Series: What He Doesn't Know #2
on March 29th, 2018
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.
Left or right.
It’s that simple, and it isn’t simple at all.
If I turn left, the road will lead me back to the man I promised my life to, the one I’d imagined building a family with, the one who’s done everything in his power to get me back.
If I turn right, the road will take me to the man I loved first, the man who brought me back to life, the man who would do anything to keep me.
I knew the fork in the road was inevitable; it was the decision I never wanted to make between choices I didn't know I had.
And I love them both.
My heart is destined to exist in two equal halves — one with each man. But one half beats stronger, the vein running deepest, and holds my choice in silence long before I know it for myself.
The realization of what I have to do, of the heart I have to break, just might break mine too.
Left or right.
All I have to do is take a breath and turn.
Loredana: I felt a bit mean to my Book Bestie as I coursed through the book and kept dropping “OMFGs” every few minutes. Funnily enough, I found myself ratcheting up the emotions, getting a bit bitter and angry at people’s behavior. I did pause to laugh that I was so spooled up, but then I thought about how only quality writing will elicit such emotion. And it is quality writing. You don’t always have to like the turns of the plot as you’re riding the rollercoaster, but if you feel intensely, then the writer is doing it right.
“Jane Austen once wrote that to love is to burn, and I never knew the true meaning of that until the very moment I dinged my heart with the love I had for two men at once. I wasn’t supposed to love them both, and some would say it wasn’t possible, but I was living proof that it was.“
Did it end up like I had hoped? Yes, yes it did. I knew whose team I was on before the end of the last book and felt vindicated as I finished this book. A few of the bombs in the storyline had me like, “whoa!”, but for as much as I was destroyed, I felt put back together by the last page. I found myself trying to figure out what decisions I would make and how I would react if I were each of the three different characters. The bare minimum I could come up with is I too would make mistakes. That helped me gain perspective and remain invested in each of them even as I was agitated by their choices.
“As my own mother once told me, we all fall from time to time. We are all sinners. We all make mistakes.”
Yes, they all made mistakes along the way, often times not being able to see beyond themselves, letting their own perspectives blur reality. They all three experienced pain and loss, each coping in their own manner making them all a bit right and a bit wrong. And what I thought of the characters by the end of the first book was spot on as I zipped through this book. I wanted to love and hate each of them just a bit. I can’t say anything more because my emotions are too tied to the story and I fear ruining the book for anyone. What I can say that for every blood pressure spike and slipped curse, it was all worth it – I REGRET NOTHING!
Cyndi: OMFG Loredana – teee hee!! You captured everything I felt so perfectly. What a stunning and perfect conclusion in this amazing duet. This series is everything I ever want or need for an emotion-filled read. I spent the entirety of the nearly 3 1/2 hours it took me to read this in a heightened state of anxiety. Would she or wouldn’t she break a someone’s heart into a million pieces? You may think I’m talking about our heroine, Charlie Pierce, but no, I’m referring to Ms. Steiner. No matter what “#Team” you start or end up on, you are bound to experience something heartfelt and mesmerizing in the moment it’s revealed who Charlie is going to pick between the two men vying for her heart. This was a carnival funhouse ride where perception and reality are skewed not by mirrors looking inward, until Charlies takes a real good look at herself and the woman she is meant to be.