I wiped my schedule clean, I stocked up on tissues and I took a leap of faith that Lia would not let my hopes and dreams for Talia and Bran fall flat.
Even writing this, I get that lump in the throat feeling because I know they have to either get on a safer road from where they left off during Sideswiped or they are going to implode and really got off the charts and break up. I put my faith in Riley’s writing to bring me the story that I desperately want these two to have.
Lia Riley has become one of my stalwart authors. She writes with guts. Her characters are not one-dimensional and they have substance. Even the secondary characters are identifiable and have certain traits that are recognisable – be them both good and not so good traits.
Within the first few pages, I could feel Talia’s anxiety dripping off the page. Her obsessive behaviour is getting out of hand and Talia is dealing the best she can with it. Everything is overwhelming and her natural reaction is to run and isolate. Run from confrontation and isolate for self-preservation.
I knew this was going to be a hard book to read. Bran and Talia are definitely out of the honeymoon stage and in that shitty part of a relationship where each other doesn’t know what they want, therefore how are they each expected to fulfil each other’s needs is a hard one. Bran has massive growth. He too isolates and deflects but he can’t really dish out the advice and not take some of it himself. His biggest growth is confronting a life defining moment and making sure he is able to close the chapter on it. This allows for Bran to be truly honest with himself and pursue what he wants with a clean slate.
There are parts of this book and series that made my heart beat faster, my heart turn to mush and broke my heart. Riley is a mistress of words, emotions and lives. I felt myself slowing down with the reading to prolong the inevitable. Authors have the awesome feeling of writing ‘The End’ … for readers – they are the most hated words. ‘I don’t want it to end’ I wailed but alas, I have to let them go and trust that they both get their happy ever afters for the rest of their lives. Thank you Lia for writing this wonderful series, you are a true talent.
This series ought to be read in order to keep with the chronology.
I was kindly provided with a free copy of this book from Net Galley to provide an honest review. Receiving this book for free did not influence my opinion nor review.
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