickly becomes smitten with Alyssa and the two begin a sweet, yet cautious relationship.
This was truly a beautiful read. It’s not often that I’m quickly pulled into a story plot, but Alyssa and Dalton had me hooked from the start.
The writing is sweet, yet absolutely genuine and I couldn’t help not falling in love with these characters. Both Alyssa’s and Dalton’s backstories tugged at my heartstrings. I was invested immediately in the well-being of them both. Again…this doesn’t often happen to me.
Not only is there CLEAN teen romance in this book, there’s a bit of suspense and intrigue woven in as well. I found the subplot thoroughly engaging.
The story of Alyssa and Dalton is clearly not yet over. There are plenty of possibilities for a book series here, but this particular book is definitely NOT a cliffhanger. Kudos to Laurel Veil…she’s done an excellent job creating two wonderfully multi-layered characters and I’ll be looking for more from them in the future.
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton