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Series: The Six
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Also by this author: What It Takes - A Dirt Road Love Story
Riley Clifton can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the Six, a group of rowdy boys who would do just about anything for her. Growing up alongside of six guys is never easy. Especially in high school. Falling in love with one of the Six? Even harder when Ace has a hold of her heart, and he doesn’t even know it.
Jake (Ace) Aceton has loved Riley for a long time, but has kept the secret oath of the Six. Riley was off limits. At least until after graduation. When he overhears Riley admitting to her best friend, Paige how she feels about him, Ace doesn't let his chance slip by. Riley, in his mind, has always been his.
When her college plan falls through, and her future is left to the hands of fate, Riley finds herself scrambling to keep up with all the changes. But that's not the hardest part. The hardest part is saying good-bye, especially to Ace.
Heartache, hard lessons, and a love deeper than her Alabama roots will threaten to crumble Riley’s world as she waits for Ace’s return.
Will Riley and Ace’s love be strong enough to hold them together when life tries to tear them apart?
I absolutely love this group of friends, and how protective they are of Riley.
Riley doesn’t have many friends, except for the Six: Jared, Ace, Mark, Aiden and Eli. She’s used to being one of the guys, and constantly gets crap from the girls that want to be with them. She tries to do everything she can by herself. She’s a tough girl that has no qualms doing manual labor. I admire her for being such a strong female character. I love that each person in the group brings their own personality, and makes them all whole. I also love how loyal Paige is Riley. She’s the best friend a girl can have.
I always love Southern books. They have their own feel to them. It’s hard to explain, but it could also be because I’m from the south. Most of the book is Riley coming to grips with all of her best friends leaving. They have all chosen different paths for their lives. Riley isn’t sure what she’s going to do without them there to keep her company. I adored the love story, even if it’s bittersweet. I also like that Riley learns more about herself throughout the book, even when she seems like she’s falling apart.
There is love, heartbreak, and tragedy. All of these things will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. There is a cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next book after the way this one ended.