Ever After Always - Chloe Liese
I’ve spent twelve years loving Freya Bergman and twelve lifetimes won’t be enough to give her everything she deserves. She’s my passionate, tender-hearted wife, my best friend, and all I want is to make her happy. But the one thing that will make her happiest is the one thing I’m not sure I can give her: a baby.
With the pressure of providing and planning for a family, my anxiety’s at an all-time high, and I find myself pulling away, terrified to tell my wife how I’m struggling. But when Freya kicks me out, I realize that pulling back has turned into pushing too far. Now it’s the fight of a lifetime to save our marriage.
I love my cautious, hard-working husband. He’s my partner and best friend, the person I know I can count on most. Until one day I realize the man I married is nowhere to be found. Now Aiden is quiet and withdrawn, and as the months wear on, the pain of our growing distance becomes too much.
As if weathering marriage counseling wasn’t enough, we’re thrown together for an island getaway to celebrate my parents’ many years of perfect marriage while ours is on the brink of collapse. Despite my meddling siblings and a week in each other’s constant company, this trip somehow gets us working through the trouble in paradise. I just can’t help worrying, when we leave paradise and return to the real world, will trouble find us again?
I usually rate books based on my potential to re-read it in the future. A five star usually means that I loved it so much that I am 100% going to attempt a re-read later. Anything below a 3.5 is something of a one-time read.
And I'm saying all this because I'm conflicted with how to rate this book. While everything about it is amazing, no seriously, Chloe Liese is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. Her writing is effortless to get into and I can't read a book of hers without finishing it in one sitting! Her characters are all flawed and beautiful in the best possible way. Which is why I cant imagine giving this a rating less than 4 stars. The only reason I'm even contemplating it is because I know I'm not going to read this again. And I'll tell you why:
This book deals with a couple who have been married for 10 years and have hit a road block. There's trouble in paradise. I don't usually read books on married couple because I honestly can't relate, being a bachelor. I like to read about how the characters first meet and how they fall in love. I like the thrill and twists of two people finding each other.
It's my second time reading a book about married couple and I most definitely liked this version better. My first attempt was You Deserve Each Other and I wasn't the biggest fan. Which made me hesitant to pick this up. But I couldn't pass up the chance on a Bergman's novel. I just had to read it.
Almost everything about this book is beautiful. The amazing part is how much both the characters love each other. It's evident in everything they do. There's so much struggle and pain and a realistic quality to their relationship that it leaves a bittersweet sting. I loved the guy, he's a teddy bear!! While Ren is still my favorite, Aiden comes at a close second. He's so dedicated, loving, protective, caring and just...loves so deeply its tearing me up.
I see I've drifted off topic.
Coming back to it - I know I'm not going to re-read this, anytime soon at least, because the pain hits too close to home (in the sense that, in real life marriage is a twister ride filled with bumps and bruises). The story is so raw and realistic that I can't go through it again. I can't bear the pain of watching them re-kindle their love.
Almost forgot to mention: Can we talk about how great it is to see men cry and have more than a teaspoon of emotions?! I love Chloe Liese for writing such epic characters that I don't think I'll ever forget.
PS. I CAN'T WAIT FOR AXEL'S BOOK!!!