⭐️ Book Review – Ever After Always by Chloe Liese ⭐️

Buckle up for an emotional journey of hijinks, heartache, and a hot slow-burn in this marriage-in-crisis romance about going the distance to make love last.

Aiden

I’ve spent twelve years loving Freya Bergman and twelve lifetimes won’t be enough to give her everything she deserves. She’s my passionate, tender-hearted wife, my best friend, and all I want is to make her happy. But the one thing that will make her happiest is the one thing I’m not sure I can give her: a baby.

With the pressure of providing and planning for a family, my anxiety’s at an all-time high, and I find myself pulling away, terrified to tell my wife how I’m struggling. But when Freya kicks me out, I realize that pulling back has turned into pushing too far. Now it’s the fight of a lifetime to save our marriage.

Freya

I love my cautious, hard-working husband. He’s my partner and best friend, the person I know I can count on most. Until one day I realize the man I married is nowhere to be found. Now Aiden is quiet and withdrawn, and as the months wear on, the pain of our growing distance becomes too much. 

As if weathering marriage counseling wasn’t enough, we’re thrown together for an island getaway to celebrate my parents’ many years of perfect marriage while ours is on the brink of collapse. Despite my meddling siblings and a week in each other’s constant company, this trip somehow gets us working through the trouble in paradise. I just can’t help worrying, when we leave paradise and return to the real world, will trouble find us again?

Ever After Always is a marriage-in-crisis, opposites-attract romance about a sensitive, fierce-loving woman and her resilient husband who has anxiety disorder. Complete with island vacation antics, a sibling prank gone wrong, and a steamy slow burn, this standalone is the third in a series of novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after.

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** ARC kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. **

I appreciated the last book of this series with Ren and Frankie but when it came to the solid couple, Aiden and Freya, my heart just melted so hard.

In some stories marriage is the end but in this one it’s only the beginning. After a decade being that strong couple who people rely on, Aiden and Freya would face some tough times and test their relationship.
A marriage in crisis with a strong hint of slow burn and angst.

Aiden and Freya had always a powerful chemistry and complicity, supportive and caring and their relationship was slowly drifting away, almost reaching the point of no return. In their journey to find their way back to the other, it would bring these two to put all the cards on the table, seeing the two sides how things got so hard for them to tell the truth to the other, to reveal their insecurities and downs.

Count on the Bergman family to remind them how strong they were, how they can fight this if they were willing to take a chance and not give up. Aiden felt hopeless and Freya had no hope. Their struggles broke my heart, as somehow as individuals losing some part of themselves along the way and consequently breaking apart.

I was rooting for these two during this battle, heartbreaking and emotional journey. It wasn’t easy and some truth needed to be told. I appreciated at times how you could see how great they were together, loving deeply and fiercely. I enjoyed some parts of lightness balancing greatly with the heavy times, proving that they couldn’t give up and fighting as a team, as partners.

You could sense all the love they had for the other, how hard it was to see your soulmate suffer and some parts could resonate with the readers making me more connected to them.

The author explored the complexity and difficulties of marriage or long term relationships with their ups and downs and dealing with mental health as well. A poignant and beautiful story, filled with so much love, genuine and honest.

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