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Jay Crownover’s Goldilocks ARC Review

Thank you to Jay Crownover and her team for the advance reader copy of Goldilocks, this story releases on the 15th!

If you are not a Jay Crownover fan you won’t know about her newsletter books. Goldilocks started like that, a few chapters were released every month. I read about half the story that way and then fell off from reading it. I jumped at the chance to finish it after I found the first half super compelling and the rest of the book did not disappoint.

Check out the Goodreads synopsis…

“For Olivia Adams, the world has always been too big or too small.

Forced to live her life caught between what she wanted for herself and the unfair choices and crazy obsession of those around her for as long as she could remember, Ollie has always felt confined and trapped. It was hard for her to imagine a future beyond the crushing control of those who wanted to make sure she paid the price for her role in a tragic accident that ruined several young lives. However, having no hope and living in a constant state of fear never stopped Ollie from dreaming of different ways to break free and how to reunite with the one person who always made her feel safe. Huck is the only one who ever made her feel like there was a place in his world, right by his side, that would fit her just right.

The world has always forced Huck Snyder to be a guy who runs either too hot or too cold.

Unwanted and barely tolerated, his temper burned hot and bright, often leading him into trouble. After the accident, he was tossed out, disowned, and forced to fend for himself. Struggling to survive, Huck quickly realized the only way he would make it was to freeze out every single memory and moment from his past. Especially those surrounding Ollie. He allowed his heart to harden into a block of ice and refused to let anyone close enough to melt it. Years have passed, and Huck has adjusted to the constant cold that permeates through his new life. He was in no way prepared for the only girl who could ever control his inner fire to show back up. Ollie is on the run and doesn’t seem to mind the chilly reception she receives when she shows up unannounced on Huck’s doorstep.

Fire and ice no longer define Huck because when he’s with Ollie, it’s easy to remember that the temperature between the two of them has always been just right.”

Check out my more detailed thoughts below…

  • Characters: Olivia or Ollie is a fighter, a survivor, a girl trying to find her own voice in this world. I loved how incredibly smart and resourceful she was. Yet she is a flawed character, carrying a lot of childhood trauma. Huck is her love interest, he has an amazing amount of self-worth for someone with a traumatic childhood. Huck would literally give you the shirt off his back and I found him so endearing for it. I have always loved Jay’s characters and these two were no exception.
  • Setting: The story is set in a college town as all the characters are attending school. The novel is set mainly at the house, the house that Huck rents with his friends. The house is how Ollie can find her way back into Huck’s life and the source of them realizing their feelings once again. The house feeds the sense of paranoia in the story, this was something I enjoyed. It had been quite a while since I read a romance with a heavy dose of mystery, so it was super cool to get more than just a steamy romance out of this book.
  • Pacing: This book is riddled with secrets and Jay navigated the delegate balance of when to reveal and when to conceal perfectly. There is so much history and a past that is slowly revealed. It was so satisfying the way the story trucked along.
  • Romance: They have a romance that started with a friendship. They were honestly the only people in the world who were there for each other. What I loved about this romance is that it checked every possible box. They started with a more teenage relationship of cuddles and kisses. But now they are in their twenties and so they are hot and heavy with each other.

Goldilocks receives five out of five stars.

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Thank you again to Jay and her team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!

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