Book 2 of Imperfect Hearts Series
I read this series out of order. I read this novella first then book 1. Normally, when reading the second book, I’m left a bit confused or it takes me a chapter or two to understand the characters. I understood the characters more by starting with this novella since book 2 is actually a prequel to Someone Like you which I will be reviewing in the next day or two.
For You gives background about Dorian and Phillip…and a small bit about Quincy and Jamie since Jamie and Phillip are best friends as are Dorian and Quincy. There were moments I wanted to throttle both Phillip and Dorian. I won’t go into details about those moments since I don’t want to spoil the book or any plot points for others. Phillip really ticked me off. Yes, he’s studying to be a doctor. Yes, it is admirable that he volunteered with an organization in Africa. But his timing was beyond wrong. He showed Dorian love and admiration but it was only on his terms. Due to that it left Dorian out of sorts and at times feeling unloved–no unattractive. It messed with her self-esteem.
At the beginning of the story, Phillip and Dorian’s love story is cute and very high school sweetheart type of story. Phillip attends London University instead of the prestigious Oxford University just to be closer to Dorian. He remains close to her until he volunteers in Africa. Something changes. Phillip changes a bit. He’s not the same person as he was before he left. He’s restless. Not satisfied in his medical training, Dorian wonders if he’s restless in their relationship too. He still has moments where he showers her with his love. Deep meaningful looks, passionate kisses.
Phillip makes one decision that changes everyone’s lives forever. It takes Dorian years to come to terms with his decision and move on.
I knew beforehand the ending of the story. I was prepared for it, but had I not read the blurb for book 3–Someone like you–I would have been devastated. Be prepared for a tear jerker. This short prequel will have you grabbing for the tissue box. It is NOT a happy ever after where the couple are blissfully happy. In a way, Dorian still gets an aspect of HEA but not in the traditional sense. I received this book as part of a promo for Someone Like You. I’m grateful the book promoter included it.
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Alexandra Silva is a lover of words and romance. She blames the classics and a nutty English teacher for her obsession with books and fiction. Come rain or shine with either coffee or wine in hand you can find her with her nose stuck in a book and her head in the clouds. She lives in London outnumbered by her very loud boys, with her very own hero and their two wild cats–Jack and Jill.
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