Friday, October 3, 2014

Review: Love Nouveau by BL Berry

The only thing inevitable in love
is despair.

I knew from the start that he would wreck me.
Nothing could have prepared me for the day he walked into my life ...
or the day he walked out of it.

I self-destructed.

All that remained was a shell of the girl I once was.

And I don't know if I'll ever recover.

4 Loved it Stars!
Review by Jen Hagen
Ivy has spent the last 9 months prior to her upcoming college graduation studying abroad in Italy.  She needed to get away from her controlling wealthy and prominent parents and her berating sister.  She also needed a chance to escape her life that she had essentially made for herself; one that included a lot of one-night stands regardless if the other party was in a relationship.  Nothing stood in her way of taking what she wanted.  Drinking was another escape route to hide her hurt and she drank a lot.  Drinking and one-night stands seemed to go hand-in-hand.  Ivy ran from all this has returned a new person.


My new motto?  Be who you are and own that shit – because only with true self-acceptance comes peace and joy.  No more self loathing. 


Phoenix and Ivy meet at a party.  Phoenix is shy, but yet confident.  Phoenix is a true gentleman and even though there are sparks flying between these two, he never takes it to the next level even though Ivy has drank way too much (oops…I guess that part of her life didn’t change).  Phoenix tucks Ivy into bed and sleeps on the couch.  Phoenix is only in town for the weekend as he is attending a bachelor party of his friend, but yet he still wants to take Ivy out on a date.  Phoenix is a romantic at heart and takes her on the most romantic date…swoon. 


It’s hard to believe that I just met him the other night.  Having him here next to me feels as natural as breathing.


Phoenix and Ivy begin a phone relationship with many states separating them physically.  They can talk for hours at night and develop a wonderful relationship not based on sex (since they have yet to perform that task). 


Ivy is fulfilling all the duties of maid of honor for her sister when the story takes an interesting turn.  Prior to this I was just happily reading and now it’s BAM! things just went from happy to what the heck just happened?


I can’t breathe with the weight of this reality crushing down on my chest.  My mind blanks, my insides twist, and my stomach bottoms out as I slam into the Earth’s surface from my walk in the clouds.


Unbelievable twist that makes the story oh-so-good!!  The author has delivered angst in the form of repulsion, betrayal, and heartbreak.  This is a recipe for deliciousness in my cookbook.   Don’t be scared though, the end product is a masterpiece. 


This was told all from Ivy’s point of view except for the last chapter which was told from Phoenix and just the little bit that he gave of himself lets us know that their story is far from over.


But I know it’s only a matter of time before the demons I’m leaving behind catch up to me, even though Ivy doesn’t deserve to be burdened with my bullshit.



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