Falling in love is easy. But what happens when that love has been tossed aside and trampled on by the person who swore to cherish it? Can you ever trust again, or will the bitter taste of betrayal keep you from allowing anyone else in?
Carter and Elizabeth each have their own issues with love and trust. Both have had their hearts broken and carry the scars of the past into their relationship with each other. Is love ever enough? Can it overcome? Carter faces his past with Elizabeth by his side, but it continues to haunt him at every turn. Can he let go and believe in her enough to leave his past behind him or will he push too hard and send her running into another man’s arms?
Into you was a sweet and angsty read. I enjoyed the premise of the story and my favorite elements were Carter and Elizabeth’s back-stories. It was interesting to see such a vulnerable male MC and I thought the way Sibarium handled Elizabeth’s back-story was very well done and tasteful. I think the details of her life could have lead to some serious issues for some readers but I personally sympathized with her. I couldn’t stand Carter’s family for a majority of the book. I can totally understand why he is so jaded and although at times I was frustrated with his insecurities, his situation made it totally understandable. I really loved how Elizabeth didn’t let Carter get away with his crap and stood by her man even when things got tough. It was nice to see a situation flip-flopped where the guy was falling all over himself and struggling with his feelings for the girl.
At first I felt a little disconnected from Elizabeth and Carter. Don’t get me wrong, I liked them but I struggled with their relationship in the beginning. I wouldn’t call what they had Insta-love but their relationship was fast-moving. I wish there had been a bit more of a foundation laid for them but I enjoyed the romance between them. I thought their relationship showed a lot of growth and development which really put me on their team! There was definitely a lot of back and forth which created all the angst but I think readers who like a good on the edge of your seat romance will enjoy these two.
One thing I love about Sibarium’s books is her writing. I have read a lot of NA books and more often than not the writing is lacking for me but I didn’t feel that way with Into You. I felt that the writing was rich and colorful rather than monotonous. Although not all YA authors can make a graceful transition to NA, Sibarium handles it with ease. I would recommend this book for those looking for a different, tense, and sweet NA story. Plus I must add, I love that it was a standalone and the epilogue was perfect!
I looked around at the stores and shops, most of them were closed, with metal grates covering the windows. That was something you didn’t see much of in Jersey, at least not where I lived. That and the attached stores packed so close together, one on top of the other. The stores and restaurants on the main streets tended to be close, but only for a few blocks. All of Brooklyn had this tight squeezed-in feel.
I’d gotten my fill. I found myself looking to get away from the noise of the cars beeping, buses screeching and music blaring. I wanted to go home. Yearning to feel my cool, crisp sheets cradle my bare skin, I walked faster, looked down at my watch, and yawned.
“Son of a bitch!” a male voice barked as I felt myself bounce off what felt like a brick wall.
I shook it off realizing there are no walls in the middle of the sidewalk. The hard object I bumped into was a man.
“Sorry,” I said, before even looking at him.
The striking young man shook his head annoyed. He looked down at his chest to assess the damage. I followed his gaze, and gasped as I made out the egg carton against his chest oozing with gook. Without thinking, I reached into my pocket, pulled out a tissue and dabbed at the eggy spot on his suit jacket. I hesitated, embarrassed at the liberty I had taken. With heat filling my face I looked up, and met his eyes for the first time. My stomach tumbled. I stood frozen, mesmerized by his steely grey eyes. In an attempt to hide my awkwardness I pulled my hand away from him.
“Forget it,” the handsome stranger said.
“The yolks on you,” I recovered.
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Danielle Sibarium grew up as an only child of divorced parents in Brooklyn, New York. Her imagination was developed at an early age. Surrounded by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for the prince.
Danielle always loved dialogue and in elementary school began writing plays and short stories. This is when she began to understand she could not only bring her fantastical world to life for herself, but she could enchant others as well. And so she wrote. She wrote and wrote and wrote.
Sadly the first piece she ever sent out for publication of any sort was a letter to the editor of The Home News Tribune. It was a piece of thanking the first responders for their bravery and selflessness on Sept. 11th. It was chosen as letter of the week. In 2007 Danielle collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody. In October 2011 Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She has since released The Heart Waves Trilogy, Heart Waves, Breaking Waves, and Waves of Love. Danielle graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with honors, and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.