When I first started to read this book I had no idea how emotional it would be! I’ve read E.M. Abel’s previous series and I really liked it, but in my opinion this book was way different, and if I’m being honest I think this is her best book yet, I think she has really outdone herself and you can definitely see a lot of growth in her writing which was already great to begin with.
This is a story about a young woman named Penelope and the journey that she goes on throughout her early twenties into her thirties. It’s is in first person present tense with some flashbacks throughout, and is told in Penelope’s point of view, except for a few chapters towards the end.
Penelope falls in love very young with a man named Derek, and what comes along with that was a lot of heartache and depression for her. She gives up all of her hopes and dreams to be with this man, and just kind of lets herself go. She falls into alcoholism and drugs, and to be honest it was so realistic to read. I’m sure there are so many woman and men out in the world who go through the same thing. My heart was aching right along with Penelope and the whole time I was just pulling for her to get her shit together and be strong, but as we all know, that is so much easier said than done. This is where the flashbacks are helpful, because you really get a sense of the woman Penelope really wants to be on the inside versus the sad woman that she turned into.
Then you add in some colorful characters and BAM. I was hooked and to be honest I couldn’t put it down. And if you like hot tattooed bad boys with beards than you are going to fall in love with Brandon. That’s not usually my thing when it comes to book boyfriends, but I will make an exception this time, because his character totally steals the show.
There are some twists and turns that come along that will probably have some jaws dropping, however I found some parts to be predictable, but I honestly think that comes along with the genre. So many things in romance can be figured out before hand, but it didn’t take away from the story at all. I was completely entertained and like I said I couldn’t put it down because there was that slight chance that I could have been wrong. That’s what I love about reading, you think you know what’s going to happen, but you have no clue until you read THE END. I loved the writing and I really loved watching Penelope’s progression thorough the story, I think she grows in a way that I really needed her to as a reader. All of the characters are very colorful in different ways and the flow of the book was great. I would totally recommend this to my friends.
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