Title: A Love So Tragic
Author: Stevie J. Cole
Genre: contemporary romance
We all make them. Sometimes we break them. But what happens when the promise you break haunts your dreams, when that moment of betrayal echoes within every last beat of your heart?
Love is passionate, painful, and all consuming in the most brutal yet beautiful way. How many people have you said 'I love you' to? Five, ten, maybe no one? I've said that word to two men, but only one where I felt it.
This word sums up my relationship with Nicolas: devastating, painful, depressing. A first love that should have lasted a lifetime, but I ruined with a stupid decision. Nicolas is my star crossed lover, and even though Shakespeare has taught me that stories such as ours always end in tragedy, I can't not love him, even if I'm married to someone else.
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A Love So Tragic by Stevie J. Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
6 **all the stars** STARS
“Sometimes in life you want nothing more than to go back in time and shake the absolute shit out of yourself, screaming to get your act together. One mistake can end up ruining your fucking life. One. Stupid. Mistake.”
This book. OMG. This book was everything. I knew right from the start A Love So Tragic was going to wreck me and man, when I'm right I'm right. I finished around 1am yesterday morning and I'm so deep in book hangover land I can't even entertain the thought of picking up another book. Major love and welcome to my 'best of 2016' book-shelf Ms. Cole.
A Love So Tragic is a standalone contemporary romance. A gripping, raw, angsty, sometimes difficult and very addictive 'the one that got away' love story. I read it in one sitting. Cover to cover. Once I got into this world there was no stepping away. Like watching a car crash in slow motion and no chance of escape. I fell in love, my heart broke more than once, I was on the verge of tears about eighty percent of the time and then there were three pages I legit ugly cried my heart out.
Do you need any more reasons to pick up the book? Well ok, let's talk story...
“Your mind can tell you a million different things, Peyton, but your heart, if you really listen to it, is always telling you one.”
This is the story of Peyton and Nicolas. About finding love, losing it, fighting for it, giving up, impossible choices and the point of no return. You might ask why I'm being so vague? Well, I'm a firm believer in experiencing the tragedy for yourself. One thing is for sure, Peyton and Nic belong together, but they have a very hard time getting there. Bad choices and broken hearts are only a few of the obstacles they have to face. In the end human beings are usually their own worst enemies and these two are no different.
This book is angst filled and I have to say, there might be people out there who would like to strangle the heroine. In fact, I know at least one lady who read the book and she very much hated Peyton...while still rating the book with 5 stars. My point is, those characters are very flawed and you might not like how they act or understand their choices, but for me it felt real. No matter what. On top of that I sometimes enjoy wallowing in angst alongside my heroines. Just to make this clear, I didn't want to strangle Peyton. ;)
Now...Full disclosure. There is one thing some people might object to and I just wanted to let you know it happens and you can decide for yourself if that is the kind of book you want to read...
There is cheating! Me personally, I was absolutely ok with it in this book. The way it was written I couldn't blame the characters, but if it is not your cup of tea....well, your choice, but there you have it.
“You never fall in love with someone having the thought that one day you'll need to hate them, but you see, the consequence of loving someone more than they love you is hate. You have to learn to hate them or they will strip your soul fucking bare when they leave you.”
If I had to had to make a list of things I loved the most about A Love So Tragic I would begin with the writing. Ms. Cole has a way with words. Every paragraph, every word was poignant and hit its target - right in the feels. I highlighted half the book, there are so many quotable segments, letters and little snippets of wisdom. When I was done reading I wanted to go back and start all over just to soak it all up again.
I loved the way flashbacks and letters were seamlessly woven into the story. A lot of the times those can be more of a hurdle, but here it really helped move the story and showing just how much Peyton and Nic love(d?) each other. Seeing the struggle hurt my heart...in a good way. No matter what you think about the what happens in this book, there is no question the author knows how to make you feel raw emotion and gut wrenching pain. That's all I was asking for and I got so much more in the end. Wonderful and moving read.
I guess it is pretty obvious that I'm a fan and I'll be hunting for some more Stevie J. Cole books in the future. And of course I highly recommend you guys check out this lady as well.
That's all. Thank you for your time. ;)
**ARC very kindly provided by Publicist (Social Butterfly PR) in exchange for an honest review.