SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
This book would be good if it wasn’t so damn predictable.
You get Lily Blossom Bloom, a girl whose daddy dearest was a sadist, using her mom as a punchbag whenever something went wrong. Lily grows up just fine and meets the divine Ryle Kincaid, a perfect husband candidate. Ryle is tall, handsome and rich, on his way to become a very good neurosurgeon. He is intelligent and has a great sense of humour. Are you hearing that dum-dum-dum ditty in the background? If yes then you know that Ryle will be also prone to violence *gasp*. He hits Lily for the first time when she, a bit sozzled, laughs at his clumsiness in the kitchen, right after he burned one of his precious hands. Ryle hits her for the second time when he finds the phone number of Atlas, Lily’s teen crush, hidden under the battery of her mobile phone. Lily is pushed down the stairs and ends up with a concussion. It’s their honeymoon.
And then contrite Ryle explains. He is very good at explaining. (spoiler, highlight to read or skip) When he was a six-year-old kid he and his older brother found a loaded gun in their parents’ garage. Ryle shot his sibling and he died. It wasn’t his fault, far from it, but he’s been attending therapy sessions ever since. He’s been having issues too because, let’s face it, who wouldn’t? After that he claims he loves Lily more than any other woman he’s ever met. Isn’t it sweet? Still Atlas, also a victim of home abuse, warns Lily that she should leave Ryle while it’s not too late. What will she do? What would you do? Would you be ready to risk a marriage with a man that during any dispute might hurt you or kill you, even if not voluntarily? A man who sometimes gets so jealous that he becomes a dangerous stranger you hardly recognize? After all a surgeon knows human body like nobody else and he can be a very skillful murderer…
I won’t spoil anybody’s pleasure by telling you the rest. For me it was a bit predictable but who knows, perhaps you will be tempted to find out on your own what happened to Lily and Ryle.
Let me also said that the character of Atlas had a lot of potential but wasted it all. Such a pity.
Decent novel about home abuse but nothing ground-breaking. Hello Kitty.