Ever and Cade.
Sorry I vanished like I did. I'm not sure I can even explain things. I don't know when I'll be back. If I'll be back. I'm not sure of anything, except that I love you, Ever. You're my twin, my best friend, and leaving you was the hardest thing I've ever done. I know you don't understand. Maybe you never will. I hope you don't, honestly. It would be easier that way. That's cowardly, I'm sure. Cade, take care of her. Love her, the way she deserves. The way you always have, for forever and always. If I could ask you anything, it's that you remember me as I was, and forget me as I am. I'm sorry, and goodbye, and I love you.
©2014 Jasinda Wilder (P)2014 Jasinda Wilder
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This, the third book in the Ever trilogy finishes the series strong. For the first time Eden becomes a featured entity as she runs away in order to escape the fallout she knows will come; due to the whole sleeping with her twin's husband and becoming pregnant thing. So she does her best to come to terms being pregnant by her brother-in-law, finding herself in the solitude plus finding love on the upper peninsula.
This book has some flaws, some over-the-top scenes and of course, a lot of drama. More importantly it also contains a series of poignant moments; the introduction of a wonderful family that differs from those of the previous books main characters. The climax of this audiobook is predictable; (at least it was to me) but also quite logical given the characters circumstances.
The flaws; Eden's love interest Carter's transition seems a little too abrupt to take seriously, and given all the circumstances, Eden's continual fear and barely discernible self esteem came off as more than a little ridiculous. I mean given her description of Carter and all he went through with prior to starting a relationship with her, he's obviously not gonna pick up and leave anytime soon. Really taking on being her entire support system during her pregnancy; not to mention doing a $100,000 remodel on her residence for free. I doubt that any 27 year old man would go to those lengths to just to hit it a few times; then drop her and git it.
The extreme dysfunctional nature of Cade and Ever's marriage once she awakens from her long coma would seem to be too shaky to last as it was. Alas the timing of this story line depended on their ability to walk the wire between the past and the truth under that amount of pressure for over six months without losing control at some point.
Those small holes were more than covered by the wit and the depth of the author's prose and her skill in bringing her characters to life. The narrators; particularly Piper Goodeve were great; I really liked the ending. Of more importance, in our mismatched group of four one of the women actually boo-hooed more than I did. After originally giving up far too quickly on book one of the trilogy I fell into the rhythm of book and listened to the next two in less than a week. This was an excellent series and this book is the best of three.
"A truly perfect series ending novel!"
I wouldn't say that the audio edition of it was better. It was EQUALLY good. The narrators properly animated this truly perfect series ending tale. I suspect I'll do another re-read via audiobook in the future. It is definitely my favorite book in the trilogy.
Carter was my favorite character. I sympathized with him because of the tragic event that caused him to stop speaking. I love that his early interactions with Eden triggered his desire to change. He saw the value in being Eden's friend and was determined and strong enough to be just that inspite of her insistence that she was not worthy. He is just a compassionate soul that I simply couldn't get enough of in this novel. He is one of the best book boyfriends ever.
Piper Goodeve just has a flawlessly good narrating style and is one of my favorite narrators. She animates both female and male voices well without ever sounding ridiculous, no easy feat. Overall I liked Gabriel Vaughan even though his ability to sound bored always worries me. He was more consistent in tone on this performance than on his Falling into You performance. So that was a huge relief.
Yes, I had the same extreme why did Caden and Eden cross the boundary line reaction that I had before when I read the e-book. The line crossing doesn't occur in this novel, but the ramifications do. I loved that both Ever and Carter loved Caden and Eden enough to forgive them and were able to show compassion where others like myself may not have been able to under the same circumstances. I will always, ALWAYS think that what Caden and Eden did was 100% avoidable. But admittedly, seeing how they both suffered and regretted their actions and how Ever, the most mutually important person in their life, eventually understood, forgave and encouraged all three of them to move forward together was incredible.
One of my favorite Carter and Eden moments:
"Eden, everyone deserves friendship and understanding. That's all I'm offering."
"So are you."
And this quote below sums up the theme of this novel really well:
'Forgiveness is a choice. And so is love.' Caden
I loved the Ever series. I mostly listened to it, but ended up wanting to know how it finished, so I read the last few chapters.
I got what I wanted! Early on in the third book, I had an idea of how I wanted everything to play out. And exactly what I thought, is what happened. At the risk of being spoilery, everyone makes mistakes, but everyone deserves a chance at happiness too. I'm glad Eden and Ever found theirs.
The only thing keeping this from being 5 stars for me is the time line. It seemed like some sections of each part happened simultaneously, but then a different POV in that part would clearly be a continuing where it had left off. But it didn't take away from the story, my analytical mind just kept trying to rationalize it.
My recommendation...of course read it. But listen to the audible version. These narrators mailed the emotion perfectly!!!
"Another good series"
After the Alpha series, I was looking forward to more of Jasinda Wilder's work. She did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and would highly recommend it. I look forward to more of this author's works.
"Great Trilogy, left me wanting more"
I really liked listening to the trilogy. Laughed, cried. I had hoped though to hear more of Eden and Carter's life. Crossing fingers for another Jacinda Wilder Audible book starring them.
This was an enjoyable trilogy. Do not read/listen to this book if you have not heard the first two in the series. It matters. There were some awkward moments in this one where it took a moment to figure out what time the couples were in( the book covers a long period of time and goes back and forth with different characters in different times). I think it would have been helpful if when the narrators said which character's perspective they were reading they also gave a date or time period. Overall though this was a good series with good narrators.
Loved the whole series. There was so much heartache and tragedy, but the story was so good. I love a happy ending.
"A heart squeezer!!"
Goes for the whole series. I loved it. I needed a bit of a sad love right now and this trilogy delivers. Cade really made this a wonderful love story. I need me a Cade!
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