I think the main problem was that I didn’t really like the main characters. The back and forth prevented me from making a connection with any of them, and so I feel as though I don’t know them and what makes them tick. Told from only Stevie’s point of view, would it have helped to have had Everett and Aiden’s points of view as well? Maybe, when it came to Everett. For me, unfortunately, rather than having sympathy for Stevie, I became annoyed at her foolishness. Each time she declared her love for each of these young men in turn, I cringed. I know she was in love with two men, and the dilemmas she had as a result, but only because I was told she was in love with them both, rather than feeling it. Finally, I personally would’ve liked her to have shown more backbone when it came to the way they treated her. Their actions and indiscretions were forgiven too quickly in my opinion.
Sadly, this was not my favourite read from this author.
5 Soul Crushing CROWNS
This. Book. Wrecked. Me. There is really no other way to put it. Ella’s words reached into my very soul and slowly continued to squeeze as I turned the pages. This book is not about one true love but what happens when you have two, and the consequences of that. This story pulled each emotion out of me until I was completely depleted at the end, then I cried until my heart pieced itself back together and I loved Every. Single. Minute.
“You’re beautiful, but when you smile, you’re a portrait of starlit dreams.”
Everett Tyler is every girls fantasy. He has the soul of a poet but with that comes the demons of his past that he can’t seem to shake. He is unequivocally talented, he sings, plays guitar and can play piano. His soul is on display with every song lyric he writes (talk about all the swooning). His lyrics feel as if he’s reaching inside you and twinning his soul with yours. But he is also supremely damaged and utterly self-destructive. He makes a lot of poor choices which get’s him into loads of trouble not just with Stevie but the band and his friends as well. You can tell he’s trying, but is that enough?
I let myself have it, the one tiny taste of what I’d be walking away from. A best friend. A lover. A future filled with mischievous smiles.
From the moment you meet Aiden you will fall head over heals in love with him. He is legit fucking perfection. He is all the things any girl would die to have. He’s genuine and kind. He is okay with being friend zoned just so he can stay part of Stevie’s life while she’s trying to figure things out. He is athletic and strong. He’s. The. Complete. Package. They only thing he isn’t is Everett. But Stevie falls in love with him for all the things he is. He becomes her best friend and her confidant. She is completely honest with him from the start regarding her feelings and his presence slowly chips away at her walls and fills the shattered pieces of her heart.
To fall in love twice was a beautiful rarity. To be in love with two men at the same time was a cruel twist of fate. Your soul was split right down the middle, a piece of you stolen forever.
This story brings back all the feelings of first love. And all the heartache that comes along with that. Everett’s lost and broken soul makes me want to fill in the empty pieces. And Aiden’s sweet calming demeanor made me fall in love with him and the strength his gives to Stevie. This book was so much more than I could have ever hoped for. And by the end I did not envy Stevie in the slightest her love for these men tore her apart. My heart ached for these character’s and the choices that had to be made. But even so Ella created such a beautifully written story that will make you ache but breathe life back as well. Her words have the ability to shatter and soothe. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and get angry, but I promise you will love the journey!
A picture of rugged perfection.
And a drunk soul mate who couldn’t commit.
A smooth-talking, reliable best friend.
And a chance at something beautiful and true.
That would be loving them at the same time.
It’s exquisite agony.
but none of us knew which one I could keep.
Ella Fields is a mother and wife who lives in Australia.
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