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This Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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A heart-rending, thought provoking, emotional journey you won’t want to end.

In one sitting I devoured It Ends With Us.  I fell in love with Lily. And Riley.  Issa and Atlas.   I wanted to know who does she end up with?   What does she choose?

I want to be careful to not give any spoilers.  This book deserves to not be spoiled.

Colleen Hoover shares with us one perspective on an abusive relationship.   One perspective on the choices a woman in such a relationship might make.

Naked Truth

My biological father was an alcoholic.  Verbally abusive.  A mean drunk.  These things I know on my own, not because my mother told me.  Because I witnessed these things later in life.   My mother left him when I was an infant.  I have a new appreciation for her choices and what she went through.

I discovered he was an alcoholic when I was sixteen.   I found him, on a sofa, passed out with an empty gallon of Jack.  So many pieces to my puzzle started to fit into place.  My mother never spoke badly about him.  I had to figure him out on my own.

I share this because it’s one of my naked truths.  Without spoiling This Ends With Us, I want to share with you the kinds of naked truths this journey will have you thinking about.  The kinds of places your mind may wander.   The kinds of understandings this novel may give you.

Recommendation

I didn’t want this book to end.  I wanted a second epilogue.  I sat up until 3am finishing this book and felt punch drunk the day after.  And I kind of want to read it again.   It’s a beautiful book and I can’t recommend it enough.

Yes, I do recommend this book.  But, I must add that I felt deeply sad for days after reading this book.   My heart ripped apart at the end, and I believe she ended the book in the best way possible, but that doesn’t mean I liked it or it’s what I wanted for the characters.  So, if you’re looking for a light, feel good read, this isn’t it.  It’s not going to leave you with the warm and fuzzies.  But, it’s a worthwhile book and an amazing romance, when you’re in the mood to take on all it entails.

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Wallflower by Krista Gold

Wallflower Book Recommendation and Review

A gardener.  Named Emilio.   Need we say more?

A long time ago, when I read Harlequin novels, I recall reading about gardeners.  It’s been a while.  Yard crews come to my house.   None of the guys cutting the grass in my yard come close to deserving a name like “Emilio.”  So, let’s just say, I like this premise.

Tessa lost her Mom, a successful erotic romance writer in a freak accident.  Her Mom kept journals.  Detailed journals.  Journals that are the backbone of her mother’s literary success.  Emilio enters the picture and she starts to live life again (ahm, who wouldn’t?!).

When she resumes living, she starts exploring her mother’s journals.  And she starts to realize there might be more to her mother’s death than an accident.  Some pages are missing.

With her first book, Krista Gold weaves an erotic romance with mystery.   First and foremost, it’s a love story.  A love story with hot sex.   And twists and turns.   I’ll be looking for more of Gold’s books in the future.   She’s an indie author with a lot of promise.

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