Author: Portia Moore

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Shattered Pieces (If I Break #4) by Portia Moore

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Shattered Pieces (If I Break #4) by Portia MooreIf I Break #4 Shattered Pieces by Portia Moore
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4.5 Stars

*This is book 4 in the IF I Break Series. It is strongly suggested to start at book 1 which is currently free.
When you’re heartbroken, it lies beneath everything that you do. It’s in all of who you are. Foreshadows who you’ll be.
It hides underneath your smile, rests between your laugh, revels in your tears and taunts your every thought. You wish it away but are too terrified to let it go….
When Cal first disappeared I swore my heart had broken, and before all of this is over I swear it will shatter into pieces.

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, He Lived Next Door

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Portia Moore owns my heart and soul with her Shattered Pieces Series!
So unique and beautiful… I just want to re-read them all!

This is book 4 in this amazing series, and let me tell you.. its the one we have been waiting for!!!

Portia has made us cry, laugh, get tingles, be soooooo tense and unable to breathe! and all the heart-stopping shocks.. omg… seriously… so much feels! This story gives you all of it… and the wonderful, amazing, omg I needed this ending!

As you know by now… Lauren.. sweet sexy and stronger than she knew Lauren, has been through the ringer. She loves deep… she loves hard… and she can’t ever choose, can she? Her daughter is her world… and she needs her husband to be right there with her… She wants her HEA… because honestly… how much more can she take??

This story takes us on an incredible journey of love/loss and more of these men in her life… Chris/Cal/???? seriously… how can you choose between them?? I love them all. I want them all. Can Chris ever heal? Will one win out over the other… will it be the one she wants??

OMG.. you have to read this entire series… fave fave fave books of mine!!!

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Princess Emma Reviews: He Lived Next Door by Portia Moore

Princess Emma Reviews: He Lived Next Door by Portia MooreHe Lived Next Door by Portia Moore
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4 Stars

There are ugly truthsand pretty lies.When I lost themI chose neither.I wrapped myself in silence.My husband, my best friend, became a stranger who gave up.
Then.... He moved next door, and everything changed.You think you know this story,but you don't.Be careful what you ask for because the answer may not come the way you think.

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

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A new standalone romance from the author of the fabulous If I Break series. This is completely unrelated to any of her previous books.

Chassidy is struggling with life. Following a double tragedy her life is falling apart at the seams and she is unable to stop it. She knows that she is pushing the love of her life away, but she feels so helpless under the grey cloud that she now lives under. One thing she does know is that the love she has for Bryce still remains, but is it enough? Are her failures too much? Does loving him mean letting him go? And then Carter moves next door…

Well if you are reading this thinking that this is remotely like Portia’s If I Break series, think again. This book is completely different, the only thing links them is that once again Portia has created a very unique story.

This book in lots of ways is a hard read. I don’t say that in a negative way, far from it actually. Most people will read the title and synopsis and assume that you will be reading a book about a standard love triangle and indeed some may be put off by that. That is not this book. This books subject matter is one that many women deal with and the story delves into the effects and repercussions it can have on a seemingly perfect marriage. Told mostly from Chassidy POV, we get flash backs to happier times from Bryce. It is heart-breaking and poignant and although I am lucky enough to have not experienced what Chassidy does, I think how she copes will resonate with every woman reading it.

Carter moves in next door when Chassidy is at her lowest. Her husband is away and she feels so alone. He becomes her sounding board and a much needed friend. But when others step into the fray, can he continue to be her friend? Will Chassidy make the right decisions or will she cross a line that can’t be uncrossed?

I am going to leave it there as I don’t want to give anything away, but this book and how the storyline developed blindsided me. Expect the unexpected guys. Let’s face it, if you have read Portia Moore’s previous books then you know she likes to throw in a curve ball or two and she certainly didn’t let me down. Not the type of book I would usually read, but beautifully written as I have come to expect from this author and different enough that I certainly found it a page turner. Portia has certainly poured her soul into this one and I applaud her for it.

 

If you want a book full of the trials and tribulations of keeping a love alive in the most trying of circumstances. A book full of emotion, faith, love, loss and heartbreak, He Lived Next Door will certainly deliver.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Shattered Pieces by Portia Moore

Princess Emma Reviews: Shattered Pieces by Portia MooreIf I Break #4 Shattered Pieces by Portia Moore
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4.5 Stars
Series: If I Break #4
Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

4.5 Crowns

Book 4 in the absolutely amazing If I Break Series. To save confusion this series includes 3 full length novels and 1 novella. There are also 2 further standalones that follow the lives of some of the secondary characters. This is one comprehensive series and one that I couldn’t wait to jump back into. PLEASE… if you haven’t read any of these book, stop reading this review now as it will spoil the story for you. You have been warned!!

