#review Point of Retreat (Slammed #2), by Colleen Hoover 5 Stars

MY REVIEW:

I loved book 2 ALMOST as much as book 1 in the Slammed series! It’s powerfully tragic, and overflowing with the kind of emotions that it’s hard to walk away from. I couldn’t put it down. My life is pretty busy, so unfortunately I HAD to put it down for like a whole day after I started it… it was possibly the longest day of my life. I’d pick up a chapter here and there anyway, whenever I could squeeze it in. Needless to say, my hair didn’t get washed, my house was a wreck, my kids skipped a bath day (okay okay 2), and my makeup drawer got a break as well. I probably looked homeless while I was running my kids around, and attending Halloween pumpkin carving parties, but it was totally worth it!

There’s a saying that Lake and Will use in book one, that totally carried over into book 2. When Lake is avoiding responsibility and she puts off facing confrontation, they say she’s “carving pumpkins”. It’s because when her mom wanted to talk about her illness, it was this exact time of year, and Lake told her that she’d rather carve pumpkins than talk about it. They used it as code words of sorts as not to bring it up around her little brother Kel. Anyhow, as I was carving pumpkins with my kids last night I kept thinking about these stinking books every time I’d shove a mini-saw into a big orange veggie. Everything about this series sticks to the edges of your head and then lingers there, ready to pop out at the mention of anything life.

In Point of Retreat, Layken and Will have a whole different lifestyle than in book one, along with it a slew of new drama and hardships. This damn couple sure do go through a lot before they ever get laid! Even though they’ve both lost their parents, and are raising their little brothers alone, they stay in separate houses (across the street) and ‘wait’ for the next step in their relationship based mostly on Lake’s mom’s dying wishes. As the agreed upon one year mark approaches, life throws a couple of curve-balls their way. Will’s old flame shows up and despite his lack of interest and very clear requests for her to leave him alone, she still manages to drive a wedge between Will and Lake. Lake questions the foundation of their relationship, causing Will to prove his love to her.

The very night she forgives him (for really nothing, which honestly kinda drove me nuts) The unthinkable happens. I won’t go into detail here because I hate spoilers, but lets just say it’s the test of all tests, and together they pass it with flying colors! It takes a lot of time, pain, love and dedication to get through this hardship. I was on the edge of my bawl-baby seat, with a box of tissues in hand this entire book!

Kudos again Colleen! And, now, it’s off to book three! My fingers are crossed for some juicy love, because all of this bedroom buildup without any down and dirty… is one hell of a lead to!

DESCRIPTION:

Sometimes two people have to fall apart to realize just how much they belong together.

Colleen Hoover entranced readers everywhere with her bestselling novel Slammed, the book that introduced Layken and Will, a young couple whose love overcame devastating hardships to emerge stronger and more resilient than before. Now, as Layken and Will’s emotion-packed story continues, a stunning and unforeseen revelation about Will’s past leaves them questioning everything that they thought they knew about each other. With the foundation of their relationship at risk, they must decide whether they are willing to fight for a future together, or to retreat back into solitude and heartache.

How far does Will have to go to prove to Layken his love for her will last forever? It will require something truly extraordinary to keep this couple together, and the decisions they make and the answers they find will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.

“Colleen Hoover’s second novel is just as brilliant and entertaining as SlammedPoint of Retreatis absolute poetry.” —Jamie McGuire, author of Beautiful Disaster

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