Vi has the potential to make me weak at a time when I’m determined to show everyone just how bloody strong I am.
She’s everything I am not…yet somehow, she sees through my darkness.
She doesn’t see me as broken.
She sees me as the man I’m fighting so hard to be.
5 gut wrenching stars – a journey of self discovery and hope.
Speechless, absolutely speechless – This is how I have been left by this emotional rollercoaster of a book that pulled me in right from the start and had me hanging on every last one of Amy’s beautifully written words right to the end.
I was so pleased to be getting Hayden’s story, especially after reading Not the One. I have to say that I am struggling to find the words to express my love for this beautiful man who had been through unimaginable, life changing, tragedy that took him to the brink only to be pulled back at the last minute. The book takes us on an emotional journey full of heartache, despair, anger and immense pain and you cannot help being deeply touched by the struggles Hayden endures just to get through the day, that is until he meets Vi.
I really loved Vi. Having lost her mother when she was just 4, she grew up with a famous football player father and 4 brothers all of which have followed in his footsteps. They smother her and in an attempt to gain some independence and space, she moves out of the family home. Vi has a great personality with plenty of fire and spirit and she has some really humorous moments during the book, quite a few involving her 4 brothers, whose relationship with Vi I really loved and also her mad St Bernard dog.
The chemistry between Hayden & Vi was hot from the start, the connection intense and consuming. Hayden struggles with his feelings for her, scared to let himself become emotionally attached to another person because it may pull him back into the dark place he has struggled so hard to stay out of. Vi having been hurt by every man she has become close to, fears rejection and believes herself unlovable but she never lets that get in the way of her feelings for Hayden, her desire to be with him and do everything she can to make him realise that the past is the past and that there is a future out there for him.
I felt emotional the entire time I was reading this book, choked up by the emotion that Amy evoked through her words which brought me to tears on more then one occasion. There are two particular scenes that I found tipped me over the edge but I won’t say anymore than that as you will need to read this fantastic book yourself to find out what they are. The relationships in the book are fantastic and it was great seeing my favourites characters from the previous books again.
This book had a wonderful blend of heartache, love, hope and a touch of humour, a heartfelt story of coming out of the darkness and into the light that shows you we all have worth, we all deserve love. In my opinion, this is Amy’s best book by far, a really poignant and emotional read that I would highly recommend