It Ends with Usby Colleen Hoover
Published by Simon & Schuster, Atria on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.
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.
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.
I’m going to start off this review by sharing my “Colleen Hoover” resume.
So I’ve read about five of her books and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. I enjoy her conversational writing style. It reads fast and keeps me entertained. Her stories keep me entertained.
And for It Ends With Us, Ms. Hoover keeps her same tight, witty, engaging writing style and applies to a love story that had me rapidly turning pages until the very last page. I’m not sure if you’ve heard but this book is deeply personal to Ms. Hoover because it touches on the subject of abuse. ANNNNDDD if that wasn’t enough, it’s not like there are actually spoilers to this book but reviewers have been giving away what happens in the story in their reviews. Tsk, tsk.
I avoided all reviews as best as I could. But I had it in my head that there would be a spoiler, a big huge reveal. It doesn’t work that way. I sat and read this in one day and let the story wash over me.
Go into this story with a completely blank slate. As a matter of fact, just pretend that the “Colleen Hoover” you know and love didn’t write it.
This is a mature, looking-back-at-it-all, Monday morning quarterback type of story. Ms. Hoover knew how the story would end, she just had to fill in the blanks, or maybe not so many blanks. And by God, if you don’t read the Author’s note at the end, I’ll come over to your house and personally throttle you. It’s just as much a part of the story as an Epilogue.
Speaking of Epilogues… I really didn’t think this story needed quite the ending it had. If you read this book, you’d be surprised I’m saying this (cryptic much?). That’s because I’m an old lady and I KNOW life is not perfect. Damn, but I related to this story a bit too much.
Oh, yeah, A BOOK REVIEW!
Solid characters, a quick read, plot structure near perfect, yada, yada, yada… I only took off the smidge of star for the ending. Hey, if a story makes you forget what you read right before it, that’s a GOOD book.
To read an excerpt from It Ends With Us and to check out Ms. Hoover’s Book Tour, click the image below: