October 8, 2014

Melissa Liked it: Everly After by Rebecca Paula

Series:  Stand-Alone
Format: Ebook ARC
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Source: Author
Genre: New Adult (18+)
All truths burn bright and clear. I’m still waiting in the dark.

Everly Monteith has traded her life of glitter, parties, and self-destruction for waiting tables in a busy Parisian cafĂ© after college graduation. She’s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic behind her—until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once more. Her delicate grip on a future begins slipping away, before a smug British war correspondent crashes her party and refuses to let her live hiding behind oversized sunglasses. But falling for Beckett means letting down her guard, something that might pull them both into the dark. 

There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me being chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them. But even the most beautiful lies aren’t worth chasing.

Twenty-five year-old Beckett Reid is forced into sabbatical after he’s kidnapped while on assignment in Afghanistan. Back in Paris and struggling with PTSD, he locks himself away to work on a novel while recovering and save his budding journalism career. But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans of laying low are quickly forgotten. He craves the energy and danger of war zones and realizes Everly is the perfect replacement, even if she does leave glitter on everything he owns. Reckless and wild, she runs through life making more mistakes than anyone he’s met, but Beckett is determined to fight for her, even if he must face the messy truth that to do so means fighting for himself first.

*This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.*

Beckett and Everly meet at a party in Paris. Both are thrown out of their elements and into a life they aren't sure of. Beckett has had a VERY rough life lately, and has been trying to regroup and overcome his PTSD. Everly has been in Paris to try to collect herself and get her future sorted out. The only problem is her ex-boyfriend Hudson. Hudson is a douche. Plain and simple. I didn't like him. I didn't like him one single itsy bitsy bit. He reminded me of Dick from Veronica Mars, except less charming.

I wasn't charmed by either Beckett or Everly from the start, but as they crashed together they sizzled. I got this feeling I was about to watch a beautiful train wreck occur. I am still not sure if I really liked this book or just liked it. It had its moments that had me enthralled and other moments that had me..well not enthralled. Every character was flawed and had moments of being unlikeable. What kept me reading was that the flaws they had were interesting. They made the characters fragile and real, even the douchey ones.

The last part of the book is FULL of drama and trauma! So much happens all at once and you are kind of thrown for a moment. I won't spoil, but things get super bleak for a while there. I have to say that I did really like the way this ended. It kind of brought everything around and that's what this book needed.

I liked it very much. I'm on the fence about a few things, but overall I enjoyed the story and the writing.

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  1. I've read so many books like this the past year that it's hard to impress me but I like the idea of the British War correspondent. I can see how that would be traumatic.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  2. I love the Paris setting, but I am not thrilled to hear there is so much drama and trauma packed into the end, I am so tired of that in my romances.

  3. Sounds good...well except for the things you are on the fence about

  4. They sound flawed and their story is probably pretty intense. Sorry it wasn't a complete hit, but I can see why you kept reading, Melissa.

  5. I handle some drama in my books but so over it being filled with them. I do love the setting and the adorable cover though!

  6. Oh gosh, I can't do drama & trauma, my heart is already constricting just htinking about it.

  7. Always interesting when you finish one and just aren't sure. I'm liking that cover though :) Totally drew me in :)

  8. If a book is took bleak for too long I start to get depressed.

  9. I'm glad you liked it overall, Melissa. It does sound interesting even if you're on the fence about a few things. Nice review.


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