I’ve been neglecting my books this week because I am so busy with blogging and with this little online course I’ve been doing which has been incredibly exciting for me. I am focusing on expanding my horizons this year, trying new and different things that I never bothered with before. But wait, this has zero relevance to this blog post…
Welcome to the third post of the Valentine’s Day Edition!!
I am not an overly emotional person – I don’t cry over a tub of ice cream when I am feeling down. But I will admit, there were a few stories that left me with a lump in my throat, and I think that if I were an emotional person I probably would be ugly crying over a tub of ice cream after completing these stories. So for all the ladies out there who will be taking part in the Valentine’s Day ritual of binge watching the classic romances like The Notebook and Titanic, to name a few; these books would also do the trick:
ME BEFORE YOU BY JOJO MOYES: OK so this one probably isn’t news, since it’s a really popular choice for a heart breaking romance. Me Before You is quite an unusual love story, which makes it worth reading in my opinion. It is a book that keeps you guessing and hoping for better things even when you know it in your heart that there is no way things could get better. Throw in a wonderfully eccentric female lead, Lou Clark, and a broody, moody male love interest, Will Traynor, and you have a book to keep you entertained for hours. Just don’t forget to keep the cool-whip on stand by because you will need a pick me upper after you’re through with this read.
RUINING ME BY NICOLE REED: This is the first book in the Ruining Trilogy and definitely the most gut wrenching of the three. The story involves a love square with Jay Stevenson taking centre stage. A girl who lost everything after a terrible betrayal ripped her from the perfect world she’s been living in. This book deals with difficult issues, and how people react in different ways in order to survive the best way they can. There is lots of drama that will give you plenty of opportunities to decide which party you will be rooting for, but be prepared because this book will blind side you and you will cry about the unfairness of it all!
THE LAST HOUR BY CHARLES SHEEHAN-MILES: The Last Hour is the fourth book in the Thompson Sisters series, and it can be read as a stand alone but I would recommend you read the first three before going onto this one. Carrie and Ray’s story was a difficult read because it was laced with pain. They were such beautiful characters separately, so I really appreciated the love they held for each other when they finally got together. But nothing is ever that simple when it comes to life and love, and this book is a true example of how some things are just beyond our control. The Last Hour is unlike anything else I’ve read, and it was easy to add it to this list because it completely obliterated my heart. If you are looking for a well written, different love story that will leave you wrecked then this should be the perfect read for you. Keep a box of tissues close by – you are going to need it!
FACADE BY NYRAE DAWN: Delaney and Adrian’s story was so, so sad!! Façade is book two in the Games series so we read about Adrian in Charade, since he was Colt’s room mate and friend. Adrian always seemed like an interesting character, with his wise advice and take on life. But on the other hand, with all the partying he did, it felt like he was trying to fill a void in his life which was strange because it didn’t match up. So when I finally read his story and the blank spaces of his character were filled in, it became much clearer why he was the way he was. My heart broke into a thousand pieces for him because that was how well Nyrae Dawn was able to capture his pain. Façade is a book about love, acceptance, forgiveness; but I think for me, most important of all, it is a book on finding redemption.
MAKING FACES BY AMY HARMON: So many romance books I read depends on beauty. It always needs to be known that the characters are striking; and there are paragraphs upon paragraphs that describes this beauty to the reader. It’s as if the romance world is only created around pretty people. Making Faces is different though because it is about the loss of beauty, yet this book had some of the best characters I ever read about. Fern was so completely sweet, with a heart to match. She is what the author describes as unremarkable; which is insane because she was an extraordinary fictional being. She saw people beyond their outside appearances and that isn’t something you will read about often. Enter Ambrose; the guy living with his own traumatic past that he was slowly over coming with the help of Fern. This book was a breath of fresh air with a plot that will definitely pull at your heart strings.
What books completely broke your heart and had you ugly crying?