Published by Self-Published on December 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
Confession: this was my first Jessica Hawkins book and I can’t believe I haven’t read this author sooner. I fell head over heels (excuse my cliche) in love with her writing, with her story telling ability.
Now, I didn’t know this when I started but Finn’s story actually starts in Slip of the Tongue, but this book is a complete standalone. Confused? Don’t be. I sure wasn’t. Finn gives enough insight to his past that you don’t have to read Slip of the Tongue first, although I’m definitely going to be reading it soon because I need more Jessica Hawkins in my life. I already have three or four other books on my kindle by her to get to.
Finn and Halston, the main characters of the story, are both creative people. Halston with her poetry and Finn with his photography. But Finn’s photos are lacking some passion and Halston has never shown her poetry to anyone before. And her poems are more like internal thoughts that she has and records in journals. They’re full of lust and passion and sexual exploration.
One day while at a coffee shop, Finn finds a journal that Halston accidentally leaves behind. He looks for the owner but when he catches a glimpse of the words inside, something stirs within him. An awakening of something he hasn’t felt in a long while, if ever.
Some could argue this book had an insta-love feel when Finn and Halston meet but I think it’s more of a instant connection between two creative types that are looking for a change out of the mundane. These two click on a creative level that allows them to bound and grow closer, opening each other up to vulnerability.
This book is sexy in more ways than one. But how could it not be when Finn is the Hero? I’m telling ya’ll, he is F-I-N-E and caring (so caring), and so alpha in bed (or any surface for that matter) *fans self* and I love how he helps Halston find a stronger voice in what she wants and that she shouldn’t be afraid to be the real her. Yours to Bare is as sweet as it is sexy.
One of my favorite aspects of the story was how Instagram played into the story. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of talk of social media in books even though social media is something we use more than once a day (if you only go on once, props to you for your willpower. Tell me your secrets) and as an avid Bookstagramer I loved that it was incorporated a lot in Yours to Bare.
This might have been my first Jessica Hawkins book but I’m now a huge fan! She has a new book, the first in a series, coming out at the end of February and it sounds AH-mazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. But while I wait, I have her backlist to hit so if you need me, that’s where I’ll be. Devouring the work of Jessica Hawkins!