Lauren knows only one thing. She loves her daughter Caylen and she loves her husband, whoever that maybe… Today.

Having fought an uphill battle to find a happiness that she once believed nothing could ruin, she now finds herself fighting the biggest battle of all. The guilt she has just from loving her husband and the father of her child makes her feel crazy, but that is life when you fall in love with a man with D.I.D or Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her friends worry for her, as does his family, but how can she turn her back on love… or will it turn on her?

Chris/Cal is at a crossroads. Hating each other is causing more harm than good, with neither backing down in their love for Lauren and Caylen. So when another threatens the balance even further, will they just shatter to pieces or will they mend all that is broken to finally find happiness?

OMG!!

Another brilliant book by Portia. Man, this author has serious storytelling skills. This is without doubt one of the most unique series of books I have read… and I have read A LOT! All her books are well structured, developed and researched but more than that they are emotional journeys. If anything Shattered Pieces ramps the emotions up another notch for this particular couple. It comes across as a real make or break moment for the Scott’s, like something really has to give… and it does, in so many ways.

I’m going to leave it there as I would hate to give anything away, but the conclusion of these characters story was brilliant. Will there be more? Who knows? I never expected to get Gwen and Will’s story or even Lisa’s, so I certainly wouldn’t but it past her to delve a little deeper into characters that have popped up along the way. In the meantime we can look forward to a new standalone, which will be a sure fire 1 click for me. This author could put out a version of the phone directory and I would read it; she really is that talented.

 

So if you have read this review before reading the others, shame on you for not heeding my warning. But if like me you are emotionally invested in these characters and their story, get reading now because you will love it! This series is without doubt the best books I have ever stumbled across!

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Princess Elizabeth Reviews: The Trouble With Before by Portia Moore

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: The Trouble With Before by Portia MooreThe Trouble With Before by Portia Moore
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5 Stars

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.

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

OMFG…. 6 books in 6 days!!!
I am in love with Portia Moore…
I want to hug her and bop her and love her and slap her…. watch out beautiful…
I may super duper fangirl.. but I will still want to hurt ya’ a lil’

You have given me the most amazing series ever… I never knew which way you were going to go intertwining all of these characters lives so tragically and beautifully that I can’t even grasp all of my emotions to this series!!! I just know that I will never get over these books… this book hangover is 100% permanent…

My lovelies, I have desperately wanted to tell you so much about these stories… share my emotions and details over everything my soul has experienced.. but I can’t… I just can’t whisper a single word about it and ruin the sheer perfection of it.

What I can do is BEG BEG BEG you and my knees to read this entire series… it is one of the most original series I have ever read… there are no words to express my love for it. I was told by friends to read it.. and they stayed on my TBR for a long while… My deepest apologies for not listening… Please don’t make the same mistake I did and not read these books ASAP!!!!!

Portia… high five, huge standing ovation!! F**king LOVE these books!!!

STOP what you are doing and READ them NOW!!!!

 

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Princess Elizabeth Reviews: If I Break (If I Break #1) by Portia Moore

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: If I Break (If I Break #1) by Portia MooreIf I Break (If I Break #1) by Portia Moore
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5 Stars

This is not your typical happily ever after...
Lauren Brooks wants to do three things: Escape the small town she grew up in, get accepted to her dream school in Chicago, and graduate without drowning in debt. Now she’s working her ass off to do just that.
With a full course load and a waitressing job at one of the hottest night clubs in Chicago, she does not have time for distractions; namely ones who only want to get into her pants. She’s been burned before. Only a fool goes for a second round... With just two semesters left until graduation, everything’s on track.
Until she meets Cal. Enter distraction.
At six-foot-two, with ebony hair, deep grey eyes, and a smile that could only hide an agenda, she knows he’s trouble. And for the first time in her life, a little trouble might be just what she needs.
No. What she wants.
It isn't like she’d ever marry the guy. Until she does.
What she thinks will be her happily ever after, is only the beginning. Cal has a secret. One that makes loving him come with a price, and being his wife cost more than she bargained for.

