Top positive review
An emotional, riveting read!
18 January 2019
I know I'm a harsh reviewer. I also know that I have higher expectations than others and that my reading tastes aren't the same as a lot of people. But this book? This is the book that has made me not want to abandon the romance genre altogether!
From the get go, my heart broke for Ever. To have to go through what she did, and grown-arse men who never stood up for her and took her back when her world fell apart and everyone treated her like sh!t, she closed herself off knowing it was the only way she could survive and pulled herself up by the bootstraps and forged a new life for herself. That took guts and courage that not one other person in this book showed! I loved her from the start and she was written in such a way that she felt so real to me, I was fully invested in her getting her HEA.
Deck...now, that's the sort of man I love to read about. LOYAL! He was discreet with past relationships so you never had women been thrown in Ever's face left, right and centre like with so many other books. He waited until SHE was ready, but at the same time, letting her know he was all in with her. There was some teething problems in the beginning, but I never once felt like he would betray or hurt her intentionally. And he made sure he wouldn't hurt her unintentionally either. He was such a great guy without being boring and I loved how he loved her. And Lucy deserves a special mention because she was one kick-arse mama! Loved her character so much :)
The other characters - especially those who worked with Ever - were interesting that I would definitely want to hear more about them. There were a few things that bugged me, like how I never really believed her father's complete turn around. He was more than willing to EVERYONE else above Ever for years, it seemed strange that he would suddenly care about her now. But what I really appreciated was that the author made sure that the people who were supposed to make amends with Ever knew that there is a big difference between forgiveness and forgetting. Yes, she forgave them, but she did more so for herself than for them. And I loved that. Forgetting was going to take longer, and while we didn't really get to see that since it jumped to a four years later epilogue, I still got the impression that she was open to making a new start, wasn't going to hold grudges, but also wasn't going to let them all off so easy. I'm stubborn, so I got it. It worked for me :)
There was a very brief preview of Lucy and Double-D's story (Ever's father and stepmother) but to be honest, I know I won't read it because despite the big reveal with Ever's father, I just didn't like him. I think that he was sorry, but I just don't think he ever would have done anything to stop how everyone was treating Ever if Deck didn't involve himself and MAKE them. He wasn't that great a father, at least not to Ever, and I resented him for it. So I won't read his story, but I love the way this author writes and will be sure to devour more books from her. I like strong heroines who grow. Ones who stick up for themselves and don't allow people to walk all over them but at the same time, show grace and mercy to those who are genuinely remorseful. Makes my heart happy to read great stories like this one. Look forward to reading more!