Series: Grip #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 24, 2017
Format: eBook, 434 pages
How I got it: Kindle Unlimited
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Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
I'll be there.
Through thick and thin.
Ride or die.
You can count on me.
The promises people make. The vows we take.
Assumptions of the heart.
Emotion tells us how we feel, but life...life has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions.
Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.
For Grip and Bristol
Love started at the top of the world
On a Ferris wheel under the stars
But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?
When I finished reading Grip, I was satisfied. I didn’t know that I necessarily needed more of Grip and Bristol. I was happy with how things wrapped up in Grip. Plus I was a little worried what kind of angst or drama would come their way in a second full-length book. I mean, there has to be some amount of conflict to drive a story, right? They’d been through so much already, I didn’t know if my heart could take more. But, I decided to jump on into Still because, well, I’m greedy. Even though I was happy with the ending as it was, I couldn’t NOT read more about these characters I’d come to love.
I’m not sorry I read Still, either. If I hadn’t I would’ve missed SO MUCH together time for Grip and Bristol. After all they’d been through, it was glorious to see them as a couple. To see them get married. To see what came after, even when it hurt. And on the topic of the marriage? Their wedding? My. Gods. Grip’s vows were everything. Feels for freaking days, y’all. Some readers might complain the book was too slow or not enough happened, but I disagree. I relished the opportunity to read about them becoming closer, growing up, relying on each other and just living life.
I was all smiley-happy, swoony until about the last quarter of the book. Then, suddenly, I was absolutely devastated. (Non-spoiler: what happens doesn’t involve cheating or other women, so don’t fret.) I can’t tell you the last time I cried as hard as I did while reading a book. I was an absolute mess. It broke my heart that Grip and Bristol had come all this way, and should be happily living out their dreams and instead THIS happens. But, Kennedy found a way to turn this devastation into hope and, somehow put me back together. (Though I still get all teary-eyed if I even think about it.) By the end, however, I was blissed out and happy, loving how Grip and Bristol managed to come out the other side closer than they were before.
Still was one hell of a book. It’s another that put me through the wringer, made me think and made me fall further in love. Life wasn’t perfect for Grip and Bristol, but when is it ever? I was a bundle of emotions while reading and after finishing this one. It was gorgeous, sexy and real. It’s been less than a week since I finished Still and I’m already missing Grip and Bristol.
“Don’t stop knowing me better than everyone else does.”
We’ll always work. In a world of pieces that never seem to fit, we do. We work. We make sense when nothing else does, and I have to remind her of that.
“If I only get one life with you, then, yes, I’m holding on to every moment and every word you say.”
“You’re the best friend I’ve ever had, the biggest heart I’ve ever know, the one who sees me when no one else does and hears me even when I don’t speak.”
“You ask me today if I love you, if I take you as my own to have and to hold, and my heart replies yes. Always, evermore, even after. Still.”
“Dwell in possibility.”
How do you feel about angsty reads?
Do you read them or tend to avoid them?