This is a artistic and beautiful love story (not romance) much like the character of Michael. I didn’t fall in love with Nicole. This was primarily due to the fact that she was hiding so much of herself until the end. It was great character development, but left me just being meh about her.The love story is at the center of this book and could have easily been simply a contemporary love story with both parties having dark secrets from their past. The tale of Michael’s past was on of my favorite parts of this book.The book built a great foundation for love through admiration, trust and honesty. This happened mostly from Michael’s side, but at the very end we finally got to touch on Nicole’s truth.This is a love story, but is not a romance. A heartbreakingly beautiful love story at that.