Eleven years ago, I saved her. I loved her. But they took me away from her and locked me up. For two years, all I could think about was her. She consumed me. Took up every room in my head and gave me something to focus on, knowing I would see her soon.
Nine years ago, I watched her as she walked down the aisle and into the arms of a man who wasn't me. My brother. I left my home and never looked back.
Now, I'm staring at seven letters, each envelope stamped with one word in bold, red ink: URGENT.
I have no choice but to go back home. Seeing her will be the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. But in order to reconcile with my past, I have to face my present. Even if the thought of seeing her, knowing that she is out of my reach, kills me.
I have no idea what awaits me, but I can only hope that the demons of my past will finally be buried and put to rest.
**Due to possible triggering descriptions of self-harm, and some sexual situations this book is not recommended for anyone under the age of 17 years old**
I won this book in a contest and was absolutely delighted. People were raving about how amazing and emotional this story was. I knew I had to have it and was thrilled to get a copy as a prize.
So I knew from all the reviews I had to hold tough, but the beginning was a little slow. The first 25% or so I found I put the book down a bit even though I was enjoying it. I liked Cole and Nor’s mystery, I liked their baggage (god, I love characters that are flawed) but it did feel like it dragged on and didn’t move ahead as fast as my greedy reader self wanted.
Eventually gears changed and I was totally in. The flashback grabbed me from the start. Normally I don’t enjoy scenes that are more young adult, but this was done so well. It was starting to fill in the blanks and I couldn’t stop turning the page. Then, suddenly the story flash forwards to the present again and there were a whole new set of emotions.
The connection between Cole and Nor was undeniable and the amount of secrets were massive. I knew there was no way Cole could walk away and I couldn’t wait to see how these two would work things out. The sexy times were really great – I could always feel the chemistry even before they even had sex. The buildup was fantastic and you could feel the sizzle from every single touch.
Both these MCs were rich and layered, full of emotions and totally complex. They both also weren’t whole until they were together. They truly completed each other. Nor made Cole more human, softer if you will…and Cole made Nor stronger. With the flashbacks to their youth the reader got to enjoy and roll around in their whole relationship and understand just how deep and epic it was.
Some issues I did have were things I initially thought were inconsistencies, but got explained later on. I wish they had been alluded to in the beginning because I ended up getting preoccupied with facts that didn’t add up. But harder for me to swallow was Cole going to jail in the first place. I just could not believe that would happen. I also struggled with someone else getting arrested at the end as it felt a little out of left field. But my biggest gripe – the one I just did not believe – was that there was absolutely no correspondence with Cole. How they never used a private investigator when they had financial resources. That part I really struggled with. Unless Cole had changed his name and gone to the witness protection program he was absolutely “findable”. They could’ve absolutely 100% found him and communicated with him. I ultimately went with it for the story’s sake but it did not work for me.
The ending wrapped up nicely with a great happily ever after for Cole and Eleanor. My heart was definitely singing. While it was long I still felt like they had lots of issues to resolve and maybe some things happened a little too quickly. However, I think we’ll see them again in the next installment and I will get to see how they are progressing.
Rec this? Yes! All in all this was a fantastic love story and I got to know both main characters in such detail. I truly felt like I was a part of both their journeys and both their pain. While some parts of this were not realistic to me, I still loved the journey that Cole and Nor took and all the hurdles they had to jump to get their HEA. It was a great emotional romance, but the slight inconsistencies and unbelievability made it not quite that five star for me. If you’re a believer in true romance with soulmates this is a great addition for your TBR and I highly recommend it.
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