“God I loved her… She was everything I wanted in my life but was still unsure I deserved… I wanted this. And I wanted to run from it. I wanted to pull her in and never let go. I wanted to push her away… I wanted to taste her skin and feel her heart beat beneath my lips.”
5 STARS!!!! Spoiler-free review.
I was in love with this story from the first word, until the very last.
“For those searching for the light… Never stop.”
I can’t even tell you how much I needed this book after finishing book #1 Find You in The Dark. FYITD was one of the absolute best books I’ve ever read and I felt so connected to the characters and drawn into the story that, honestly, my world was just not complete until I was able to read this book.
This book kept me up till 5AM. I just had to read it in one sitting, there was no way I was putting this book down!
The story was a direct continuation of book #1. It focuses a lot on healing, on recovery, on finding a healthy balance to life… on finding the light in the shadows ♥ (sniff… I’m getting teary here)
I want to take a minute and talk about Clay. I loved how well the author described him. Because despite having a mental condition, he was downright swoony. Everything about him was just pure, gorgeous, normal, rational, hot guy swoon material, he just also had an illness.
With the way the author described his POV, I felt like I got right inside his head. She wrote him in such a way that I couldn’t help but sympathize with everything he went though. I experienced his mood swings with him. I was right there with him every step of the way. He had good days and bad days, days of coming to terms with things, days of gut wrenching pain and days of elation. I felt his highs, I felt his lows, I was totally connected to everything he went through.
“Just when I thought I had things under control, the reality of who I was smacked me squarely in the face. Being nuts was no fun let me tell you… my kind of nuts was scary and consuming… I was a far cry from being the man I wanted to be. But I was getting there.”
I think also that the fact that he had this condition made how much he loved Maggie so much stronger. Because he truly did – with every fiber of his being. And the fact that that love he felt was strong enough to make him push through everything was heart warming, inspiring and just downright beautiful.
“For a guy who struggled with finding his place in the world, standing next to Maggie, I understood one thing on a very fundamental level. Wherever she went, whatever she did, that is where I belonged.”
Maggie was such a strong heroine. She had her moments of weakness, but the depth of her love for Clay was enough to get her through anything. I loved watching them work together to make things work.
“My love for this beautifully broken, yet slowly healing boy, made me strong…. My soul belonged with him, was so entangled in him that I was no longer a single being.”
Clay and Maggie’s connection had always been intense to an extreme. Everything about them was heightened. And as a reader, I felt it SO strongly. Regardless of if they were even in the same scene together, sometimes just their feelings for each other would hit me so strongly (in a thought, memory, or note) and I’d just start to tear up.
The struggle they went though broke my heart. But I loved how strong they both were. I honestly have to say that despite the struggle of what they went through, they were really one of the most functional relationships I’ve read. To go through what they went through and to be able to come out of it strong and together was downright admirable.
They were both trying with all their heart, fighting the odds, and proving that love could truly conquer all.
“It was just two people who loved each other, trying to make some sense in a world where there was none.”
It was a rough, bumpy road. It was raw. Imperfect. Messy. But my dear God did I love this journey and this story.
It was no fairy tale, but it was true love that you felt with your whole heart.
I cried my way through the epilogue and when I finished the book, I literally just sat there with tears pouring down my face for several minutes… just over flowing with emotions ♥♥
Yes, there is a happy ending. It was believable, real, and absolutely perfect for them. The author truly did these beautiful characters justice.
Guys, this book duet is just incredible. I highly recommend them if you are in the mood for a beautiful, emotional, and unconventional love story.
Clay and Maggie’s story will remain in my heart forever ♥
“You are everything good in my life. Even when I had thought all I had was the darkness… you gave me something to live for.”
Rating: 5 stars!!
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This is a completed series.
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