Release Date: May 12, 2014
Love has no time limit.
For Briar Gallo, her lifelong best friend, Benji, was more than the boy next door. He was her first—everything. Her first friend, her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak. The day Benji left was the worst day of her life. Until the day he came back.
Benjamin Borelli always knew he’d find a way back to Briar—he just couldn’t foresee the devastating circumstances that would pave his way home. A lot has changed in the three years since he’s left. Benji is no longer the sweet, easygoing kid he once was. A lifestyle of drugs and violence has hardened him, leaving him hollow and despondent. But his feelings for Briar have always been his one constant.
When a series of wrong choices and bad decisions force Benji to flee back to his childhood home, he knows he has to clean himself up and straighten out the mess he’s made before he’ll be worthy of Briar again. The only problem with his plan—there’s no outrunning the danger of his past. With the threat so close to home, he must do whatever it takes to protect the girl he’s always loved—no matter the risk.
*Due to harsh language, violence, drug use, and sexual situations, this book is recommended for 17+.
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My 5-star Review
This is one of those, unique books you don't want to put down, and chances are, you probably won't until you are finished. It's a bit raw and very intriguing.
Briar has struggled to move on after her one and only love has moved away. Ben feels obligated to stay with his mother and brother. They need him.
Unfortunately, life happens. And it never happens the way we want it to. Ben's mom dies. He and his brother move back. But with them, they bring a lot of baggage. Ben struggles to stay as far away from Briar as possible. He knows she will be in danger if he doesn't.
Briar wants her friend back. Her best friend. The one she still pines over ever after all of these years.
Tragedy strikes. They are forced to make hard decisions. A group of young adults, now on the run, fighting for their lives.
I think what I liked most about this book is that it goes slowly enough to build up to the end. It doesn't just jump from beginning to middle to end like a lot of books. The story isn't rushed. The relationships are well thought out and build throughout the entire story.
Don't think this is just a book about unrequited love. It isn't. It's about a bond between, not just two characters, but a bond between a group of kids who grew up together, and are now fighting for their lives.
This story is happy and it is sad. I like that the story doesn't give you that everything-will-always-be-okay feeling. The story itself, is fiction, but the relationships are real.
About the Author
Cheryl McIntyre is a mother, author, and insomniac, as well as a reader, movie critic, and incredibly bad singer. She’s lived in the same area of Ohio her whole life, though she secretly has dreams of moving somewhere a little warmer—preferably near a beach.
Cheryl is giving away (5) signed paperbacks of Infinitely (open to US and Canada residents)