My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was the first book in the series to capture my heart- I absolutely loved Grip and Bristol. This series will change you- it was will make you think, it will consume you, it will break your heart, and then it will slowly put it back together until it is finally complete again. I can’t say enough good things about it and I highly recommend you read it! I will keep it short and sweet, because I don’t want to give too much away. But start with this book and keep reading until you finish. You won’t be disappointed.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I decided to finally dive into this serious because I have basically heard nothing but great things about it. I don’t know why I even hesitated. It was probably the best decision I have made within the last couple of weeks.
I woke up at 3 am this morning after finishing it and couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s one of those books that is going to stick with me. I will remember where I was when I reading it. I will remember how I felt when I finished it. I’m not even sure at this moment 24 hours later I can properly articulate just how great this book was. I know this review will not even come close to the justice it deserves, but I will try to give you the top 3 reasons why I give it 5++ stars. (I have never actually done that before either!)
1.) It was more than just a romance novel. We all love happy endings. We all read Romance usually for that main reason. This book touched on so much more than just love. It was real, it was raw, and honest. It was a glimpse into an interracial relationship. It was ugly at times. And it was beautiful.
2.) This book made me think. It made me think of when my sons are older and they bring home a girlfriend. How will I act. Will I actually be the loving, open and accepting person I wish to be? I live in the South. Racism is still everywhere. I live 2 miles from where Alton Sterling was shot. I live 2 miles in the other direction of where 5 police officers were killed. How do we make a change? How do we bring unity? It starts with how I raise my sons, what my actions show and how my love touches everyone. All of these thoughts ran through my head because of this “romance novel”
3.) It completely shattered my heart and then put it back together. And as soon as I thought it was whole again, it broke a little more. It was so painful to read at times and at others I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The emotions were so real and although I have never been in something like that it made me want to understand. I cried tears of heartbreak when I read about Bristol listening to why she would never be good enough. I cried tears of joy when she was finally able to express her love.
This book has so much more to offer you. This book was so phenomenal I cant even explain it. It’s an amazing piece of literature and I am so thankful it was put into the universe. I hope I did it enough justice to inspire you to read it. If you have never read a romance series in your life, I would suggest you take the chance or plunge and start with this series. I cant wait to finish Still. And I cant recommend this book enough. Amazing job Kennedy Ryan. 5++ stars!
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“One day I’ll wake up and be at the end of this journey, like Mrs. O’Malley, and even after a lifetime with Bristol, I’ll bargain with God for one more day.”
My heart is completely satisfied with the ending of this book. This wasn’t your typical happily ever after conclusion to a story. This was a gut wrenching, soul shattering, but hope giving ending. This book and this series tore me up, spit me out and then put me back together so nicely. It is hard to even put into words how much love I have for this book and series as a whole, but again I will try.
This book touches briefly on organ donation- something that is near to my heart. There is nothing good that comes from a baby dying. And sometimes there is nothing we can do to stop or prevent it from happening. The only good thing that could possibly come out of this or give hope to a family on both sides is organ donation. So thank you Kennedy for touching on this topic. It is something that can help you heal as a grieving parent, it if life changing for the person and family receiving it. Bristol and Grip are so strong and make me love them even more.
This book and series are real life! I couldn’t get enough of them and even a few weeks later I am STILL thinking about them. I can’t get them out of my mind. That’s when you know it’s a good book. That’s when you know the writing was phenomenal. I can’t recommend this book enough and if my high praises haven’t sold you yet, I don’t know what else will!