REVIEW BLITZ: ALL WE WERE by Elisabeth Grace and Michelle Lynn

Will I ever stop hurting the one person who’s never hurt me?

I’ve done things I can never undo.

No matter how much I wish I could, sometimes the wounds I inflict are too deep, too catastrophic, too septic to heal.

As I look into the eyes of the only man I’ve ever loved I know I’ve gone too far. I’ve finally crossed the line.

Even if he knew my reason for doing this, he’d never forgive me.

He always puts my needs before his own.

Now it’s my turn to protect him.

None of that matters though because the betrayal and disgust in his eyes comes from deep within his soul. There’s no coming back from this.

He will forever be tormented by what he’s seen, and he will never forgive me.

The last fragment of my heart to hold out hope that we’d share a future, withers and dies.

Amazon US ~ https://amzn.to/2tEv6Cz

Amazon UK ~ https://amzn.to/2H34GlS

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Amazon AU ~ https://amzn.to/2EfwWPb

Add to TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42977859-all-we-were

My Review

When Jimmy Crawford and Lilah Robbie were young, all they had were each other…all they had was the pain and the heartache of their respective circumstances…all they had were their dreams of making it big and never looking back at the darkened shadows that consumed their lives growing up. They made promises to each other and to themselves, and as soon as I started delving into the pages of All Were Were, it was obvious that as much as they wanted to be each other’s strength…to stand by one another no matter what, it wasn’t as simple as they thought it would be and the inconsistent contact, care, and comfort took their toil on both of them, proving that their volatile on/off relationship may be more than they can handle, even if they thought they’d be together forever. 

What most intrigues about Jimmy and Lilah is what they became because of and despite of their upbringing and their circumstances. It’s easy to say that people are the products of their environment, but I don’t buy into this idea completely because two people who experience the exact same abuse…the exact same scars have a choice as to what path to take, and while that decision can be manipulated based the toxic nature of things, it doesn’t mean that have to fall into the same kind of destructive and manipulative behaviors that surrounded them as kids.

The way Michelle Lynn and Elisabeth Grace craft Jimmy and Lilah’s story, moving between the past and the present as well as slowly uncovering the reasons behind Lilah’s self-destructive behavior and Jimmy’s ‘good guy’ demeanor make readers’ emotional connection to them a maelstrom of feelings. My emotions felt all over the place as I was reading, not only because their story is angsty as all heck but also because my opinion of the hero and heroine continually fluctuated, making me, at times, sympathetic and emphatic, and at others times, frustrated and angry.

But that’s what makes a story a good read, isn’t it? The fact that readers feel a bevy of emotions as they witness the characters’ ups and downs as well as their highs and lows, and let me tell you the damage Jimmy and Lilah did to themselves and each other, Lilah more than Jimmy, is enough to make any sane reader question how these two always keep coming back to one another when they seem a toxic mess of self-sabotage and enabling.

I cannot wait to see where Lynn and Grace take Jimmy and Lilah in book two; I hope these two can find their way back to each other for all the right reasons and not just because they have a history together, but for any of that to happen, I feel like Lilah needs to help herself and realize exactly who she’s become before there’s any hope that they can become all that they are meant to be.

4 Poison Apples 

Coming face-to-face with my past changes EVERYTHING.

I’m at the top of my game. All my struggles have finally paid off. Life should be great.

I mean, life is great.

Except for the fact that I can’t stop thinking of her. The woman who mangled my heart into a bloody pulp and never looked back.

If I could free myself of our shared memories, my future would be golden.

There’s only one way to move on—I have to confront the past, so I can move into the next chapter of my life in peace. Which means confronting her for the final time.

I had no idea that knocking on her door that day would turn my life upside down.

Add to TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42977887-all-we-are

ABOUT ELISABETH GRACE:

USA Today Bestselling author, Elisabeth Grace, has a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! She currently lives outside Toronto, Canada with her hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never too busy for a good story and to share her love of reading and writing with others.

For more of the lowdown feel free to visit her author website at http://www.Elisabeth-Grace.com

ABOUT MICHELLE LYNN:

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.

She loves all thing romance and cries at happy endings!

Visit her at www.michellelynnbooks.com

 

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