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5.0 out of 5 starsPerfect sequel!
Reviewed in Canada on March 6, 2019
Perfect sequel! Like all the my favorite books this has super lovable, well develloped lesbian characters , a ton of heartbreak and a realstic happy ending. Every book from this author has charmed my heart and soul.
The storytelling was amazing. Not always a comfortable read because of the issues faced by the characters. Had to set it aside for a bit as it hit a little close to home. But always knew I’d come back. So again, thank you.
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful followup to the Stellar Ask, Tell
Reviewed in Canada on June 5, 2019
Well done. This second book is much darker than Ask, Tell and it needs to be. I know, I know, the first book in the series had lots of angst built into it and you don't want to cry again. If you have not read Ask,Tell stop reading this review. If you have, then you need to pick up this book to see what happens to Sabine and Rebecca. You will be rewarded with an awesome read.
I loved reading this book from the perspective of both women. It cemented my understanding of the love each had for the other and fears each had that they would screw things up and ruin their relationship. I don't know when I have read a better study of PTSD than what we see Sabine dealing with when she returns Stateside. I found this the most powerful aspect of the whole novel and I was impressed with the author's ability to show us her mental state and inner turmoil. Watching her unravel and shun assistance from loved ones and professionals felt all too real. The reader feels as helpless as Rebecca and Sabine's sister in trying to support her recovery.
This sequel tore me up and patched me back up in the best possible way ever. It was heartbreaking reading about Sabine’s struggles and her cavalier way of dealing with her PTSD on her own when she needed Rebecca’s full understanding and support the most. I think the tipping point was really what pushed her over the edge and made her realise that her techniques are clearly not working and she needed help, fast.
In any case, I love how supportive and attentive Rebecca had been, and enjoyed reading about Jana’s antics and attempts to help as well. Some would think that Jana is very insensitive when she was asking for Rebecca’s help, but I think she comes from a place of love for her sister and worry that Rebecca will tire of Sabine’s attitude soon.
Another great story well deserving of five (and more) stars!
4.0 out of 5 starsBest exposition of PTSD that I’ve read....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 9, 2020
I said about the first book in this duo that it was the “best exposition of DADT that I’ve read” and EJ Noyes has done it again with this being the best exposition of PTSD that I’ve read. Eliza Lentszki does a decent job of examining the issues in her ‘Don’t Call Me Hero’ series but EJ Noyes takes this to a whole other level. The detail and examination of PTSD trauma following ‘The Incident’ in ‘Ask, Tell’ doesn’t make for an easy read - you do sometimes want to just grab Sabine and shake her, but ultimately it gets exactly where you want it to. Only not a 5 from me because, at times, it made me just too sad and frustrated. But then that’s probably the mark of a really good book...one that gets completely under your skin and doesn’t let up. I definitely need something lighter after this!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2019
What a wonderful follow on ,from the moment I turned the first page i was delighted that the characters i fell in love with were back.ptsd is something not really touched upon in les fic ,but noyes has outstanding insight on an illness that can be unseen by so many.wonderfully written ,fantastic story,beautiful characters.if you read the first,read this .
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best books I've read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2020
So much love for the follow up to what was one of my favourite reads of 2019. I didn't think EJ Noyes could pull it off again - she did, and in spades. It is a thrilling ride, with highs and lows you'll feel as intensely as the characters, it is so well written. I'd recommend reading book 1 first so you get to know Sabine and Rebecca, it definitely gave me a good grounding for this fantastic book.
I liked the first book and couldn’t wait to get stuck into the second. Once I was 1/3 way through I could not see where the story was going and I felt the story was drifting, a bit like the characters. This was probably intentional, but left me wondering if I would finish it. I took a break for a couple of weeks and on return found the remainder of the story much more engaging.