Published on: August 2nd 2016
Genre: NA Romance
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Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen seconds that we’ll never get back.
I don’t think I have cried so much at a book, or had such a massive bookish hangover since I read Noughts and Crosses when I was 12 years old. This book was so different to what I expected it to be but so much more than I had hoped it would be and it has taken me 2 whole days to recover before I could even begin to attempt to write a review for this book.
I started this book after getting home from work, absolutely knackered but kept awake by my excitement to start reading this book, and finished it within 4 hours (totally beat Amazon’s 7 hours estimated reading time!). It then took me another hour to calm down before I could even think about going to bed and the next morning I feel totally emotionally exhausted.
I couldn’t put the book down, nor did I want to. I have to admit to a couple of mini breaks in order to wipe the heavy amount of tears from my eyes and prepare myself for what was coming next, but other than that I read this book in one go.
CoHo has written us some amazing characters to fall in love with in the past, but I don’t think I have ever been so proud of a heroine (CoHo’s or anyone else’s) than I was of Lily in this book. I fell in love with her within a few pages and my admiration for her and her strength and conviction only grew the more I got into the book. She was real and vulnerable and she managed to find the strength to make the right choice in the hardest of situations. I honesty don’t think I’ve admired a character more, and I feel like she is a heroine not just in this book, but for every girl and woman to look up to and be inspired by.
I want to clear up one thing in this review, and it is the only thing I will say about the story line of this book. Do not be afraid of a love triangle. After reading the description it was exactly where my mind went to, but having read a lot of CoHo books before I totally trusted her, and it was the right thing to do. Yes, there are two male characters in this book, but in no way are they or a love triangle situation the focus of this book, the story is so much bigger than them and I really hope that people don’t get scared away from this book because of an assumed love triangle.
There is a very powerful message that is woven into this book, right from chapter one. It starts subtle, but as you read on you start to realise just how significant these moments are as the story comes together and gives us a raw and honest portrayal of a very relevant issue in our world today.
I’ve purposely told you very little to nothing about this book and the storyline because I don’t want you to guess it from what I’ve said, I don’t want you to expect it. This is very important because it is totally unexpected for our heroine too. We realise at the same time as our MC the situation she has ended up in and this allows us to experience her journey with her, which makes it all the more powerful.
We often hear authors telling us about how much of themselves they have poured into their books, and this book must have had gallons from CoHo, which is proved to us by the honesty of her authors note. I can honesty say that I have only cried at one other authors note before (Sweet Fall – Tillie Cole) but CoHo deserved every single one of my tears.
On a final note I have to say how much I love the title and cover of this book, the reasoning for both becomes apparent as you read the book, and for the title especially has a very strong impact emotionally.
That’s what fifteen minutes can do to a person. It can destroy them.
It can save them.
If you are scared of emotion then this is not the book for you. But if are ready to be taken on an emotional, heartbreaking and inspiring journey then you need this book in your life and on your bookshelf.
Re-Readability: Hell Yes!
I would recommend this book to fans of: colleen hoover, emotional reads, stories that contain real world issues, na romance
Other books by Colleen Hoover you should read:
November 9 . Ugly Love
Hopeless . Losing Hope . Finding Cinderella
Slammed . Point of Retreat . This Girl
Never Never #1 . Never Never #2 . Never Never #3