Perfect sequel to Bright Side. This book will help you heal and provide happiness and closure.
Gus by Kim Holden
*****Spoilers for Bright Side#1 below*****
Kim Holden has a way with creating the best chemistry between all of her characters. I’m not just talking about romantic chemistry, but also the friendships the characters share. It is really something special and I feel it each time I read one of her books. Just as in Bright Side, Gus is strongly character driven. I really value a book that makes me feel like the characters are old friends. It’s a wonderful thing. Number one thing for me is the likability of the characters and as I’ve stated before, these are top notch.
“Bright Side wasn’t only my best friend; she was like my other half … the other half of my brain, the other half of my conscience, the other half of my sense of humor, the other half of my creativity, the other half of my heart.”
I absolutely love Gus’ character! He is so purely good to his core. I guess I just have a weakness for nice. I mean he’s been through a lot obviously and made some bad decisions, but is healing. Reading through the process of Gus’ grief helped me get through the emotions I was feeling about Kate. Every time Kate was brought up tears just filled my eyes, but by the end they were happy tears thinking about what great books these are. I am so happy I decided to give these a chance. I won’t ever regret reading them.
“You only get one chance at this circus called life. Don’t sit in the crowd watchin’ it happen. You jump right in and be the ringleader. That’s where you find your fire.”
Rook on the road
Scout is put into Gus’ life unexpectedly, mostly to babysit him on the tour… long story. She is really standoffish and has her own issues to deal with. After the tour ends Scout gets a job with Gus’ mother, Audrey, being a personal assistant since hers retired. Gus is behind it, because he is a selfless person and acts on his kindness all the time. Audrey is just an amazing person and lets Scout stay with them while she is getting on her feet. With Gus and Scout living under the same roof they spend a lot of time together. This romance was sort of a slow burn instead of an insta-love, which I thought was quite lovely. I needed Gus to be happy in his life like I need my next breath.
“I think people find each other when they’re ready for them. When they need each other the most. And it’s in that time of need that the strongest relationships are formed.”
I totally see this photo as Rook with Spare Rib, the cat Gus rescues in the shot.
I loved seeing all of the characters from Bright Side pop up. It was like welcoming old friends home after a long trip. I loved every one of Bright Side’s friends and I’m glad they were present in this book. Especially Keller and little Stella. I needed to know how they were getting along and know they were going to be okay.
These books are very dear to my heart and the characters are as well. I won’t forget this incredible journey of love, loss, and healing.
“Epic is a state of mind.”