Book Review: It Ends With Us

Did I already say I'm a fan of Colleen Hoover? Her stories are both heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time. When I read her novels, I find myself truly engrossed in the story. So hard to let go of the book until I've read the last chapter that I end up finishing the novel in just one sitting. 

I so love this author that I even joined CoHorts, a Facebook group consisting of Colleen Hoover fans from all over the world and I DO NOT like joining Facebook groups (saved from blogger groups since I want an avenue for promoting my blog posts and connecting with other bloggers). I became a CoHort after reading my very first romance novel from her, Ugly Love. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend you do! 

Anyway, so I wanna tell you about It Ends With Us - my 5th Colleen Hoover novel!

The Plot

Lily hasn't always had t 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 a sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

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. 

What I thought of the book

I so loved this book! This is now my second favorite Colleen Hoover novel next to Maybe Someday.
There were kilig moments and whoa! hot love scene moments, absolute heart wrenching moments and moments that just made me heave a sigh from feeling happy for the characters of the book.

Right from the opening chapters of this book, I was already hooked. I loved Ryle for Lily. I did. I mean at the start I did. What was not to love really? He was a handsome hunk who's also successful in his career and he exuded confidence. I felt their sizzling chemistry. Their little flirting with hints of seduction - I highly enjoyed reading those moments! I guess I have a thing for guys who are good looking flirts, huh? Ha! Ha! Okay, other than those, I loved that he wanted to be with her so much, he was willing to change for her - "What commitment issues?"

I liked their naked truth conversations which is like a confession they do with each other.

Lily: You want to hear a naked truth? I've wanted to go back to your roof on more than one occasion since that night. But I was too scared you'd be there. you make me kind of nervous."

If only we could have naked truth conversations when it comes to relationships. There'd be no guessing game. There'd be no wondering. You'd know what your next step would be. Oh well.

So yeah, I was on Team Ryle at the start. I had no issue with her only knowing him for a few months but already diving into the deep end of the pool into a relationship with him. She liked him. He liked her. Why wait? That's how I am kasi in real life - or how I was... Ha! Ha! Been trying a new approach to love and relationships now since the old, fast-paced way only ever ended with me on the losing end aka heartbreak. It's like the Atlas approach. Slow and easy.

When I first read the title, I thought It Ends With Us simply meant Lily was just going to choose between Ryle or Atlas.

Sometimes the one who loves you is the one who hurts you the most

It hit me what this line really meant with regards to the story as I got deeper into the pages of the book. Without spoiling this book so much for anyone, I just have to say it was heart wrenching. Maybe Someday and Ugly Love also had their share of heart wrenching moments but It Ends With Us for me has to be the most heart wrenching of the three!

Women who are or were in an abusive relationship -  I've heard of stories like that happening in real life and for outsiders, it's easy to judge the women who stay in the relationship or say things like, "Kung ako yan, iniwan ko na yan, matagal na!" or "Naku. Sakin, hindi pwede yung ganun!" 

But if we were ever in their shoes, would we really be able to do it? Make that decision to leave the first sign of abuse?

Lily was one of those women who told herself she was never going to let any guy walk all over her. She was never going to let any guy abuse her... until she found herself in the situation with Ryle. She's gotta be my favorite Colleen Hoover heroine now for being able to have the courage to actually say "Enough" and walk away from her relationship. I mean, I was merely a reader but did I feel every bit of her suffering and struggle. In fact, while I was reading the book, part of me wished she and Ryle would be able to overcome it together since he was very apologetic for ever hurting her. Though that's the naive part of me talking. I know that the stories of women who are victims of domestic violence also told of their respective partners being remorseful after hurting them and so they would be forgiven and given another chance so the cycle repeats itself.

This is such a powerful novel! Colleen has amazed me even more after reading this book.

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