Synopsis: After the horrors she’s survived over the past year, Rory never expected to find the one thing she certainly wasn’t looking for – love. But after the painful realization that her past has left her a dangerous liability to the person she cares for the most, she finally understands that for her and Sam, love means letting go.
Can two people hopelessly in love with one another ever revert back into just friends? Neither Rory nor Sam know for sure. But the one thing they do know – it’s the only choice they have.
As Rory recovers from a devastating assault, Sam will do anything to make sure it never happens again. But how far will he go to keep her safe? Their choices will change everything, and they will either bring them back together, or destroy them irrevocably.
**I received a copy of this book,
but that did not influence the review**
4 stars This was a touching conclusion to Rory and Sam’s story. It was a long story, but oh, such a very real story. A story about healing, forgiveness and changing, but most of all it was about true love.
This started off right where book 1 ended. I had to go back and read a little bit to remind myself of what happened, as I have the worst memory ever. However soon I was mostly caught up and transported right back into their world. It did take a while to recall who Cam was, and what happened there. (I’m sorry, Cam!) My heart pained for both Sam and Rory, because while they wanted to be together they really weren’t ready.
Sam was strong, and he was fiercely protective. But what made him so special was that he was so gentle with Rory, and it was hard to do anything but swoon. He was also more ready than Rory for a relationship, but he still needed to figure out his role in her life.
Rory appeared weak, but she was actually incredibly strong even though she still lived her life in fear. She had a lot to deal with emotionally, and it took her a long time to truly see how Sam fit into her life. I’ll admit that sometimes if felt like she played some mind games with the whole friends/more than friends thing, but I guess we can chalk it up to immaturity and the fact that she had endured so much.
The romance was tender, deep, and heartbreaking. It was so meaningful I truly felt how they almost burst with overwhelming emotions a few times. If you like epic loves, Okay is definitely up there with them.
I have to talk about the cover. I’m sorry, I really don’t like it. That’s not Sam, it’s a dorky guy in all denim making a weird face. eep. The cover for Normal was so pretty, this just didn’t go hand in hand with it. But really, if that’s my biggest complaint for the book you know it’s good.
Rec this? Yes, but it would have been ideal to read right after I finished book 1. I had lost some of the meaning about Cam’s relationship with Rory since the reads were not back to back for me…and that my friends is a shame. It was a pivotal point in the book. It’s also a lengthy read, so make sure that you have plenty of time to savor this and enjoy the ride. I know I did. Hope you love it as much as I did!