Monday, January 18, 2021

rock by Anyta Sunday


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When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad.
Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life.
And then . . .
There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son.
All Cooper wants is to have his family back the way it once was, but there’s something about this boy that promises things will never be the same again.


Resisting the realities of his new life, Cooper and Jace get off to a rocky start. But rocky start or not, after hundreds of shared memories together, they forge something new. A close . . . friendship.
Because friendship is all they can have. Although it’s not like they are real brothers. Technically, they’re not even stepbrothers . . .


But how does that friendship evolve under the pressures of life?
Under pressures of the heart?

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Wow, Anyta Sunday's Rock is one hell of a read. This has been on my tbr list for years, and I finally got a chance to read it. 

Rock is a stepbrother romance with angst, angst, and more angst. The tone throughout is that of need, want, pain, and heartache. 

All told from Cooper's pov, the story starts with the anger and pain of discovering his father's double life and his parent's divorce. Upon spending time with his father's other family, he meets Jace, his stepbrother. 

This is a messy, heartbreaking tale, as the two boys go from strangers, to frenemies, to best friends, and more. Their journey spans many years and left me gutted most of the time. 

It's a tale of family, painful decisions, and truth. The author excels in exploring that one can't help who they love. It's a tale of sexual awakening, sexual discovery, and sexual exploration. It's a story of 
coming out, coming of age, and all the changes life brings. 

And then there's the rocks. Omg. I am still stunned with how well the author approaches the meaning behind Cooper's rocks and being a rock for a person. It's as emotional as it is impressive. 

The writing is obviously well done, riveting, and all consuming. I definitely don't like the present tense, as it makes the story awkward to me at times. But the way Cooper talks and feels seems to fit that writing style. His feelings jump of the pages throughout. 

Rock is an all consuming read. Anyta Sunday brings all the emotions to the table with this forbidden romance. I highly recommend this read when you're in the mood for anguish and more anguish. It will take you on one hell of a journey and will leave you completely consumed throughout. 

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