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

OMFG!!!! Portia Moore is an evil genius!!!
This.. this… this omg.. this story is freaking amazing!!!!!
It is like nothing I have ever read… it completely took me by surprise!!

Diving in to the next one now.. can’t even write a decent review with my rush to get into the next one.. Just READ THIS NOW!!

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Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3) by Portia Moore

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3) by Portia MooreBeautifully Broken (If I Break #3) by Portia Moore
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5 Stars

The conclusion to the If I Break Series.
Cal’s back and his arrival changes everything.
Lauren knew it was coming but what she didn’t think he’d bring with him was an ultimatum.
A choice.
One that Lauren feels trapped under. A choice she’s unsure will make a difference but could possibly change everything.
The ultimatum isn’t the only thing Cal’s got with him but answers. The ones Lauren so desperately craves. But the truth won’t only affect the lives of him and Lauren but everyone around them…and not everyone wants the truth to come out.
The thing is Cal doesn’t give a F…
…There are two sides to every story. In this one there’s three.

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

Ok… 4 books in 4 days… this should express how amazing these books are!

Portia has weaved an exquisitely unique story, that just hooks you from the beginning… it does not let go… it throws you in so many directions you do not know which way is up.. and you don’t care.. because you just want to keep reading and wishing it never ends!!!

I felt broken several times while reading this series… I felt like it was too much for my mind to wrap around but I had to know… I just wanted to feel everything and I wanted my fragile soul to be cocooned in a beautiful blanket of peace and happiness for the characters. And Portia, even after the torture she put me through in this series.. she did just that… she gave me my HEA wrapped in a beautiful bow.

This series has moved to the top of my faves EVER!!!! There is just nothing like it… And my book hangover is going to kill me… I just want to go back and re-read every beautiful and insane word!

Please Please Please… read these books!!!

Onto the 4th one…. I feel I won’t survive the 5th one as I want it to never end…

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Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Almost Broken (If I Break #2) by Portia Moore

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Almost Broken (If I Break #2) by Portia MooreAlmost Broken (If I Break #2) by Portia Moore
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5 Stars

Authors Note:This is the second book in the IF I BREAK series. I would highly suggest reading the series in order. The first book in the series is currently free.
Lauren Brooks fell in love with Cal Scott at 21, married him at 22 and had her heart broken at 23 when he walked out of their marriage. At 25, though raising his daughter on her own, Lauren was finally moving on with her life. Until, she learned the reason for Cal's abandonment, the walls she’d carefully built around her collapsed..
The day she meets Chris, all those feelings she thought she had bottled up come spilling out. She can’t afford to give into her heart’s desire again. Love nearly broke her once, and her daughter doesn't need two broken parents.
Christopher Scott is in love, newly engaged to Jenna, who saw him through an illness he didn’t think he could survive. He’s finally settling into the life he’s always wanted, making plans he only dared to dream before now.
Until, a woman named Lauren arrives on his doorstep.
She’s intriguing, beautiful and, try as he might, he can’t stay away. The closer he gets to her, the more his rock-solid plans begin to crumble. All he knows is that Lauren is the missing piece to a puzzle he must solve. For him to put all the pieces in place, he’ll have to follow his heart, and that might cost him everything...

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

Holy Hell Portia!!! You are killing me…
Almost Broken is the perfect freaking title to this…

This tangled story.. is just unreal!!! It’s blowing my mind…
And my gawd!! Poor Lauren!! how she doesn’t lose her mind dealing with all this is beyond me!

I can not say too much about the stories because I do not want to give a single thing away.. but literally read this and the other two asap!!!

 

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Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Before I Break (If I Break #1.5) by Portia Moore

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: Before I Break (If I Break #1.5) by Portia MooreBefore I Break (If I Break 1.5) by Portia Moore
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5 Stars

Out of the past six years of my life, I only remember about half of it. After a dozen doctors and thousands in medical bills, I was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder--one that causes me to lose track of time. Sometimes it’s hours, days or even weeks with no recollection of anything. The good thing is it's been almost two years since I had my last ‘black out’. It sounds much better than what the doctors refer to them as, 'episodes', like my life is a freakin' comedy.
During those two years of normal, I finally managed to get my Bachelor’s degree, a job I love, and I’ve just proposed to a woman who has been there for me through it all. For the first time in a long time everything is on track.
Until a strange woman shows up at my door—she says I'm her husband and I think she’s crazy. Until, I get a voice mail on my phone. It’s from a guy name Cal. The weird part is, it’s the same name the strange woman called me. What terrifies me, is this guy Cal…his voice sounds just like mine.

