by Colleen Hoover (Goodreads Author)
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Atria
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
My It Ends With Us Review . . .
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
"Be that girl, Lily. Brave and bold."
From beginning to end this book had me hooked. My heart went through a roller coaster of emotions but it was so worth it. It has been awhile since I read a Colleen Hoover book (insert wrist slap here) and I truly missed her writing, but what a book to jump back into with her. There were so many emotions packed into this book, that it's hard to truly formulate my review.
"Lily. Life is a funny thing. We only get so many years to live it, so we have to do everything we can to make sure those years are as full as they can be. We shouldn't waste time on things that might happen someday, or maybe even never."
Lily Bloom has learned some hard lessons. So when Ryle Kincaid enters her life she feels like she can be honest with herself and have her some day. Ryle started off as flirting and only wanting a one night stand but quickly finds Lily under his skin that he can't get her out of his mind.
"I don't think being a little guarded is a negative thing," I say. "Naked truths aren't always pretty."
At first Ryle and Lily start with flirtations and naked truths of honesty, but then it ends up as so much more.
"There's a really big naked truth coming, okay?" he says. "Brace yourself."
With these naked truths she starts to see a deeper side of Ryle that he worms into her heart. These truths also help her to take a risk and follow her dreams. As she starts to follow her dreams, Ryle finally caves and changes his ways to have Lily in his life.
"I'm going to make a promise to you," he said. "When my life is good enough for you to be a part of it, I'll come find you. But I don't want you to wait around for me, because that might never happen."
Sometimes lessons like to repeat themselves in different forms. Often the lessons don't stop until you learn what you need to learn from them and sometimes the truth isn't pretty. With these lessons it also helps us see differently when we are in the shoes of someone or something we have judged in the past.
It's not a person's actions that hurt the most. It's the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.
The past, present and future often can get tangled up with wants and needs, and the heart has a hard time sifting through these entanglements. What was right in the past, doesn't always mean it's right in the future, and vice versa.
"In the future. . . if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again . . . fall in love with me." He presses his lips against my forehead. "You're still my favorite person, Lily. Always will be."
Loving and letting go are both hard. Choosing between your heart and your head can be very difficult. But ignoring your gut can be disastrous. And for poor Lily, she gets put through the wringer in her emotional journey of growth and development of herself.
When you experience it firsthand, it isn't so easy to hate the person who mistreats you when most of the time they're your godsend.
Learning life lessons are tough. But the lessons are often worth the reward, once you finally break the pattern. Without this you will continuously experience the pattern until you make the change and for some that never happens, but for Lily she was strong enough and brave enough to make the change.
"It stops here. With me and you. It ends with us."
Gah! This book hit me right in the feels. It was such an emotional journey and my heart broke for all of the characters. You can tell that this story is something personal to Colleen and I think she did a tremendous job making her words come to life. This book was so well written, especially with way it was set up that we got to experience the present and the past simultaneously. This was such an amazing way to be able to experience all the emotions at once while we went on this journey with Lily. This book is raw and painful but also poetically beautiful. There are so many things I want to say about this book but it will give too much away, instead I highly recommend it so you can enjoy the emotional journey on your own.
5 Raw and painful but also poetically beautiful thumbs up!!!!!!!!