on January 26, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult
Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she's frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what's next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been.
Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he's lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family's ranch in Montana.
And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious...until the past starts ripping apart their future.
One of the first things I thought of when I finished Rebecca’s last book, Between Everything and Us was “I cannot wait to see what happens with Noah and Reagan”! So imagine how excited I was to get an ARC for Anything More Than Now.
Noah has been secretly in love with Reagan for a few years. It’s not until a drunken hook-up that they blur the lines a bit and move from just being acquaintances to more. The thing is, when they do begin their relationship of sorts, it’s one that is surrounded in secrets. Both are holding onto their pasts with iron fists which at times is a bit difficult for the other one to gain entry.
There is so much more to Noah and Reagan that meets the surface. From an outsider, Reagan comes off as this very determined girl who at times can be a bit standoffish and hard to deal with. Noah, comes across as a slacker that doesn’t really put his full potential on the line. But when the two of them get together it’s almost like they are meant to bring out the best in each other. Reagan lets down her walls a bit and lets Noah in slowly and Noah in return lets go of some of his past that has been haunting him.
What I liked about the book was that their relationship was a slow burn. It was something that happened organically and the issues, secrets, and their past slowly dissolved. Rebecca has a way of storytelling that brings out all the emotions and makes you fall in love with characters that at times may be a bit hard to understand.
There were a few plot twists that broke my heart but by the end of the book I was smiling. I need to let you know that as a total epilogue snob this one totally passed the “Alexis test” and will have made the entire journey that much sweeter.