Only Between Us
By: Mila Ferrera
Pub. Date: September 3, 2013
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.
Last semester, Romy escaped from an abusive relationship with the guy she’d thought was the man of her dreams. This semester she’s putting herself back together, determined to reclaim her passion for art and for life. When she signs up for a painting class at the local art co-op, the possibility of passion becomes very real -- in the form of her teacher, Caleb. Both mysterious and seriously hot, Caleb bares his soul on his canvases, and Romy’s fascinated by what she sees.
Caleb is just trying to keep his head above water. Caring for his traumatized, unstable sister is getting harder every day, and his paintings are so dark and bleak that no one is buying. Teaching classes at the co-op is no longer enough, and now he’s going to have to sell more than just his art to the wealthy, sex-starved women in his classes. But when Romy comes along, she makes everything more complicated. She sees the truth in his paintings -- a truth no one else has realized, until now.
Romy and Caleb might have a real shot together -- one that could heal them both. But when ghosts from their pasts re-emerge, determined to keep them apart, will they be strong enough to hold on to each other?
To find the person she once was, Romy signs up for painting classes. This is where she meets Caleb, her painting teacher. From the first moment they met, there is a hot and undeniable connection between the two. They are both so beautifully broken and my heart broke for them.
I loved Romy from the first page. She used to be this strong person, but after she left her abusive boyfriend, she became a shell of the girl she once was. I loved watching her become that strong girl again! Caleb is trying to care for his mentally disturbed sister, without any help from his family. He blames himself for what happened to her and he tries so hard to give her a good life. He never complains, but things are becoming too much to handle. I usually don't tear up while reading, but Caleb was so sad and so lonely, and I couldn't stop myself from crying for him. He needed to have a happy ending more than anyone else!
Only Between Us is a raw and heartbreaking story. It's completely character driven and I wouldn't have it any other way. I can not wait to read her next book, Everything Between Us, which is in Daniel's, Caleb's best friend, POV. I loved Daniel and I just know his story is going to be just as amazing!
4.5 stars rounded up to 5.