From the USA Today bestselling author of Inseparable and When Forever Changes comes another emotional, angsty, new adult romance that will rip your heart apart before mending it again.
I’m head over heels in love with my best friend. Although, I can’t pinpoint exactly when Reeve Lancaster became my entire world.
Was it when we were little kids, practically brought up together, after Reeve’s mom died during childbirth and his dad subsequently fell apart? Or when I doodled his name in my school journal at age ten? Maybe it was when we became boyfriend and girlfriend at fourteen or when we shed our virginity at sixteen, pledging our forever?
I was there as his star ascended—like I’d always known it would—and there wasn’t a prouder person on the planet. As the only child of Hollywood’s golden couple, I’ve lived my life in the spotlight enough to know it wasn’t what I wanted for my future. But I sacrificed my own desires, because Reeve’s happiness meant everything to me.
Until he crushed my heart into itty-bitty pieces, forcing me to fly halfway around the world just to escape the gut-wrenching pain.
The opportunity to study at Trinity College Dublin came at the perfect moment, and I jumped at the chance without hesitation. If I’d known fate was meddling in my life, perhaps I would have chosen differently, but my future was cemented the instant I laid eyes on him.
Dillon O’Donoghue was Reeve’s polar opposite in every way, and perhaps, that’s why I felt drawn to him. He was the dark to my light. The thorn in my side, irritating me with his cold disdain, wild recklessness, and a burning rage hidden deep inside him that spoke to a silent part within me. Yet Dillon showed me what it was like to truly live, opening my eyes to endless possibilities.
What happened next was inevitable, and I only have myself to blame. He warned me, and I knew my reprieve was temporary, because there is only so far I can run.
Especially when fate hasn’t finished messing with me yet.
This is a full-length 168K-word second-chance romance novel that is book one of two. It cannot be read as a stand-alone, and it ends on a cliff-hanger. Recommended to readers aged eighteen and older.
Series: All of Me #1
My Rating: ★★★★
Wow. Homegirl wrote the shit out of this book. And it didn’t hurt that it was a self-promotion story if I ever saw one and based on my favourite series from this author, Rydeville Elite. I already knew this was going to be an epic story.
One thing I’m increasingly getting annoyed with is trilogies and duets that are written for the sake it. What I mean is, there has to be a reason to stretch the story that long and not just fill the pages with unnecessary drama and text to make a 200 page book while fuck all actually happens in the book. For me, the plot has to have a drive that warrants it being a duet. And let me tell you, there is more than enough drama in this book. But to be honest I much rather she wrote a big-ass standalone book rather than a duet because the wait is going to be the death of me.
Anyway we meet Vivien Grace Mills while she’s still in high school with her childhood boyfriend, Reeve Lancaster, the love of her life. Both have grown up in the trappings of Hollywood where their parents are superstars in one way or another. When Reeve chases his dreams to become an actor himself, he lands a role that sees him to dizzying heights of success. But he never accounted for the pressure that comes with it.
The peer pressure, the pressure from the industry folks; he succumbs to the drugs, sex and alcohol that’s to be expected in such environments.
Fortunately, she finally woke up Christmas day. That was rough. The heartache and the disappointment was palpable from Viv, and dare I say Reeve too. But I have to admit I was proud of her for finally getting her shit together.
When she finally gets to Ireland and she blooms out of her shell, it was a beautiful thing. I loved seeing her grow in some way but it still infuriated me that she was the same in a lot of other ways, especially when dealing with Dillion. I mean the whole “my body responding to his gaze like never before, the pulse between her legs and never feeling like that before” thing just did me in.
That’s the same shit that got you into the mess with Reeve in the first place. Anyway, to begin with I was rooting for Reeve and then somewhere along the line I started rooting for Dillion. But I wanted Reeve to be okay too.
I already knew who they were talked about as soon as I read it. I was so anxious to confirm my suspension that I speed read some bits. Okay, maybe I skipped most of it more than speed read but, semantics.
I can’t take anymore. Honestly, I’ve never been simultaneously glad and hated a cliff-hanger before. But damn! It can’t be so. I mean fuck Dillion, I’m team Reeve.
But I loved it. I can’t wait for book two. I had some questions that were not answered in the story, so it didn’t quite make a 5* read for me.