Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 18th March 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Buy on Amazon US • Buy on Amazon UK
Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble - she's a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life.
But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…. Maybe someday…
At the start of February Joanne and I were contacted by Colleen Hoover’s UK publishers asking if we would like to be involved in the UK blog tour for Maybe Someday. I’m sure you can imagine our responses! We were like crazy idiots, not able to believe that our little blog had been considered! And then, cool as cucumbers, we were like, yeah, OK, we’ll be involved! Ha, and if you believe that …
So, here we are today with our reviews of Maybe Someday, a book that I think it’s safe to say has become a firm favourite for both of us, as well as some of our favourite quotes …
*Oh, and our copies of Maybe Someday were provided by the publisher for review purposes*
How do I even begin to write a review for something that was so perfect I don’t even have the words to do it justice?
It’s a given for me that any Colleen Hoover book is going to be good. No scrap that – good doesn’t even come close. She’s on my auto-buy list so I’m expecting great things every time. And every time she delivers.
I sit down to read a CoHo book and I know I won’t be disappointed. And then when I finish the book I think that’s the best one yet, how will she top that?
Well this one BLEW. ME. AWAY.
The story starts with Sydney suddenly homeless following the discovery that her boyfriend Hunter had been cheating on her with her best friend (and flat mate) Tori. With nowhere to go, she ends up in Ridge’s apartment. She hasn’t known him that long, having watched him playing his guitar on his balcony while she sat out on hers. They have had a few text exchanges after he noticed her singing along to his tunes but they don’t know each other that well.
After Ridge notices Sydney singing along to his tunes, he is intrigued. He’s a songwriter with writers block, and Sydney is able to come up with the lyrics he has been struggling to write. They soon strike up a working partnership, and while they are able to solve the problem Ridge has been having regards lyrics, it also throws up a problem neither of them saw coming.
Sydney has just got out of a relationship, she isn’t looking for anything to replace that any time soon, and Ridge has a girlfriend, Maggie. They start out with good intentions, and neither of them realise what’s happening before it’s too late. They spend a lot of time together, baring their souls through the lyrics they write. Once they realise they’re dangerously close to crossing a line neither of them want to approach, they have a huge battle on their hands.
Desire is easy to fight. Especially when the only weapon desire possesses is attraction. It’s not so easy when you’re trying to win a war against the heart.
I was so torn reading this book. I could see how good they are together, they’re perfect for each other, BUT on the other hand, Ridge is in a relationship with Maggie. They’re happy together and Maggie is lovely, I didn’t want to see her get hurt. Even if Maggie had been horrible, I didn’t want to see Ridge turn into a cheat. Sydney has had her heart broken after being cheated on so she knows what its like. I wanted them to come out of this with some dignity/integrity. It was an impossible situation.
I can’t. I didn’t ask for this, I don’t want this
I can’t figure out how something that feels like this can be so wrong.
I’m not a bad person
Ridge isn’t a bad person…..
And therein lies the problem. They’re not bad people. They know it’s wrong to have those feelings, but how do they fight them? Their heads tell them it’s wrong, but their hearts didn’t get that memo.
There’s no other way to describe how I feel. I know that the way I think about her and feel about her is wrong, but I struggle so much with how right it feels when I‘m with her
As the story goes on, and I saw the turmoil they go through my heart broke for the impossible situation they have found themselves in, there will be no easy answers for these two. It killed me to see how conflicted Ridge was, trying to do the right thing, it was absolutely heart breaking.
Nothing in my life has ever felt so good, yet hurt so achingly bad
Thankfully it’s not all angst and heartbreak. There are lots of funny moments with flatmates Warren and Bridgette. Warren was perfect for lightening the mood – I actually woke my husband because I laughed at loud at the breakfast scene!
I loved reading this story; I was hooked from the prologue. As with Colleen Hoovers other books, there’s a bombshell, waiting to be revealed, and again, like the other books. I didn’t see it coming. It floored me, it left me open mouthed, and looking back through the previous chapters for clues I should have spotted!
