The Trouble With Before by Portia Moore
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Also by this author: What Happens After
Our history made things harder.
We were associates out of convenience.We tolerated each other.I never saw her that way.She never saw me that way.She and I were never meant to be friends.
You’re not supposed to fall for your best friend’s enemy, even if the enemy is YOUR ex-best friend.
This isn’t the story of falling in love with your best friend.It’s about falling out of hate.
The Trouble with Before is technically a standalone romance. It does however, come under the umbrella of the very brilliant If I Break series. So yes, you can read it as a standalone, but I highly recommend that you read the previous 5 books to get to know the characters, their history (which is an integral part of the story) and the mistakes of the past. It really will enhance your reading experience if you do, and this series isn’t one you should miss.
Lisa really is the product of a bad childhood. Having grown up in a household with no father and a drunk as a mother, she always felt her pathway was destined to go in one direction; and then she fell in love. But that love was very wrong and the repercussions of that love have spread far and wide, hurting all those touched by it. When once again she finds herself at rock bottom following her supposed fresh start, a man that she was best friends with through association. A man that should hate her, comes to her rescue. But will their history become their fate? Or will he see the true her inside?
Aiden has always loved the Scott’s. His best friend Chris is like a brother and Mrs Scott is like a mother, having lost his many years ago. However his respect for Mr Scott vanished the moment secrets came to light that blew everyone’s world apart. Now he has to find Lisa, his and Chris’s oldest friend or his frenemy for want of a better world. What he finds is a shell of a woman, wrecked by the mistakes that seem to follow her around. But like the friend he is, he is determined to help find her sparkle again. Little does he know that she might just spark something in him as well.
Okay, stopping there as I really don’t want to give any spoilers.
So as I have already said. This book needs to be read after the others in my opinion. Why? Because if you do you will be sucked back into this world before even turning the first page. If you haven’t, then without doubt you will enjoy it, but man, if you know these characters you will just devour it. I seriously struggled to put it down.
I don’t want to go much further into it then I have already, but Lisa, well she has serious issues that really stem from childhood. But it’s her mistakes that have left her very alone. Aiden was her best friend, alongside Chris during their formative years, but it was Chris was the cement that held them together and he is no longer around. Aiden has been hurt by Lisa’s actions, but he isn’t ready to give up on her like everyone else. He has enough on his plate, being a commitment phobe with a supposed no strings girl… friend that has become a little clingy (added light relief to the angst, she is a nutter LOL!!), but he recognises the truth about Lisa, even if she doesn’t herself.
So in all honesty I went in loving Aiden, but I did have major issues with Lisa’s character. I wasn’t sure whether I would once again give a 5 Crown review for a story about a character that I disliked so much in the previous books. But once again, as with the previous book in this series, Portia Moore had me feeling unexpected warm emotions for this character as we delved further into her mind, getting her story warts and all.
So as sad as I am that this story looks to finally be at an end, I do so with a gratefulness that I stumbled upon this unique and well thought out series. You will get all the “feels” during the journey, but it’s a journey that I can’t recommend enough. Portia Moore is a fabulous writer, who tells a story with true heart and rings out every emotion as she does it. The story and characters she has created in this series are first class and they will all stay with me. I really, really look forward to future titles from her.
A book and indeed series that is not to be missed.