I received this book for free from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.When We Are Old by Anna Bloom
Series: If We Were... #2
on June 20, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Adult, Second Chance Romance, Single Parent
Format: ARC, digital e-book
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
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Ronnie Childs has questions.
What happens now she and Matthew Carling have crossed the line into love?
Can they survive the enormous pressure that turning a lifelong dream into reality entails?
And what happens when fate sends them a curveball neither of them expects?
Matthew Carling has questions of his own.
How can he protect his boys from the bitter battle with his ex?
What happens now he’s given everything up for memories and love?
Can he and Ronnie survive when life keeps throwing all it has at them?
When things get real and playing grown-ups loses its charm, will reality make them both ache for the past? Will their promise to love one another even when they are old become one of the most difficult promises they’ve ever tried to keep? The prize of forever has never seemed further away.
Adult Contemporary Romance, Second Chance Romance, Single Parent
First Person, Dual-POV
This is book #2 of the If We Were.. duet. This should be read in order!
For a moment we held one another’s gaze and a wordless conversation swept between us. Neither of us needed to say anything. We were together, forever, every day.
I don’t even know how to start this review. This has been one of those emotional journeys that I have cried a lot. In fact, I’m still feeling weird as I’m writing this. I usually try to be analytical with my reviews, I’m not sure I will be able to do this book justice with this review.
I still remembered when I started the first book of the duet, for the first few chapters I felt lost, unsure, in fact, in my mind I was hating the characters. I don’t even know which chapter it happened, Ronnie forced me to love her and feel all her weirdness and emotions.
This has been a crazy ride. A really emotional rollercoaster. As much as I fell in love with Ronnie in the first book, I did with Mathew in this second one.
Their story was not a light, cute, pass-the-time romance. This was weird, painful, beautiful and real.
Family saga romance!!!
35/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 33.5 stars and 35 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 5 Freshness: 5 Plot: 5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 5
Action 3/5 Angst 4/5 Darkness 2/5 Humor 2/5 Romance 5/5 Suspense/Mystery 2/5
Would I recommend? Yes, for anyone that enjoys an odyssey like love story.
Would I re-read this book/series? Yes!
Would I read more from the author? I must!!!!
Addictiveness: 5/5 I feel like this duet abducted me and turn me into a mad woman. I had a week between the first book, until the second and I felt like I was always remembering something from the story during the day. I’ve finished the second book a few days ago and I’m still feeling like I’m floating in a cloud of “what was that?” As addictive as chocolate!!!
Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Multidimensional characters with several layers that were exposed slowly by the author with the progression of the story.
Ronnie was a very real heroine. I’m not going to say she was perfect, because she was full of flaws. But she has become one of “the realest” characters I have read. She made me feel everything. From happiness to sadness, she gave me all the feels. Her story arch and personal growth throughout this quest ( I totally feel like it was a quest) was unbelievable.
Mathew was a very authentic hero. Sometimes I felt like punching him, telling him he was a jerk. Others, I felt like screaming at him why he was always making the wrong choice. Of course, I was always a bit in love with him. He was a multifaceted characters and his story was beautifully explored. Loved him most of the time, hated him a few times. 🙂
Secondary characters They were all multidimensional and amazing. So many characters to mention, some I loved, some I hated to love, but they all felt very important and pertinent to the story.
Villain/antagonists There was one very clear antagonist (same would call villain). I don’t like to vilify so much humans, and these characters felt so real, that I would rather say one clear antagonist that I hated with passion, but tried to see from every angle, because was a human.
Even though they were all complex, they were also easy to love, connect and understand!!!
Cover: art 5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I loved this duet’s covers. Like the story it impacted me. It made me feel. The somber mood of the black and white, at the same time the screaming red of the wonderful, catching title was perfect. I really chose to read this duet because of the titles of the books. But add to this cover we got clever subtitles that entice the reader to look for more. I would definitely buy this book by its cover without needing to read the blurb!!!
Freshness: 5/5 Yes!!! Unique, one-of-a-kind!!! Is not often contemporary stories feel like an out-of-this-world experience and something I have never read before. This is it!!!! As fresh as water in the middle of the desert during summer!
Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Good opening with emotional ending. Extremely believable plot, with fantastic dialogues and wonderful pace. Lovable setting, interesting subplots with unexpected twists. Highest level of enjoyment!
I’m totally lost for words and how to explain this plot. There is nothing fantastic and out-of-the-ordinary here. At the same time it all felt imaginative and exceptional.
The author wrote the simplicity of routine and day-to-day life and gave all the emotions that every life worth living has. All of us that have been around the block for a while has had a journey full of high and lows. This was what I read here: a life story worth living… reading!
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 4/5 This was a slow burn romance. From the first book, until the end, this couple when through a lot. They shared so many highs and lows, but I never questioned their love for each other. I was uncertain of their future, but never of their love. Everlasting romance!!!
Writing Style: 5/5 My first time reading this author and I have already been blown away by her craft. What can I say… I’ve laughed and cried. I’ve cussed and loved. I felt so much while reading this. At the same time, it was always cohesive and clean and I’ve ended without any loopholes in mind. Writing of a wordsmith!
Because I try to be very analytical and I don’t really believe in perfection…
(Yes, I’m leaving it blank, I can’t really think of anything to say. I’m still emotional.)
I sighed. Three days of perfection. Reading my sigh, he pulled me around and caught my face softly in his hands, cradling me like I was a rare gem he was scared to lose. The sun slanted across his face, his dark hair lifting in the breeze, the strands of black lit with unexpected fiery hues of red. His lips lowered to mine, dark lashes fluttering against his cheekbones, and I held my breath, filled with an expectation that could make me explode. A deep and never-ending wanting that ate at my bones until I was weary with the needy ache.
“Marry me.” His question slipped into the air, rushing out to sea and mixing with the salt and brine in the air.
My chest heaved, caving with delight. I gasped a lungful of air, wide eyes meeting his.
With all my heart a yes pounded within me, it rushed in my veins, desperate to hit the surface and make itself known.
Another kiss, firmer, pushing for entry. I opened my mouth, his hot tongue slipping against mine, one of my favourite things. He cradled my head, tilting me with a mastery that made me a puppet in his hands.