Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Review: All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

"Elliott's motor could still be heard a block away, and it made me angry that my heart was crying out the further he drove."

by Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 29th, 2018
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

If you've read anything by Jamie McGuire, you always know what to expect - fierce females, sexy guys, and a hot romance that'll keep you reading her books over and over again. With that said, I've read Beautiful Disaster about 50 times, I'm not even kidding. I've practically memorized that book because it's one of the first romance titles to completely win me over, and one of the very few I've essentially thought was perfect from beginning to end. Travis Maddox and Abby Abernathy are my OG couple when it comes to romances. They're two characters I wish I could rediscover in a completely fresh and wiped mine. Their tale was iconic, and in every Jamie McGuire title I always find little pieces of those two in her other characters. It was inevitable that I'd pick up All the Little Lights, Jamie's latest romance release. It came with a promising synopsis, featuring two outcast lead characters, and I was so eager to pick it up and read it, that I immediately threw all other titles on my TBR list aside and dove into it instantaneously.

"When I leaned back, Elliott went with me, catching both of us with one hand on the mattress. His chest pressed against mine, and I reached down to lift the bottom hem of his shirt."

All the Little Lights was, simply put, CAPTIVATING. I was immediately entranced by Elliott and Catherine. Both Catherine and Elliott have an extensive history together and when Elliott enters the picture again after years away, Catherine finds herself struggling to forgive Elliott for abandoning her years ago. Additionally, both characters encounter several emotional obstacles, with not only their own growing maturity and feelings for one another, but with also a local tragedy that puts Elliott center stage as a prime suspect. With that said, with a twist of drama and just about the most heartbreaking and romantic scenes I've read in a long time, Catherine and Elliott completely won me over. They were phenomenal and I was fully invested in their tale almost immediately. Catherine came across as real, honest, and snarky, and Elliott's contrasting personality meshed beautifully with her own. It was a roller coaster of emotions and I'm eager to dive in again when I have the time!

If you're a fan of Jamie McGuire's, All the Little Lights is an absolute must read. Additionally, I highly recommend it for contemporary romance fans looking for a tale that's certain to bring a tear to their eyes.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. This sounds like such a great book am adding it straight to my TBR

  2. It's a Beautiful book!!!
    I want to read it