Love on the Ledge (On the Verge #2)
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Publication: May 15th, 2015
Publisher: Diversion Books
Format: Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Read: January 2016
Sky Lopez thought she had it all—the perfect job, the perfect relationship, the perfect life…until she discovers her not-so-perfect boyfriend has been cheating on her. So when her uncle asks her to help plan his Hamptons wedding, Sky jumps at the chance, leaving all of her “perfect” future plans in the rearview mirror.
The wedding doesn’t prove as good a distraction as she’d hoped, because when her relatives and friends find out she’s single, they put Sky in their match-making sights. Never mind that she’s only twenty four. Never mind that she doesn’t want to settle for anyone other than Mr. Right. Seemingly everyone in Sky’s life wants her to get married and have babies. Like, yesterday.
So when Hayden—a sweet, sexy roofer—plummets through the ceiling and practically falls into her lap, she can’t help but think that maybe nice guys do just fall from the sky.
Soon Sky finds herself juggling crumbling wedding plans, the cheating ex who’s trying to win her back, the cute plastic surgeon her family thinks is perfect for her, and the hot roofer she can’t seem to get off her mind. As the wedding date draws closer, Sky will need to choose one—or none—to keep herself from falling off the ledge, and maybe into love.
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
Loved this so much! It’s funny, sexy and honest. There are so many different real aspects of life represented: addiction, betrayal, family relationships and more. It’s emotional and heartfelt and realistic which just enough drama to keep things moving but not too much that it feels like a bunch of BS. I was completely taken in by what was happening the entire time.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Simple yet engaging. Detailed and descriptive but not overly so. It’s absolutely hilarious and real and honest. It just completely enhances the story. I think the greatest part about this is that it represents an honest to God latin family with all its quirks and crazies. It hooked me right in and never let me go.
Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I feel like I say that a lot but its so so true. I was a little apprehensive at first because although we get introduced to Sky, the main character, in the first book, we don’t really get to know her much except for the fact that her boyfriend is cheating on her. So I was nervous that I wouldn’t be as interested in her point of view as I was with Lucky. I WAS SO WRONG! Sky is like the older sister I have always wanted. In the beginning, she’s a bit passive which is fine considering how heartbroken she is. But slowly but surely she starts to be more honest with herself and others and makes her own decisions. She’s also very protective of her friends and family, no matter how much they drive her crazy and I loved that about her. Our male protagonist, Hayden, IS MY BAE! I love him to death, he’s my first book boyfriend and I am heart eye emoji when I think of him. He’s a huge flirt, but not in an annoying way. He’s sweet, compassionate and considerate about Sky and her decision to take things slowly. He’s really patient with her and protective of her and although he has his moments of jealousy, he’s an all around great guy and I want him for myself. The only complaint I had for the first book for the fact that I didn’t feel like we got to know the side characters enough. Zoraida totally fixed that this time! All of the characters were complex and interesting, whether they had a big role in the overall plot or not. I felt like I got to know all of them on a basic level and it just made me want to ask for more books with those characters.
This blew me away! Ten times better than the first book and one of my new favorites!
The plot is real. We follow Sky who, after finding out that her boyfriend’s been cheating on her, decides to spend the summer at the Hamptons to help her uncle with his wedding. Between a meddling family and a persistent ex-boyfriend, the last thing she needs is a roofer literally falling at her feet. Like I said before, I was a little hesitant to start this book because I didn’t know how I was going to feel about Sky since we hadn’t gotten to know her as much in the first book. But within the first chapter, I was hooked. There are so many amazing themes and situations dealt with in this novel. Heartbreak, family expectations, relationships, and what it means to accept yourself and what you want from life. One of my favorite parts about this book is the emphasis on the Latin family. I have never felt so represented or understood by a book before. The way a Latin family is and behaves is so accurately portrayed in this book, from the nagging mom, to the jealous cousin, to the approved male suitor to the chorus of old ladies commenting on everything you do. That’s what happens and although we are from two different countries (the people in this book are Ecuadorian and I’m Venezuelan) it still speaks on the generals that come from being Latina. Everything is so genuine. And I loved being able to see myself so clearly in a book. It shows the imperfections and the struggles and the wonder of life in such a wonderful way. Even the romance is tried and true, not rushed or insta love style, but built and developed over a period of time. I just loved it so much.
Sky slowly won me over. At first, I wasn’t sure about her. She seemed really passive and weak to be honest but her personality slowly came out and she got to me. I really appreciated the fact that she wanted her space after her breakup, whether or not Hayden showed interest in her or not. Usually when reading New Adult, the girls find the new guy and he changes their lives and they dive right in now matter what they’ve been going through. Sky didn’t, she was heartbroken and she acknowledged that. Hayden was interested and he did not hide that at all but she put space between them because she wasn’t ready for anything with anyone yet. I loved that about her, she knew her own limitations. I connect with her on a deep level because she’s the kind of girl that wants to please her family, and be good so everyone will be happy with her choices. But she came to the point and made the decision (which I have as well) to choose for herself. To do the things she wanted to do, to be around the people she wanted to be around with and to live her life for herself, whether her family likes it or not. And that’s really hard to do but it just makes her that much more amazing to me.
The side characters in this series are a shining light of complexity, diversity and entertainment. I mentioned the family already but I love them. They’re hilarious and they fight and they get on each other’s nerves but you can still feel the love between them. River and Leti which are Sky’s best friends are absolutely amazing. They’re both very different but their dynamic as a trio is so cute and genuine and I’m so glad we got to know them while reading Sky’s story. And finally, and most importantly, Hayden, my precious cinnamon roll. He’s so amazing, I want him to be real you guys. He has just enough patience and fire to make him the perfect book boyfriend. He lets Sky know he wants her but accepts that fact that she doesn’t feel ready for a relationship. He keeps showing his interest but not in an annoying way where it feels like he’s pushing you beyon your comfort zone. Read this book to experience the way a guy really needs to be like.
Favorite book of the series.
So that’s it for this review! Please read this series, give it a chance because this is the kind of New Adult that needs to be published more often. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!