Monday, September 12, 2016

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Summary from Amazon:

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

My Thoughts:

     It Ends With Us is a very emotional, angst filled love story of Lily and Ryle and how love isn’t always enough to make a relationship work.  It is so hard to figure out how to explain and review this book without giving away anything that might spoil the story for future readers but I’ll try.

     Lily is 23 years old at the beginning of the story but through her looking back through her old journals we get to see her at 16 also and what she lived with at home that shaped her and her future relationships.  Trusting others, especially men, is not something that comes easy to Lily so when she meets Ryle at twenty-three and feels something instantly for him, she is surprised.  Ryle also has issues with getting close to others outside of his family and has never been in a relationship before, can they make it work with all of the dysfunction?

     I have to say that I liked Lily and hoped the best for her right from the beginning of the story but Ryle was another story.  We first meet him in the midst of a large, violent temper tantrum and considering he is in his late twenties this bothered me a bit.  It didn’t deter Lily from an attraction to him but it is many months later before they find each other again. 

     I must warn you that this is a very emotional story and although I couldn’t stop reading and wanting to know what would happen, it was sometimes hard to read.  I find Colleen Hoover’s books very well written but often VERY emotional and I know that some cannot handle that so, you’ve been warned.  I don’t think that I can tell you much else for fear of giving things away but if you are in for a wonderfully written but emotional read this is an amazing story from the side of things we don’t often hear or even want to listen to. 

4/5 stars
P.S. This book was the first selection in The Beaulitful Reads monthly online book club and also where I got the Brave & Bold watercolor picture above. Check out the group on Facebook
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