ARC provided by author to facilitate this review
Taylor Shaw had the perfect life—until she was sixteen. That was when everything changed. From that moment on, life went from bad to worse…to the worst.
After recovering from a brain tumor, months later, she suffers the tragic loss of her whole family.
Since that fateful day, she’s been coasting through life.
Now, the brain tumor has returned, and Taylor decides she’s had enough. She’s going to take her fate into her own hands.
No more hospitals. No more surgeries. No more anything.
She’s going to join her family.
It’s her decision.
What she longs for.
The ending she wants.
She just has a list of things to do before she goes.
First, go to England.
Second, kiss a stranger…
Only, Taylor didn’t expect Liam Hunter, the stranger—with his handsome face, his six-foot-three of gorgeousness, and his oh-so-hot English accent—to change things.
To change her.
To change the ending she wanted.
What is a girl, who is standing on the edge of nothing, to do when offered the chance of everything?
Samantha Towle’s newest release, The Ending I Want, has proven to be a real challenge for me to review. I enjoyed the book, I didn’t LOVE it. There were a lot of things I liked about it, and a few things I didn’t. In some cases, those things were one in the same!
We start by meeting Taylor, a young woman with a tragic past who is coming to terms with her imminent death. She’s fulfilling her “bucket list”, and at the very beginning of her journey, she meets Liam. I LOVE the circumstances surrounding their initial meeting. The book gets off to an incredibly fun start, which really surprised me, given the tone of the blurb, and what I expected from this book.
I enjoyed Taylor and Liam’s connection, their banter was entertaining, and then there was the chemistry. DANG, do they have chemistry! And I loved it! Until I didn’t. There was a portion of the book where I felt the sex scenes and dirty talk, which enjoyable, got to be a little bit repetitious.
But Liam, oh Liam! Even though he was reminiscent of other popular BBFs to me, I fell in love with him, and I want a Liam for my very own. OK, maybe two.
We get more into the “meat” in the story in the second half, and it definitely picked up for me there. Secrets are revealed, some of which had me rolling my eyes, but overall, made me appreciate the characters and their connections a little bit more. I was definitely tense toward the end of the book, and while I was so happy with the way their story turned out, I couldn’t help but think of how things would have played out if the pendulum swung the other way.
With cameo appearances from other notable Samantha Towle characters, sharp & fun dialogue, and if I’m being honest, the ending *I* wanted, this book was definitely an entertaining read, and I’m glad I got the chance to read it. I can’t wait to see what’s next from Samantha Towle!
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