New Release: THE BOY I GREW UP WITH by Tijan (Review)

The Boy I Grew Up With
Author: Tijan
Genre: romance, romantic suspense

From the author of the Falling Crest High Series, Ryan's Bed, Carter Reed, and Crew comes a new book, standalone book by Tijan!


I have loved Channing Monroe all my life. 
In first grade, he asked for my Trapper Keeper. 

I hit him in the head with it. 
Third grade, we were best friends. We kissed in seventh grade. 
Eighth grade, he turned into a bad boy and the rest was a tumultuous storm. 

Growing up, the problem was never love for us. 

Bad times. Good times. There were times when I felt our love in every inch of my body, vibrating, making me feel like it could bring me back to life. 

The problem was us. 

The problem is that we’re from two different worlds now. 

Fallen Crest and its millionaires for me. Roussou and their criminals for him. I was thriving in mine and he was running his. 

But there were nights I felt we couldn’t be further apart than we were, and there were nights I felt we shared the same heartbeat. 
When was it time? 

When was it time to either sacrifice, make a change, or walk away from the boy I grew up with?
** 103k standalone

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5 stars The Boy I Grew Up With  is gripping, emotionally raw, and full of heartbreak, undying love, suspense, and some seriously hot chemistry!  It is the story of Heather and Channing who were characters were in this author’s Fallen Crest High series (this takes place after this series) and they were also in Crew, but don’t think that you know their story based off those books!  While these two were featured in the other books, I do believe that you could get away with reading this as a standalone, but I do recommend starting with the FCH series.

What an amazing book and it just might be my favorite by Tijan! Heather and Channing have the most amazing love and their journey is full of ups and downs.  They have been through so much and even during the times when their relationship was off again, they still had that intense connection and undying loyalty as friends and lovers. Appropriately, this book is told from a dual POV as I really enjoyed getting to see into the minds of both Channing and Heather.  Heather was a totally hardcore heroine.  She was strong and didn’t put up with anyone’s nonsense.  Channing is a charismatic, caring, and loyal to a fault to his sister, his crew, and Heather.  While both characters displayed great strength, they also had that vulnerability about them which made me love the more.  

Tijan does a great job showing how their relationship evolved over the years.  She has flashbacks interspersed throughout the book, some of which had me laughing and others having my heart break.  I also enjoyed getting to learn more about the background of the crew.  The Boy I Grew Up will put you through all the feels.  This is a great entertaining read with an engaging and unique storyline; well developed characters; and moves at a good pace.  The epilogue is fantastic!  For the FCH fans, Sam and Mason are briefly mentioned periodically throughout the book, but they do not have a prominent role.  Thankfully, the author includes a bonus scene about them.

I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily leave this review.

About the Author:

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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