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strictly literary: nowhere else but here by rachel cotton

when theo lockhart shows up on rose valentine's doorstep two days after going missing she doesn't hesitate to give him a place to stay. even though she doesn't know who or what theo is hiding from, she finds herself compelled to keep him safe. she's always noticed theo, even if he held himself apart from her, from everybody.

this is why she knows that seeking shelter with her is such a big step. she likes being there for him. she wants him to trust her, with his secrets, with his heart, with everything. when they get caught, because hiding a boy in your bedroom is never going to work for an extended period of time no matter how absent your parents are, things fall to pieces.

theo knows he's hurt rose because he didn't trust her with his truth. but it was so ugly. and it makes him feel weak and awful and scared. he's always liked her. he just never believed he was good enough to deserve her.

as rose and theo find their way through the trust issues and the parental issues and the life issues in nowhere else but here, they grow and change. she lets go of her need to know and control everything and he is more mindful of the consequences of his actions. in the end though, there's this incredible love these two share. it's utterly delightful.

**nowhere else but here published on may 3, 2018. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/black & white publishing (ink road) in exchange for my honest review.

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