Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Everly After by Rebecca Paula

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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 waitressing at a Parisian café. She’s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic in the past—until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once more. Her fresh start begins slipping away until a smug British war correspondent crashes her party. 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 being kidnapped on assignment in Afghanistan. Back in Paris, he locks himself away to work on a novel, focused on saving his budding journalism career. But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans are quickly neglected. Everly is the perfect replacement for dangerous war zones, 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 he must fight for himself first.

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

~ Review ~
I loved this book! From the beginning the author grabs you with her characters and makes you want to read more just to find out what broke them to begin with.  Because it is obvious they were broken.  It's a wonderful story of two people who have been through the trenches in life and made it through to the other side only to realize they aren't the same as they were before, they are different, and that they will be OK. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars! It is wonderfully written and compelling.  I look forward to more from this author! Kudos!!


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The following are excerpts/quotes from the book that spoke to me.  We are all facing challenges, no matter what they are, and love is the hardest battle to win sometimes.  Rebecca Paula manages to find the words to describe exactly what some might feel.

"We aren't crazy, no matter what everyone thinks.  We're simply learning to live after losing pieces of ourselves."

"I break in his arms, but his kiss puts me together again, slowly building a new Everly who can laugh and love."

"You can't love somebody whole again.  You have to love their pieces, their rough edges.  The ugly and bad along with the best bits.  You can love them for what they are and mourn what they've lost, but you can't love them and wish they were something other than the person you hold tight.  You have to love their smiles, their tears, their silences.  The way they yell or snap when you get too close to their hurt.  You can be there when they fall apart, but they're the only ones who can put themselves back together.  You have to love them enough to fight for them and be patient and believe that they will come through the dark, but you can never love them in hopes your love will fix them.  Love is a powerful thing, but it's not superglue."

"When you love someone - love them as much as I love her - they become the scars you carry, the battle wounds from when you took a risk.  I think the messier bits of life should be worn like a badge of courage sometimes, a sign for you to say you've lived - are living."

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About The Author
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It began with a boy who survived a plane crash in the wilderness.
I discovered my love of writing during a fifth grade writing assignment for Hatchet. After that, I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Always the hopeless romantic, I write late Victorian and Edwardian historical romances as well as contemporary New Adult romances.
I am a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), as well as the New Hampshire chapter (NHRWA) and the New England chapter (NECRWA). I contribute regularly to the Modern Belles of History blog, a site dedicated to writing, reading, and researching 20th century women’s historical fiction.
When I’m not writing, I’m most likely reading or daydreaming about my next travel adventure. I live in New Hampshire with my husband and our cat, Bella.

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