What a load of bull. It's been four years, and Kate's voice still echoes in my mind.
Every. Damn. Day.
I numb her memory when it taunts me. In college, I drown her out with booze and easy lays. I can't do what she asked.
I can't let her go.
Not even when Lia shows up, freaking ripping what's left of me to shreds. Caring about someone isn't worth the deadness that follows after they're gone. I didn't ask for this. Didn't ask for her.
And I sure as hell didn't plan to miss her when she walked out of my front door. Now, if I want to keep her, I have to straighten myself out and earn her. I can't screw this up.
Because if I do, I'll lose more than just Lia.
I'll lose my life...
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**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.* Watching Damian go down a self-destructing path was heartbreaking, but the emotional journey was well worth it. The beautiful relationship between Damian and Lia touched my heart. I absolutely LOVED this book!
Even though I haven't read the book and not going to but as I saw on reviews it was him and lia well good for him but I can honestly say he will never ever forget kate as long as he lives. And even though it seems he is happy and he is I can tell you that he will always be thinking about kate.
I am going to attempt to make this review as spoiler free as I can. The reader should live this book. Not just read it. This is Damian’s story of redemption, hope, understanding, and learning to love again. Learning that his heart has so much room for love. That his heart is capable of loving and receiving love. If I could use one word to describe this book it would be breathtaking. And because this story MOVED me, I have more than one word to describe it...brilliant, beautiful, thought provoking. “Letting someone go doesn’t mean you forget them. It means you love them from here and move on with your life like they would have wanted.” Several years later, Damian is in college and is still left broken. Shattered. In pieces. He is not over death and how much it continues to plague his life. He continues his path on self destruction. Not caring about the consequences. He just wants to be numb. He wants his pain to go away. As usual, the numbness comes in the form of women and alcohol. Nothing brings solace. Nothing brings peace. Until her. She comes into his life with a force. When he least expects it. “But I’m ready. I’m so ready to move on. Because after so much darkness, I finally see the light.” After I finished reading Love Always, Damian I went back and read the synopsis. And I got CHILLS. It makes so much more sense now. But you will not understand the power in those words until you read Damian’s story. Lia is mentioned. Lia is a huge part of this book you never see coming. He is his light. She wakes up his dark heart. She gives him hope, a second chance. Lia becomes his reason. She becomes his life. But he could lose Lia. She’s not his to keep. And that is what scares him most of all. “The spark had been lit, and even though it didn’t last, I was glad to see it could still burn. Her fire gave me hope that some day I’d be okay too.” You feel the moment something shifts in Damian. You actually feel the guards around his heart coming down, slowly. In pieces. There is SO much more that happens in this story, but it’s not mine to tell. It’s Damian’s. His journey will make you feel things you never thought you could. It will change you, make you question life and love. Even death. This damaged soul has so much love to give. So much life to live. And when he loves? It’s forever. He loves with conviction. With truth. He loves fiercely. “It’s because we understand each other. Because when we’re together, we’re whole.” Damian, you are a beautiful and pure soul. The (literary) world is so fortunate to have someone with a heart like yours. A heart so full of love. More than any of us could even imagine. Despite the darkness, I see him. She sees him. And loves him through his darkness. Her heart knows his. And who is she? Well she belongs to Damian of course. She always has. “I’m tired of breathing without him.” If there is one thing I can say about this author is that she makes you FEEL. Throughout everything, you are immersed into the emotions of the characters. You are happy when they’re happy. You cry when they cry. And when they feel pain? You feel that too. The words in this story are full of purpose. They have such meaning. And if you’ve read the first book, your heart will consume Damian’s story. I never thought I could love Damian more than I did before, but I do. Thank you to the author for writing such a moving story. And Damian? You are in my heart. Forever.
¿¿¿¿ ½ 'Life isn’t about merely surviving. It’s about living. Damian, my love, my final wish is for you to let me go. Love Always, Kate' Minor Spoilers Alert!!! Damian is a wreck several years after the tragic deaths of his mom, his brother Liam and his former girlfriend, Kate, all 3 very important people in his life. Initially, Liam’s former girlfriend, Ellie and Damian’s shared grief over Liam’s passing brought them together and kept them from imploding. They were each other’s lifeline and respite from the excruciating pain that had overtaken their young teenage lives. But eventually, Ellie moved on and Damian remained stuck. How Damian finally wakes up, steps up and moves forward was told expertly in alternating POVs set in present day with lots of great flashbacks that showed the building relationship between him and Ellie and between him and the oh so charming Lia. This was the first novel of Author d. Nichole King that I’ve read. So I was relieved to really enjoy it especially since I was unaware that Love Always, Damian (Love Always #2) was part of a series until after I read it. The cover model is gorgeous, and I like how the cover art didn’t highlight the fact that it was book 2. I dove in with zero expectations and was surprised by how much I wasn’t bothered by certain plot points that I would normally avoid. Those plot points worked really well for Damian and Ellie’s character development, making their joint story arcs all the more powerful and satisfying for this reader. ‘Someone once told me that letting someone go doesn’t mean you forget them. It means you love them from here and move on with your life like they would have wanted. That’s what your fifth wish was about, right? Katie. I’m finally doing it. All five wishes are now fulfilled. Love Always, Damian’ I look forward to reading more by Author d. Nichole King in the future.