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IT ENDS WITH US by COLLEEN HOOVER


5 + STAR ‘SPOILER FREE’ REVIEW :: IT ENDS WITH US by COLLEEN HOOVER

Standalone : Emotional love story


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SYNOPSIS

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, and 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.

With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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It ends with us

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

“You are my world, Lily. My world.”

Nothing…and we mean, nothing…could have prepared us for how this story unfolded. You know a book has affected you when you finish it and sit there numb, unable to even contemplate moving until you’ve processed all the intricacies of the emotional, unforgettable and extraordinary story you’ve been privy to. When, a day later, you catch yourself staring into space thinking about the characters you’ve loved, their situation and their outcome as though you’ve experienced every aspect of the story on some personal level. And then…. struggling to find the words to adequately convey your feelings when all you really want to do is grab every reader and yell, READ this book! When, no matter how emotionally battered you feel, you want readers to experience the pain and courage it took this author to put down her words for us to share.

That’s exactly how we feel after reading It Ends With Us. The naked truth? This story wasn’t anything we expected but so much more than we could have asked for. We were left overloaded with emotion at the intensity and direction Colleen Hoover took us in with Lily’s story. This is the Colleen Hoover we love, the lady whose words are like a warm, comforting hug one minute, a kick to the heart the next.

“I love you, Lily. Everything you are. I love you.”

It took guts to write this story because as heartbreaking as it was for us to read it, we can only guess what it took for Colleen Hoover to reach into her heart and bring this book to life. This is an author with the incredible talent to weave a story that left us questioning ourselves, our thoughts and our feelings and with It Ends With Us, Colleen Hoover deserves all the accolades this story will bring.

We (fairly or unfairly) placed Colleen Hoover on a pedestal years ago. She’s way up there as far as authors go and we have come to expect the unique and the phenomenal from her. It’s hard not to when she is responsible for books such as: Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless and Maybe Someday. These are the sort of books we treasure and don’t get to experience as often as we’d like.

We liked, but didn’t love the last two books we read by Collen. They felt a little ‘safe’ for want of a better word. We know this author, we know what she’s capable of and those two books fell a little short of our expectations, but that’s our opinion and we know others loved them. We were worried our love affair with Colleen’s writing was over and that, readers, would have been a travesty. It Ends With Us has broken that voodoo and we couldn’t be happier…despite having tears streaming down our faces.

“How far would you go, Lily?”
“I don’t know.”

Some have told us this is a huge departure for Colleen Hoover but we disagree. This, this is the sort of story we always knew Colleen Hoover would one day deliver. Now we understand the posts we’ve seen from her stating how difficult this book was to write and how much it took out of her because reading it tore us to pieces. We loved these characters with every beat of our hearts so when they hurt, you can bet we hurt too. This one hit us hard. Personally it resonated with us in ways we’d rather it didn’t and would love to forget.

Colleen Hoover dug deep for this book and It Ends With Us is testament to how Colleen has grown as an author in the last four years because this story is remarkable, different, honest, heartbreaking and at times agonizing reading. This is not an easy book to get through but by God, it’s rewarding.

“Someone once told me that there is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

There is so much we’d love to tell you about this book. We’d love to sift through the layers, the complexities, the sheer emotion of the story, but we won’t because the surprise element is what makes this story so palpable and only an author can tell their story. What we will say is that Colleen Hoover sideswiped us big time, many times and that synopsis doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what you’ll find between the pages of this book. The significance of the title had us in tears.

Reliving Lily’s youth was particularly difficult for us both. It was a personal journey we understood implicitly and it hurt to read. We were Lily and that was punishing for us both. In true Colleen fashion, though, she delivers this part of Lily’s story in an imaginatively warm way that had us both tearing up and giggling, our hearts overflowing with warmth as much as dread. Oh how we loved the courageous Lily Bloom. We championed her, we understood her and we felt for her every step of the way from her younger years to present as we lived Lily’s journey.

‘Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more of an impact than others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes.’

If you’re a person who shies away from heartbreaking stories or who shuns anything resembling a love triangle (this is not a love triangle) and you allow those feelings prevent you from picking up this book, you’ll be kicking yourselves because this is one of the best reads of this year. We can’t urge you enough to take a step outside of your reading bubble and trust this author to guide you with her beautiful, honest, heartbreaking and raw words. This story demanded to be told, we feel it demands to be read and as we sit here with tears streaming down our faces, we know we won’t be forgetting this experience any time soon.

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MORE BOOKS BY COLLEEN HOOVER

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THE SLAMMED SERIES

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

SLAMMED BOOK ONE

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POINT OF RETREAT BOOK TWO

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THIS GIRL BOOK #2.5 NOVELLA

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THE HOPELESS SERIES

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

HOPELESS BOOK ONE 

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LOSING HOPE BOOK TWO

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FINDING CINDERELLA – FREE NOVELLA

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THE MAYBE SOMEDAY SERIES

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

MAYBE SOMEDAY

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MAYBE NOT – NOVELLA

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UGLY LOVE – STANDALONE

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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CONFESS – STANDALONE

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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NOVEMBER NINE

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

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