Oh my gosh the angst, the passion, the forbidden love… this book is intense! Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon is the story about seventeen-year-old Luke Savage who is about to spend the summer with his girlfriend Zara at her family holiday cottage in Cornwall. But what should have been a simple, lazy, summer spent sunbathing and surfing, turns into a whirlwind of desire and betrayal and a discovery that makes Luke question everything he thought he knew about himself.
Luke Savage is a player, the boy who always get girls without even trying. His one true passion is surfing. Until he meets his girlfriend’s cousin, Theo, and is overtaken by a desire he’d never experienced before.
I absolutely loved Theo from the start. He’s so fragile and wounded that you just want to hug him and tell him everything will be fine. Luke on the other is not very likable to be honest. He’s selfish and immature, and the way he treats his girlfriend Zara is not okay. At all.
“It isn’t that I don’t care about Zara, that this will hurt her. I just don’t care enough to stop.”
I don’t really agree with the decisions that Luke makes or how he treats the people around him. The decent thing to do would of course have been to break it off with Zara immediately, and then later to reach out to Theo. But on the other hand, I do understand how he felt unsure of what was going on between him and Theo and that he needed to let it go a bit further first. That the thing between them was too new, too fragile, to leave unfinished.
And it truly is a beautiful, heart-wrenching love story. I read it in one sitting, it completely drew me in. It’s so full of tension, angst, passion and heart-breaking decisions that it was impossible to put it down. I read it with a beating heart, desperately needing to know what would happen to Luke and Theo. So, the writing and the love story makes this an absolute five star-read, but because of the woeful way Luke went about it all, I will lower my overall rating for the book to four stars.
Find out more about the book and the author here: Jamie Deacon