Title: With or Without You
Series: Go Your Own Way #2
Author: Zane Riley
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult
Length: Novel (326 pages)
Publisher: Interlude Press (July 21st 2016)
Heat Level: Steamy
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb:The sequel to “Go Your Own Way”: As Will’s concerns about college and his future with Lennox beyond high school begin to surface, Lennox struggles to settle at Will’s house with Ben Osborne’s impending return home. But when Lennox has another violent encounter at his motel room, the Osbornes are forced to reevaluate their understanding of each other and themselves .
Review: Oh WOW (and I rarely say wow!!) this book was even more amazing than the first one! Seriously, this book had it all! A complex, beautiful, compelling story; quality writing that kept me glued to my IPad; amazing characters that are strong, flawed, vulnerable and well developed; I could go on and on, but then this review will never end.
Will and Lennox are teenagers since this book picked up pretty much where Go Your Own Way left off, but there are plenty of steamy moments and a lot of sex. If you don’t like YA books for the lack of steam, have no fear; Will and Lennox are both slightly childish AND very mature for their age. This weird combo makes them real and very relatable and it helped me understand and connect with them both.
Lennox is still dealing with the effects of his awful childhood, but with Will’s support and love he comes out of his shell; he’s still prickly and uses vulgar language to stop people from seeing the real Lennox, but he’s also maturing and gaining confidence and self-esteem. I loved how Will and his parents, along with their friends, help Lennox realize his self- worth and believe he can be more than just a juvie kid with no future.
There are 4 POVs in this book: Will’s, Lennox’s, Ben’s (Will’s father) and Karen’s (Will’s stepmother); I usually can’t stand books with multiple points of view because they’re distracting and take the focus away from the main characters. This time I thought that by introducing Ben and Karen’s POVs Riley showed us that adults have room for personal growth as well, and we can always continue to mature regardless of our age. Ben went from hating Lennox and thinking of him as a piece of trash to appreciating and admiring him; being possessive of Will only made things tense between them and Ben learned that Will’s judgement wasn’t wrong despite his young age.
I loved everything about this book, but I have to admit I’m scared of reading the next book; Will and Lennox will be going to college in different cities and I’m scared to death of what trials they’re going to go through. Please let it be no cheating!!!!