Our story started like the fairytales you grew up reading, but it doesn’t end like them.
I was fifteen when I realised I was in love with Cole. He was the foster kid who wore scruffy clothes and never had any money. He was the bad boy, the fighter. The boy who took all the dares—and won. He was the boy that scared me but excited me at the same time. He was the boy I shouldn’t have wanted, but, of course, he was the one I wanted the most.
In the beginning, he was mine. And I was his.
Cole and Evie. Evie and Cole.
But then a lie was told. Lies break people. And broken people shatter into little pieces of tortured pasts and fractured futures.
And then our fairytale beginning morphed into a story of heartache and sadness, instead of happiness and hope. A story that ended with lost love, friendship, and a never-ending cycle of what ifs and if onlys.
Our ending broke me. Shattered me. Destroyed me.
When a story ends like ours did, is it any wonder I never wanted to start a new one again?
★✩★✩★ 5 – Angst Fueled & Chock Full of Surprises – Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review MAY CONTAIN minor spoilers~
I can't believe he's here. Of all the offices in the whole fucking country, why did he have to walk into mine? I place my hand over my chest and feel my heart hammering against my rib cage. No man has ever made me feel this way. It's only ever been Cole, but it's a feeling I've been trying to avoid for the last eight years. A feeling that I already know can kill me.
This is going to be a short review, not because I didn't enjoy the book – I LOVED it – but because there isn't a lot I can say without giving too much away. Besides the fact that it's loaded with angst, drama and heartache, and packed with some amazing characters – we also slowly get fed some wicked twists, some surprising revelations, and some brutal honesty. What was unique about this was it was told not only in alternating POV's (Between Cole & Evie) but it also jumps every other chapter between past and present. So not only do we get to see how Evie and Cole meet, we get to watch them fall in love, and witness their demise – then we get to see them fall back in each others lives and try to deal with a past that nearly destroyed them both. From start to finish it was equal parts exhilarating, funny, sexy and devastating. The sexy times, both past and present, were hot as hell, and the people surrounding Evie in the present were hilarious. If you like your romances with a heavy amount of emotion, some smokin' hott steam & chock full of twists and surprises, then I highly recommend grabbing this today. It certainly put Beckie Stevenson on my radar and I can't wait to see what she brings us next.
“Sometimes what I feel for you is so intense that it chokes me. Thoughts of you, what you look and feel like, and what we've done and still might do just whirl around in my head until I forget who I am or what I'm supposed to be doing. It's like you've literally gotten stuck inside my body, and it's only because you're there I know how to work. I'd break without you.”
Beckie's real name is Rebecca, but she get’s called (and answers to) any of the following…Beckie, Bek, Becca, Rebecca, Pip, Pippy or Stevo.
Beckie is the author of 'Sorrow Woods,' the 'Existing' series and 'Noah and Me.'
She is due to publish more YA and NA novels in 2015/16.
She lives in Staffordshire, England, with her partner and two children.
Beckie likes putting music on in the house and dancing around like a mad woman.
When she isn’t playing with her children, doing housework, dancing around the house like a mad woman, walking, cycling reading or writing, then she can be found working in an investment bank. Or sleeping.