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

Thank you thank you Portia… I needed to be in Chris’ mind and see and feel everything from his POV!!
this was just wow! gots to go my lovelies… straight into book #2…
READ IT!!!

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Princess Emma Reviews: The Trouble with Before by Portia Moore

Princess Emma Reviews: The Trouble with Before by Portia MooreThe Trouble With Before by Portia Moore
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5 Stars

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.

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

5 Crowns

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.

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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.

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Princess Elizabeth Reviews: What Happens After… by Portia Moore

Princess Elizabeth Reviews: What Happens After… by Portia MooreWhat Happens After by Portia Moore
on January 27th 2016
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5 Stars

He was forbidden.
I knew it.
He was never mine to have.
He belonged to someone else.
His heart wasn't free to give.
Still I craved him.
I begged him for it.[O3]
His love was addictive.
Our time was never enough.
He shattered my world like I’d shattered everyone else’s.
It was all fun and games before.
I didn't think about what would happen after.

Also by this author: What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

Wow…. this story… is just … omg… from several WTF moments… I mean… I just can’t even explain it without ruining it for you… but it was a difficult to swallow at times because your heart is hurting for the very people that you don’t want to like and are hurting others you really like.. and then those you like turn into people you don’t want to like and on and on.. you just get so many feels at the same time.. and I am just amazed at the complexity that is the beautiful brain that is Portia Moore….
READ IT… Just READ this!!!

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Princess Emma Reviews: What Happens After by Portia Moore

Princess Emma Reviews: What Happens After by Portia MooreWhat Happens After by Portia Moore
on January 1st 1970
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5 Stars

It was never supposed to happen.
'We' never should have happened.
Him and me... Our constantly crossing paths changed the unthinkable to the inevitable. It was magical, exhilarating, and life defining... despicable, and it ruined everything.
It destroyed me. It destroyed us.
He and I are what happened before. And everything else is what happened after…
~If you are turned off from themes dealing with infidelity this book is not for you. This book features flawed people that make imperfect decisions.~
~This is a Stand Alone full-length novel that does not contain a cliffhanger.~

Also by this author: What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

5 Crowns

This book is a standalone, companion novel to the amazing If I Break series. If you haven’t yet read that series, you could quite easily read and enjoy this book. However, if you want to feel the full array of emotions that this book evokes, I highly recommend you read after the If I break series; a series that should be devoured. If you plan on reading those books, then stop reading this review NOW, as it contains MAJOR SPOILERS to the original series.

Okay, so usually at this point I give you an overview of the story and characters. I am so struggling with this review though. I seriously don’t want to give too much away. I loved that I was lucky enough to read it, without knowing too much about how the story would pan out. What I can tell you is that it picks up pretty much at the pivotal moment/ending of Beautifully Broken.

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This is Gwen and Lisa’s story, and of course it therefore means you get William’s story as well. It’s a story that starts in the present, but that then takes you back into the past and into the 17 year old minds of 2 women, who fell in love with the same man many years apart. The women are very different, but their stories aren’t as different as you may think. They are both stories that answer questions, not just about 2 women in love, but of the man that came between them, breaking both their hearts.

I have to admit that the secrets that came to light in Chris and Lauren’s story left me reeling. It left me with questions. Why? When? And simply WTF. This book certainly answers your questions, delving deeper into not just Gwen and Lisa’s lives, but also Will’s too. I would like to say I hated Will, and I am sure many of you will, but to be honest I just felt sorry for a man that became so self-destructive. I actually never doubted his love for Gwen, but I do admit to wanting to kick him where it would hurt him the most on more than one occasion. As for the ladies of this heart-breaking tale. Again, I couldn’t hate either of them. Love and even lust makes you do silly things without thought for others; both know this more than most.

Well done Portia Moore. This is an amazing follow-up to the If I Break series. Her writing is flawless and she has this amazing skill of pulling you in, capturing your imagination, whilst breaking your heart with a storyline full of angst and emotion. The way she puts together her stories, twisting and turning the storyline is bloody brilliant. My favourite ever books are those that tell romance in a real way. This is real, it is raw and it is life.

For fans of the original series, this is not to be missed. I now look forward to seeing what Ms Moore comes up with next. I am a huge fan and cannot recommend this book, as well as her others enough.

 

Do not miss it!

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