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Point of Retreat: A Novel (Slammed Book 2) by [Hoover, Colleen]
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Goodreads Reviews-

"Again, Colleen Hoover delivers a riveting book about the strength of the human soul!!! Layken and Will are butterflying awesome!!!"

"OMG this book is every bit as, if not even more emotional than the first one."

About the Author

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3380 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (August 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TRU9HU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Here's the thing with series books that have a romantic element involved: I usually love them. Okay, I usually LOVE them. I eat them up like candy. Yum! But I know, without a doubt, that something has to happen to pull the couple apart at some point in the story. If it is a standalone romance it doesn't have to happen because the entire story can be the development of the relationship. But in a series what happens to drive the plot after the relationship becomes a done deal? Usually there is some sort of issue that comes between the two people, tempers flare, feelings are hurt, someone gives someone else the silent treatment, desperation ensues. It happens. I expect it, but that doesn't mean that I LIKE it. In fact, I absolutely cannot stand it in relationship books when communication breaks down due to some misunderstanding, pulling a couple I love so much apart for a good portion of the book. So with that in mind, let me offer my two cents about Point of Retreat, the second book in the Slammed series.

I absolutely adored Slammed, the first book in this series. I loved Will and Lake and their relationship. I loved everything about it. I thought that Slammed ended almost perfectly. No. I thought that it ended perfectly. But I wanted more anyway, so I was eager to begin this book right away. I knew after reading the blurb for this book that there was going to be some sort of misunderstanding involving someone from Will's past, and I knew that it was going to be the long lost ex-girlfriend. I knew that Lake was going to have issues with this and spend a good deal of time "carving pumpkins" (check out book one to see what this means). So all of those elements of a book two romance that I so dislike seemed to be coming my way. I was nervous.
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Point of Retreat is the follow-up novel to Slammed. Point of Retreat is narrated by Will, giving us a much deeper connection to him and a chance to view Lake in an entirely new way.

*Contains spoilers for Slammed!*

Point of Retreat takes place about a year after Slammed. Lake's mother has passed away. Lake and Will are happily still together and they're both working hard to raise Kel and Caulder. The heartache, trials, and tribulations they've all been through has only brought their little family closer together.

Will's love for Lake couldn't be more intense and real, but when a blast from the past ends up in one of his classes, Will makes the decision to keep it from Lake. When she finds out the truth, everything changes. Lake begins to question everything about their relationship and their life together. This results in an epic struggle between the couple; one that could leave their new found family separated forever.

"If I were a carpenter, I would build you a window to my soul.
But I would leave that window shut and locked, so that every time you tried to look through it... all you would see is your own reflection.
You would see that my soul is a reflection of you..."

- - -

Well, this book was just as amazing as book one. It was for the same reasons, but different ones as well.

First of all, Will as a narrator was just fantastic. Like I said up above: This brought the story of Will & Lake; their life, their love, to a whole new level of beauty. Being able to know how Will feels about Lake, how he sees her as a person, was very moving. In Slammed I found Lake to be a little capricious. She was the same in this book, but it was easier to get it, to get her while reading about her tantrums from Will's POV.
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I know so many readers love this series in all it's "Butterflying" amazing glory, and even though it's told from Will's POV this time, and I'm most likely in the minority here... but I just... couldn't even finish this damn book!

I did like Will in Slammed, but reading Point of Retreat made me lose some respect. I still respect him, because despite the circumstances, he's still a strong and caring twenty-something year old. And, even though I don't agree with keeping secrets... Layken's actions everytime something didn't go her way proved, STILL, that her little brother was... sorry, IS much more mature than she is and that she didn't DESERVE for him to tell her. But the way Will became such a pansy... I just... no words... I get that he loves her and all... but damn... seriously?

I read up to 75% of the book before I had to call it quits. I haven't DNF'd a book in so long, it's almost depressing, but the more I kept reading the more annoyed I became. If I couldn't stand Layken in the first book, I detested her every minute of this one. I keep asking myself... Why would this strong, capable, level-headed twenty one year old want to deal with such an immature nineteen year old? The guy called her immature himself... and wow, if her running away from problems instead of facing them isn't enough... when he told her they needed to wait for their first time, she threw another tantrum... kicked her legs up and down... who the hell does that? A five year old, that's who! She runs away EVERY TIME there is a problem! Now, I understand needing time to process situations and all, but seriously? She even went as far as going into Will' s home and taking something that matter and was given to BOTH of them. And this girl is suppose to be taking care of her eleven year old brother?
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