After reading Ballerina Dad by Amy Aislin, I went and bought all of her books I didn’t already own. My resolution for the new year is to support all the authors I love, by buying and reviewing their books. Not all of the reviews will end up here on the blog, but I’ll post them on Goodreads and whatever site I bought them from.
But this book definitely earned a spot on the blog. It’s my second Amy Aislin book and I adored it as much as the first one. For this week’s book review: As Big as the Sky by Amy Aislin.
Sam wants nothing to do with his irresponsible, sarcastic neighbor…or does he?
Sam McAuley is having a rough start to the summer: Not only is he being sued, but the new guy running the animal rehabilitation center next door has no idea what he’s doing and his runaway chickens constantly end up in Sam’s pristine yard.
Everything is temporary for Bo Novak. For as long as he can remember, it’s been one town to the next, one school to the next, one job to the next. Even his current job—running his sister’s animal rehab center while she’s away on a four-month leave—is temporary. And he does know what he’s doing, thank you very much. Sure, things don’t always run smoothly, but the stick-in-the-mud next door could be a little nicer about it.
One overheard conversation, an olive branch, and a baseball game might show these guys that being at odds isn’t really what they want, and that what they want might just be each other.
Don’t you just love it when you find an author whose writing just…fits? Cinnamon who used to review for Love Bytes said something fabulous to me: I click with your writing, she said. I was very honored by the statement, but also really liked the sentiment. And that’s how I feel about Amy Aislin. I click with her writing.
So the other day as I battled my jetlag, I needed something cute and heartwarming to read so I picked this up. And it delivered!
Sam was embarrassed to admit that instead of forming his own opinion, he’d let Laura’s perceptions about her brother color his own. He’d basically judged a book by its cover. If Bo’s cover was shiny and loud, his inside pages were fragile, vulnerable to rough handling. He had a feeling Bo’s book was only half finished, the story stalled in the middle, the blank pages in the second half of the book just waiting to be filled.
What can I say other than…*swoon*?
I really, really liked Bo. He was a fabulous character and the quote above describes him perfectly. There’s so much more to him than meets the eye, but Sam sees him for what he is…at least after he overcomes his initial prejudices.
I see you, Bo. I see you.
Sam is under a lot of pressure when Bo arrives at his sister’s place to take care of her business when she’s busy elsewhere, and is rude and unfriendly at first. But then Sam overhears Bo’s lonely confession to a pig and he realizes what a d*ck he’s been, and decides to apologize. Of course, Bo accepts, and they start hanging out with each other and one thing leads to another and soon they’re in each other’s arms.
Yes, the relationship happens very fast. I guess you could call it insta-love, but I love a good insta-love story. And this one doesn’t feel forced or unrealistic, on the contrary it feels believable. Real. I feel Bo and Sam’s interest for each other, and Bo is so ready to be seen for who he is. To be accepted and loved. And Sam is just the guy for that.
You’re so special, Bo. you deserve someone who’s yours, and I want to be that person.
There’s some minor drama in the book, but never between the MCs. They know what they want and stand by each other the way lovers are supposed to. I love books like that, books where the guys meet early in the story and decide they want to try to make a relationship work. So when Bo’s sister turns out to be a bitch, Sam is right by his side, just the way Bo stands by Sam through his legal troubles.
I have one very minor niggle. I’m sad we didn’t get to see the super secret comic Sam was making in the end. It was built up as if it was important, so I would have loved reading about it. But it’s not niggly enough to affect the rating, I’m just a curious person I guess 🙂
This is a romance with a capital R, full of sweetness and emotions and was just what I needed. I give it my warmest recommendations.
Check out Amy Aislin if you haven’t already read her books. She’s definitely worth it.