Published by: Atria Books on August 2, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
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.Also by this author: November 9, Without Merit
One Line: A true page-turner. This isn’t just a Colleen Hoover book, it’s THE Colleen Hoover book.
In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!
Wow! Just, wow! I have been a longtime fan of CoHo since her first days of Hopeless and Slammed, but I have to admit, over the years her books never won me over like those first few did. I still enjoyed all her books and her writing is so thought-provoking and emotional, but I just never got that same “amazed” or “awe-inspiring” feeling. That is, until this book. I totally went into this thinking it would be just another CoHo book. Little did I know that it would be THE CoHo book.
As some of you may know, I haven’t been as much of a reader this year as I have been in the past. Even less so are times you’ll see me really engaged in a book to the point where I can’t put it down. That has only happened twice this year, but now It Ends With Us will make it three.
Let me preface this review by saying, don’t let the synopsis fool you. Yes, there is a love triangle of sorts in the book, but it’s not exactly what you think. That aspect of the book is merely a fraction of the what actual story is about and it certainly doesn’t take away from the real focus of the plot, at least not in the way you would believe. I urge those that are hesitant about “love triangles” to still give this one a shot, because once you read this book, you won’t know what hit you.
Lily is just plain amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better character. I genuinely liked her right from the start and going through this journey with her was unbelievable. I loved every minute of it, even when it broke my heart, or made me see RED. I truly felt for this girl and all she went through in the past and while in the present with Ryle and Atlas. I loved that she chased after her dream, despite how scary it was. I loved that she was willing to take chances and give people the benefit of the doubt. And I loved how fiercely she loved and how strong of a person she is. There were a lot of times throughout this book where I didn’t know what choices she would make and how her relationship with Ryle would play out. It could’ve gone one of many ways, but ultimately, I’m so happy with how it ended. It’s bittersweet, but still just as fantastic.
As for Ryle, I must admit that he is quite the charmer. He knew exactly what to say and often surprised me with how honest he was. I really, really loved Lily and Ryle’s “naked truth” thing. That’s quite possibly my favorite thing about their relationship. Anyways, Ryle had his good moments, his bad moments, and also his really bad moments. I appreciate CoHo for writing him the way that she did. And Atlas, he was a gem and I really wish I had seen more of him. He’s definitely important to the overall story and his relationship with Lily is palpable at times, but yeah, I wanted more.
I don’t know if going in you as the reader will know what exactly the subject matter is about, but in case you don’t what I’m about to say next will be placed under the SPOILER section. I considered leaving it out, but I simply cannot talk about this book without talking about the subject matter. Just know that I won’t discuss specifics, like what happens to the characters, just my personal thoughts and opinions on it. The SPOILER warning is just for those who don’t want to know what the subject matter is until they actually read it.View Spoiler »
I used to think it was all black and white. If the guy turns out to be abusive, just leave the bastard, and I never could empathize with the women who choose to stay in those kinds of relationships, especially when they have children. Children aren’t stupid. They know when their parents aren’t getting along. They hear the arguments. They see the bruises. How can you just let them go through that and still want to be with that jerk?! If that ever happened to me, I would leave and not give it a second thought. There are no second chances for men like that. At least, that what I used to think…
While I won’t say that CoHo truly changed my views and thoughts on this topic, she definitely opened my eyes more to it and made me hesitate when I think about what I would do in this situation. I have always stood by the code that if the guy I’m with beat me or cheated on me, I would leave him. That’s it. That’s the end. Everyone who knows me know this about me and I made sure to let my husband know this about me before we ever discussed marriage. On this, I would never waver. But then, CoHo got me thinking…people are “human” and mistakes happen. How can we fault someone for one mistake?! Especially after so many years of love and trust?! I could go on and on about my thoughts on this subject, but suffice it to say, she definitely made me step back and really think about what I would do in a situation like this.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m quick to blame the woman for deciding not to leave the guy who beats her. Don’t get me wrong, my initial thought has and will always be that the guy is a rat bastard and should burn in hell, but then I think that the woman could just as easily leave and be done with him. She is the one letting this be done to her and she’s weak. For those thoughts, I’m truly sorry. It definitely takes a strong woman to put up with that kind of abuse, especially around her children, at least in most instances. I can’t speak for the whole of abused women, but yeah, after reading this, let me just say that I understand and empathize just a bit more.
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Hands down, this is my favorite CoHo book, which is surprising because I never thought any of her books would dethrone Slammed. I firmly believe that because this book hit so close to home for CoHo herself, that’s what makes this one stand out. She poured her heart, soul, and literal tears into this book and you can see it in every line she wrote and in every action and thought her characters had. It’s not often that once I’m done reading a book, I immediately want to reread it, but that’s definitely the case here, despite knowing that it will wreck me all the same when I read it again. This story and its characters stayed with me for days after reading this book and that hardly ever happens. Oh, and that Author’s note?! Broke. My. Damn. Heart. I seriously want to hug CoHo so bad and I also want to say how amazing her mother truly is.