Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Series Review: Lesley Jones "Spiralling Skywards: Falling/ Fading (Contradictions).

Falling: Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2vKD8eZ
              Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2vPkAsx

Fading: Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2xbb4zn
               Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2vPCXgL




Synopsis:

falling: 
It only takes one defining moment.
One look.
One dance.
One conversation.
Sarah knows from the second she meets Liam that their connection is more than just instant attraction. It’s deep, it’s consuming, and has the potential to be the real thing. But true love comes at a price.
Fuelled by Liam's past, Sarah's issues, and a messy web of family ties, business partnerships, and exes, the combined forces threaten to snuff out their new found relationship. Will that spark be smothered by outside forces? Or will they be carried like smoke from the ashes and sent spiralling skywards?

Fading:

From the outside looking in, Sarah and Liam’s bond has been unbreakable since the moment they first laid eyes on each other. 
Love, romance, and friendship should form the ropes that tether them together. 
But when old insecurities rise to the surface, Sarah loses sight of her self-worth and feels her identity fading. Faced with a choice that threatens to fray those ties, she finally begins to unravel. 
Until one day, those ropes snap, that bond is broken, and their relationship sent spiralling off course.

Series Review: 

I read Lesley Jones "Contradictions" series almost back to back (barr a couple of arcs thrown in the middle) and honest to god, this was such a raw, gripping and realistic story that I struggled to put down. I've read a few of this author's books now and I thought I had a pretty good handle on the kinds of stories she liked to tell. You know, the kind that leave your heart shredded, a pile of snotty tissues around your feet from all the tears you've shed, the ice pack at the ready because all the sexiness has left you over heated and of course her very british humour that leaves your cheeks hurting. I thought I had Lesley Jones all sussed out until I started reading "Spiralling Skywards: Falling." I hand on heart thought, wow this is a bit of a change for her. It's not half as angsty or as raunchy as (say) "Carnage" or "Conviction" and I actually thought she'd written a lovely, quite straight forward, kick your shoes off, our a glass of wine, sit back and relax kind of love story. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that and I was actually really enjoying it. Who knew Lesley Jones could do sweet and swoony? 

"Never let me go."
"Never."
"Always hold me tight."
"Always." 

Well, all I can say is, boy was I lulled into a false sense of security because the minute I was hit with the first twist, I felt a shockwave of emotions that ought me completely off guard. Lesley Jones does NOT do sweet and swoon and yes she did trip my heart out with this series. Oh yes, she ripped it out, carved it up and served it up to me on a lovely silver platter. god, did Liam and Sarah's story devastate me. It was just so real and so relatable and the path it took was one I could see so many of my friends or even myself follow if I was in a similar situation. 

... She didn't vanish... she faded. Faded away right in front of me,
and I didn't even see it. 

The characters, oh the characters. One minute I loved them. The next I wanted to give them a good slap and tell them to wake up and smell the coffee. So many mistakes were made, so many signs missed, so many assumptions made. My heart truly hurt for both Liam and Sarah at one time or another because their's was really not an easy story to read. 

"I'll hold you tight every step of the way, so please don't be scared pretty girl.
Don't ever be scared."
"But I'm not lovable enough for people to stick around. 
People leave me Liam."

I loved book one in the series but I have to admit, it really was book two that stole the show for me. I read it in a day (even though I was at work) because it was just unputdownable. It was a train wreck of a read that I just couldn't bring myself to look away from. It was just so raw and intense, my emotions to palpable as I was presented with sides to the characters that weren't always pretty and a side to their lives which was soul destroying. Even now when I think back to the book I finished an hour ago, I can start to feel the lump in my throat and the tears forming. 

The main problem with being so high was that it hurt so much more when you fell.

i can't recommend this series enough. I really can't. If you want to feel gut wrenching emotions, if you want a story that is so believable, you could be reading about someone you know, if you want a book with characters you'll love and hate in equal portion, then honestly, pick this series up.

I rated the "Contradictions" series ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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