ARC Review: ‘Beyond the Pale’ by Jennifer Millikin
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Beyond the Paleby Jennifer Millikin
Published by Self-Published on October 22, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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My whole life I’ve known Finn Jeffries and Brady Sterling would be my undoing.
The three of us were inseparable, but growing up with two boys as your best friends comes with it’s own certain type of growing pains.
As a child, Finn was wild and free, and grew up to be a devilishly handsome man with a smirk that frustrated me as much as it did other things to me.
Brady was brave and loyal, and the kind of man he grew into didn't surprise me a bit: devoted and gallant, with a handsome, trustworthy face that made my heart beat faster.
We went our separate ways for college, but now it’s eight years later and a pact we made back then has brought us back to our hometown.
Back to the complicated situation we ran from.
Back to the love triangle we never really escaped.
I love them both, and it’s time for me to make a choice.
I’ve always known one of them would be my forever, I just never knew which one.
And I still don’t.
I haven’t read a book that involved a love triangle in a while, so I was intrigued to read Beyond the Pale, especially since the main characters were best friends. Lennon is the heroine in the story, and most of the book is told in her POV, except for a few times it’s said in the heroes’ points of view.
Lennon has been best friends with Finn Jeffries and Brady Sterling since grade school. They have been inseparable, up until they moved to different states after high school. They still keep in contact with each other, and now they are back together after making a pact with each other to come back if one of them needed them. Lennon’s mother has passed away, and she has to take care of the funeral arrangements and her mother’s house. Her best friends Finn and Brady will stop everything from being there for her, especially since they know it will be hard on her. Unfortunately, Lennon is not looking forward to the trip because she knows Brady and Finn have not stopped loving her. She has to choose who she loves more, but it will be a hard choice. Both male heroes are different from each other. Finn is a sexy bad boy that has a devilish smile. He’s always been there for Lennon through everything. Brady comes from a wealthy family who is brave and loyal. Brady was the first one that became friends with Lennon and will always be there for Lennon too.
This book involves not only the love triangle but also something that happened to poor Lennon to almost break her in the past. Her best friends were the only ones that supported her, and she never wanted to ruin that friendship. Unfortunately, love triangles are always complicated, and Jennifer portrays it very well in this book. Eventually, Lennon chooses in the book, and I’m glad she chose the one she loved the most. She still loved the other but had different feelings for him. I had a feeling she would want the one person she did in the book, but it did break my heart that the other one didn’t get chosen. I’m glad that the person is going to get his book.
If you are looking for a love triangle book that involves best friends that is also a small-town romance, then this book is for you.
Story Rating: 4 stars
Steaminess Rating: 2 stars
Standalone or part of series: Standalone
Do I recommend this book? Yes.
Will I read other books from the author? Yes.
Tropes/Elements: Love Triangle; Friends-to-Lovers; Small Town Romance