Hi everyone! This morning I posted my review of Abbi Glines Until Friday Night, which I adored. I quickly moved on to the follow up for the field party series, Under the Lights! It didn’t disappoint guys!
Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.
High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.
Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.
As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.
I honestly didn’t think that I would like this as much as I liked Until Friday Night, purely because Maggie and West are one of my favourite couples that I’ve ever read about, but it was so good. I was a little anxious of the love triangle, but thankfully that wasn’t the main plot line. And we also got to check in on Maggie and West, so that wasn’t bad either! And it was nice seeing the characters from the first book in a new light.
Willa is a broken young woman, who has been shunned almost her whole life. She has a whole slew of demons that she needs to face on her own, yet she can’t stay away from her 2 childhood friends, Brady and Gunner. I freaking loved Willa’s character, I thought she was sweet and understanding, but not boring. I needed to figure out all the secrets that were causing her so much hurt, she really drew me in. But, she’s on her last chance, and if she can’t stay away from temptation, then she’ll need to leave again.
With the guys, I also loved Gunner. I love these stories where the guy is a dick, but on the inside he is broken, and just needs someone to see that about him. I guess I’m an old romantic like that! Much like with Maggie and West, he and Willa understand each other, and they need each other, and I find that so effing endearing! Or maybe I’m just super tired, since I haven’t slept now in over 24 hours, whoops. But Glines has made it worth it.
Onto Brady though… I honestly kind of found him to be a bit of a wet blanket. I loved him in the first book, and how protective he was of Maggie, but actually being inside his head… I didn’t like it. I found myself scanning through his sections just to move on. I don’t know if it’s because I loved Gunners story so much, but I really felt like there is nothing exceptional about Brady. It would have worked even if his POV wasn’t included, but I feel like Glines is setting it up for the next book (hereshopinghereshopinghereshoping).
Overall, I found this book to be sweet, funny, emotional, charming and shocking. There are a few bombs to dropped, and just when you think it can get no worse… it definitely always gets worse! Hope you guys enjoy it!