Series: Laws of Physics #2
Author: Penny Reid
Publisher: Ever After Romance
Publication Date: 12 March 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
Still an unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she’d hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.
Space starts with insight into Abram’s actions following the end of Motion, whereby Lisa returns to resume her place which Mona has been keeping for her in order to avoid further family drama-llama. Although, the impact pretending to be her twin sister has on both Mona and Abram’s lives is unexpected and path altering.
Skip forward two years and while a lot has changed for both Mona and Abram, one thing hasn’t and that is their feelings for each other, as much as they might wish them away. My heart squeezed each time Mona thought of Abram and her residual guilt for having to lie to him about her identity in order to protect Lisa. Although Mona has learnt how to become more sociable she still tends to keep everyone at a distance, convincing herself she isn’t lonely. I can only describe Mona’s emotional state as longing and wallowing at the same time.
Meanwhile, Abram has had his own way of coping, including lots of partying and random hook-ups. This has also had an effect on his songwriting abilities, although it hasn’t deterred his path to fame. Surprisingly perceptive, Abram has built up resentment to Mona without understanding the particulars of her deception.
Space is very emotional, it is a tsunami of feels, both of the high and low variety. Between Mona’s letter to Abram and his song about Mona, I needed quite a few tissues.
While Mona and Abram have been given the opportunity to start fresh, putting the past behind them. The future is very much up in the air with Mona going to CERN for 3 months and Abram about to begin a world tour. While Abram appears all in, Mona is dubious because of the twisted picture of musicians ability to be monogamous her parents have left her with. The family dynamics Mona has to navigate only serve to endear her further as well as wanting to slap Abram for his insensitivity in some areas. Although he isn’t entirely to blame when he is clueless to Mona’s insecurities.
There is a wonderful cameo appearance in Space that added a connection to the Hypothesis series as a whole.
Time will tell whether Abram and Mona can work through all their barriers to secure a rosy future (pun intended) 😍