Review: Before Hadley by J. Nathan

Note: This ARC was provided by Patchwork Press Cooperative via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved author J. Nathan's two previous releases, Until Alex and Since Drew, so when I heard that she had a new book coming out, reading (and reviewing) Before Hadley was a no-brainer. Hadley Ryan and Caynan Abbott are high school seniors when they first meet, him being the new student who already has a following courtesy of his baseball playing prowess and his attention-grabbing good looks. Hadley, however, isn't as taken by the outside package, not that she doesn't notice how good looking Caynan is. She has no qualms putting him in his place and trying to take him down a peg or two. She's refreshing real, something that Caynan finds both intriguing and challenging. He knows he can't get too close or attached to Hadley. Caynan has secrets--secrets that, when discovered, could cause Hadley to walk away from him.

I can't really get too much into the story because giving details would clue in those who have yet to read the book to what secrets Caynan is keeping from Hadley. What I will say, though, is that J. Nathan has given readers yet another story that has at least one main character dealing with complicated circumstances and how different their life becomes after allowing the other main character to get close enough to them. Caynan and Hadley's love is tried and tested. There's time for contemplation and a need to seek absolution, even when it doesn't come easily. Caynan realizes his life before Hadley is very different from his life after Hadley. The question becomes, is he prepared to live a life without her and would she ever be willing to have a life with him again? I loved Before Hadley and happily give it 4.5 stars. ♥

Date Read: 18 March 2016

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