R E V I E W ➠ June First by Jennifer Hartmann


Want to know what happens to a man who barely claws his way out of a tragedy, only to fall right into the arms of the one girl in the world he can never have?
Another tragedy, that’s what.
When I was six years old, my father made a choice that altered the course of my entire life.
Because of what he did, the only girl I ever loved became the only girl I couldn’t have.
In a lot of ways, I did have her…
I had her first steps, her first words, her first smile. I had her milestones, her heartbreaks, her dreams. I had her heart so woven in with mine, I didn’t know where she ended, and I began.
Only, as the years pressed on, lines became blurred—and the blurrier the line, the easier it is to cross.
They say tragedy comes in threes.
For me, that was true.
The first one changed me, the second one broke me, and the third one healed me.
But at the center of all that tragedy… there is a love story.
And at the center of that love story,
There is June.

RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2022

NEW to me author and books. I requested this ARC because of the cover and blurb. I was actually really excited about this one. I was not put off by the taboo/relationship but more of the context it was in. Had this been a enemy-to or dark, yeah I would have enjoyed it but this was in a sense a SWEET HEA and the taboo relationship just felt wrong in every way.

I really wanted to love this, so hard. It started off emotional, i was crying within pages. So sweet and heartfelt. Then i realized that the story goes by ages. By 30% we were barely at the heroines 14th birthday. The hero is much older and they share a history from her birth which you get a front row seat of. After a while I was ready for the now, but it was a timeline of ages. I couldn’t connect to anything, it was more like telling a story than reading a plot and Romance. At 55% we are barely at the heroines 18th birthday after a tragedy. How do i put it without giving it out, there is no romance more like a developed relationship between two people who are much closer than the average. I honestly wanted to DNF and move on because, there is a scene where the heroine is 17 and the hero in his early 20s and it turned rather creepy and not fun to read, nothing like a sweet cute thing. It’s really awkward between H&H and this would have been a little taboo sexy had this not been a more contemporary and not dark even a bit book. The immaturity of the characters drove me crazy, the hero was really sweet and all but not my style. Lots of tragedies that will hurt your heart but i was missing that connection because the author is giving up a play by play of very early years in slow motion slow burn. It keeps going back and forth from ‘oh i have an attraction’ to ‘he’s my brother only sibling feelings’ just really frustrating to read. and then this is where i DNFed the book. 63% in and is just a while mess, the fact the hero went on a date and wanted her to be with her but the heroine was at his place waiting for him to tell him she’ll move in. GAG this books officially contains 90% of my dislikes and i cant believe I read this far without DNFing it. This was not my jam and i unfortunately can’t un-read it in my mind. Why? The Blurb was so promising and a sweet HEA feel but terrible twists that, just no. 

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Romance: ♡♡
Steamy: 🔥
Triggers: Personal Dislikes
Standalone/Series: Standalone

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