Monday, 9 November 2015

C.A. Ellis - The Vine (Entwined in the Vine #1)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

LIZZY MAYNARD:

My Life used to be great. I was happy, full of energy, and most importantly, loved.
From the day I was born, my family were everything to me: until tragedy struck.
Since losing them, I don’t love and I don’t trust; that way, I don’t get hurt.
My breath left my body on a soul-changing gasp when I encountered him, and it’s yet
to stabilize. In him, I have found the glue to mend my broken heart; he makes me feel
complete. There is no doubt I love him, trust him and know he won’t ever intentionally
hurt me. Now, I could lose him. I could lose everything. And this time, I know I will
struggle to recover.
Welcome to the battle for my life.

LUCAS CASTLE:

I work hard. It’s the only life I know. I care about my family, but no one else. Certainly,
there are women, but I don’t do love or commitment, and I definitely don’t believe in
‘the one’.
My world tilted on its axis when it happened, when this girl came crashing into my
world, changing my life for the better and making me undoubtedly aware that my life
would never be the same again. I’ve fallen in love and want commitment because I
have met ‘the one’.
My life is now complete. Unfortunately, with a tragic twist of fate, I could lose her—my
everything—but I will never give up, not without a fight.
Welcome to the fight of my life.

The story of Lizzy is one of pure sadness and heartache as she loses her parents far too young and struggles with their deaths daily. Her best friend Katy would take her under her wing and be her ever constant support. A true friend who is by her side, night or day. Their relationship was endearing.

But Lizzy soon bumps into the man who will change her life. Who will take away some of that pain, but for how long? The love story between Lucas and Lizzy is simply beautiful and one all us girls crave, rightly or wrongly. His adoration for Lizzy is ever present and so beautifully written.  

But Lizzy is well aware that she doesn't get happily ever afters, and her happiness is cruelly cut short one night, after organising a very romantic weekend away to one of Lizzy's more prized places in the world. This man truly knows how to treat a lady. But a tragic accident would leave the pair in utter turmoil and Lizzie heartbroken at the prospect of losing someone else she had taken so long to let into her life, and heart.  

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"Nothing matters. I'm not aware of anything except the constant searing pain in my chest."
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God get the Kleenex out.  In fact, I ran out of tissues and opted for an entire toilet roll, because I was sobbing uncontrollably and reading through tear filled eyes by this stage (and only at 50% may I add!) but wow. What a story. Lizzy does what she can, without meaning to be heartless, only to do what she needs to. It's self preservation. Please don't judge this poor woman!  

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The sun will not shine in my life, as you were my sun,
The moon will not light my night, as you were my moon,
The Stars will not accept my wishes, as you were my stars,
My heart will not love again, as you are my heart...
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But after Lizzy leaves in a frantic hurry, turning to the one place she should have gone with the love of her life, she would create a new life. No one would know the pain she carried. That was how she needed it to be. But needless to say, at home, things were changing, people would search for her. Would the diagnosis of her true love change for the better? Would her best friend know where to find her?
Whilst all this continues, Lucas Castle's crazy ex has a whole other agenda and this is to ruin the pair.
What is left of Lizzy to destroy?

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Hate is a very strong word, but I hate myself for not being strong...I'm a coward who doesn't deserve kindness...
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In times of turmoil and heartache, all caused by this evil woman, would there be a future for Lizzy. Would she ever find happiness again in her life?!  

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I'm beyond defeated.  I'm f*****g crushed.  I stand up and walk out of the alleyway. I put my hands in my pockets, take one more look back at the club and then brokenly, I bend my head and I just keep walking.
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The psychotic ex not only manages to ruin two peoples lives, who have already loved and lost enough, but makes poor Lizzy question her only solid and dependable relationship she has with Katy.  
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Shock Rams back into me. It's Katy-normally my saviour and my friend, only today, she's the enemy.
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I always like to leave spoiler free reviews, but wow. What a happily ever after this book promises. I cried, I laughed, I screamed, I threw things across the room and I used more tissues than ever (as well as a toilet roll!) but wow...this book truly captured my heart and I can't believe it's taken me so long to,read C.A. Ellis works. I can't wait to read the next installment Jetson, but it has a hard act to follow! :)

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It's simple; I breathe to love you
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Disclosure
I purchased this book myself and wasn't asked to write this review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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