The highly anticipated conclusion to the USA Today bestselling Story of Us series.
With Liam’s fate no longer in the balance, Rory and Houston are poised on the precipice of a life-altering decision. When Rory’s father arrives in California to comfort Rory and make amends, Houston finds the decision becomes much easier to make.
When Houston suggests they take a break Rory thinks he must be joking. But he’s not. And his timing couldn’t be worse.
With Houston and Rory vowing to keep their new friendship strictly outside of the bedroom, their friends and family seize the opportunity to draw out the torture and surprises. Ensuring that Houston and Rory’s story has an ending they’ll never forget.
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Almost all he’s ever seen of Liam were his worst traits: the jealousy and anger and duplicity.
He didn’t know that Liam was a good person with a good heart, and the worst taste in music. He never saw Liam fall asleep on the sofa with Sparky in the middle of the day. He never heard Liam talk about his older sister as if she were his idol. He never caught Liam taking selfies in a Santa suit.
I wash up quickly in the shower and put on the clean outfit I brought with me when we went to pick up Sparky at three in the morning from the house Liam and I shared for the past month and a half, until yesterday. I open the bathroom door and Houston is sitting on the edge of the bed, leaning forward with his elbows on his thighs as both dogs lie at his feet.
He looks up as I come out of the bathroom and manages a weak smile. “How are you feeling?”
I sniff loudly and let out a deep sigh. “Never better.”
“Don’t do that, Rory,” he says, beating me to the doorway before I can leave the bedroom. “Don’t shut me out.”
I stare at his chest and wonder what’s going on inside there. Does his heart ache even a tiny fraction as much as mine does right now? Does he feel even the slightest bit of remorse for what happened last night?
I swipe my hands down my face then wipe the moisture on the front of my jeans. “I can’t. I can’t talk to you about him. It’s just… It’s not right. I’m sorry.”
He reaches out slowly and gently takes me into his arms. “It’s okay.”
His shirt smells like yesterday.
I reach up and close my fist tightly around the fabric, bringing it to my nose. I inhale the scent slowly and deeply, aching to be transported back to last night. To the moment when I could have chosen to stay in my damn hotel room.
Then a pitiful, involuntary whimper leaks out of my mouth. Houston tightens his grip on me as he feels my body becoming heavy. In one swift motion, he swoops me up in his arms and carries me to the bed. Then he sits on the edge and waits for me to speak.
I pull the sheet up, use it to wipe my eyes, hoping to conceal my grief and my shame, but Houston won’t allow it. He pries the sheet out of my hands and pulls it down, away from my face, so he can see me.
“Look at me, Rory.”
I angle my face upward to look at him and the change in position sends two fat tears sliding down my cheeks.
He reaches for me, wiping one of them away. “I realized something when I woke up this morning and found you lying next to me for the first time in five and a half years.”
I want to ask him what he realized, but I can’t bring myself to speak.
He tucks my damp hair behind my ear. “The world looks and feels different when I’m with you. Better and easier.” His gaze wanders over my face and hair for a moment before he continues. “That’s how I know we’re going to get through this, because we’re better together.”
The Way We Rise is the much anticipated conclusion to Rory and Houston’s tumultuous story. Though the journey has been full of highs and lows, this book will warm your heart and soothe your soul.
Rory and Houston had so much to overcome throughout this series. The grief they carried was heartbreaking and responsible for many poor choices along the way. But their journey through the grieving process demonstrated their strength and resiliency. I was pleased to see these two make some real progress in moving forward with their lives and pleased with the growth and maturity they have shown. Rory and Houston have come a long way since the beginning.
The twists and turns of this story will most certainly keep you on your toes – so brace yourself for the ride. The dual POV continues to provide page turning drama as their respective stories intersect and collide. Though I was uncertain of what to expect going into the book, I am extremely pleased with the way things wrapped up.
I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.