Sarah was happy living in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was the longest she had a place that could be called home. She had always avoided friendships because she never stayed long but Sydney sat by her at lunch and befriended her. He became her best friend and was like a brother. They helped each other through tough times. With her mom working so much she became part of the Sydney's family. Right before Senior year Sarah's mom informs her she is going to jail and that Sarah will go to La Jolla, CA and stay with her Uncle, aunt, and cousin Valerie. Sarah is devastated. She decides she will work and come January first when she turns eighteen she will return to live with the Maricopa's in Flagstaff again.
Once in California Sarah starts babysitting to earn money to pay to live with Sydney's family and she determines once again not to make friends at school, besides Valerie.
Angel Moreno locks eyes with the lost looking girl across from him on that first day of school and Valerie makes sure Sarah knew who was staring at her. Sarah remembered Angel from her visit two years ago. She had seen him on the beach surrounded by a group. She had ended up walking with a guy named Jesse who has continued to try and contact her in Arizona the last few years but she wanted nothing to do with him. When he starts bothering her on the field where she is running, Angel comes to her rescue.
Angel and Sarah quickly find they are strongly attracted to each other. Valerie informs her how intense the Moreno's are and Sarah experiences quickly how protective and possessive Angel is. Being she never had a father she don't mind.
Angel assumes her best friend, Sydney, is a girl and Sarah has trouble correcting him. The time is never right. When Angel tells her there is no such thing as a friendship between a guy and girl she puts off telling him longer. Some secrets come back to bite you. As does this one.
Great story and there are side stories as well. Sofie Moreno and Eric as well as Valerie and Alex Moreno. Which those characters have their own books as well in Always Been Mine & Sweet Sofie.
Language, subtle sexual situations
(review of free book)