Review – Truly by Carmel Rhodes

Words are powerful. They have the power to break … bleed … bond … bring one up or down .. becoming so many things that make the reader feel. Words … I can’t help but feel the words in stories I read. And I felt every word of Carmel Rhodes’ words in Truly that unequivocally wowed me. I was a goner for Rhodes’ prose, a potent mix of passion, beauty, wisdom, and all the angst that makes a YA romance shine. Oh does Truly shine.

Truly is a tale where you’ll feel every word. Every word means everything—passion and power—the kind of powerful prose that hits straight to the heart, bates your breath, singes your soul, and makes you fall in love so hard and so fast. An entrancing tale that you won’t want to release from your clutches until you know these characters get their happily ever after experiencing some hell.

If I’m there, his hands are on me, dictating my every move. It’s like he’s the sun, and I’m trapped in his orbit. I often worry about flying too close, then I remember he’s already burned me.

Broken sees broken and Truly and Noah are two shattered souls who together are whole. Stunning inside and out, Truly is a marvel with spirit and sass, but it’s strength that shines the most. A heady and hot mix of darkness and light with a deliciously dominate mouth and mind, Noah is a force that you’ll both hate and love, a complicated hero. The hot and cold … the fire and ice … the combustion that burns … their impactful pasts … their feelings … I loved them so much! Together, this hero and heroine heal each other’s scars, growing together, and I felt every emotion while experiencing their moving journey.

“I want you to kiss me until I forget how to breathe without you.”

Carmel Rhodes has crafted a complex hero and heroine who have come together in the messiest, but most meaningful of ways. I was so consumed by these characters … deeply entangled in this intense and emotional story that took over my head and heart. This romance rages with the most addictive angst, a heady high that hit me everywhere. My heart was racing out of my chest … I was aflame from this book that burns in brazenness, brokenness, and beauty.

I don’t know if this review can reflect the impact felt while reading Truly, a truly magnetic and meaningful tale that Carmel Rhodes beautifully brings to life. If I had to pick one word to describe Truly, it would be worthy. Oh my is Truly worthy. This coming-of-age saga brings battles to life and slays demons, the kind of heartfelt creation that takes and leaves pieces of hearts and souls inside its story, touching readers everywhere. An epic love-hate romance that’s scorching, swoon-worthy, soulful, and significant, a story that stays for a lifetime.

We’re so close it’s like we’re fused; two atoms colliding, forever changed.

Every dark romance and young adult story lover MUST meet and feel Truly.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ truly worthy stars

Goodreads review:

The summer after senior year was supposed to be the best summer of my life.⁣⁣⁣
It was supposed to be full of adventure and self-discovery and making love under the stars.⁣⁣⁣
It was supposed to be about losing myself and finding my way.⁣⁣⁣
Only, it wasn’t supposed to start like this.⁣⁣⁣
I wasn’t supposed to go to that party.⁣⁣⁣
He wasn’t supposed to notice me.⁣⁣⁣
The hot jock with the trust fund and chip on his shoulder.⁣⁣⁣
My ex-boyfriend’s half-brother.⁣⁣⁣
Noah Tedesco is so far out of my league he might as well be playing a different game.⁣⁣⁣
Noah wasn’t supposed to look twice at a girl like me, but he did.⁣⁣⁣
Now that I’m on his radar, my life will never be the same.⁣⁣⁣
Truly is a dark, coming of age romance that explores themes like NON-CON DUB-CON, and happily ever after.


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