Yara is a wandering muse, avoiding attachment at all cost. Then she meets David, a musician in need of a muse. Yara agrees to be his muse, but promises their love will be temporary. They soon find out falling in love is easy, but staying together is far more complicated. The complications and fears of everyday life may be too much for David and Yara to overcome. Who will surrender to love? Who will sacrifice their fears?
I devoured this book in one night! I’ve been a huge fan of Tarryn Fisher ever since I read her Love me with Lies series, which is one of my favorite series. This book actually reminds me of that series because at the heart of the story is a great love complicated by the naiveté of youth and the insecurities we hold.
“I was too insecure to allow David to love me. I didn’t trust him, despite what I said.”
The main character is Yara who is complicated. She’s built walls around her heart. She’s very guarded. She’s not your typical guarded girl because some guy broke her heart; rather, she’s guarded because of the pain she feels from being abandoned by her mom. She runs out on every relationship because she would rather leave first than have them leave her. Her fear is powerful; I could feel her fears just oozing off the pages. She was great at pretending to be strong, but she’s consumed by many insecurities. In many ways, I think she epitomizes many of us who are all faking it until we make it. I find that extremely relatable. I must admit that her jealousy with David was enough to drive me crazy. However, oddly enough, I couldn’t help but agree with her jealously. I was completely engrossed in the story and I felt every emotion Yara was feeling. As I take a step back to analyze Yara, I realize Yara was too young then and didn’t have enough maturity and coping mechanisms to handle her relationship with David.
David, on the other hand, is charismatic and embraces love. He’s a natural charmer. I couldn’t help but love his swoony ways…I’m mean who doesn’t want to be sung to. Despite being faithful to Yara, he lies to her about little things, like who he befriends. He’s in a tough position with Yara because his job is to flirt and charm others with his art, which is not his fault. However, I think he could have done more to secure his relationship with Yara. I’m mean the whole situation with Petra was his fault. Petra was nobody to him at first, so there was no need to befriend her knowing Yara was uncomfortable with their friendship.
Time is the real testament to their love. Despite trying to move on, they both cling to their memories. Only as they grow and mature, do they try to find closure. It’s in this closure that they can begin to work on their issues and embrace the love they have for one another.
“Forgive me, forgive me, forgive me, forgive me”
This story rings truth to me. Love is the easy part. It’s all the other stuff that is hard…balancing career, overcoming our fears, finding strength alone and apart from each other, etc. The only reason I gave this book a 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because I felt the ending didn’t have enough closure. It ended a little abrupt for me. I wish there was an epilogue. Otherwise, this is another must read for me! Happy Reading!
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