CHARACTERS Ò All of the Lights

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CHARACTERS Ò All of the Lights Ç Two households One secret that will change everythingI was raised to believe his family was nothing but trash I was raised to believe her family was the root of all evilI sent his brother to prison I should hate her for what she didI’ve never fought a day in my life I’ve fought every day of my lifeI need him to heTher to prison I should hate her for what she didI’ve never fought a day in my life I’ve fought every day of my lifeI need him to help me find answers I need her to set the record. There're darknesses in this world and there're lights You're one of the lights the light of all the lights This book is so much than just a romance There's lies deceit betrayal mystery and control just to name a few And while yes it's a romance book it's not super duper lovey I'm fine with this but I feel like some might not be a huge fan The only way I can think to describe it is this in books like The Hunger Games or Divergent there's a large elaborate story involving a lot of different people While on these journeys both Katniss and Tris happen to fall in love as well This is sort of what I'm feeling like with All of the Lights There are romantic elements and scenes but the story's sole focus is not on Rae and Jack falling for each other it's so much than thatWhen reading a romance novel the first meeting between the hero and heroine is always an important one The reader needs to be captivated the attraction and chemistry need to be palpable and it needs to be a strong enough connection to build an entire story off of K Ryan does just that with Rae and Jack Not only did their first encounter hold all of these elements but it was also charming and witty I for one wouldn't have been able to stop reading after that encounter especially after the intense way it ended and their next explosive meeting; I was hooked in these two Is it completely wrong that I'd gladly hand over my purse if he asked I resist the urge to swat him on the shoulder Do not get engage physically Pretend he's a creeper God if this is what a creeper looks like then sign me up He must have a waiting list In a All of the Lights the characters not only go on a uest to right a past wrong but they start to uncover mysteries and family secrets that have long since been buried Every little bit they find brings uestions and less answers until the truth is something they can no longer ignore This story is created with layers upon layers of mystery and suspense while balancing the highs of new relationships and the depths of uncovered deceit The author does a spectacular job of connecting every element and detail no matter how big or small every word she put on the page serves a purpose There's no going back now No place I can run and hide That's the thing about the truth—sooner or later you have to look it in the eye I'm not generally a fan of reading flashbacks but when the characters are uncovering almost three decades worth of secrets it's necessary I loved these moments into the past and getting to experience these glimpses into another character's world I felt for her I believed in her I wanted her to succeed These moments were both beautiful and heartbreaking because I as a reader wanted everything that this character wanted These flashbacks were necessary to understand not only the past and what possibly caused each action but they were needed for the present characters to understand accept and grow in the present and future Right from the get go you know there's a ton of family drama and that the Callahan family and the Moretti family are enemies; they do not get along whatsoever and never have So what happens when a Callahan boy and a Moretti girl meet one night in an alley behind a bar Shannon has a huge smile that's what I'm a big fan of the forbidden love trope in romance novels so this element is right up my alley; Rae and Jack simply warm my heart With this forbidden aspect I also mentioned that this book has some mystery in trying to figure out the extent of this family drama and all the damage it has caused When each secret is uncovered small pieces of the puzzle finally start to fit but this is a picture that you can't see clearly until the very end There's so many different elements at play to try and figure out first But that first big twist K Ryan included wow Simply wow I was not expecting that but it made the story relationships forbidden aspect and the need to figure everything out that much stronger I was amazed at how mature these characters were in dealing with it but also loved the conversation when they confronted the ugly truth I think real family is the one you make Blood doesn't necessarily have anything to do with it One of the notes I kept making over and over again was relating to how charming and witty the writing is I loved Jack and I loved how Rae could feed off of him and give all his crap right back Plus they were so sweet when they were just joking around One of my favourite moments ahem end of chapter 17 ahem was exactly this Just these two joking around having a good time and being awesome while doing it Even separate from these two the other characters were fun as well I enjoyed how they could have these moments even during hard times when nothing was known and everyone was at risk Are we looking for a distraction Absolutely And Bennett's served up the perfect one as he dances some kind of sloppy half drunk two step in Rae's living room sloshing back gulps of wine in between singing Don't call my name don't call my name Alejandro Laughter bursts through our self imposed silence and I realize that I'm laughing right along with her It's a welcome change from all this awkwardness and all thiswhatever it is Ugh she laughs He's impossible to take seriously Of course she says this right as Bennett belts out I'm not your babe I'm not your babe Fernando Like I mentioned this book isn't over the top romancy so if you're looking for enough sweetness and cheesiness to give you a stomach ache this might not be it But I'll definitely recommend this book because those who get through it will be rewarded It seemed to be about the 75% mark where ultimately a relationship is started Just to give you an idea it's not hot and heavy the entire way Also on that note some people believe that romance explicit No this is not always the case but in interest of those who down vote a story if scenes aren't detailed here's your warning All of the Lights has fade to black sex scenes I want this moment to last—this moment where he's looking at me like I'm the only person who matters Like my safety and well being is all he can think about It's foreign this feeling but I want to live in it forever Everyone loves a strong heroine am I right So how about one who is going against everyone and everything she has ever known and loved to try and make her past right To save innocent people and to finally get some answers She's sassy and level headed while making strong and mature decisions Rae has been one of my favourite heroines in a while Now let's talk about a hero With a female this strong you can't possibly have a hero that's going to lie down and let her take care of everything now can we Nope Jack is by Rae's side every step of the way offering loyalty protection trust and supporting her completely I really really liked this guy He never got in her way but aided in her search He let her fight her own battles while jumping in where he could These two really were a great match We started this mess hating the very air the other breathed and nownow I was sitting here trying to convince myself to forget her If given the chance and if I threw all caution to the wind I think I'd ride into hell and back for her Even if there wasn't a full blown romance throughout the entire novel stolen moments glances and actions are all present Throw in little moments of angst and my heart is pitter pattering I love angst I really do and one scene in particular had me over the moon and cheering for Rae In the entire story there's only one thing I would've liked to change hence my 45 star rating instead of 5 stars I would've loved if the romance could've been built steadily from the beginning not just starting in the last uarter Because of this I uestioned the authenticity a bit at times Not even taking away from the other elements going on but small moments conversations alone time opening up anything to feel the connection and the longing grow between Jack and Rae would've been appreciated and enhanced their relationship The sins of our parents have followed us for too long and I just don't know how to shake them Everything I want I can't have Just a uick note on the prologue and epilogue they were perfect The prologue entrances the reader immediately with its heartbreak while the epilogue gives a haunting and perfect conclusion to All of the Lights It was the exact ending that I didn't know I needed while every page in between shares a story of love loss life family loyalty and sacrifice This book has a really well developed storyline that you can't help but become immersed in loveable characters who you can't help but route for and a broken love story that you can't help but feel for I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out and how everything fit together until the very end K Ryan keeps you guessing until the last page with this alluring and original take on romance An ARC was received in exchange for an honest reviewJOIN THE SISTERHOOD FIND US ON 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All of the LightsStraightI should stay away from him I should walk away from herBut I can’t But I can’tThis book is a standalone contemporarymystery romance and is intended for readers 18 and old. ARC provided by the author for an honest reviewI thoroughly enjoyed this book The mystery and the twist and turns meant I couldn't put it down together with a love story view spoilerset against a background of a tragic love story I really felt for Jillian and Roark when Father Lindsay told their story hide spoiler