I can’t believe how seamlessly Griffin Petersons songs tied into the dialogue. I don’t know how they did it but it was perfect, a stroke of genius! At the time of reading, I only had two songs downloaded – Maybe Someday and Hold On To You. I read both songs alongside their parts in the book, and both times I was in tears, because they fit so perfectly with the atmosphere and emotions being described at that point in the book. I can imagine how powerful the impact of the soundtrack will be when I re-read this alongside the music. You will definitely need to have the soundtrack to listen to while reading the story. That and a glass or two of Pine-Sol 😉
You know how every now and again there’s a book that’s due out soon that is being unbelievably hyped up by bloggers and readers alike? If you’re anything like me you sometimes wonder what all the fuss is about. It’s JUST a book, right? And then you realise in this particular case it’s a COLLEEN HOOVER book and that from past experience her books are worth EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. of that hype and excitement. And you just can’t wait to read it the SECOND it’s released. Well, yeah, that was me waiting for Maybe Someday! And then I read it … and FELL. IN. LOVE. with Sydney, Ridge, Maggie, Warren, and Bridgette.
I don’t know what it is about the way Colleen Hoover writes her books but they’re just … different. They draw me in, they make me want to read until I’m finished, they make me want more. Maybe Someday was no different and I think it’s my favourite of her books. There was just so much depth and passion to Maybe Someday. I felt the heartache, I felt the anguish, I was right there with characters as they agonised over an impossible situation.
There’s not a lot that I can add on top of Joanne’s review – I agree with every word she’s written. I didn’t think it was possible but Colleen has upped her game with Maybe Someday. It’s a beautifully written, complex, story of love in an impossible situation and it’s one that will stay with me for a long time. I read it over a month ago and I STILL can’t get the characters out of my head.
One thing I do need to say is that you should definitely listen to the accompanying soundtrack as you read – it will definitely enrich your reading experience. I was lucky enough to have access to the soundtrack as I read and it just took it all to another level. And now that I have the soundtrack on my iPad AND on CD I just cannot get enough! Colleen’s idea to have a REAL soundtrack for the songs mentioned in the book was absolutely genius and Griffin Peterson’s songs (and his voice, oh his voice!) just put the icing AND the cherry on the cake for me. My 3 boys now know all the words to Maybe Someday and I LOVE that!
And because I’m not as clever as Joanne, who’s woven hers in to her review, here are my favourite quotes … and there are a few!
Me: I found a girl who I’m positive was brought to this earth specifically for us.
Brennan: Sorry, man. I’m not in to that shit. I mean, maybe if you weren’t my brother, but still.
“Are you opposed to porn?”
I don’t know how we began playing Twenty Questions, but I answer him anyway. “Not opposed to the principle of porn but opposed to being featured in one.”
He nods, contemplating my answer for a beat too long.
I attempt to talk myself out of the feelings of guilt, but deep down, I know exactly what’s happening. I don’t feel guilty simply because I’m staring at her. I feel guilty for how it’s making me feel.
I never realised how powerful desire could be. It consumes every part of you, enhancing your senses by a million. When you’re in the moment, it enhances your sense of sight, and all you can do is focus on the person in front of you. It enhances your sense of smell, and suddenly you’re aware that his hair has just been washed and his shirt is fresh out of the dryer. It enhances your sense of your sense of touch and makes your skin prickle and your fingertips tingle, and it leaves you craving to be touched. It enhances your sense of taste, and your mouth becomes hungry and wanting, and the only thing that can satisfy it is the relief of another mouth in search of the same.
Every time the eraser meets the paper, she pulls her top lip in with her bottom teeth and chews on it. I hate that it’s my favourite thing to watch her do, because it shouldn’t be. It triggers all these what-ifs in my head, and my mind begins imagining things it shouldn’t be imagining. […] I imagine her rolling on to her back, welcoming me to create secrets with her that will never leave this room.
Just three months ago, I was sitting outside on my suitcases in the rain, believing I was experiencing what it felt like to be heartbroken. God, I was wrong. So damn wrong. This is heartbroken. This. Right now.
I can’t describe what it feels like to see him standing in front of me again without using the term terrifying. Everything about the way he makes me feel is absolutely terrifying. The way my heart wants to be held by him is terrifying. The way my knees seem to forget how to hold me up is terrifying. The way my mouth wants to be claimed by his is terrifying.
This kiss is worth all the tears, all the heartache, all the pain, all the struggles, all the waiting. She’s worth it all. She’s worth more.