Author : K.K. Allen
Genre: NA Contemporary
Release Date ~ 19th July, 2016
I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.
Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.
Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.
Now it’s too late . . .
Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.
Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
After reading the first sentence of the synopsis, I was intrigued and knew I had to read this book. Up in the Treehouse is an emotional, story about love, loss, friendship, secrets, betrayal, regrets, and forgiveness. Chloe and Gavin are two people who share a deep connection, friendship and much more. I’m not going to go into the storyline, as I don’t want to spoil it for you. It’s a book you have to go into knowing only what the author wants you to know from the synopsis.
Chloe and Gavin’s journey took me on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. Their emotions were my emotions, and my heart was heavy at times for them. K.K Allen has managed to capture flawlessly the feelings of two people who are haunted because of events, secrets, memories and feelings from their past. Two people who need to confront these events, secrets, memories and feelings if they are going to be able to move forward to get the happiness they both deserved.
“Gavin has always been it for me; the calm one, the smart one, the respectful one. My best friend. My protector.”
“I got what I wanted. I saw her. She seemed to be doing fine. But the pain in my chest won’t fucking go away when I think of her.”
I adored the way the K.K Allen goes back and forth from the present to the past. The past lets us see and understand how Chloe and Gavin deep connection all started, what they went through during their childhood, the events that changed them forever and the significance of the Treehouse.
“When a girl gives you her heart and tells you to trust it, you don’t question it. You don’t waste a second. You just do it”
Up in the Treehouse was a beautifully written story, it was my first book by this author and it won’t be my last. K.K Allen’s words, chapter titles, little twists and well-developed characters captured my heart, and I think they will capture yours too!
“We’ve both made mistakes. We’re so far from perfect, but we’re perfect together. Isn’t that all that matters?”
Oh, and I loved the Heroes and Legends Project aspect of the story such a fantastic and relevant cause.
Grab some tissues! This book has it all– friendship, first love, heartache, loss, regret, and second chances. I knew from the moment I read the synopsis that I had to read Up in the Treehouse, and it stole my heart right from the very first page. This is a story about three best friends. On one side of the woods, we have twin brothers, Gavin and Devon- polar opposites, but both equally captivating. On the other, there’s Chloe, a young girl in desperate need of the friendship and support these boys offer her, both in their unique way. Sadly, one tragic night changes their world forever and and brings their friendship, family, and love for one another into question.
Chloe and Gavin’s journey is nothing if not an emotional one. I think I had tears in my eyes or a lump in my throat from the first chapter, and until the very end. The loss they both suffered, both externally and within their own relationship, tore my heart in two and I ached for that one line that would tell me that they could finally put the past behind them and begin to heal. I’m not normally a fan of such frequent flashbacks, but I have to say that K.K. Allen did the flashbacks in this story beautifully and allows us to really get to know these characters on a much deeper level and really understand the heartache and internal struggles they were experiencing. Of course, so many issues could have been resolved with simple communication, and there were times when I wanted to shake the characters until they just spilled it already. However, after years of misunderstandings, secrets, and misplaced guilt, that’s easier said than done.
Despite the agonizingly slow pace of their reconnection, Gavin and Chloe’s relationship was a beautiful one. Even after years apart, the attraction was still as strong as ever, and the love for one another was undeniable. They’re forced to break down the walls they spent so long building up and learn to truly be honest with each other about everything. Although that fateful night will haunt them forever, they must learn to move forward. The only question is- do they move forward separately, or can they do so together?
Up in the Treehouse was such a lovely book. I curled up with this book one day and couldn’t put in down until I had devoured every page. K.K. Allen is most definitely an author that I will continue following and I cannot wait to read more of her work. Her writing style is fantastic, and she has a gift for storytelling. This book moved along at such a great pace and I was pulled into Chloe and Gavin’s story from start to finish. The characters were extremely well-developed, and the story had plenty of twits and turns to keep me completely captivated. Some things I saw coming, and some things shocked me tremendously, but Up in the Treehouse, as a whole, is a story that I won’t soon forget.
K.K. Allen is the Contemporary Romance & Fantasy Author of the Summer Solstice series (Enchanted, The Equinox and The Descendants), Soaring (short story in the Echoes of Winter Anthology), and Up in the Tree House, which is available now.
Ms. Allen was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, raised in Seattle, Washington, and currently resides near Orlando, Florida. She has always had a passion for reading and writing and has done so every day since the young age of 12. K.K. enjoys writing stories inspired by nature, magic and love. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve snow cones on the side of the road.