Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review: All the Way by Victoria L James

Six minutes after he'd vowed to love me forever and I was the happiest I'd ever been. He wasn't meant to be with me at the start of my next adventure, but the other half of my soul—the man I'd been away from for far too long—had slammed back into my life with unashamed force all over again. With one look in his eyes, I was lost to all his promises, and I couldn't find a single reason for us to spend another second apart.

Happiness became a dangerous addiction—one Alex Law was able to wrap me in with an ease no one else had ever done before. Yet no matter how high the clouds we rode upon climbed, the echoes of our pasts never seemed to be too far away.

Not all happily ever afters go the same way and ours was about to bring out sides of both of us that we never knew existed. All I could do was hold my breath and hope that whatever storms we passed through, they wouldn't be strong enough to tear us apart for a second time.

Our eternity started with a kiss. Now it was up to me to prove that forever really could last a lifetime with nobody else but him.

That beautiful, breathtaking first love of mine.

~ Natalie Vincent

4 Stars
Review by Jen Hagen 

SPOILER ALERT:  Do not read any reviews for this novella if you have not read the first book!!

One of my favorite reads of 2016 has been Natexus; and when I think back to that story, my heart still skips a beat.  When I found this little gem of Nat and Alex, I was eager to see what the author was going to do to me this time around.  I am so happy to say she didn’t do anything but make my heart swell with love for this amazing couple.  Nat and Alex had already been through enough in their young lives and are now learning to lean on each other for love and guidance.  This story begins essentially where the first book left off with Nat and Alex discovering who they are now that they Nat + Alex = Us.

There is the past to contend with – both in terms of familial and former love relationships. These could eat away at each of them if they were to let it, but there is always a pillar of strength and wisdom ready to catch the other.  The one part that I did not want to visit was Alex’s past history with girls.  Oh who am I kidding…I love this type of angst!!!

“You said ‘not with me.’”
And just like that, his eyes pinged open, and he froze, too.
The confusion on his face was clear.
“What just happened?” he whispered.

Maybe they need to take some time during their self-appointed holiday to discover each other once again.  All these years apart can change the person you once thought you knew so well.  

“We’ve spent more time apart than we have together.  I’m sure there are things about you that I don’t know, but we have all the time in the world to figure it out.”

Nat and Alex are destined to be together (I always knew that!) but they need to face the facts…it’s not going to be all roses getting to an “us” once again.   The past is going to be their deciding factor.  Nat feels that Alex has always seen her as the weak little girl.  Nat has some self-confidence issues that needs to be overcome.  She deserves all the wonderful things that Alex can offer her…number one being his love.

“I want to move forward, too.”
“How do we start to do that if you can’t accept that our pasts are what they are?”  Alex looked back up at me.  “They’re back there, long gone.  We can’t forget them, but I don’t want them to destroy any future we have together.”

 There are going to be bumps and bruises along the road, but they will weather it together.  I love this couple.  There isn’t much in terms of Marcus/Nat interaction in this novella, but Marcus has a story to tell.  Right now I think he’s on his own holiday living it up and drowning his sorrows in a festive atmosphere.  He’ll soon sober up and have a story to tell us.


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