By D. Nichole King
Love Always, Kate
Leukemia’s been my life since I was eleven. Now, six years later, I want my life back. Only I’m not sure what that is.
The test results came back today. 22,000. Which means I’m officially out of remission—again.
I have three options:
1. Another round of chemo.
2. A super-new experimental drug.
3. Dump it all— forget the meds and treatments and enjoy the time I have left.
I think I know what I want.
Then, in walks Damian, changing everything.
I mean, everything.
He’s got his own set of issues. It binds us together, you know? We understand what it’s like to lose what matters most in seconds.
Still, the last thing I need is to have someone else to crush if I can’t fight hard enough. And the last thing he needs is someone else to grieve.
Never mind. I’m down to two options now.
Somehow I know that whichever one I choose, the result will be the same. With the sand in my hourglass seeping to the bottom, I hope there’s enough left to show Damian that life’s worth living. Worth fighting for.
Worth dying for.
Love Always, Damian
(Spoilers for Book 1 proceed with caution)
They say time heals all wounds.
What a load of bull. It’s been four years, and Kate’s voice still echoes in my mind.
Every. Damn. Day.
I numb her memory when it taunts me. In college, I drown her out with booze and easy lays. I can’t do what she asked.
I can’t let her go.
Not even when Lia shows up, freaking ripping what’s left of me to shreds. Caring about someone isn’t worth the deadness that follows after they’re gone. I didn’t ask for this. Didn’t ask for her.
And I sure as hell didn’t plan to miss her when she walked out of my front door.
Now, if I want to keep her, I have to straighten myself out and earn her. I can’t screw this up.
Because if I do, I’ll lose more than just Lia.
I’ll lose my life.
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I’m going to start this review with a bold statement…..These are two of the best books I have EVER read, easily in my top 5. I have NEVER cried so hard, so consistently while reading. And let me be clear…I cried because I was incredibly sad AND I cried because I was so damn happy.
I knew the first book was going to be sad, anyone who reads the back of Kate’s book knows that and I thought I was ready for it….I was so not ready. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Then I decided I needed to read the second book right away because I needed some sort of resolution, some kind of happy ending to make all of the crying worth it. I expected it to be more uplifting (and eventually it was) but in all honesty…I cried more consistently and much harder during this book. My throat hurts from crying, my eyes will probably be puffy for the next two days and I think I went through an entire roll of toilet paper blowing my nose. And, in case I haven’t mentioned it, I adored every single second of it.
These books are gorgeously written, incredible intelligent, wonderfully emotional and perfectly crafted. The intricacies of the story are amazing, every word has a purpose, every action has a result, every loose end has a beautiful resolution. God I can’t remember ever loving a story this much. I can’t remember ever loving and understand and CARING about characters this much. And not just one character, not just the main characters….every single character!!! The author’s ability to put us inside the character’s head and let us understand exactly where they are coming from is amazing and it’s done without endless monologues which is wonderful.
Just a couple more things and then I’m done gushing.
I think what really made these two books easily some of the best I’ve ever read was the author’s willingness to show the ugly as well as the beautiful. Most authors are too worried about readers disliking their characters to really show the ugly stuff…but not De. Her willingness to be brave as an author was so rewarding to me as a reader and her ability to zig when every author out there would have zagged made these two books unforgettable. I was constantly surprised, that never happens to me any more. These characters will live with me for a long time and I have no doubt I will read these books over and over.