Title: A Fine Mess
Series: Over the Top #2
Author: Kelly Siskind
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: 2 Aug 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Some guys should come with a warning label . . .
Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn’t do relationships or promises or feelings. He’s never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She’s sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn’t easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart . . .
A Fine Mess is less about the romance and more about the things in life that shape our identity and define the person we become.
I’ve got to be honest and state it took me a long time to warm up to Sawyer, he’s kinda a douche even when he thinks he is doing the right thing. He’s emotionally scarred from the very messed up dynamic surrounding relationships in his family; seriously could cheating be a genetic flaw? Using this as his excuse for keeping his interactions on the ‘fun’ side although with Lily he definitely feels more but she is in the safe zone due to her boyfriend of eleven years.
Lily doesn’t cope well with change or stress, hence remaining in a relationship for a long time after it has run its course. Lily hides her issues from everyone around her, however, Sawyer is far more perceptive than I would have given him credit for; he sees Lily for who she really is, issues included.
Although Lily’s issues stem from grief and loss, I really liked how she associated the possessions with memories or in the case of her random purchases, assigning them stories and creating backgrounds for them. Recognising her triggers and the seriousness of her compulsions, Lily gains the strength to seek help. Such deep-seated issues require a lot of support and management if there is a hope of controlling it. Getting into a character’s mind is one of my favourite things about reading as well as being able to empathise with the issues in real life thanks to the information gained via the narrative.
I felt Sawyer’s issues were of his own making, destined to become a self-fulfilling prophecy unless he accepts the fact that he can choose to be a certain way – it isn’t controlled by outside forces.
Lily and Sawyer bring a sense of calm and completeness to each others lives, unlike anything they have ever experienced before. Theirs is a one in a lifetime deal and they have to hold onto it and cherish it for what it is.
I loved seeing the characters from My Perfect Mistake and the character progression for each of them. I am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for Raven in the third book in the series.