Saturday, 11 August 2018

Ryan's Bed by Tijan

Ryan's Bed
by Tijan

Summary: I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident. 
I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should've left... 
I didn’t.I didn’t jump out.I didn’t get embarrassed.I relaxed. 
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.
I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept. 
The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could've stayed forever, I would have.He became my sanctuary. 
Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.

So I've been reading Tijans books for years and years, since way back when they were posted on fictionpress. She's always had a knack for writing stories that I can devour in one sitting and writing complex characters and relationships that thoroughly get under my skin.

This one was no exception. I really loved the story (and I've loved sticking with an authors work long enough that you really see them evolve as a writer).

I loved the relationship between Robbie and Mackenzie -- I can't think of many books off the top of my head that really make sibling relationships a central part of the story but this one did and I loved that. 

As for the romance, I loved Ryan and Mackenzie together. I don't know why, but I went into this book expecting the romance to be all angsty af but it wasn't. It was actually much sweeter and a much more healthy relationship than I was expecting it to be.

The darker, more angst ridden parts of the story came from Mackenzie's grief. I really liked the way grief was handled in the story. Sometimes it feels like books just use grief in a shallow sort of way -- purely for it to be an angsty plot device or because the author thinks it will make the character seem more interesting or something, without actually putting in the work to make it seem authentic. Without really grasping how much it hurts and how it throws your whole world off its axis and changes you in ways people who haven't gone through it can't understand.

But it felt like this book got it, and got that grief is a lifelong thing, not just a plot device that can be thrown in and fixed with a love story. It was one of my favourite parts of the book -- the way the fall out of her sisters death was handled (especially the way she died, it felt like that was written with more care than some authors take when writing the same subject matter).

The book did have some tropes in it that are typical of the genre (not necessarily a bad thing). Some people love them, some hate them. The only one that irritated me in this was the catty girl trope. I've never been much of a fan of that one but I did like that it wasn't all like that in the book and some of the characters did redeem themselves, so it wasn't the usual all the girls are pitted against each other except for the main characters one designated female friend thing that a lot of books with the trope go for.

The book also thoroughly shocked me at the end. It's rare for a book to have a twist that totally blindsides me in a way that I didn't see coming at all, but this one pulled it off right at the end and I was pretty impressed by that.

Overall, I'd rate the book 4 stars out of 5. Maybe 4.5 (it was really good, it just isn't my favourite of her books -- but then I'll probably always have a sentimental attachment to the first stories of hers that I read). 


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