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Loved Loved this book
on 20 July 2013
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Before Now is Park Reed story whom I had just (due to some small OCD traits that I have ☺) read about in Sometime Never. If you read my review on, Sometime Never you will understand this statement
I wasn't much a fan of Park Reed after reading Sometime Never, yes yes he may have been hot and sexy, and I did feel sorry for him but he had basically been a shit who had annoyed me by the end of the story. So I really wasn't expecting my feeling to change but after reading this one they did.
Park in destructive mode the heartbreak of a previous relationship has left him with a few issues and demons. He lives by his set of `life lesson' he drinks all the time. He sleeps with anything that moves, he just doesn't honestly care and the only thing he knows is that he is never going to let anyone get that close to him again,
Here's life lesson number 4: Do not - under any circumstances - fall in love. ~ Park
When he moves in with his mate Jessie, he meets Lucy Braden their upstairs neighbor and knowing Park as he does Jessie has told him to stay away from her, as she is too good for him. Lucy I love her character, she is not only beautiful but also sweet, caring, strong and just nice the opposite of Park, she has her own rules, which are extremely different to Parks.
Rule number 4: Love whole- heartedly ~ Lucy
The attraction between Park and Lucy is instant, but with very different Rules to Live By and Life Lessons it can only mean one thing that the course of true love was never going to run smoothly for these too.
I really liked this book, I loved that it was told from both Park and Lucy's POV. Which is a favorite of mine when it comes to a book. I like to know what the main characters are thinking. I really liked Park's POV as while reading Sometime Never I didn't truly know how hurt he actually was after things ended with Hope, and how damaged it had left him.
I really started to warm to Park once he started to show, that he was all bad, he did have sweet and romantic side, however a few times I want to slap him around the back of his head for some of the stupid things that he did. I loved Park and Lucy's relationship, they made me laugh, they made me cry; they made me shout at my Ipad. I love how Lucy never really gave up on Park even thought she had every right to, and I loved watching Park change from an ass to someone special.
Before Now I just didn't care. Before now I was just surviving. But now- now I have you and I know.... I know I've gained everything. Because I want more right now. I want the rest of my life with you. ~ Park
We merge like two flames, fast and out of control. Because sometimes that's just how love works. We may smolder, we may blaze, we may rage without reason. But it's always beautiful. ~ Lucy.
It had some great secondary characters, I liked Jessie he was protected over Lucy maybe a little too much at times, but he was sweet and his heart was in the right place. Lucy's roommate Bree was one of those BBF that every girl needs. I loved that some of the characters from Sometime Never in this one also. (High five to my small OCD traits) I especially love the ending (1) because it left me with a big grin on my face and (2) was not a cliffhanger, and I have had a lot of those lately.
So in less than 36 hours I have read two books by Cheryl McIntyre I have loved them both, and I have to say so worth the lack of sleep. I'm so looking forward to reading her next book, and in the mean time I'm off to read Blackbird.