A few days ago I stumbled upon a review written by The Geeky Auror on Colleen Hoover’s new book, Too Late. Now, I am not sure what shocked me more. The fact that there was a Colleen Hoover book out in the world that I had no clue about, or the fact that said book could be read for FREE on Wattpad… I’ve heard quite a lot about Wattpad but this mystery book, that quietly crept under my radar, is what made me download the app faster than my ability to turn a page in the last couple of weeks.
For those who are not familiar with Wattpad, it is a platform for aspiring writers to share their work with a wider audience. This gives people the opportunity to allow publishers or editors to discover their creative writing and it can also serve as a network to share excerpts on books that are already due for release. It is pretty addictive because I get to add books to my own virtual library, and I can browse the hidden gems to discover authors in the making. Oh, and did I mention it’s free?!?
But what about this Colleen Hoover book, you ask? Well, let’s get into that, shall we?
Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.
Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.
Nothing will get in her way.
Nothing except Carter.
Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.
Nothing will get in his way.
Nothing except Carter.
I am a huge fan of Colleen Hoover. Ever since I read Hopeless and Slammed a few years ago, I never let an opportunity pass me by to get my hands on more of her books. Which is why I did a double take when I saw The Geeky Auror’s review… I follow CoHo on every social media platform I belong to, so I am still confused as to how I missed this news! But, since her next book is only due to hit the shelves in August, it served as a welcome distraction to get lost in for a little while. It was quite a wee while though because I read it in one sitting…
Too Late is written in three different point of views – Sloan, Carter and Asa’s – which made me crazy excited to start reading. I always enjoy books with different perspectives because it gives insight into every aspect of the story. The problem with this though is that in some cases it can give away too much, and then it becomes almost impossible to change any impression you may have of a particular character. This was an issue for me while reading Too Late; and something that would normally form a deeper connection to the characters, ended up driving a giant wedge between all for of us.
This book takes on a whole bunch of issues that made it vivid and raw, but I felt like it was a bit too much squeezed into the 45 chapter story, which made it difficult to really understand each of the touched topics. We take a look at mental illnesses, drug dealing, emotional and physical abuse, as well as undercover cop action to top everything off in an emotional rollercoaster ride that only Colleen Hoover can think up. Despite this, the plot genuinely intrigued me and I honestly could not put the book down. It was intense and disturbing with undertones of deep yearning that I felt to my very core. But (I feel like I am saying ‘but’ a lot in this post) I have to say that it was a little too happy-ending-y for my taste. After everything that the characters had to endure through this story, I’d think that it would take more than a kiss to over come all the trauma. And there were quite a few times when I thought incidents were just too coincidental and forced… Not something I thought I’d ever say about a Colleen Hoover book!
It is rather hard writing this review without giving too much away but I will end off by saying this: I am picking up a trend with romances lately where characters just do what “feels right” even though from a moral stand point there is nothing right about it. Two wrongs does not make a right, and it is quite troubling to me to think that society is very quickly moving away from that principle. Yes, we are responsible for our own happiness, but we also have a responsibility toward each other…
I am still not sure if this book is completed or not, but up until chapter 45 I give it a 2.5/5 star rating. Colleen Hoover added that certain creative flare that I always enjoy, but I feel like her books are starting to take on a very predictable pattern, which has been letting me down as of late. BUT (this is the last ‘but’, I swear!) if you want to read this latest story by Colleen Hoover, follow the link below:
Read Too Late by Colleen Hoover HERE
Have you used Wattpad? Are there any books you can recommend me to read?