Thursday, August 14, 2014

Finally Us (True Love #3) by Harper Bentley: Review


They wanted forever… but is forever really their destiny?

When misunderstandings and unsavory characters get in their way, Ellen and Jag call it quits after nine years of being together. Now they find themselves in places with which they’re unaccustomed: Ellen is trying to get used to the idea of dating another man, having never gone out with anyone other than Jag, while Jag is coping with an injury and the loss of baseball, a game he’s played for most of his life. Neither is sure how to handle their new situation, but they’re dealing.

When a surprise trade lands Jag right back in the middle of things and right back into Ellen’s life, new boyfriend and all, can he keep his cool and prove to her that what they once had is what's right? Does Ellen still carry a torch for her first love or has she already fallen for her new baseball player, making it too late for them to start again?

The fight is on as Jag goes head-to-head with Ellen’s new love interest as he tries proving to her that their love deserves another shot. Can he win her back or is their dream of a perfect forever gone for good?

This is the third book of the True Love Trilogy.

Due to language and sexual content, this book is not recommended for readers under age 17

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About the Author:

Harper Bentley has taught high school English for 22 years. Although she’s managed to maintain her sanity regardless of her career choice, jumping into the world of publishing her own books goes to show that she might be closer to the ledge than was previously thought.

After traveling the nation in her younger years as a military brat, having lived in Alaska, Washington State and California, she now resides in Oklahoma with her teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat, happily writing stories that she hopes her readers will enjoy.

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Review by Michelle:

I have been waiting for what feels like forever to finally read Finally Us, the conclusion to Harper Bentley's True Love series. In reality it was only a few short months, but after my obsession with the first two books and the dramatic ending to Finding Us, the wait has been a killer. Fortunately, it was well worth the wait. Finally Us, much like the first two books, is totally angsty yet sweet and fun, emotional but not too heavy, and dramatic but not unrealistic or over the top.

For the love of angst. This story, as per usual, is chock full of near misses, misunderstandings, and miscommunications that keep El and Jag hurt, angry, and apart. They also served to keep my stomach in knots, my hands white knuckling my ereader, and an unspoken threat in my mind to chuck said ereader across the room if certain situations came to fruition.

How I love Jag, but let's be honest Discovering Us was not his finest hour. Still with all of his flaws and all the issues, he continues to be one of my favorite book boyfriends. This time though, it was El's turn to be unbearably frustrating, unwaveringly stubborn, and annoyingly indecisive. Thank goodness these two finally got their heads on straight as I'm not sure how many more situations could blow up in their faces as a result of distrust or jumping to conclusions before things became irreparable.

Along these lines, I absolutely loved El and Jags' entire love story but especially its conclusion. This story was incredibly realistic. The characters made mistakes, they said things that they did not mean or that they shouldn't have in the heat of the moment, and they behaved poorly. Not only this, but they needed to learn to listen to one another, trust each other, put each other first, and not take each other or their love for granted. As one who met the love of my life as El did decades ago, I understand the hard work that goes into cultivating a deeper, healthier relationship than the effortless young love you fall so easily into in your young naive years. When you have only had one real significant relationship in your life you don't have the trial and error of a few different romances to absorb the tough lessons that need to be learned about loving someone, meeting their needs, communicating effectively, understanding, and sharing your life with someone. El and Jag had to face all of these issues together and overcome all of these very real stumbling blocks together. They had to learn to work things out together and how to move forward together to strengthen and solidify their relationship. I appreciated the realism immensely and became extremely attached to this couple as a result.

Throughout the story, I wasn't always sure that a third book was necessary, but the growth and maturity that was achieved in Finally Us was definitely worth the investment. The core of El's issues in this installment are much the same as Jag's in the previous books so it could be considered a tiny bit redundant. This situation though, was just different enough from the last and the motivation of the third character was a nice twist that kept things interesting and surprising. Not to mention, El definitely needed to learn the valuable lesson that resulted from the circumstances or there is a very real possibility that they never would have made it as far as they've come over the course of their journey.

Finally Us is filled with love and its many pitfalls, drama and all its excitement and anxiety, and romance in all its beautiful, undying glory. It reminded me of everything I loved in the first two books and was the perfect resolution to an epic love story. Finally Us is an ideal conclusion to a remarkable series and I am so sad to see El and Jag go.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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