The Evolution of Us
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They say most people meet the person they will marry while in high school. Balancing one another perfectly, Holly Ryan and Declan James were together through most of college—until their relationship blew up, leaving Declan with more questions than answers.
For the past two years, Declan has tried everything he can think of to earn Holly’s forgiveness, but even if he manages to help her let go of the past and give them another chance at happiness, she still has a secret. Not to mention, she can’t get over the revolving door of women he seems to have coming in and out of his apartment.
Declan is desperate to prove to Holly she’s the one for him and isn’t above using his celebrity status or enlisting the help of their friends to win her back. All’s fair in love and war, right?
*Mature Content- This book contains situations not intended for persons under the age of 18. Including, but not limited to - sexual situations, cursing, alcohol and/or drug use, and possible triggers.*
Completely stole my heart
What a heart warming second chance love story. Declan and Holly were best friends which turned into first love. They were everything to each other until a breakdown in communication took them down separate paths. They never got over each other. Declan has vowed to get Holly back whatever it takes.
This story had my emotions all over the board. I thought Declan was sweet and such a great book boyfriend, but then I wanted to strangle him. I wanted to yell at Holly. These characters became near and dear to my heart as I went on this incredible journey with them. Everything happens for a reason and in their case, I do think in the end it made them stronger.
Sage and Baxter who are their best friends I also absolutely adored. I really hope we get to see more of this foursome! Great read!
To me, this novel gives hope. Hope for everyone who thinks first loves can't last.
Holly is ready to throw in the towel. Her first love is trying to win her back after shattering her heart two years ago. The reader doesn't know what happened at the beginning. We just know that he is a player now.
Declan wants another shot at winning over his first love. He's been in love with her since he was a kid. Living across from each other and being best friends. He is not opposed to begging at this point.
The reader gets bits and pieces of their life from childhood to living together in college over the entire novel. It's builds suspense and curiousness because it doesn't make sense how everything went wrong. They seem perfect.
It completely makes sense when things start to unravel. It's like the wrong perception can change the course of you're life.
Their two best friends Sage and Baxter keeps things interesting. They bring the laughs when everything turns serious. It's a strong family novel too that touches the reader's heart!
**Review by Sallie**
A Second Chance at Love
This was an emotional love story that alternates between the past and present to weave together the story of childhood friends to lovers, Declan and Holly. This stand alone second chance romance by D. Kelly had me both laughing and crying at times. I couldn't read the pages fast enough to discover what went wrong between this seemingly perfect pair.
I'm really torn about our hero, Declan. On the one hand, he is incredibly sweet, loving, and thoughtful. On the other, however, he is quick tempered and selfish. It's no secret that the manwhore hero is one of my least favorite. I really wanted so badly to love Declan, but his behavior was difficult for me to look completely beyond. It contrasted so dramatically with the image that was painted of him in the past. Everything leading up to the break-up pointed to an understanding, patient, and caring boyfriend, that would do anything for Holly. I understand that people change (I mean, the book is called The Evolution of Us), but I still can't understand how he could claim to only love and want to win Holly back and yet act the way he did while they were apart. The misunderstanding and secrets that caused the fateful break-up also confused me at how things spiraled so completely out of control so quickly. I was very invested in these characters though at that point and couldn't help but want them to find their way back to each other.
The secondary characters were awesome and I really enjoyed the comic relief and voice of reason that both Sage and Bax provided. They are the BFF's we all hope to have - loyal, supportive, honest, and have your back through thick and thin. I especially hope that we see Bax again and find out more about "he who shall not be named". Overall, an entertaining second chance love story that will give you all the feels!