Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: The Certainty of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen

Violet Hayes’s life is a mess. Between her stalker, Preston, refusing to leave her alone, her parents’ case still being unsolved, and falling behind in school, she always feels on the verge of losing it. When some unexpected news comes her way, it’s the final straw and she ends up doing something that almost costs her life. Thankfully, she survives and makes a promise to herself to put her life back together and to try and figure out exactly how she feels about Luke Price, the one person that’s always there for her. 

But as a recovering alcoholic and gambler, Luke has his own struggles to overcome. He’s also fallen in love with Violet, but fears telling her the truth, that it will scare her away or worse, she won’t reciprocate the feeling. Plus, there never seems to be a right time to say it, either the case, Preston, or life getting in the way. 

Can the two of them ever get enough peace in their lives to conquer their fears and finally tell each other the truth about how they feel?

4.5 Star Review by Jen Skewes

The Certainty of Violet and Luke is the final installment in their story and I loved it. This is their journey to finding the happiness that they deserve.  Violet and Luke are two people that are so damaged from their crappy childhood.  They have both just been living their life and coping with their past the only way they know how.  Violet is an adrenaline junky and Luke tends to use alcohol and women to feel numb.  But since meeting each other things for them have changed, their life has changed.  Together they have been through so much and this final installment is about finally putting it all behind them and moving on to their future, with each other.

When Violet met Luke there was something about him that comforted her.  He always seemed to be there when she needed him the most, always wanting to protect her.  As time went on they went from acquaintances, to friends to lovers.  They were torn apart when they found out that their connection went deeper than they could have ever imagined.  They have managed to find their way back to each other.  They are still dealing with the issue regarding Violet’s parents and the fact that Luke’s mom had some involvement.  These are all issues that they are dealing wth together.  But the difference is that Luke has truly seemed to move on from it all.  He needs to be there for Violet and to be stroing for her.  He has come to terms with his past and is ready to move on.  He has forged a relationship with his formerly estranged father.  And while it may still seem all new and he is not sure what he wants from that relationship, I think knowing that he is there gives him some sort of comfort.

Violet is still scared and still afraid to open up her heart.  She’s still afraid to move on.  But at some point enough becomes enough and you realize that love is worth it, that you are worth it.  Violet needs to let Luke in, she needs to know that he is not going any where and no matter what this will not break them.  Luke will do everything to reassure her of just that.  Will Violet finally realize how much she deserves to be happy and that deep down she really loves Luke but has just been afraid to admit it?

Luke was so amazing in the way that he wanted to protect Violet.  She was his everything and completely owned his heart.  He wanted to protect her, save her, make her happy.   I loved watching these two broken and damaged people grow.  I loved seeing them go from a scared adrenaline junkie and alcoholic man-whore to the people that the became in the end.  Two people who had a horrible childhood learn to put there past behind them, to be able to move on from it, to allow themselves to love and be loved. To allow themselves to find the happiness they deserved. It wasn't an easy journey for either one of them.  They had so many struggles and obstacles that they had to face.  But they both fought hard and had each other.  And in the end they ended up exactly where they belonged...happy!!  I loved this series and this was the perfect ending to their story.  The epilogue (sigh) was fantastic!!  I loved the relationship that Violet an Luke formed with his father.  And I will always love Seth and Grayson and all that they bring to this series.  I cannot wait for their story.  Another excellent job by Ms. Sorensen.

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