Alight by: A.H. Cunningham

What do you do when your mind tells you to move on, but your heart tells you to stay?

Alicia Powell Torres is sick of her joyless career, in a town full of painful memories. She wants to seize life again and she won’t get that by staying still. It’s time for a big change, and Brooklyn seems like the right place for a fresh start. Gathering her courage, she begins the arduous process of selling her family home and leaving her past behind.

But before she can pack everything up, her childhood friend and neighbor Gabo returns to town with sexy smiles, his dinner invites, his collection of steamy romance books, and his big…goals. He also brings memories best left in the past. She struggles to keep him at a distance, but he lights her up like no one else ever could. The temptation he offers is impossible to resist and if she doesn’t get away soon, she’ll end up hurting him, and herself in the process.

Gabriel Miller Garcia has always been cautious, but when he returns to his home town, he bumps into the love of his life, the one that got away. Being around Alicia again has him tempted to take a chance, but a fateful day from their youth threatens his hopes for a bright future together. Losing her again isn’t an option, so Gabriel will risk it all to keep Alicia from the bright lights of Brooklyn, but will his rekindling of her fire be too late, or will love light the way to a future together…
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Content Warning: Death of a parent [off page], grief and depression, and flashbacks of a parent suffering from cancer.

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I am so happy I stumbled on an ad for the second book in this series. When I saw those covers and read the summaries I knew I needed to know more…and this book did not disappoint.

Alicia and Gabo were childhood BFFs with backyards that had a connecting fence so they didn’t have to go around the block to hang out. There was a mutual attraction on both parts but Gabo was always afraid of losing Alicia, who’s the person that he’s closest to. After a misunderstanding in their early 20s, they stop talking. After that time they’re constantly avoiding home when they know the other is there. Alicia also loses her father to cancer and shortly after her mother moves away leaving her feeling abandoned at such a hard time.

Alicia feels stuck, she’s not happy with her job and wishes to do more for those in need. Since her mother left she’s not wanted to spend much time in her childhood home surrounded by ghosts of happier times. It hurts too much to be surrounded by the memories that the house brings up. Now Alicia is determined to make the necessary home improvements needed to finally sell her childhood home and move away.

Gabo, after spending years in New York, is moving home to finally start a passion project he’s had since his youth. When the two bump into each other again, now both in their early to mid-thirties, the sparks are immediate but so is the hurt.

I loved this book so much. Alicia is a strong woman who’s determined to make a better life for herself whatever that entails and Gabo, even wanting Alicia to stay, supports and helps her take the steps to sell her home. There is so much history and emotion between these two and I just loved seeing how they supported each other even if it conflicted with their own wants.

This book had me laughing, crying, and looking over my shoulder during certain scenes [iykyk] to make sure no one was looking over my shoulder. Alight is a great example of why I love the “childhood best friends to lovers” trope so much, the rich history and respect both characters have for each other just shine so bright to me.

I am so happy I stumbled onto this series and cannot wait to pick up book two!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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