A forbidden attraction grows even more complicated when the guy Lane Jamison has crushed on for years suddenly becomes her step-brother in this sexy and gorgeously written debut novel about the lines between love, desire, and obsession.
What happens when the boy you want most becomes the one person you can’t have?
Lane Jamison’s life is turned upside down the week before her senior year when her father introduces her to his new fiancée: mother of Grey McIntyre, Lane’s longtime secret crush. Now with Grey living in Lane’s house, there’s only a thin wall separating their rooms, making it harder and harder to deny their growing mutual attraction—an attraction made all the more forbidden by Grey’s long-term girlfriend Sadie Hall, who also happens to be Lane’s friend.
Torn between her feelings for Grey and her friendship with Sadie—not to mention her desire to keep the peace at home—Lane befriends Sadie’s older brother, Connor, the black sheep of the strict, evangelical Hall family. Connor, a metalworking artist who is all sharp edges, challenges Lane in ways no one else ever has. As the two become closer and start to open up about the traumas in their respective pasts, Lane begins to question her conviction that Connor is just a distraction.
Tensions come to a head after a tragic incident at a party, forcing Lane to untangle her feelings for both boys and face the truth of what—and who—she wants, in this gripping and stunningly romantic debut novel.
Eva V. Gibson was born in Virginia and grew up on the east coast of Florida, reading and writing stories deemed “too much” for her age level. She graduated with degrees in journalism and English, then spent her post-college years immersed in Asheville’s art and music scene, writing for newspapers and working on the bead and jewelry circuit. She now lives the small-town life with her family, dividing her spare time between crochet projects, hiking, sporadic yoga practice, and an ever-growing stack of books she will definitely finish reading someday.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 4, 2020)
Eighteen-year-old Lane Jamison's enduring crush, Grey McIntyre, moves into her house and becomes her stepbrother.When she was 5, Lane's mother died by suicide, leaving her motherless and traumatized. Inundated with relentless nightmares of that bloody and violent night, Lane prefers to keep people at arm's length lest she begin to care about them. Her life is further complicated when her father remarries and the object of her desire since eighth grade moves in. Green-eyed, cinnamon-haired Grey is everything Lane wants but can't have, not only because he's now her stepbrother, but also because he's in a relationship with Southern belle Sadie Hall. When Lane and Connor (Sadie's older brother) start a flirtation that irritates Grey as much as it delights Sadie, both relationships and friendships are tested. Lane must decide how far she's willing to go for her attraction to Grey and what Connor really means to her. Flawed and fully fleshed out, the characters attempt to navigate their lives as best they can with the baggage they each carry. While the plot meanders at times, this is a solid debut that realistically portrays teens and touches on issues like sex, drugs, trauma, and mental illness. The writing is captivating and fluid—easily switching from lyrical and dreamy to raw and violent. All characters are assumed white. An addictive page-turner that begins with a forbidden romance but turns into so much more.
– Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2019
"Flawed and fully fleshed out, the characters attempt to navigate their lives as best they can with the baggage they each carry . . . The writing is captivating and fluid—easily switching from lyrical and dreamy to raw and violent . . . An addictive page-turner that begins with a forbidden romance but turns into so much more."
– Kirkus Reviews
“With prose so striking that each dangerous, delectable sentence feels like a treat, TOGETHER WE CAUGHT FIRE is a book that doesn’t hold back. Even when the characters travel to their darkest places, there is an undeniable spark of light, of hope, at the center. I loved this gritty, bold debut.”
– Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone and Today, Tonight, Tomorrow