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!