All truths burn bright and clear. I’m still waiting in the dark.
Everly Monteith has traded her life of glitter, parties, and self-destruction for waitressing at a Parisian café. She’s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic in the past—until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once more. Her fresh start begins slipping away until a smug British war correspondent crashes her party. But falling for Beckett means letting down her guard, something that might pull them both into the dark.
There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me being chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them. But even the most beautiful lies aren’t worth chasing.
Twenty-five-year-old Beckett Reid is forced into sabbatical after being kidnapped on assignment in Afghanistan. Back in Paris, he locks himself away to work on a novel, focused on saving his budding journalism career. But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans are quickly neglected. Everly is the perfect replacement for dangerous war zones, even if she does leave glitter on everything he owns. Reckless and wild, she runs through life making more mistakes than anyone he’s met, but Beckett is determined to fight for her, even if he must face the messy truth that he must fight for himself first.
Gossip Girl meets Nicholas Sparks novel in a perfect combo is what comes to mind when I think of Everly After. So to say the least I freaking loved it!!! Everly After has this completely unique and addicting feel to it that will have you flipping through the pages like a madman. But first let me explain why I combo’ed Gossip Girl and Nicholas Sparks and why that mix reminds me of Everly After.
From the start of this novel we are introduced to Everly, a Manhattan socialite princess, party girl, the works. So her character automatically reminded me of Serena from Gossip Girl, and I found myself relating Hudson and Beckett to other Gossip Girl characters too, but god damn, this book made my emotions go hay-wire like no GG episode ever could.
Everly After has this incredibly deep and emotional side to it. A side that doesn’t just tug at your heart strings but manages to completely pull them out of your chest. This novel is not a rainbows and butterflies read. Everly After has sharp and rugged edges. Like everything in life it has an ugly side and a beautiful side to it. I think that’s one of the main things that made me fall for this book.
The character were so complex and unique too. At times I just couldn’t keep up with them, they were straight up hot messes but it completed the story in a perfect way. I didn’t think I could end up liking Everly, let alone loving her but I somehow did. And even though I completely loved Beckett, I disliked him at times too, not for long, but I had my moments. He isn’t perfect and no one is.
You know when an author is an incredible writer when you highlight a sentence in almost every single chapter. The way Rebecca Paula phrases things is just so damn-near perfect I couldn’t help but to highlight!
“You can’t force together two objects whose edges are worn in some spots and jagged in others. We’re not puzzle pieces. We’re two people with a world of shit between us, but my mind is quiet when our gazes meet.”
Cue the swooning over Beckett!
And here’s another little teaser for you guys: 😉
“I’m not sure if it’s worse to be broken in the head or the heart. The madness feels the same.”
So if you are not yet convinced to pick up this book, which released today! I highly, highly recommend you do it right now! (Link will be at end of post) <3
Rebecca’s debut novel makes me so excited for her upcoming books. Everly After was filled with everything you want in a book: angsty backgrounds, two main characters that are so deep that you need a shovel to dig in for their true intentions, a beautiful and fluffy romance while both that it is also intense and compelling, and the writing, guys, is holy crap, AMAZING.
“I want to pull her against me, wrap my arms around her, and kiss her until she confesses her name. I want to know all of her.”
Everly and Beckett’s first meeting happens so quickly and develops so fast. In the good kind of way. He is at her party not knowing it is her party, when he meets her, on the balcony, Everly wondering how it would be to fly. Immediately, I was so intrigued by Everly. There are so many wrong things about her life and her persona, you get so much of her and the complexity of her character was what drew me in. She tries so hard and never really gets recognition when she does. So she has this awful hate for herself.
“There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me [Beckett] chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them. But even the most beautiful lies aren’t worth chasing.”
My heart decided long ago I would love Beckett. With Rebecca’s teasers and that first chapter, I was truly in love. And he didn’t disappoint when I read about him and his thoughts. When he meets Everly, she’s this mystery and he wants to figure her out. But with so many trouble and things happening in his life, he tells himself he doesn’t need to know her. YOU CAN CHEAT YOUR HEAD BUT YOU CAN’T CHEAT YOUR HEART, BECKETT. When he realizes this, he is already so into Everly.
“If she’s a beautiful liar, then I’ll find her truths.”
I found myself so effing excited for this book. Rebecca’s writing drew me in so quickly and she made me want to have a Paris romance with this novel. The way they fall for each other, so deeply and so intense, my heart kept thumping so hard and my eyes kept watering every now and then. Rebecca’s words made me into an emotional mess.
“She’s the green flash of sunset. Real but fleeting. A rare phenomenon. A bright burst of light before dark settles in.”
And after finishing this book, I seriously wanted to read it again. It’s just one of those books that will forever stay with you and you totally want to keep reading about this beautiful and messy couple that make a right when they are together. That are complete when they hold hands or stare at each other’s eyes. Beckett and Everly tell their story with so many ups and downs, and rights and wrongs, but at the end they only want their happily ever after.
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