Love Always, Damian by D. Nichole King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
***** 5 Tear filled Cranky Stars *****
Grab the tissues and curl up for an emotional roller coaster ride.
Actually, if you haven't already, first read Love Always, Kate and Eight Days so you can truly understand what you are walking into with Love Always, Damian. And we cranksters may need to re-evaluate our initial review of Eight Days as in light of Love Always, Damian takes on new finesse. This cranky one didn't fully appreciate it until now.
We rejoin Damian four years later as this begins and find that he has not been able to grant Kate's last wish for him - that he let her go. His self destructive tendencies are still intact, but I found them much easier to sympathize with this time around. In my curmudgeonly ways, I do not usually cry over books, and though Love Always, Kate broke through those walls, I believe the tissue count was even higher on this one.
Damian has found a way to balance a routine of college, self destruction and heartfelt visits to the cemetery as we meet up with him. Readers of the previous book (and novella) will recall that he also left Elle behind as he said goodbye to Kate. He has not heard from her since, but she visits with secrets she has kept, and this will turn Damian's world upside down and inside out once again.
This is when the emotions really start spinning. And what a lovely whirlwind it turns out to be. A disclaimer should be made that this book/series are for mature audiences only for explicit sexual situations, but the entire series comes with our highest recommendations for love, loss, light after the darkness, and, overall, hope.
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