Camryn and Holden have been inseparable since the second grade, when he was adopted by Cam's neighbors. They grew up as best friends in a quiet beach town and started dating during Cam's sophomore year in high school. A tragic event takes place one night on the way home from a party that changes Cam forever. She fears the consequences her family and Holden will face if she tells anyone what happened, so she keeps it to herself. She's no longer the fun-loving girl she used to be and keeps Holden at an arm's length, which eventually drives him away. He has no idea what she went through, but doesn't feel like he deserves her because of his broken past.
She meets a nice guy, Marcus, while away at college and thinks it's best if she just accepts a life that's predictable and safe. The passionate love and spark she felt with Holden is missing, but she decides to marry Marcus anyway and they have two daughters. Her and Holden remain best friends over the years and it's hard to deny they have a strong connection. It comes as a shock when Marcus decides to divorce Cam because he wants to be truly loved by someone.Holden is there to help Cam pick up the pieces of her broken marriage and take care of her girls. She loves him, but is scared to let go and try to make a relationship work. After pressuring Cam to tell him what happened all those years ago, she finally lets Holden in and tells him what broke her. She faces some retaliation as a result of her honesty, but when Holden is there to take care of her and her family, she realizes he is all she's ever wanted and lets her walls down.
"You're all that I'll ever want for the rest of my life. I feel like I am drowning when we're not together, always grasping for you when you're not close."I liked the strong connection between Cam and Holden and that after so many years they were able to find their way back to one another. With that said, I found it really hard to connect with the characters, especially Cam. I didn't like the way she handled herself in certain situations. The premise of the story kept me interested, but the reasoning behind the tragic event was shocking and a little disturbing.
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