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If I could give this book all the stars in the universe I would!
I really don't know where to begin with my review.
I was one reader who was satisfied with the ending of Move the Stars, but also sad that there were going to be no more words to read about Lake and Manning.
When it was announced that there would be a fourth book I was over the moon happy. And I started to develop expectations. Expectations of Manning, of Lake, and of their life together.
I was not disappointed. All of my expectations were met, and then some. This book had everything. I laughed, I cried both happy and sad tears, and I was heartbroken at times. Nothing less than what I expect from Jessica Hawkins.
And I also had the opportunity to get reacquainted with the Manning I fell in love with in Something in the Way. Manning made me fall in love all over again in this book. I didn't realize how much I missed him and needed this version of Manning until I had him again.
Fans of this series will absolutely love Lake + Manning. Once again Jessica has poured her heart and soul into this couple and we as readers are rewarded for it.
I can't tell you how amazing this story was. I pulled an all nighter reading it, I couldn't stop, and I never ever want to say good bye to these characters. Lake + Manning is one of the most beautiful, emotional, and sexiest endings to a series I have ever read. I couldn't be HAPPIER with this gift she's given us. I've been invested in their lives, it's like they are a part of my family, a part of my heart ❤️ I'm so sad it's over, I really don't know what to do with myself now. I'll miss them so much, I know they'll not only live on in my heart forever, but in the hearts of many, many readers all across the world.
Thank you so much Jessica for giving us such a beautiful, epic, and UNFORGETTABLE love story.
In Book 1, it's not just the beginning, but a beginning of an end because once Lake and Manning met, that was it. Something in the Way was about the intangible and fragile perceptions of what we think we know and how it wars with what we want, however indecipherable but instinctual. And richly multi-layered in the complex emotions for both characters. For Lake, at 16, it was love. A kind of love that came from somewhere so deep inside her, it gave her goosebumps from the inside out. For Manning, at 23, it was nostalgia. A brief sweetness in a dark abyss of his childhood that he lost, can’t shake, and somehow thinks he can regain in Lake. It is that remembrance of an innocence he hadn't touched or seen in an age that draws him to her. In him, he awoke, finally became alive, the second he saw her... In Manning, Lake's innocence was everything he needed, and everything she wanted to give. Only to him.
In the next book, Somebody Else's Sky, everything is changed. And not. Not when it comes to the essentials of Lake's love for Manning but also her trust and belief in him as a good man. For Manning, the demons that haunt him continue to steer him on a path away from what he knows is wrong but also completely right. He lives on a different edge of darkness, and it lives within him. But it is a madness he's accepted and it can't be undone. He’s not going to hide that he lives in the real and in real he must in order to live his empty life. He already knows he doesn't get to have what others have, only what the fates will bestow upon him. He’s still trying to do the right thing, save Lake from himself. However, out of everything he tries so hard to control, he can't control his own path, his deep and growing feelings, towards Lake. Or the emotions that tear him apart and consume him. No, he can't save himself, but he'll give her everything he can--as long as it's not with him.
Sometimes heaven is out of reach, and so the stars are close enough. In Move the Stars, time has passed. It's fast-forward and we're given a Lake a little older, somewhat wiser, and without her hero… A hero who has given up on his own dreams so that she can thrive. It's all a grand design--of Manning's making--his choices, his decision, his final verdict. But Lake isn't a girl anymore. And she's angry. She's hurt. Lost. Adrift. When Manning comes careening back in her life, the pull that's always been there, hasn't changed. In fact, it's become explosive. Finally, Manning lets himself believe, want, and have everything he's wanted, dreamed and wished for...but reality upends them both and this time...it's Lake that makes her choice. And walks away.
Book 3 was supposed to be the end...but I *felt* it wasn't. That there were still layers to be unraveled. This time, it's Lake's story. Manning's, too. More importantly, it's their story. This time, Lake has the control but not the strength--not on her own. In this taut finale, it's about how much they need each other, and yes, deserve each other but how, in each other, they can truly overcome any obstacles and face all their fears—and they do—on their own terms. In this final installment, Lake + Manning, it's finally about them. Their journey, together. Their pain, struggles, joy, bliss--as a couple, a family, a team. No more distractions, no more outsiders pushing and pulling at them--they both will confront the stars and overcome, together. It's just them, on they own, good or bad, up or down, they either rise, or they fall--but together. This is a story as only they could wish it, and dared; to dream for more and to finally get everything they could hope for.
However people felt about each book (ranted, raved, despised, loved, cried, hated—and every other emotion felt), Jessica Hawkins has delivered one of the most thought-provoking and intense emotional roller-coaster of a series. I sometimes didn’t like where she took us but I respected and admired her risks and writing a realistic and real story for the characters, and not trying to appease readers, and considering we’re a fickle bunch, it impresses me more she went with her gut and took those chances. In a genre filled with generic and formulaic romances, this Quartet goes beyond just a simple romance and digs so deep into the psyche and soul of two characters that they not only embed under your skin, but some piece them actually stays there. You cannot deny that Ms. Hawkins has a stunning and beautifully fucked-up view of romance and her characters but that’s what makes this series and her point of view so fascinating and hard to ignore. She's a master at character development. A storyteller who knows how to tell a story. She's an artist in the way she uses words to paint every aspect of this book for the reader's mind. Her words force you to feel--sometimes sad, happy, ugly, angry, bitter, heartbroken--emotions. Few books make your gut clench, your breath hitch, you brain hum with anticipation at what unexpected curveball she'll throw out you. Nothing is without intention, purpose, and focus. She's not about the fluff, and everything about the heart…about telling the story as it should be not told and not trying to write something that readers want or demand. She writes a story about two people with all the trimmings, including the triumphs and struggles that I think are quite relatable, eloquent, devastating but oh-so deliciously wonderful to read.
If you don't read this final of a magnificent series, an extended HEA epilogue (60k words!), you are missing out in a big way. It has everything you want, wanted, and so much more. She continues to surprise me and I loved everything about it. But if you choose not to…well, maybe that’s for the best because Ms. Hawkins is still going to going to get a reaction out of you—and I’ll bet it’ll be an unexpected one at that. Not since CJ Roberts' The Dark Duet Series, have I been so pulled and strung out in the best possible way (x4! I guess I like to be emotionally destroyed). These characters aren't like any you've read. They feel like real people and we're taken along with them on their journey. They bleed, they hurt, and they love, and they can still laugh after all the hell that's reigned down on them. Sigh…I'm gonna miss Lake and Manning. I'm even going to miss Tiffany and their parents and all the secondary characters that also had an impact and also beautifully written to enhance the plot and challenge/support our MCs. I'm glad to have been part of their journey, their strife and especially their victories. And I think this last book truly completes the series in a way that won't leave you for quite a while but will think back with a deep, satisfied sigh, and with great fondness.
There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to read this book if you have read the other books in this series. Lake + Manning is phenomenal! This book is not to be missed. If you thought you loved Lake + Manning before, wait until you read this book. I can’t believe their story is over. I feel like I just closed a chapter on old friends. I’m happy the way it all ended. Jessica Hawkins moved the stars for her fans with her unputdownable conclusion to this series.
Most recent customer reviews
And made me cry my heart out.. Smile, feel the joy and the heartful of sadness . But could not put it down. Will read again the whole series of books.
I did like the story but it was a little slow all the way through. Nothing much happened and Lake annoyed me through 3/4's of the book.Read more