I have this secret fascination with J.A. Huss. She has this style that intrigues me. Let me give you a little bit of background about me to help me discuss her style. I wrote my master’s thesis on Ernest Hemingway. If you’ve read any of his books, then you’re familiar with the simple sentences and the space he creates between his sentences that make you pause and think about what resides in those spaces because, with Hemingway, there is meaning in the spaces.
When I read J.A. Huss’s books, it feels the exact same way. Her sentences read curt (don’t ask me…it’s the best way to describe it), but it is the space between the words and the sentences that make you question everything. And this is definitely true of her newest offering, Pretty Thing.
To begin, this was such a deviation from her most recent books which felt emotionally draining and heavy. Obviously, I love those types of books. However, this had a lightness to it even given the subject matter. Now, don’t get me wrong. I ugly cried in a few places in this book. It’s deep, and death is heavy. However, Kali and Aiden (and Kyle) make you love this story.
This is a forbidden “brother’s best friend” book. And Kyle, Kali’s brother, definitely steps in the middle of a burgeoning relationship between Kali and Aiden when they are younger. Honestly, he is fearless in wanting to keep them apart, and this creates the tension in the story. He is the tension in the story in so many ways.
Together, Kali and Aiden are light. The only drama that exists between the two of them is Kyle, which makes their eventual relationship so sweet to read. When they accept their love for each other (which comes fairly quickly), you want to wrap yourself in it because it is beautiful to read. You know, if they can transcend the Kyle complication, that they will have an amazing, loving, soul-matey kind of love. And it makes you swoon.
And therein lies the tension of this story: Kyle. His road block creates the drama. As such, Kali and Aiden continuously complicate their relationship, and the angst ensues. The beauty of this story comes in the end. I WILL NOT spoil it. You really must read it, but come prepared with a box of tissues because it will destroy your heart.
There was something so amazingly simplistic about Pretty Thing and its characters. Once I began reading the book, I could not and would not put it down. This trio will pull at your heartstrings and leave you with the most amazing bittersweet HEA. For me, this is one of my favorite J. A Huss stories.
In love and romance,