Series: The Tell Me Series #1
Published by Swerve on November 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Brothers Jude and Ryan McAllister are inseparable. When Jude stepped in to raise Ryan after the death of their mother, it became the two of them against the world. But the scars it left were bone-deep. Then Lizzie Price comes along.
Lizzie hopes Ryan’s kindness can help heal her wounds from a toxic relationship. But when she meets Jude, their powerful attraction makes him difficult to resist. The problem is, Lizzie doesn’t realize Jude and Ryan are brothers, and they don’t know they’re falling for the same girl.
By the time the truth comes out, everyone is in too deep. Ryan is in love, Jude is in denial, and Lizzie wants both brothers. All of them agree that no one deserves to get hurt. But love and desire have a way of testing even the strongest bonds.
I have a love/hate relationship with books about love triangles. If done well they are heart-pounding and anxiety inducing experiences that are completely engrossing. Victoria De La O’s Tell Me How This Ends falls firmly in the LOVE IT category. I started this book early one evening and stayed up until early the next morning finishing it. I was very glad I read this un-putdownable book over the weekend.
From beginning clear through to the very end you are either tense in the scene or anticipating a blow up of some sort. The interactions start early, when Lizzie meets and is attracted to both of the McAllister brothers, Jude and Ryan. This happens at different times and in totally different environments and yes, this is a recipe for heartache. While Jude ( the older brother) and Ryan are very different, they have a very strong bond and Lizzie has very different reactions them. With one decision, made in fear, a chain of events is set in motion and Lizzie’s path is chosen. The pace of the story and plot devices are solid. We get the story is all three voices; Lizzies, Judes’ and Ryans’, getting a rounded view of the characters and what motivates them.
De La O created a smart story line with characters that are complex, and their relationships even more so. I understood the choices made all around, loving the tension it created. Typically the person at the center of the triangle will drive me crazy with indecision and games. But Lizzie is not like this. What she feels for both of these men is very distinct. The conflict is like a low hum, an energy that wraps around the characters and is palpable to the reader, but not necessarily to ALL the characters.
There’s no cheating and the heroine and the hero “in the know” are equally conflicted and do their best to set aside their past. Sure I had a favorite (can’t say who), but I will say the story ended in a way I hadn’t expected but was perfect for what I wanted. Tell Me How This Ends is among the best love triangle stories I’ve read and one I would most certainly read again.Victoria has earned a new fan in me and I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series. If you love angst then this is for you. 5 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
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Years ago a restless, troubled man sprang to life in my head, and he wouldn’t leave me alone. He had a younger brother that he loved more than anything in the world, so I sat down and tried to write their story. And it wasn’t very good. But these brothers–Jude and Ryan–never left me. A decade later, I realized that, like Frankenstein’s monster, they were waiting for me to create their loves. And a few months later, Tell Me How This Ends was born.
The book is the first in the Tell Me trilogy, which is heartfelt, fun, and sometimes emotional. It was my pleasure to follow Jude, Ryan, and their friends through three books. I’m not going to lie; there were tears when I wrote the final scene.
I am so honored that Tell Me How This Ends has been nominated for a RITA award, but I’m even more humbled by the readers who have taken the time to tell me they love the book. I hope you love it, too.
I can’t sleep, so I head to the kitchen. I don’t
bother to turn on the lights, because the dark doesn’t scare me. Most of the terrifying things in life happen in the daylight.
Ryan must be up, too, because I see light coming from the kitchen. Sometimes we meet like this in the middle of the night and eat a snack. I make the PB&J, and he pours the milk.
There is someone standing at the faucet but it’s not Ryan, and my brain takes an extra couple seconds to compute what I’m seeing. Elizabeth is there, her back turned to me, her face in profile. Her hair is messy and long, and she’s wearing a shirt that comes to midthigh. She turns around and sees me. Her mouth and eyes go wide, but she doesn’t scream, like a silent movie actress.
“What are you doing here?” she asks, which doesn’t make sense to me at first. Then I see she’s wearing Ryan’s Panic! at the Disco T-shirt. My brain has apparently been dormant for the past two minutes, because suddenly, it chugs to life. My synapses fire, and I make connections, and I know that this is the girl my brother has just fucked, and even worse, has fallen for.
I can’t help it: I start to laugh. I laugh so hard that my eyes water, and I slide against the cabinets to the floor. She walks around the counter and stands in front of me. I stare at her legs, which are long and smooth. She crouches down, pulling her—Ryan’s—T-shirt down so I don’t see anything essential on the way.
“Stop it,” she says, looking at me like I’m crazy.
“Guess it’s going well with college boy,” I say, taking in her bedhead. “You definitely picked the better brother.”
“Oh, my God,” She covers her mouth, and I feel like a bully, but I can’t care.
Praise for TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS:
“…readers will be so invested in these protagonists that they’ll keep flipping through the pages to see how everything turns out.”—Library Journal
“If you have not discovered Victoria De La O, stop what you are reading and go read Tell Me How This Ends! If you are an Abbi Glines fan, you will love Victoria De La O’s writing.”—My Girlfriend’s Couch Blog
“Tell Me How This Ends is one of my favorite books ever—I was totally engrossed in the love triangle between brothers Ryan and Jude and sweet Lizzie.”—Siobhan Davis, Amazon Bestselling Author
About Victoria De La O:
Victoria De La O is the award-winning and RITA®-nominated author of the Tell Me romance trilogy, including Tell Me How This Ends. A native of California’s Silicon Valley, she spends time hanging out with her family, arguing about films, and partaking in chicanery.