Thursday 16 March 2017

Review ~ Stay Awhile by Gia Riley

Book Description:

Life can change in the blink of an eye.

And every choice can unravel more of the truth.

One split second decision after a lifetime of lies, has created a world so confusing, happily ever after isn’t guaranteed. Not even when the stars align and the pieces fit perfectly into the puzzle. 

This time, she'll have to fight for love with a vice clamping her heart and a gaping hole swallowing her soul––absence won’t make the heart grow fonder.

Lies and deceit.

Broken promises and disappointment.

Megan Campbell knows them all too well. 

So far, the pain has won. But the pain doesn’t have to be permanent. 

Stay Awhile is a Contemporary Romance Standalone.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 3 stars

“Don’t want me because you think you owe me. Want me because you have to have me.”

This was a book that I picked up because of the cover (eek), I must admit I did think this one was about a dancer, but alas no, no dancing in here but Gia Riley delivers a story that is all singing and dancing in its own right.

This is a hard book to review because I don’t want to give too much away but Megan Campbell’s life as she knew it was turned upside down and inside out in the blink of an eye. Everything she thought she knew was wrong, she had been betrayed, lied to and as a result her five-year-old daughter was in hospital. Her husband, Connor, was her only partner, they got together in high school and had been together ever since. Megan thought he was her forever, but maybe fate and repercussions had other ideas? Lainey, Megan’s daughter was just a little darling and was a great character from start to finish, nothing like a little kid’s honesty to bring the adults down to earth. She was truly adorable.

“I was na├»ve. Maybe I still am, because no matter how much I trusted Connor, he’s always had the power to destroy me, because I’ve always loved him unconditionally.”

Connor, I hated him with a passion, there was something about him that grated on my very last nerve and I pride myself on being a good judge of character. He was as fickle as they come, selfish and abhorrent and despite the last few chapters, my sentiments haven’t changed.

Dr Garrett Kristoff was a school friend of both Megan and Connor, he is now the surgeon in charge of Lainey’s case and it has been a long time since their paths have crossed. Garrett was completely delightful in everything he said and did, he went above and beyond one hundred percent of the time. Garrett was the victim of unrequited love, he had only loved one person and that was Megan. Megan had always belonged to Connor and so he never made his move or made his feelings felt. Now that Connor had destroyed his marriage, all he had to do was bide his time once again.

“You’re right. My heart wants to protect you, but my body wants to explore the fuck out of you.” “Do it. Be Christopher fuckin’ Columbus.”

Stay Awhile is one hell of an emotional roller coaster and I absolutely loved everything about this book…until the end. The last few chapters are a complete mystery to me and in my opinion were not needed. It was just one unnecessary plot twist that fell flat, left my head shaking side to side and gave me that what the ever-loving fuck feeling. Up until this point, this was a solid 4 star read, but the ending was rushed and just didn’t fit into the story at all.
This also left me with so many unanswered questions.

This is a book about hard knocks, where most would never recover, you just get back up, fight harder. Taking the rough with the smooth, seeing people for the reality they are and dealing with the consequences, learning to trust again, learning to be vulnerable again, falling in love once again and having something real to live for. Megan certainly had her fair share of curveballs, but she showed her inner strength and owned it.

“It’s time the man in her life got it right. It’s time to rewrite the ending.”

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