No matter how cruel it’s been in the past, I’ve never been able to flip fate the bird. I’m a romantic at heart. So when fate drops a leather-bound journal at my feet, I know I should walk away.
I don't. I pick her up, bend her spine, spread her pages. From the first word, I’m a goner. The owner didn’t give me access to her most intimate desires, but I devour them anyway. Her private darkness, her candid, explicit poetry—it all goes down like warm milk. And from that point forward, I drink, eat, and sleep her.
I went to his apartment and let him take my picture. Just once, to see how it would feel. I’m not his to look at, to inspire, to touch, but when he watches me through his lens, it gives me a high I don’t want to come down from…
My journal is the one place I can be myself—as long as I can tie it up and put it away when I’m finished. But when Finn undoes the bow, he pulls strings that could unravel each of us.
Sometimes a book comes along that touches you and makes you feel exposed in ways you weren’t ready for. It makes you acknowledge things that you thought were long dormant, or things you’d moved on from and brings them right back to the surface. This book, this amazing and incredible book, did just that for me.
Yours to Bare is the story of Finn and Halston. If you’ve read Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins then you’re already familiar with Finn. If you haven’t, it’s ok, you can still follow this story but I loved that book as well so I recommend it along with this book.
Getting to see inside Finn, getting to see what made him tick and grow after Slip was so exciting. I fell for him hard in this book. He’s an incredibly REAL character. His flaws and mistakes, and how he’s grown from them, make him relatable. I enjoyed finding what made him tick and watching him with Halston. It made me want his happily ever after to happen so very badly.
Halston. There were times that I felt so utterly connected to her that I had to stop reading so I could breathe. She’s lost, she’s found. She’s weak and she’s so incredibly strong. Watching her discover herself through her relationship with Finn was intoxicating.
This story is a rollercoaster ride. There’s ups and downs and twists that made my stomach clench. But I’ll read it again and again so I can spend more time with these incredible characters. This book was captivating from page one. It broke my heart and healed it all at once. I can’t recommend it,or thanks Jessica Hawkins for writing it, enough.