After the cliffhanger in the previous book in this series, readers will be ready to see where life goes for these compelling characters and where the journey ends on the emotional rollercoaster we've been on alongside them. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Forever You by Lyssa Cole, along with getting my impressions of it, then add this third installment in the You & Me series to your bookshelf.
Book three of this interconnected series concludes with messes and scars, heartbreak and forgiveness, and love that’s worth it all.
Some love is messy, some love is hard, But in the end, it’s worth every scar.
Levi broke me. He took my heart and smashed it into pieces.
Dean picked them up and slowly started to glue them back together. Until one day, one glance, one tragedy...
Changed everything I thought I wanted.
A heart so cold. A body so wounded.
A man so destroyed.
I may have walked away but I never really left.
With broken hearts and words of forgiveness, will we find our happily ever after? Or are we changed forever?
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
It's been a romantic journey full of tears, heartbreak, and angst for Levi and Raina throughout these three books and by the turn of the final page I was exhausted! This couple was put through the wringer from the very start with readers right beside them watching as the pain of addiction and self-doubts left them battered and bruised. Theirs was a realistic journey that Ms. Cole never sugar-coated or veered away from, every emotion and decision not always the right one but understandable. These are perfectly imperfect characters and though I was sometimes frustrated by them I still felt privileged to have taken this powerful journey with them.
Picking up right where the second installment ended, Raina's heart is still torn here between the loving and reliable Dean and Levi, the man who's broken here heart repeatedly but who still owns it. With the fallout from the previous cliffhanger looming large, Raina's left to decide who she really wants in a decision that pulls at the heartstrings as there's a lot of history for her to deal with still. When it comes to the men in her life, Levi and Dean are both delicious and I found myself drawn to both of them. Levi might be the more broken of the two, but there's a strong inner-strength to him that has helped him in his battle with alcoholism. He truly loves Raina, a deep and soulful love that feels epic. As for Dean, he would do anything for Raina and his love for her warmed my heart...but is it enough for them to find HEA? The answer to that is one that made me teary-eyed, sometimes had me wanting to throw my iPad, but by the turn of the final page all felt right in my world. Whoever Raina doesn't pick though I definitely hope to see more of as he has hero written all over him and deserves someone who loves him just as much as he loves.
Alongside this angst-fueled love triangle were the delightful secondary characters of Mabel and Drew. Mabel's been a standup friend to Raina throughout this series. She's helped Raina through dark times and supported her even when Raina wasn't as good of a friend to her, she was unconditionally supportive and a bright spot through her humor and outgoing personality. Drew's always been there for Levi too, helping him get through each day but not always in ways that he should have done. He's become more introspective though, is having to deal with his own issues of enabling and I look forward to seeing more emotional growth from him. I especially look forward to a romance between him and Mabel which is just starting to ignite by the end of this story. These are immensely likable characters, ones I've come to care about, and I'm waiting with bated breath to see more fireworks between them. On a whole I found this story an epic and unforgettable journey to HEA, one full of emotional highs and lows, that brought out a variety of emotions within me. There were tears, moments of aggravation, but by the end there was satisfaction that left me cheering. A love that was always meant to be survived an intensely rocky journey to prove that love conquers all...and my romance book loving heart couldn't be happier!
My rating for this is an A.
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Lyssa Cole has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. Escaping into a story is her favorite pastime. Wanting to be a writer for a couple years, she is now crafting her own stories. She loves to write angsty & sexy romance with lots of heat and some suspense to keep you guessing and wanting to turn that page! She lives in Southeastern Mass with her two children and two dogs. Lover of coffee, all things chocolate, & always the avid reader, you can keep up with Lyssa Cole by subscribing to her newsletter HERE.