Ok, so I am super-late to the Colleen Hoover bandwagon, but after amassing copies of several of her books, I finally dove in!
All Your Perfects (2018)
Quinn and Graham's relationship starts in the most unexpected of ways - they meet when their significant others are caught cheating on them. Several years later, their own marriage is facing serious issues.
This is going to be a major spoiler, but I think it's an important trigger warning: this book is all about infertility. I never would have known that from the blurb, and I kind of wish I had. Told in alternating "then" and "now" chapters from Quinn's POV, the reader experiences the extreme highs of Quinn and Graham's early relationship and the serious lows they are facing after years of unsuccessfully trying for a baby. It almost felt like emotional whiplash at times, but it also felt very honest and raw. I honestly didn't know how this story would end - it's obvious that Quinn and Graham have something special, but it's been eroded so much and Quinn seems ready to give up. This definitely isn't a light read, and I think Hoover did a great job in exploring all the feelings related to infertility. 4 stars
It Ends With Us (2016)
Lily and Ryle are caught up in a whirlwind romance, but when Lily's first love, Atlas, returns to her life, her relationship is put to the ultimate test.
I went into this book pretty blind, but as soon as we meet Ryle, I had a bad feeling about him. Trigger warning: domestic violence. Colleen Hoover never seems to shy away from tough topics, and I thought her treatment of domestic abuse was heartbreaking, honest, and delicate. It was interesting to see Lily finding herself in the same position as her own abused mother, and I think the way she tries to justify Ryle's actions and her own behavior is probably very common. I was rooting for Lily the whole time; you could really see her struggling with her feelings, especially knowing her history. I thought the relationship and everything that happened just felt too quick, and although I respected the decisions Lily ultimately made for herself, I actually could have done without the epilogue. 4 stars
Struggling author Lowen is hired to complete the final books in a series by Verity Crawford, a popular author, after Verity is injured. While working in Verity's office, Lowen finds a document in which she makes some disturbing confessions about her children.
This book felt very different from the Colleen Hoover books I've read previously - more thriller, less romance - and I really enjoyed it! I liked the way Hoover incorporated parts of Verity's autobiography; I kept wondering if it was actually true or if there would be some twist later. I think overall the thriller vibe of the story felt a bit over-the-top; Lowen's reactions to things, her fear and discomfort, seemed too strong and too quick sometimes. The fact that she was also an unreliable narrator added to this. Yet at the same time, I couldn't stop reading - I needed to know what would happen next, to Lowen, to Verity, to Verity's son Crew and her husband, Jeremy. There was definitely something weird going on in that house! 4 stars