Complete by Lindy Zart — Jenn’s Review



The author requested a review and I loved the first boo in the series!


4 stars


If the truth sets one free, why does Lily Jacobs feel so trapped?

She’s learned doing the right thing isn’t always best and now she is living the consequences of her greatest sacrifice. Every day since Grayson Lee left is one she wishes he hadn’t. Years have gone by since their friendship turned to more and then was eradicated by Lily alone; enough time for their young love to fade. Only it hasn’t, not for Lily.

Now he is back and seeing him is devastating to her at the same time it is rapture. She tries to accept that they cannot be together, but everything inside her shouts that they should be; that they only fit with each other. And so she has to accept the greatest truth of all: She loves him still. She loves him enough not to let him go this time.

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Nail biting, stomach churning angst. This was not a few pages of angst. This was chapters upon chapters of pure gut wrenching angst.

When we left Grayson and Lily at the end of Incomplete, Lily had broken up with Grayson, forcing him to leave for the sunny skies of California and the hope of a music career. Something he would not have done had Lily not obliterated his heart. Complete picks up a few years after the end of Incomplete and is told from Lily’s POV. I loved reading Incomplete from Grayson’s POV and thought I would miss it in this installment. Not. At. All. Where as in Incomplete, Grayson is broken due to his self esteem and self worth issues, Lily is broken over Grayson. She knew breaking up with him to force him to follow his dreams would hurt, but I don’t think she thought through just how miserable she would be. Lily is just going through the motions of life, not living it. She has never gotten over him, and knows that she never will, no matter how painful.

“…But that love is suffocating, consuming and scary. It is endless, it knows no bounds and it is wrapped tightly around my heart, keeping is Grayson’s. And I hurt from loving him”

Grayson comes back to town, destroying all those walls Lily tried so hard to build up.

“I’ve found the most extraordinary things are found where you least think they will be. Like this love I cannot be released from– it started with a smile between two young children–so simple, so insignificant, and yet the start of something incredible.”

This book just wrecked me. The way that Ms. Zart brings such emotion and depth to her characters just blows me away. I was Lily. I was feeling every heart and gut wrenching feeling Lily was. I started this book and locked myself in my bedroom until I finished it, reading it straight though. I suggest you carve out a block of time to devour this book, because that’s exactly what you will be doing. Once you start, there is no stopping.

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