Author: Nicky James
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
Page Length: 408 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
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Life makes no promises, and sometimes, you draw the short straw.
Landon Johnston’s life came to a grinding halt seven months ago, when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. With the encouragement of his grandmother, Landon works his way out of his slump and tries to live life while he still can. Deciding he doesn’t want to drag anyone else down his morbid path, Landon gives up all friendships and denies himself love. It’s better this way, because all he has to offer is eventual heartache and sadness.
While traveling the world, Landon meets Abel Matheson, a free-spirited, unedited, and nerve-grating man who was supposed to only be a one-night-stand. Despite Landon’s insistence that he can’t form a relationship with his current diagnoses, Abel is persistent and will not be ignored. Fighting against all his ingrained urges to run, Landon finds himself drawn down the road he swore he’d never take.
Intimacy grows and bonds form…
Only… Abel doesn’t know Landon is sick. How can anyone love a man with no future? Telling him might cause him to run, but staying silent means living a lie. A lie which will only reveal itself in time.
My hope was that someday, I would train myself not to fear death. Because, as it stood, I was terrified.
GUYS. THIS BOOK IS SAD. I’m writing this review after reading book two, and this series will make you cry. But it’s more in the anticipation of the sad thing that’s going to happen that destroyed me, not the actual events itself. There’s no hiding what’s going to happen in this book. It’s in the blurb. You know starting out where this story is going to go. It’s a HFN, certainly, and the ending is absolutely amazing, but the feels. I actually started reading this book after I read the blurb for book two, but even then, the author’s note starts out letting you know where the book is heading.
Here’s the author’s note at the beginning of the book:
So, my readers, I promise you this…No one will die in this book. You will not journey with Landon to his end. Instead, you will walk besides him and watch him live.
It’s an important story, and one I would highly recommend, but just be ready with a box of tissues, or two, or three for this series. So, know that this story is about a terminal cancer patient, and the book does not hide the pain of both the patient or the pain suffered by the loved ones around him.