All truths burn bright and clear I m still waiting in the darkEverly Monteith has traded her life of glitter, parties, and self destruction for waitressing at a Parisian caf She s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic in the past until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once Her fresh start begins slipping away until a smug British war correspondent crashes her party But falling for Beckett means letting down her guard, something that might pull them both into the dark There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me being chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them But even the most beautiful lies aren t worth chasingTwenty five year old Beckett Reid is forced into sabbatical after being kidnapped on assignment in Afghanistan Back in Paris, he locks himself away to work on a novel, focused on saving his budding journalism career But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans are quickly neglected Everly is the perfect replacement for dangerous war zones, even if she does leave glitter on everything he owns Reckless and wild, she runs through life making mistakes than anyone he s met, but Beckett is determined to fight for her, even if he must face the messy truth that he must fight for himself first This New Adult romance is recommended for readersdue to mature content


10 thoughts on “Everly After

  1. Mihaela Mihaela says:

    This is one of those books that messes with your head and shows you how twisted human psyche is.What we have in this novel is a disaster waiting to happen Two unbalanced individuals one on the path of self destruction and the other seeking peace coming together in what might be the relationship that finally destroys both of them.To be honest, I don t really know why I picked this book for review I think it was the fact that the synopsis hints at a man who s been in the army and now deals wi This is one of those books that messes with your head and shows you how twisted human psyche is.What we have in this novel is a disaster waiting to happen Two unbalanced individuals one on the path of self destruction and the other seeking peace coming together in what might be the relationship that finally destroys both of them.To be honest, I don t really know why I picked this book for review I think it was the fact that the synopsis hints at a man who s been in the army and now deals with PTSD I ve read several novels on this theme and enjoyed them so I guess I thought I ll give this one a try I sure know I wasn t expecting what I ve read here.There aren t many characters Just the main ones and a small number of what I call background characters and it s actually easy to keep up with the story.Everly can be described as the poor rich misunderstood girl She s had it all but always made the wrong choices which brought her where she is now on a one way road to an early grave.She s immature, spoiled, irresponsible and, as much as she claims the contrary, she doesn t care at all about anyone else Case in point, her sick attachment to Beckett.Beckett is a war journalist who has seen way to much death and almost got killed after being kidnapped and tortured on his last assignment.He s now in Paris with his best friend, a soldier on leave, and he s trying to piece his life together, which is not easy since he can t stand being around too many people.At a party where his best friend has dragged him, he has the misfortune to meet our girl, Everly.Like I said before, she s evenmessed up than him but at least HE has a valid reason.Now this is going to be a little bit of a rant I ve seen this pattern over and over again in so many novels.The rich child who s trying to break away from the mold his her parents and society have created for him her and goes on drinking and generally partying all the time, while complaining that he she is misunderstood.Hello If you want to be your own person and show everyone that you rethan some rich family s spoiled offspring, that s the wrong way to do it.You need to get your things together and start actually doing something with yourself Something other than partying, that is.Instead of drinking away your cushy trust fund why don t you do something else Like, Get A Bloody Job and start giving back to society.It s the same with Everly.She s pretty smart and has a degree but all she does is to give in over and over again to her equally rich and careless ex current boyfriend sex buddy whatever the hell he is like an irresponsible, brainless twit.And she always justifies her actions by saying he was her first love and, even after every shitty thing he s done to her and still does, she can t resist him.That is nonsense.Where there s will, there s ALWAYS a way.Thing is, she doesn t want to change It s easier when you have no other worries except finding the next club to party at This way of thinking and this kind of behavior has no excuse.Like I said before, if you want others to appreciate you for who you are and do something with your life, that is so NOT the way to achieve your goal.What Everly and Beckett have together is sick, self destructive and dangerous for both of them because, while Beckett seems to be perfectly aware of the wrongness of what she s doing, he s messed up just enough to come back forNot sure why it happens in the beginning, if it s some misplaced desire to set her straight or just infatuation.I don t know what was the message the author wanted to spread with this book because I sure as hell didn t get it.It was a struggle to finish it and I m sure I won t be picking up the next volume.1,5 because I really liked Beckett Well, most of the time.Happy Reading


  2. 1-Click Addict Support Group 1-Click Addict Support Group says:

