Life for Chloe Rivers changed at the age of 12. That may seem an overly dramatic statement, but, in this case, it’s a true one. The summer Chloe was 12, twin brothers Devon and Gavin move in just across the woods and Chloe is fascinated. There’s a strong connection among the trio – a cautious friendship at first, then the bond between best friends, and then romantic tension. That tension erupts after Chloe, Devon, and Gavin graduate from high school and leads to an accident that will rip these three people apart.
Here’s my frustration with new adult or contemporary romance – the build up seems to move at a snail’s pace and every obstacle that cold possibly be an impediment becomes one. And that is certainly true of Up in the Treehouse. Despite the frustration pacing and predictable plot points, I enjoyed the story. The characters feel real and the writing is strong. As a reader, I rooted for Chloe and Gavin – they have a palpable chemistry on the page but aren’t perfect or caricatures of romance fiction protagonists. They are flawed and complex and written in a believable story art that is as compelling as it is sweet.
About the Book
I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.
Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.
Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.
Now it’s too late . . .
Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.
Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?