August 2, 2017 by kissandtellbookblog
Contemporary Romance by Colleen Hoover
I have to preface this ranking with a few things first.
1. This is not a love triangle.
2. There are spoilers in the descriptions of the men in the book so if you haven’t read the book, please beware.
3. This novel completely opened my eyes and changed my perspective on abusive relationships.
“In the future, if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again… fall in love with me.”
Ryle Kincaid is a bit tricky to rate. He is a five until he’s not. He is finishing his residency as a neurosurgeon and only wants to be the best in his field and has no interest in more than one night stands. He didn’t want the distraction of a relationship until he found Lily. They connected and were able to understand each other on a visceral level. He is attentive, giving, complimentary, attractive and not to mention rich. But he has a problem dealing with his anger and sometimes that transfers to Lily. I fell in love with everything about Ryle Kincaid but one thing. And that one thing tears my heart out of my chest and changes my perspective on everything I ever thought about abuse. He will rock your world – in a good and bad way. Naked truth? I still kind of love Ryle Kincaid.
Atlas Corrigan is Lily’s first kiss, first love… first everything. Atlas meets Lily in high school and they forge a connection with one another that is deeper than some adult relationships. They understand one another, take care of one another and ultimately save one another. Atlas is everything good in this world wrapped up into a self-sacrificing, beautiful body. He wants Lily but he wants to be able to provide the life he thinks she deserves. He puts her happiness before his own which is a testament to how much he truly loves her. Plus, he can cook and who doesn’t love a man that is good with his hands and knows a good pallet??
I often found myself wanting to rewrite this book or change the interactions of the characters but it would take away from the message. Colleen does such an amazing job building a connection between her characters and the reader. I fell in love with both of these men and found myself cheering for each one at different points throughout the novel.
Strong Female Lead: 💋💋💋💋
Lily Bloom is honest, smart, driven and strong. She witnessed her mother being abused by her father her whole life and this left her with a very strong perception of abuse. She hated her father and pitied her mother (and sometimes hated her too). Her childhood molded her into the rock she became. She isn’t afraid to challenge someone or go after what she wants. She is confident and has a very giving heart. Her hesitancy in dealing with problems or obstacles that occur make me question her strength. Without divulging any spoiling details, there were some moments where I wondered why she did what she did and if it was right for everyone involved. But ultimately, she believes she makes the right decision and her strength prevails.
The content of this novel is not to be taken lightly and Colleen Hoover does a wonderful job putting it into perspective for judgmental people who have never been in the position. This novel is told from Lily’s perspective – present day and past. Her past is told through journals Lily wrote in high school when she first met Atlas. This backstory is so important to how Lily has become the person she is in present day. The time hops were well-written and fit seamlessly with the present day storyline. The story was complicated and unpredictable, all the while continuously connecting the characters to the reader. I could feel what Lily was feeling and loved hearing her thoughts on things because it allowed me insight into a situation that is unknown to me. The reader is never left bored or disconnected. You truly won’t be able to put it down, even though at times you’ll want to.
Steamy Factor: 💋💋💋💋
Even though this story is all about character development, growth and connections, there is no loss of steam. Ryle Kincaid brings the sizzle when cooking bacon. He is dominant, skilled and a charmer. The intimate connection between Lily and Ryle is another reason I fell in love with these characters. The heat between the sheets is paired perfectly with the emotional side.
I knew when I got this book when it first came out that it would be good. I saved it until I felt like I was in a place to immerse myself in a new perspective and had the ability to embrace all the feels. This book will give you all the feels and make you think about things in a new light. This novel was not an easy read and there were times that I didn’t want to keep reading because of the content of the book. But I’m so glad I kept going because this is by far one of the best books I have ever read. You will laugh, swoon, cry, fall in love and experience anger on behalf of the characters. It checks off everything I look for in a book – character development and connection, well-written with imagery and emotion, complicated and unpredictable plot, and so much more. I strongly encourage you to read this book but know that you will go through a whirlwind of emotion during the process.
Book Summary from author:
SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE 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, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also 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.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.