Author: Marni Mann
Genre: New Adult, Dark, Romance, Romantic Suspence
Publishing Date: May 25, 2021
You never forget your first love … even when he becomes a memory.
There was before.
When we were together, when we were happy.
When we had nothing but dreams.
When not a single bad thing could ever happen because we were young and in love.
And there was after.
When the unthinkable occurs, how do you count time, knowing how precious it is?
When dreams turn to nightmares, how do you wake up every day and choose to go on?
When you have a chance to save another, how can you not?
Even if it changes everything.
Even if it destroys you.
A harrowing, heartbreaking dark contemporary romance from USA Today best-selling author Marni Mann, a book that will leave you aching … and looking over your shoulder.
Thank you to Valentine PR and the author for an ARC of this book. This did not affect my opinion in any way and all opinions are my own.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book since I hadn’t read any of Marni Mann’s books before but the synopsis thoroughly intrigued me so I decided to give it a shot and I’m so glad because I think I’ve discovered a possible author to add to my favorites list.
This book made me feel like Marni ripped my heart out of my chest and trampled all over it. I cried so hard and so many times, something made me smile and I’d be happy and the next, I’d be bawling my eyes out.
Whatever you think is going to happen in this story after reading the synopsis, isn’t. You can’t even fathom what the story is truly about. The story was told in multiple POVs, most of them either Ashe’s or Pearl’s, the two main MCs and I can’t tell you what happens in the present, the “after” but I can tell you the past.
Past: Ashe Flynn and Pearl Daniels have a chance encounter in a corridor in college and Ashe can’t get over how beautiful Pearl is. He thinks its fate when right after the encounter he goes back home to find that his roommate, Dylan, has hosted a study group and Pearl is in it. And after a conversation, he knew he’d never met anyone like her and wanted her to be his but Pearl’s had a tough go at life, takes care of her gran and wants to make it big in the theatre industry so doesn’t have time for any distractions even if she can’t get Ashe out of her mind either.
Present: It’s eleven years later and that’s all I can tell you because anything else, and the story would be ruined. I’ll repeat myself again, whatever you think this story is about, it isn’t. You can’t possibly imagine what it is, and this is coming from someone who predicts the mystery/ending of every book way before it happens. Even I couldn’t have seen any of this coming, and all my guesses about it, were wrong.
There wasn’t a single moment in this book that got dull enough for me to want to put it down, and I’ve spent a couple of weeks unable to read any book and I’ve been re-reading old ones or others for blog tours but this one absolutely brought me out of that and I read it in one sitting.
I don’t know whether to praise Marni for writing such a beautiful story that has taken, and now owns, a piece of my heart, or to curse her for trampling over my heart because that’s exactly what happened and I bawled my eyes out. The writing of this story was absolutely fantastic and as much as I want to curse Marni for what she put me through, I can’t help but repeat how beautiful this story and the love, pain, loss and everything else was. Absolutely phenomenal and I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone out there, regardless of whether you like Contemporary and Dark genres, or not.
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their Yellow Lab. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.
Have you read any of Marni Mann’s books? Do you plan to pick up When Darkness Ends? (Please do!!) What’s a book that completely and utterly shocked you because you didn’t expect it or a book that made you have a breakdown and cry? (I’ve cried extremely hard over so many books, including this one)