Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is my first book by L. B. Simmons and I would definitely read more of her books! I’ve been on a bit of a bad run with my NetGalley books recently, and this was a perfect way to end that run. Under the Influence has lovable characters that you can’t help but root for, and writing that is simply addicting.
Dalton suffered terrible abuse at the hands of his foster parents. He tries desperately to survive each day, getting himself tied up with a local crime lord at the tender age of twelve, with the promise that nobody would ever hurt Dalton again. At his new foster home, he meets Spencer, who becomes his light, and the centre of his world. Determined to keep her safe, Dalton walks a fine line as he tries to keep his street life hidden from the person he loves most in the world.
I loved Dalton’s relationship with Spencer. They are a typical friends-to-lovers couple, and while there’s a little bit of push and pull between them, it was obvious to everyone but themselves that they belonged with each other.
This book is split into three parts; the first that centres around them while they’re 17 and 18, the second that’s sort of just an in between passing of years, and the third that focuses on them while they’re 22 and 23.
While I wasn’t madly keen on the second part, it was really lovely to see how Dalton and Spencer grew up and matured.
I’m so thrilled that I was accepted for this; I always think that well written NA books that actually have a good plot and a good set of characters are incredibly hard to find. And finding one that isn’t a total cheese-fest is even harder.
Does anyone else have this problem, or am I just really awkward and hard to please?
Regardless, I tend to cling onto the good ones for dear life. This is one of those.
*Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book*