Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Indiscretion: The Final Volume

The image was seared into my mind. Imprinted. Emblazoned. Etched.

Did I blame him for what I saw? Or myself, for allowing him the ability to cause the pain coursing through me?

Betrayal was a weapon that cut to the core—the ‘what ifs’ the infection that festered in the wound.

I’d thought we’d had roadblocks thrown in front of us before. Damn. Those would have seemed like mere speed bumps if I’d seen what was coming…

Little did I know that what was headed our way would prove to be the biggest test of all—putting impossible choices in front of us. None of which seemed to lead to a happy ending in which the two of us were together.

***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

We've reached the conclusion of Chloe & Max's bumpy story. As eager as I was to get my hands on this hot piece of writing, I was equally sad to see the journey ending. With that being said, it did not stop me from devouring the entire final volume with my morning coffee this morning. 

Metanoia (Engligh): (n.) the journey of changing one's mind, heart, self, or way of life 
(sidenote: there was only ONE word for me to learn in this final installment, I think Elisabeth should have started each chapter with one, or finished the book off with one. I know... I am needy, but the WORD NERD in me loved these little tidbits!)
During the previous three installments, you see both Chloe and Max grow with each other and individually. This final volume is no different in that area. I was shocked by the emotion that ran through each line of this book. Emotion flowed with Max's actions, Chloe's words and in the risks others in their lives took. This hidden relationship was hard to hide with all the emotion radiating from each of them. 
Jackie's husband, Jamie has some words of advice for Max that made me chuckle. 
He chuckled and patted me on the shoulder. "Good luck with that. In my experience the only way misunderstandings get straightened out with women is if you admit defeat and beg for forgiveness." He gave me a look of pity.
I kicked at the ground, pursing my lips. "Yeah, well... I'm not above grovelling if that's what it takes."
Opening up to each other about their pasts and leaning on one another in tough times leads them beyond the limits of their initial agreement. An accident that proved to be a blessing in disguise unveils more then either Max or Chloe could have imagined. Max, the protector, decides for Chloe that she doesn't need this, and does what he does best. Leave.
"I've got to be the world's biggest douche magnet."
The love between the two never faded, even with the distance and time he choose to put between them. Max's friend, Paul, couldn't stand by and let Chloe think the way she thought about his longtime friend. Paul urged her to take a moment and go see the Max she thought about daily. 
I loved her. I loved every little thing about her, which is why I had to end it. I'd have to push her away and break her heart now because I didn't even know if I'd be around to receive her love in the future. 
Max was in the business of protecting Chloe, and even if she didn't agree or desire his protection - she respected his reasoning. Even if  on most days Chloe couldn't even understand his reasoning. SO MUCH EMOTION in this book! 
Elisabeth tied the series up so beautifully that I couldn't help but shed a tear or two saying goodbye to all the characters I have grown to love in this short amount of time. If I had to describe this final book in FIVE words: Devotion, Understanding, Strength, Forgiveness and Love. This series wasn't a simple one. There was so much to each character, so much meat to each story, and yet it all flowed together perfectly. There are only two things I am waiting for now:
1) The book to release, so I can discuss with people: Gabe, Kurt, Maximus, Paul and all the juicy details that I cannot put into a SPOILER-FREE review!
2) The paperback to release so I can get an autographed copy from this incredibly talented woman! 

Before I leave you to either read 1-3 before the release of 4 or leave you to wonder what could be going on in the world of Max & Chloe when my review gave you little to speculate on, I want to share the one line in this book that stuck out to me the most: 
Gratitude makes what you have enough. And I couldn't have been more grateful. I had everything I needed. 

Here are my reviews for the first 3 Volumes!!! 

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