I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.
Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.
Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.
Now it’s too late . . .
Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.
Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?
“The best kind of love is one that stems from friendship. One that grows as it’s nurtured with patience and kindness, blossoming at just the right time. All it has to do is withstand the forces of nature that threaten to drown it, pluck it, blow it, and burn it until it withers back into its soil. As if it never existed at all.”
“If a heart could crack, mine just shattered into a million pieces. There’s nothing I want more than to press my lips to his and show him what I should have months ago when I finally realized how much he meant to me.”
Overall, I thought Up in the Treehouse was a good read. I thought it was a really cute friends to lovers type story. This story is told from dual points of view and in both past and present tenses. It will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions and trust me when I say, your emotions will be all over the place.
Up in the Treehouse pulled me in from the very beginning. I really liked the idea of this story and I loved that it was so filled with angst. It certainly had my heart all tied up in knots. I loved all the missed opportunities and misunderstandings. Both Chloe and Gavin frustrated me to no end. They both had feelings for one another, but never acted on them or even eluded to their feelings for one another. I think they both made a lot of mistakes and didn’t always make the best choices, but I did enjoy seeing how much their characters grew over time. I liked seeing them both open their eyes and clear the air.
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I did however, have a few issues with it. At times I felt like the writing was a little bit bumpy and that certain things could have been fleshed out a little more. There were a few instances that were questionable or didn’t really make sense to me. I really didn’t like the Stacey story-line. I think her character played an important role in the beginning of the story. But, honestly, I didn’t like her reappearance in the present. Her “relationship” with Gavin felt odd to me and I had a very hard time believing that this bully could do a complete 360 like she did.
Up in the Treehouse is a quick and easy read. It is filled with angst and heartache. It will frustrate you and make you want to scream. And in the next moment, it will leave you swooning and enjoying the steamy moments. Up in the Treehouse is probably going to be one of those reads that is a hit for some and a miss for others. Yes, I did have some issues with this story, but I’m still glad that I took the time to check this book out. I think that the bones of the story are good and that this author does have a lot of potential.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*