Review | Come to Light by Shaniel Watson (@shanielwatson1)

08 July 2016



After years of wanting her and fighting against myself, I finally had her. For one brief weekend I was whole, looking into the eyes of the woman I've always loved. The one person I'd do anything for.

Catherine Reed is the love of my life, but I blew it when she discovered her sister and I were engaged. But things have changed.

I know she doesn't want anything to do with me, she needs time. Time to heal and repair the damage the discovery of our relationship did to her and her family. I'm willing to give her time, but I will not give up on us. She is my one true addiction and a love as strong as ours is worth fighting for.

Coming back to New York to be with my family and the man I’ve always loved seemed like the perfect plan. Little did I know that I’d be living in a kind of hell after my family turned against me. In the end, I had no choice but to let go of the love of my life, Nicholas Alexander.

I'm not sure if I can ever truly recover from losing a once-in-a-lifetime love and I know things will never be the same with my family. I didn't think my life could get more complicated, but I was wrong. Consequences for the choices we've made may cost me everything.

This weekend just gone, I posted my review of the first book in this series and loved it. Well, I loved the second book just as much! Seriously! I love these books and characters. I couldn't put this book down, I was even reading it in the morning on the train to work when I am usually fast asleep. 

When Come to Light opens, Nick and Cat aren't together and are both missing one another with their split affecting Nick on a level a break up never has before. I had an idea of how this book would move forward to get Cat and Nick back together, it seemed like the most likely thing and I was right. When Cat collapses at school one day she gets the hospital to call Nick, following that turn she discovers she is pregnant and there is no one it is anyone else's child but Nick's.

I absolutely loved reading this book and seeing more of Nick. If you loved the man in the first book, you will fall head over heels in love with him reading this. Seeing him interacting with Cat when she is pregnant was just awesome, although if I were Cat I would get continually exasperated with him! But all he does comes from a well meaning place considering what he lost in the last book and how that is going to shape him going forward so you can't help but love him for it. 

Of course, it isn't plain sailing and both Cat and Nick have moments where I wanted to lean into my Kindle and scream at them, because the both of them really do do some stupid stuff that they know isn't going to end well, yet they still do it. After the reveal of one of Nick's moments I hated seeing what it did to Cat but I was so proud of her when she finally got her comeback over the person who told her the lies she did and made what happened so much worse than it was. Equally, I also wanted to kill Nick for not telling Cat in the first place! Plus Nick's reaction makes you melt again. The man is just too damn perfect. Seriously. And there's another book boyfriend to add to the ever growing list. Like I needed another one, hey? 

Like the last book, there's an undercurrent of the back story involving Cat and her family following the fallout after the truth of her and Nick's relationship comes out after the final events of the last book. I thought I hated Cat's family the first time round but they get even worse in this book, I honestly don't think her mother or sister have a truly nice bone in their bodies and yes, Kate went through something horrific but the way she treats her own flash and blood is astounding.  

The one saving grace in Cat's family is her brother, Chris, he, out of them all, is the most likeable. Yes, he isn't happy but he manages to look past that and be there for her. And then there's Ava, oh Ava. Ava is the kind of best friend we all need, there with us and looking out for us. She really is awesome.

There are some really great moments in this book, one of my favourites has to be the trip that Cat and Nick take together later in her pregnancy where they just spend their days together and seeing them like that was so enjoyable to read. When they were able to get away from everything and just be without needing to worry, seeing them carefree and just being a young couple in love was awesome to read.

There were some predictable moments in this book but that didn't take away its awesomeness for me and the ending was just beautiful if heartbreaking for a time. My heart was in my mouth and I just had to know what was going to happen. Shaniel did another awesome job with this book and I cannot wait to see where she takes us next.

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