Growing up, all we had was each other.
Jimmy’s always been the one who protected me—at any cost. I was content to let him clean up my messes. And when he kept his promise to get us out of our hometown and living the lives we always dreamed of, I was happy to pretend everything would be okay… for a while.
While Jimmy was able to leave the past behind, mine felt like a tattoo I could never scrub clean.
Jimmy thinks he can fix me—he tries, and tries, and tries.
Sometimes love isn’t enough to heal all the wounds from the past. Sometimes even your savior thinks you’re not worth saving.
And he’d be right… until everything changed.
I’ve loved Lilah for as long as I can remember.
And for as long as I can remember, she’s pushed down the traumas of her past until they became poison running through her veins, infecting everything she touched.
Watching the woman you love destroy herself piece by piece is the slowest, most painful form of torture I know.
Giving her up may be the only way to save her. But how do I just walk away from the one person I love most in this life?
Note: This book was previously published as All We Were/All We Are by Elisabeth Grace and Michelle Lynn.
Trigger warnings are available on the author’s website under the P. Rayne tab.
“I don’t think there’s a word for what we are. We’re sort of like two planets orbiting the sun. Sometimes we’re close to each other, and other times we’re on opposite sides of the universe.”
This book absolutely gutted me. Lilah and Jimmy’s story is an emotional, heartbreaking roller coaster that you don’t want to escape.
Lilah, I adored her. She struggled hard with addiction and really she struggled a lot in her early life. She has so much more strength than I think she even realizes. Her growth throughout this story was amazing. Jimmy may seem perfect to those who know him in Hollywood, however, he is far from it and he knows it. He has is own issues. Lilah and Jimmy have a connection that is much deeper than friendship, these two were with each other at the lowest of lows and the highest of highs.
I loved the connection and the chemistry between these two. There were times where I loved Lilah, where I loved Jimmy, but then there were also times where they were both frustrating. There is so much more to their story than I expected. Part one gutted me and broke my heart, but part two slowly rebuilds everything, though it still isn’t an easy road and there are plenty of struggles for both of them.
There are things in the story that may be difficult for some people to read so make sure you check out the warnings.
If you’re looking for a dark, emotional, friends to lovers, second chance romance this is one to check out.