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.
I’d heard so many good things about this book, I didn’t even bother reading the blurb before opening it.
It soon became clear what the underlying theme of the book was, and I need to commend Hoover for approaching it in a way that can only (in my opinion at least) evoke sympathy in the reader.
Lily has just been to her father’s funeral. That in itself should have cause sympathy for her, until she explains the kind of man that he was., but we’re soon moved on from there as she meets Ryle. Ryle’s a neurosurgeon who wants nothing more but to advance high in his career and be the best he can be. That means he doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t want children.
Naturally, because this is a romance book, he and Lily enter a relationship – of sorts. Then it become serious between them. Things go well… until his temper rears it’s ugly head. Lily’s caught in her present, but with her past weighing heavily on her mind and when they meet, it cause certain problems between her and Ryle.
When I finished the book, I have to admit that I had to put it down for a while to process. Domestic violence isn’t an easy subject to write about, but Hoover does with sensitivity and skill. She never glorifies or whitewashes it, yet makes the reader begin to understand why some victims stay with their abusers.
It wasn’t until I read the note at the back of the book that I understood why she wrote this story, why she HAD to write this story. And I applaud her for it.
Well worth a read, even if you, like me, are one of those who doesn’t understand the dynamics of an abusive relationship. It may well make you reconsider how you think.
This is quite possibly my favourite Colleen Hoover book to date.