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Milly's life was safe. Her plans, certain. She doesn't take risks, because she knows what it's like to lose everything. But, when it all falls apart, she decides to throw caution to the wind. Her journey to reclaim her future leads her straight into the grown-up arms of the boy she left behind. In them, she finds passion long denied and love she thought was lost. But is the promise of a second chance worth the risk of losing herself again?
When he discovers that the girl he has loved his whole life moved on without him, Dean needs answers. He didn't expect to still want her. He didn't expect her to want him, too. And suddenly, he finds himself in a battle for the heart of the woman he's never stopped loving.
As they look to the past for answers, can they hold onto the future they were meant to have? Or will what they remember make them wish they could forget?
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By bookbruin on 01-12-18
This is Us. Always.
I am utterly and fantastically blown away by this book. Seriously, what is this sorcery?!?
I listened to the majority of the book, which was narrated amazingly by Anthony Linden, but did enjoy the ebook too when I just didn't have the chance to listen. I don't think I have ever listened to a dual POV book with only a male narrator. I've listened to several with only a female narrator, but this was definitely a first and I have to say I am impressed. Anthony Linden brought so much emotion and heart to the scenes and I was captivated by his performance. I honestly, inhaled this book. I haven't been consumed by a story and its characters like this in a while and I just couldn't bring myself to stop. From the very first page, I was sucked in and needed to know more. I even messaged a friend to gush and share my feelings because I just couldn't contain them.
Milly was an incredibly relatable heroine. Haven't we all lost ourselves or our way at some point in our lives? I loved her evolution through the story and how with each chapter, she regained a piece of herself. She didn't let her terrible ex Kevin define or destroy her. Milly is intelligent, loving, giving, and so fiercely loyal. I absolutely loved her and Dean. Her history with him broke my heart and it was game over for me the minute he came onto the scene.
I am an absolute sucker for second chance romances that feature childhood sweethearts and Dean was all kinds of swoony perfection! I could not get enough of him and part of what endeared him to me was that, just like Milly, he is not perfect. These two lost souls have been existing, but not truly living until they crash back into each others lives. I loved that from the start, he was 100% devoted to Milly and unwilling to let his second chance slip away. Add in his deliciously dirty mouth and I was a goner.
"Milly, this body, this soul, this love, it's mine. The only other children that will grow inside you are the ones that I put there. This. Is. Forever."
I also loved (and hated) the secondary characters just as much as Milly and Dean. Mrs. Orleans and Nicola had me feeling like I needed to slap someone, while Anthony, Mary, Addie, and Lilly had me wanting to grab everyone into a big hug. The story really came full circle at the end and I appreciated the kind of role reversal between Milly and Dean as far as guilt and blame was concerned regarding their parents. I could not have enjoyed this story more and though this is my first Dylan Allen book, it certainly won't be my last!
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