Published by Atria Books on 2nd August 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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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, 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.
Reviewed by Shannon
*I received an E-ARC in exchange for review*
I am a huge CoHo fan. I have read all of her books and have loved pretty much all of them. There are ones that I don’t like as much but that is just in comparison to her other books. Her books, even the ones I don’t like as much, are better than most books I have read. Basically, she’s my favorite author and when I got an email for the blog tour for her newest release, I jumped on it. Well, I may have inwardly jumped for joy and then immediately signed up. I started reading as soon as I could. And like with most CoHo books, I finished it within a day. Once I got started, I just could not put it down. Luckily, it was a Friday so I could read late into the night and then during the next day. Trust me, this is a book you’ll want to set aside time for because there is no stopping once you get started. It is highly addictive.
Like most CoHo books, the best way to go into this book is blind. I may have read the blurb once, but in general I had no idea what it was about and I’m grateful for that. Because of that, I won’t be saying much about the actual plot of the book or even about the characters. What I will say is how I felt while reading the book and my reactions about it.
It Ends With Us had me addicted from the very first chapter. I liked the characters, the story was interesting, and the banter drew me in. I had no idea where the story was going but I was definitely along for the ride. As the story went along, I became more invested in the story and there was definitely a point of no return where I couldn’t put it down and had to keep going to find out how the story would unfold. I will definitely say that I was a mess of emotions while reading. At times, the story made me happy and even made me swoon. But there was definitely a lot of sadness and heartbreak as well. I thought Ugly Love was a tearjerker, but It Ends With Us was by far her most heartbreakingly beautiful book. It was perfect. The writing…the story…the characters…the emotions and thoughts it brought out were all just perfect. I read it almost three months ago and I can’t forget it. I’ll find myself randomly thinking about certain parts of it at times. It is a book that will stay with you and challenge you. For me it is one of her best books. Maybe Someday and November 9 are still my top two but It Ends With Us is right up there with them at my third favorite.
And that is all that I will say about this amazing piece of work. But really, just go buy it and see for yourself. Don’t read any spoilers or even the blurb that is before this review. If for some reason you ignore this advice and find out what it is about before reading, you should still read it because I promise you it will probably be different than what you’re thinking. Just keep an open mind and if you’ve read any of CoHo’s other books, you know she always writes a great book so don’t let your preconceived opinion stop you from reading this amazing book. It is one of her best and I will always read whatever she puts out because I know I can always expect great characters and an amazing story that will hook me within the first few pages. Oh and I will say that the last line of this book is incredibly perfect and by far one of my absolute favorite last lines of a book. Just perfect. Colleen Hoover has done it once again.
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