Author: TL Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1
I couldn’t do broken.
Broken is what he was.
Broken is what I will always be.
To his eyes, that held so much despair, I couldn’t look for long.
To his fist, that clenched so tightly, like he was locking away the sorrow.
To his lips, that never uttered a word, from the years of heartbreak.
And despite it all, I couldn’t stay away from him.
It was like he was drowning in an ocean, and I wanted to grab his face, and whisper to his lips, “Don’t forget to breathe.”
This was how I fell for a man. A man who was so lovesick, I was afraid he would drown me in that same ocean he was lost in.
What did I just read? Literally my thoughts as I Lovesick came to a close and I sat wondering what to do with life because for the last few hours I’d been immersed in a world full of heartache, tears and most of all, love.
I read Lovesick in one sitting and not because I loved every moment of it. So why then, right?
Because it challenged those emotional boundaries of what I “enjoy” reading and in doing so it had me turning those pages just so I could find out what the hell was going to happen next.
I went in blind, because hello? Have you seen that cover? It’s hot hot hot. Except not knowing what I was getting myself into led to my hesitation about liking the book early on. The blurb for Lovesick didn’t give much insight into the story or the characters. So while I was intrigued about Keegan, Khol and everything that was going on, I wasn’t actually sure how I felt about it, or where it was heading.
Keegan and Khol were two very different people and it took me quite awhile to find myself invested them and their journeys. The beginning was slow for me, some flashbacks filled with Khol’s past felt unnecessary. These two didn’t really speak much to each other at first. Were they likeable characters? Definitely. Sure Khol was an asshole but if anyone ever had a good reason to be asshole and hating on the world, it was him. I could empathise with both Keegan and Khol, and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow with understanding and companionship. They both needed each other for different reasons. It was heartwarming to witness. And finally, I found myself invested in them and their happily ever after. But thats when tragedy struck.
Tragedy on this scale of epic, at 70 percent through a standalone novel, was enough to put me on edge and have me cursing TL Smith and my kjndle. It took me by complete surprise because honestly it came out of nowhere. It’s also what affected my enjoyment of the book. I personally, and let’s reiterate that because even though I feel this way, it doesn’t mean anyone else will, but I personally didn’t find any happiness in how the rest of Lovesick played out. After the tragedy I started caring less for the ending. I was no longer invested like I was before and no, it wasn’t just because of what had actually happened. I could move past that even though It hurt to. It was the lack of character and story development throughout the rest of the book that left me unfortunately, disappointed. It all felt so rushed and quickly packed in at the end when it could have easily led into so much more and for me, given me a much more satisfying ending.
There is no denying Lovesick will bring out feels and leave a mark on your soul long after you’ve finished reading. Whether you loved it or hated it, it WILL make you feel something, so kudos to TL Smith bringing the feels.
Lovesick is a gritty heart wrenching love story that reminds us love isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth fighting for.
T.L Smith Lover of chocolate, books, but mostly words.
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