“I love you, I have always loved you and… I will always love you. Sempre e per sempre.”
Ohhh I had so much anticipation going into this one!! After the brutal cliffhanger at the end of book one that had my heart in knots and my heart in my throat I just NEEDED more!
I will keep this review as spoiler-free as possible but if you read it, you will see some general details about the story – but no major plot twists or anything.
But, if you haven’t yet read book #1, you can read my review for that HERE.
We know from the blurb that this book takes place 10 years after the events of book #1 so there was the huge worry – what happened to them during those years apart? Why were they kept apart?? Literally just a million questions were pouring through my mind so off I went to find the answers.
Ten years later, Caroline has made it on her own in the world as a military journalist – she has basically made her dream come true. I was very happy for her but my heart was fluttering all over the cuz I neeeeeded to see Seb again! What happened to him? Where was he?? God, I MISSED him!!
We don’t have to wait for too long though because soon into the story, Caroline is sent on assignment to report and in walks Sebastian Hunter, US Marine… *dreamy sigh* my heart pretty much just leapt into my throat when he showed up.
He’d changed, life had hardened him and he was all grown up and badass. But yet at the same time, he was still just Seb and ohhhh my God, I swear I just wanted to hug him!!
I have to say that I really just felt all out bad for him. The poor guy was really just fucked over by life. If you think about it all from his perspective, he really, from the start of his life played all his cards right and yet just got continually screwed over by fate. I can see how that would have changed him. The poor guy. Really made my heart hurt for him.
It also made me happy to learn that he didn’t just spiral downward from the end of the last book – he waited for her but when the twists of fate kept them apart again, only then was it that he began to change.
I was relieved though that neither of them ever was in a committed relationship so, just like in the first book, there was thankfully no love triangle here. No cheating, nothing.
When they meet, he’s got 17 days before he deploys again and she has 2 weeks before her assignment so they decide to take the trip through Europe they always talked about.
I loved watching them reconnect. They were an interesting blend of functional and disfunctional. It was clear that their feeling for each other hadn’t changed but with so much history and missed opportunities, things were just not exactly the same.
“It was as if nothing’s changed, but everything’s changed.”
But despite the years of separation, they were still just Caro and Seb – meant for each other against all the odds of the world.
After all the “trauma” of the last book, I appreciated that the author gave them a fair bit of ‘together’ time to reconnect and just ‘be’ … you know? Without the huge constant angst that the last book had brought on by the intense fear of them being caught. This book definitely took its time to give them the swoony, happy, romantic time together that you just craved for them.
I have to say in many ways it felt like they had never been separated. Do any of you have the kind of best friend where you can not talk for ages but then suddenly send them a text and you’re instantly chatting as though you’d never been apart? Well Seb and Caro felt like that as a couple. They had their ups and downs, anger, hurt, love, loss, everything – but it never changed the way they felt about each other deep down. Not really.
But despite the swoon of first half of the book, things weren’t all rosy and it seemed that, as always, just when they almost had things under control, something worked against them to tear them apart.
“I really fucking hate this, Caro. We’re always running in different directions, we’re always running out of time. I just want to wake up with you in my arms every day.”
In the first book they were separated by age and the rules of society. But now, ten years later, their lives have taken them in dangerous directions that have the potential to tear them apart again. There were scenes where my heart ached – it just absolutely just plain HURT for them.
There is a bit of separation and there are some heart-stoppingly scary things that happen but these are the two main things that personally I need to know to get me “through” a book, so I’ll tell you in case it helps you too:
First and most importantly, there is a HAPPY ENDING to the series – they are happy, together, and free to live out the rest of their lives together. Okay?
Secondly, despite there being some separation in the book, it never lasts more than a few pages so, again, rest easy. And also, there is NO cheating in the entire series! This doesn’t count whatever they both did in their 10 years apart, but even then, if you read the story, it still to me was absolutely not cheating given the information they both had about each other.
There were a few things that bothered me a little but nothing major that stood out. Things like how, in some ways, it felt like Caroline was still treating him like a kid, and for whatever reason, I found myself almost wanting to skim a few of the sex scenes (shocking, right?? I’m still not entirely sure why), and a few other small niggling things, but really, I have very little in the way of complaints.
I actually cried in this book. I found that this book pulled stronger non-angsty emotions out of me than the last book did. There were some very swoony romantic moments, a few worrying ones, and one that just totally made my heart DROP (that’s the one that made me cry) but over all, I had to say I found it to be a calmer book because I wasn’t reading every single page in fear quite like the last one. I guess his age brought with it a certain relief, you could say.
Overall though, I can say that I really enjoyed these two books. There was swoon, angst, romance and heart ache. I connected with the characters, enjoyed the flow of the writing style and loved finally seeing Seb and Caro get the happily-ever-after that they deserved.
“I want to have a life with you, Caro, for the rest of my life… Just as long as we’re together. This time, forever.”
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These are on my TBR already, so winning them would be so very awesome 🙂
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Love the review..Great Giveaway..Thanks!!
