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Married and settled in New York City, Ryan and Julia Matthews seek to start their family and enjoy their idyllic newlywed life together. Julia’s high-profile job at Vogue and Ryan’s promising career in medicine will surely set them up for everything they could ever want, their only obstacle seems to be finding enough time to spend together.
When a scuffle at Ryan’s hospital puts his life in danger, a colleague steps in to save him but is critically injured in the process. In a heroic and unwavering effort, Ryan manages to save her, but her injuries irrevocably change her life forever.
Though Julia’s gratitude urges her to befriend the woman, she feels pushed aside when Ryan, feeling indebted and laden with guilt, befriends the woman during her recovery. Julia puts on a good front, but as time goes on her resolve vanishes as the friendship begins to infiltrate what little time the couple has together and she is reminded of how her own relationship with Ryan began.
In Ryan’s mind he is doing nothing more than supporting a friend’s healing and is angry at Julia’s apparent lack of trust, despite his attempts to console her. When events get too much for her, a heartbroken Julia flees without telling her husband her destination or even if she will return.
When grief pushes him beyond what’s humanly possible and he is on the verge of losing his mind, he is forced to decide how much he will pay for his new friendship and Julia, what she is willing to endure in order to spare herself the unspeakable pain of watching someone else try to replace her in Ryan’s heart.
Join Ryan and Julia in the heart-wrenching conclusion to the unforgettable story of an incredible love; worth every single sacrifice…
For there is nothing more sacred than… A Love Like This…
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
I have to start by saying A Love Like This was a wonderful conclusion to Ryan and Julia’s story <3
In the final installment we join Ryan and Julia as they learn to juggle their respective careers and married life together. If you’ve read the previous two books (I can’t recommend them enough if you haven’t) you know our couple has been through hell and back to get to where they are now. Their mad mad love for each other ensured they survived whatever curve ball life threw at them…well, in ALLT we see that sometimes love isn’t always enough. The angst factor was definitely kicked up here; I spent quite a bit of time yelling at Ryan through my Kindle (because of course he can hear me lol) for his actions. I wanted to strangle him so badly at times for being a typical man and not seeing certain situations develop knowing full well if the situation were reversed he would be livid! Ryan’s feeling of gratitude and obligation get out of control in ALLT leading resentment to slowly start eating away at Julia. She finally reaches her breaking point and makes a decision; one that could be the end of her and Ryan for good. While I felt bad for Julia I was also proud of her for being strong enough to realize she wasn’t happy and she was prepared to do what it took to get herself back to her happy place (I just hoped it was with Ryan)
Kahlen has ended the trilogy with a shining star. She gives us amazing characters in addition to a story filled with love, passion, and this go around add angst, heartbreak and betrayal to the list. I loved getting to see our couple find their way back to each other and we learn that in the end maybe a mad mad love truly can survive anything…the epilogue alone gets 2 thumbs up.
A Love Like This get 4 stars from me!
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Kahlen is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her stories are filled with intense love, passion, angst and emotion that breathes life into her characters and leaves her readers captivated. She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater… But the love of her life is writing!
Represented by Elizabeth Winick-Rubinstein of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency, the first two books in her series; The Remembrance Trilogy are available now. Come and experience Ryan and Julia’s mad, mad love.