Saturday, April 23, 2016

Review: A Love So Tragic by Stevie J. Cole

Publication Date:  2/15/2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Official Blurb: 

We all make them. Sometimes we break them. But what happens when the promise you break haunts your dreams, when that moment of betrayal echoes within every last beat of your heart? 

Love is passionate, painful, and all consuming in the most brutal yet beautiful way. How many people have you said 'I love you' to? Five, ten, maybe no one? I've said that word to two men, but only one where I felt it. 

This word sums up my relationship with Nicolas: devastating, painful, depressing. 
A first love that should have lasted a lifetime, but I ruined with a stupid decision. Nicolas is my star crossed lover, and even though Shakespeare has taught me that stories such as ours always end in tragedy, I can't not love him, even if I'm married to someone else.

A Love So Tragic literally took my heart out of my chest, stomped on it, and then shoved it back into my chest after brushing the dirt off.  There have been few books in my life that have truly broken my heart and made me cry; this is one of them.  Stevie J. Cole steps away from her usual gut-wrenchingly twisted novels and brings us a delicious ugly cry contemporary romance. While I love Ms. Cole’s darker works, this one hit all the right notes for me.  There were periods of love, hate, betrayal and redemption that were so masterfully plotted and put together that every emotion played on another and another in a quick cascade of deeply emotional journey.  The hints of angst and raw powerful emotions will leave you stunned as you fly through this book. 

A Love So Tragic isn’t completely a hearts and flowers romance tale.  The main characters Peyton and Nicolas have loved and lost so many times that you wonder through the mid-point of the book if this will be an HEA.  While a topic that I typically don’t find myself okay with even in books is evident, I didn’t have my usual feelings about it.  It was almost justified in my mind because these two should have been together all along.  Their struggles from young love to lost love really hit me hard and in this particular insistence nothing could have swayed me from my love of not only these well-developed characters, but of this novel.

Stevie J. Cole, you have wrecked my emotional world to the point that I think I have tapped into a reserve of emotions I never knew I had.  You pushed my moral boundaries and made me consider the other side of the story to something that used to be a hard limit for me.  To call this book a second chance romance is like trying to tell seasoned readers that reading isn’t cool anymore.  A Love So Tragic is a beautifully tragic romance story that anyone who can handle an ugly cry and is a glutton for emotional punishment will love.  

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