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I have heard good things about this series and need to read them soon =)
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Would love to win…I have the first on my TBR list…so excited to read both…thanks great giveaway….
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Your review caused me to add these books to my to read list.
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Would love to win these books! Thank you Aestas for the chance!
I would love to win these books, but I may not wait to see if that happens.
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These are definitely on my TBR list. They sound so good!
Leslie T. says
Awesome reviews, I am definitely bumping these two up on my TBR list. Thank you!
Rosemary K. says
I would love to win both books (The Education of Sebastian and The Education of Caroline). Have a happy Valentine’s Day.
Sara Long Butler says
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Really want to read these books!!! Unfortunately due to lack of fundage for books it may be a while before I get a chance to. Unless I’m lucky & win them. Thank you so much for the chance to do so!!!
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would love to win so I can read these books.
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Cindy Neighbor says
Is this the end of the series or will there be more? Thanks for doing a giveaway!!!
Sara Batson-Edmunds says
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Thanks for the chance to win!
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Looking forward to reading both of these! Can’t wait!
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Nicole A. says
I love your reviews. Can’t wait to read both of these books. Thank you for the giveaway!! 🙂
I absolutely hate cliffhangers if I don’t have the second one!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Jennifer Tate says
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Julie Cole says
I am absolutely excited to read these books. They are on my MBR (Must Be Read) list.
Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂
Amanda M. says
Both are on my TBR lists – will read them eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later 🙂
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These are on my To Read list
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Katherine Eccleston says
Great review! I really want these 2 books =)
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would love a chance to read and review at The Reading Cafe
Thanks for the opportunity
Vika S says
Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Edyta R says
Thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog
I was hesistant to read this because i thought the age difference would bother me. However, after reading these reviews it’s made my TBR list 🙂
Michelle Lovell says
These books look really great. I can’t wait to read them. 🙂 Thanks!
Both of these are on my TBR list. Really want to read them!
Angela Love says
Thank you for this chance at winning….. what an awesome giveaway!!!
Wow, I hope I win. Thanks for the giveaway!
Carmen Baker says
So wanna read both these books!
Bianca Smith says
Great reviews. Excited about these books! 🙂
Would love to get my hands on these books! They sound right up my alley.
Loving the reviews also.
As always, aestas, another fabulous giveaway!
Thanks a bunches.
Sarah Schwartz says
another great giveaway!! love your blog
Deanna Villalpando says
These are high on my list because of your review – can’t wait to read! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
Christina Garner says
Excited to read these books – have heard great things about them!
Lacey T says
Thanks for the amazing giveaway! Can’t wait to read this series! 🙂
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Jen Berg says
I look forward to reading these books! I haven’t read your second review because I don’t want any spoilers for the first!! I am sure your review was great as always though!!!
Tess H says
I seriously love reading your reviews Aestas!! I’m dying to read both books badly!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!
<3 Happy Valentine's Day <3
i would love carolines book plz!
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Denise Ramos says
On my to read list!!
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Thanks for the opportunity! Can’t wait to read;)
Hope I win!!
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I would love to win either or both of these…I’ve been hearing great things (minus the whole cliffhanger thing) LOL 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway ! I would love to win these books !
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Cassie Hess-Dean says
I have not read either book…yet;)
Kristine Sabino Sta Ana says
hope to win!
Becky K. says
I look forward to reading both of these. Thank you for the giveaway 🙂
Adrienne Scales says
Thank you for the chance to win!
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Thanks for the great giveaway!!!
Thanks for the chance! (:
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winner winner chicken dinner!!!
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Dying to read these!!!!
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Happy V-day <3
Kelly K says
Awesome! I’d love to win a set of these books 🙂
I have been wanting to read this books! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
Haven’t read either, but they are both on my tbr list!
Nicoleta Dumbrava says
Happy Valentine’s Day, Aesta!!! <3
Megan Stango says
Happy Valentines Day!! Would love to win these books! 🙂
Would love to read both these books. On my TBR list.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Julie K says
Great giveaway….as always!
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I have not read this series but I would to
misty trevino says
Can’t wait to read these!
Amy Taylor says
Amanda Gale says
This has been on my TBR list for awhile. Thinking it might be what I read next. Thanks for the fun giveaway.
Amy Johnson says
That’s for that chance at the giveaway!
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I’m dying to read these!
Dannica Alcantara says
Actually thinking if I’ll read this… i think I might!
Hoping to win for this giveaway 🙂
Can’t wait to read these…thanks for the chance!
Katherine Owen says
Great review! I’m putting on my TBR list ~ thanks!
Starla Y. says
They are on my tbr list. I would love to read them both. 🙂
Daniell stauffer says
joanne cowan says
I have both these on my ‘to read’ list, I hope I win!
Viviana Varona says
The story seems different so it has intrigued me.
Thank you for the chance to win.
would love to win. thanks
Awesome giveaway!!! Can’t wait to read these books–winning them would be even sweeter! 😉
Robin N says
I’d love to win these; they sound good!!!!! 🙂
Sheri Zee says
I NEED to READ these books!