Wednesday by E.L. Todd

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Wednesday by E.L. Todd

It took me a long time to forgive Hawke—a very long time.

But now that I have, I feel nothing but unbridled joy. Everything is exactly as it should have been two years ago. He’s just what I need, and not just now, but forever.

Until disaster strikes.

We promised each other forever, but will Hawke honor that promise when his world comes crumbling down? When the ground cracks below his feet, will we still stand?

Or will we fall?

Did this book give me a heart attack? Yes. I swear…I think E.L. Todd might like to torture readers and her characters.

This book broke my heart. It truly did. I think once you read the first two books (Monday and Tuesday), its so hard to watch Frankie and Hawke ever struggle in anything. At this point, I’m so invested in them that I’m worried if they hit a patch of ice while walking on the sidewalk. I mean, its intense and sort of crazy.

To be entirely honest, I really love E.L. Todd’s writing. She manages to evoke such imagery and very intense feelings for me. I feel like writing about love is truly her calling. She nails it.

But I did not love this book. As a reader, I felt like we Hawke and Frankie go through some of the same battles over and over and to be honest, it was starting to drain on me a bit.

With that said, I did admire aspects of the book. One is that Hawke finally seeks help. I apologize if that is a spoiler for some, but its a part of the book that is paramount. I also valued that Frankie rises above Hawke and manages to achieve other goals of hers. But to be honest, while I liked these things, they also annoyed me. There was a part of me that almost didn’t want them to end up together anymore. A part of me wanted them to not be together just because their back and forth was starting to drain on me mentally.

I still would recommend this book and when I post my review to Amazon, I’d still do 4 stars. This book isn’t written badly or anything like that. Its just that for myself, I feel like two books would have been more adequate or if this book were shorter. But I think to keep seeing Frankie and Hawke do this push and pull, it just became too much for me at certain points.

Its a great series and Frankie and Hawke have a love like no other. Its a love that I think most of us can only hope to find for ourselves.

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Tuesday by E.L.Todd

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Tuesday by EL Todd

Getting over Hawke is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.

I couldn’t breathe, sleep, or eat. Every day was more agonizing than the one that followed. But somehow, after two years of suffering, I finally got back on my feet.

And I moved on.

Now I’m living in the city and running my own bakery. Life is good again. I’m surrounded by good friends that I love, and every day is even better than the last.

Until everything changes.

Now I have to face him after two years of silence. I have to look him in the eye and act like he has no effect on me. I have to hold my head high and pretend he didn’t shatter me into a million pieces.

I have to act like he doesn’t mean a damn thing to me.

Can I fool him? Can I fool myself?

I highly would recommend all bloggers have surgeries that put them on bed rest. I am blazing through books I need to review. Its ridiculous how much time one can really devote to reading when they aren’t supposed to be doing anything else.

So after the way “Monday” ended, I am not going to even try and act like I was looking forward to reading “Tuesday”. E.L. Todd has woven such a connection between Frankie and Hawke and I honestly felt like a part of me died at the end of book 1. But back to that surgery that’s left me with more time than I know what to do with…

“Tuesday” starts with Marie and Axel becoming engaged. Frankie has her bakery in Manhattan and its been two years since she’s seen Hawke. We don’t hear about anything else that’s happened in the meantime. I, personally, appreciated that the author took that approach. There is a scene where Frankie and Hawke basically have almost a confessional type of moment and I actually felt that although it was intensely painful to experience, I felt it was right for Frankie to be the one to tell Hawke everything she experienced. Had it just been narrated, I don’t think it would have done it justice.

It was really interesting to see Frankie and Hawke both just existing. I don’t think anyone really noticed their connection until they truly focused on it. I appreciated that when Frankie or Hawke tried to communicate to Axel or Marie about being soul mates, no one really understood. Not because I don’t think Marie and Axel aren’t meant to be together, but I think when you have that special connection with someone, its just there.

I think in life, we sometimes meet people and that connection is just there. No one else understands but its there. That’s what Frankie and Hawke have. This book seemed to more, to me, about both Frankie and Hawke both healing. Its like they were both forgiving themselves and each other at the same time. But even as those things are happening, we are seeing them evolve as a couple. There is a scene where Frankie was upset about the other women in Hawke’s past who have been in his bed. He initially talks to her about it but he rectifies the situation. Not because he just has money and can, but you can tell he truly can see why Frankie feels the way she does. To me, it was a poignant moment.

Not going to lie, I am SO nervous for “Wednesday” because I just don’t know that I think E.L. Todd will make it easy on Frankie and Hawke and I want them to have their happily ever after like, 5 books before this even existed.

Monday by E.L. Todd

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Monday by E.L. Todd

I don’t believe in destiny.

In fate.

Or in soul mates.

But I believe in Hawke.

My life has never been whole since my parents left forever. I have my brother, someone I can barely tolerate most of the time, and I have my best friend, Marie.

And I have myself.

But when Hawke walks into my life, there’s an immediate connection. Our eyes lock and an unspoken conversation is exchanged. For the first time in my life, I actually feel something.

But he doesn’t.

He keeps me at arm’s length and pretends there’s nothing between us when there clearly is. I’m not the kind of girl to wait around for any guy, so I don’t.

But that doesn’t mean he isn’t in the back of my mind.

Our paths cross again in a way neither one of us expect and it changes everything. Was it destiny that made it happen? Was it fate?

Or was it something else?

You guys know by now that I really don’t hold back in my reviews. I always try to keep any criticism constructive and I never want to tear someone apart. So I agreed to read this book and I was just not feeling it. I don’t mean the book itself. I was just feeling lazy and tired and all kinds of blah. But I made a commitment and I will honor that. And I am so happy I did.

Just to be up front, Hawke is friends with Axel, who is Frankie’s brother. So I never like those stories. Like, they just never make sense to me. I hate the whole “hide the relationship from the older brother” thing.  This book is also the first in a series and I don’t always loves series. Basically my point in here is there is so much about this book that I should have really hated. And yet…I loved it.

E.L.Todd managed to make me love a book that had several themes in it that I normally avoid. That is NOT an easy feat. But she did it. One aspect I truly admired how was how she handled the entire situation of Axel and Hawke being friends and Axel not wanting Hawke to date Frankie. Mild spoiler here: Hawke just has a man to man conversation with Axel about it. I cannot put into words how much I loved that. In other books with that “forbidden relationship” theme, I always wish the characters would just grow up and address the real issue and they never do and it becomes a mess. So the fact that Hawke stepped up to the plate for Frankie was just extremely admirable to me.

Another facet that I was swept up in was that both Frankie and Hawke have issues. They talk about them but yet, they don’t. Some readers might find that frustrating but I felt it made sense for Frankie and Hawke. They truly have that soul mate connection and its one of those things where words aren’t always needed to convey what the soul is feeling.

This story does cover aspects of abuse and death. Its not the main theme of the story but I had a deep respect for how the author showed how family deaths and domestic abuse in the family has long lasting effects on someone. I think some stories cover those events as they happen but its more rare to see the long lasting effects on the characters. So I appreciated that we see Frankie and Hawke both working through their issues.

This book is the first in a series, but I would not say this book ends in a cliffhanger at all. This is definitely not the end of Frankie and Hawke’s story, and I am ready to dive into the next chapter of their story.