Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Paperback, 376 pages
Summary: 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.
Colleen Hoover does it yet again. This book was raw and real. Every word spoken came straight from the heart in both good and bad ways and it made the story feel so real. I was a mix of emotions the entire read. This book does contain abuse so this can be a hard read for some.
The book begins with Lily Bloom meeting Ryle Kincaid for the first time. He's got a confident air about him the minute they start talking and I love that. Although he can also come off a little arrogant. There's also an undeniable spark between them. As their relationship grows, things from Lily's past come rushing back to her at full speed and she's not sure how to react. Especially when Atlas Corrigan, one of the biggest parts of her past, returns.
Lily is such a powerful and strong character. The things she's been through and the decisions she's had to make, make her such an admirable character. Honestly every women should be like her.
Ryle is the handsome neurosurgeon, yes neurosurgeon!, who loves to avoid relationships. You later find out that he experienced something no one should ever experience as a child. This leaves him with a strong temper that may ruin him and Lily.
Atlas it also a strong character, especially after what he went through as a teenager. Him and Lily confided in each other as teenagers leaving them with a close understanding for what they were both going through.
Major spoilers ahead (skip to last paragraph to avoid)
I'll start off with some thing I loved about this book. I loved that Riley was able to finally find happiness with Lily. The love and attraction between the two of them was crazy. The 'naked truths' they would share were honest and adorable. It gave them the chance to be completely and openly honest with each other.
I loved the flashbacks to Lily's teenage years through her letters to Ellen. They helped me get an understanding on what she said to Riley when she said she had fell in love with a homeless boy. That homeless boy was Atlas and Lily helped her in his desperate time of need.
I did not like Ryle's temper. This was extremely difficult for Lily because her father would beat her mother. Lily couldn't believe she had let herself make the same mistake her mother had. Although, Ryle isn't like her dad at all. Ryle is caring and loving and willing to try and control his temper. His temper was the result of him shooting and killing his older brother as a child. This broke him and causes him to loose his temper when angry.
All in all, I loved this book. It was one of pure love and raw hurt. It's a book you cant put down. The minute you start, you'll want to keep reading until you're done. If you get the chance, give this or anything by Colleen Hoover a read and you wont be disappointed.