All of the Lights
by K. Ryan
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Synopsis: Two households. One secret that will change everything.
I was raised to believe his family was nothing but trash.
I was raised to believe her family was the root of all evil.
I sent his brother to prison.
I should hate her for what she did.
I’ve never fought a day in my life.
I’ve fought every day of my life.
I need him to help me find answers.
I need her to set the record straight.
I should stay away from him.
I should walk away from her.
But I can’t.
But I can’t.
*This book is a standalone, contemporary/mystery romance and is intended for readers 18 and older*
Okay, I’ve decided to do this review in bullet point form because any other way you would be reading pages and pages! It is THAT good. One of the things that attracted me to this book was the title. It screamed drama and angst and edgy ~~ and then I read the blurb and #SOLD! I mean who doesn’t LOVE the forbidden love trope where the forbidden does not come from the usual but from deep down generational family hatred! SIGN ME UP RIGHT NOW!!!
Okay so bullets …..
This story, at it’s core, is WAY more than two people falling in love. It’s about two families growing and healing because two people want to journey to HEA.
This story is also weirdly not romantic but yet it is about two people trying to unfold the past so they can have a future. The Callahan and Moretti hatred for each other goes back decades/generations. These decades are filled with lies and deceit and pure betrayal .. from both sides. So yes, there is a romance building between Rae and Jack, but this family mystery takes over the book for over fifty percent if not more. It has to, because without peace among the families, how can they have a future?
The dual POV saves the day with this book. There is no way this would have worked without it. There is so much back story to both main leads that anything else would have left gaps. And there were no gaps. This was an amazingly thorough story. Nothing was left untold and everything had purpose. GAH, I really love this book! lol
I love the voice and style K. Ryan has for this story. Even with all the mystery and drama, the banter was light-hearted and witty. I had a lot of LOL moments right along side my eye-popping moments!
I saved the best for last … there are a ton of twists and turns in this story as the past unfolds, but you will know nothing until the end. FANFRIKKINTASTIC! I was on my toes and captivated from beginning to end with this entire story. I highly recommend it!
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“Did you get everything?” I ask frantically even as Jack clicks through a few screens on the laptop, slides it back into its place, and shuts the safe’s door.
He’s already moved the desk back when he tells me: “I got enough. Don’t worry about it, Rae. We just need to focus on getting the hell out of here. You locked the door, right?”
I just nod as he grabs my hand and pulls me toward the French doors leading out into the terrace. Crisp night air whips around my face and I’m standing on the terrace of the mayor’s office as Jack swings his legs over the edge like he’s actually prepping to jump.
“What are you—”
“You got any better ideas?” Jack cuts in with a huff.
He digs the chain out from around his neck, kisses the cross, and then jumps off the terrace sitting two-stories above the ground. He springs up to his feet like nothing happened and holds his arms out to me.
“Rae!” he whispers loudly. “You gotta do it. You have to.”
My heart stutters in my chest and somehow underneath my mind screaming at me to do otherwise, my limbs find a mind of their own. My hands grip the edges of the railing and I know we don’t have much time left.
“I’ll catch you, Rae,” Jack waves his hands to me from the ground. “I promise.”
Heaven help me. I believe him.
I squeeze my eyes shut.
Then I free fall into his arms.
He catches me just like he said he would, but we still tumble backward with my weight collapsing on top of him as we land on the wet grass. All the air knocks out of my lungs when my bad knee connects with the ground and slivers of pain shoot up and down my thigh.
Jack’s hands snake around my waist and he whips me around, hauls me up, and heaves me over his shoulder before he takes off running.
“I know, I know,” he cuts me off breathlessly. “Just hang on.”
My trust in him is boundless in this moment. He’ll keep me safe. He’ll get me to where Bennett’s hiding. I feel like my life is in his hands right now and maybe it’s been this way the whole time—I just never really knew it until right now, with my body slung over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes as he sprints off the mayor’s property and through the neighbors’ backyards. When we finally reach our getaway car, Bennett hops out of the driver’s side and holds the back door open so Jack can slide me into the back seat.
Then he follows me inside the car, gripping a tight hold of my injured knee and shouts, “Drive, Benn!”
Short of the tires squealing in our wake, Bennett follows his orders and gets us the hell out of there. When we’re a safe distance away, he whips around in his seat, surveys the scene in front of him—namely, both my legs splayed out over Jack’s lap and my dress practically hiked up to my knees—and he waggles his eyebrows at me.
“So where to, milady?” he asks with an evil grin. “Your place or his?”
ABOUT K. RYAN
K. Ryan lives in the Green Bay area with her crazy-supportive boyfriend and the best decision of her adult life, a not-so-stray cat named Oliver. When not writing, she’s either binge-watching something on Netflix, running, reading, or cheering on the Packers.
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