Instead of You
by Anie Michaels
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Cory was my best friend, the boy who I’d resolved to spend my entire life with. I’d grown to love him, gotten used to the idea of our life together, even if it wasn’t the all-encompassing, soul-crushing, heart-shattering romance it appeared to be.
Hayes was the boy who seemed entirely out of reach. Untouchable. He stole my first kiss, a secret I’d hidden away in the recesses of my heart, protecting the memory and hoping it would be enough to last me a lifetime. When he became my history teacher, it was impossible to hide from him any longer.
There was no way to anticipate just how important both Wallace brothers would become to me, how deeply they would change my life, or how the loss of one would propel me into the arms of the other.
“Well... Anie has done it again! She has taken me on an emotional rollercoaster ride that gave me all of the feels! Ever single one of them.” ~Sandra (Goodreads Review)
“I truly, with out a doubt recommend Instead of You to anyone and everyone. Hands down this is a five star read, and if I could give it anymore stars, I WOULD!!” ~Iowa Gal (Amazon Review)
“Love, love, loved this book… it had forbidden and unexpected love, it had heartbreak, angst galore, and joy.” ~Alison (Goodreads Review)
He was her best friend and bodyguard since she was in pigtails. Their friendship was deep and they loved each other as only best friends can love. But was that enough to make a life commitment?
This is a thoughtful and emotional story of best friends and loss, first crush and kisses, and finally adult decisions that affect our lives permanently.
Being seventeen and almost legal does not immediately give us maturity. In this case, though, McKenzie uses all her intelligence and sensitivity to recognize that who we love cannot be controlled. Our parents' expectations are just that ... a wish for our future. Although their opinions are important, the final decision is up to her. How she feels for the one she loves has to be her guiding light.
Be prepared to cry and smile. I want to call this a coming of age story that is mature from its start. Our characters are mature for their age and their love is something that will grip your hearts.
Anie Michaels is the author of The Never series, The Private Serials, and a stand alone novel, The Space Between Us. She started writing her first novel in June 2013. When she is not working, reading, writing, or spending time with her family, you can find her spending time with her close friends. Anie lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.