Back To You is the conclusion of the Chaotic Love duet. (Begin With You reviewed here.)
Back picks up right where Begin left off, so we don’t miss any of the story. Wes and Sterling, along with the HIB team, are searching for Abby. After the rescue, Abby goes to a center founded by Luna to help victims recover, heal, and get therapy, but first she tells Wes they cannot be together while she’s healing.
A lot of the next part of the book is told in letters written between Wes and Abby. Once Abby lets her guard down and really starts letting her truths come out, there are some profound insights. This is one of my favourites:
Eventually, Abby is ready to leave the compound. She gets an accounting job through the foundation’s connections and moves to New York. She and Sterling remain close friends, and they end up working together in a new enterprise.
When Wes reenters the picture, neither one of them knows how to react. Finally Wes proposes a trial of ten dates to get to know each other again. They have a lot to learn about who the other person has become. They have both grown up during their separation, now they have to see if they can grow together.
I was torn when I finished this book. I absolutely love this author’s books – the characters, the writing skill, the depth – and this is no different. But something about this one didn’t make me fall in love with it. I can’t say exactly why, either. Maybe because we missed the rescue itself, maybe because (slight spoiler alert) Wes and Abby didn’t complete the 10 date trial before deciding their future.
What I loved:
Sterling. Wes’s older brother is a fantastic character and I can’t wait to read more about him.
Abby. The maturity and insight she shows after treatment, and with continuing therapy, is beautiful. I love that she’s also pursuing – and achieving – her dream.
Chester and Oakley. Dogs get me every time. I love them!
Abby and Linda. I was so happy to see resolution there.
Back To You released today. Get it here
My rating: ♥♥♥♥