    Everly After by Rebecca Paula is absolutely brilliant I LOVED this book It really struck a chord with me, and most of it had to do with how it was written The writing is gorgeous, Ms Paula is insanely talented, and her words are mesmerizing This is evidenced by the amount of highlighting present in my Kindle I typically don t highlight as I read, I like to ingest the story as it unfolds without interrupting, but so many parts of this book begged to be remembered All truths burn bright and Everly After by Rebecca Paula is absolutely brilliant I LOVED this book It really struck a chord with me, and most of it had to do with how it was written The writing is gorgeous, Ms Paula is insanely talented, and her words are mesmerizing This is evidenced by the amount of highlighting present in my Kindle I typically don t highlight as I read, I like to ingest the story as it unfolds without interrupting, but so many parts of this book begged to be remembered All truths burn bright and clear, but they won t be in the bottom of this cup, no matter how long I sit I m still waiting in the dark Ms Paula s writing style is descriptive, which can be very difficult to pull off Poor description oftentimes becomes an information dump, but not so in Everly After Impressively, the interesting and beautiful descriptions work perfectly to situate you in the story, putting you in Everly and Beckett s shoes Even though I couldn t fully relate to either character or situation, I was with them 100% and lived the book It was honest, real, and so incredibly true to life A beautiful lie, like I first thought And yet, here I am, moving closer, allowing myself to touch her because I m hungry for it I want her Despite everything, I still want her, and that s the trouble Along with the amazing writing was the amazing flow The story covers a lot of ground, but it does not seem overburdened with plot Everything develops and unfolds at a natural pace, which enhances the characters and growth Everly and Beckett feel like actual people in a real relationship this is not insta love or a cheesy romance trope, but real human emotion And there are so many The emotions run the gamut, and nothing is left untouched or unfelt This actually made it difficult to read all at once I found myself needing time and space to absorb, process, and live with it But in the end it was so incredibly worth the tumultuous journey You can t love somebody whole again You have to love their pieces, their rough edges The ugly and bad along with the best bits You can love them for what they are and mourn what they ve lost, but you can t love them and wish they were something other than the person you hold tight If this is Rebecca Paula s debut novel, I cannot wait to read whatever else she writes I recommend it to anyone who likes to read honestly, everyone needs to read this book Alicia, 5 stars


  3. Lorie Lorie says:

    Read my review at Sinfully Sexy.4.5 STARS Everly After is a smart, heartbreaking character driven story about a broken girl and a broken boy who never wanted to like each other in the first place I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS I love it when a totally amazing book comes out of nowhere To say I m impressed in an understatement I LOVED IT TO PIECES I cannot believe this is a debut offering Everly After hooked me from chapter one The writing is wonderfully rich and intelligent The story has Read my review at Sinfully Sexy.4.5 STARS Everly After is a smart, heartbreaking character driven story about a broken girl and a broken boy who never wanted to like each other in the first place I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS I love it when a totally amazing book comes out of nowhere To say I m impressed in an understatement I LOVED IT TO PIECES I cannot believe this is a debut offering Everly After hooked me from chapter one The writing is wonderfully rich and intelligent The story has a depth I was not expecting This is a case of do not judge a book by its cover I went into this thinking light and fluffy read Not at all This has so much substance and characterSome people believe in fate Others, in chance.I always like to believe in the possibility of chance It seemspowerful At least with chance, I can choose the risk The consequences are easier to stomach when they go wrong.But sometimes life can be a cruel bitch and throw fate in your face, and it ll always have the upper hand Because, a lot like life, fate is going to happen one way or anotherReckless heiress, Everly Monteith, has a preference for partying and self destruction which have made her a favorite in the column gossips columns She is one hot mess with a capital H, O, and T Looking for a fresh start and running from a tragedy, Everly leaves behind her life of glitter for a waitressing job in a Parisian caf Suffering enough heartache and disappointment to fill a small country, Everly has become a master at shutting out the world and barricading her heart But that becomes next to impossible when the smug, sexy, charming and equally broken Brit, Beckett, finds his way inside Beckett sees the Everly no one else does not the tabloids, not her so called friends, and certainly not her ex boyfriend, Hudson Beckett has figured out that Everly isn t reckless as everyone assumes She s entirely trusting which is why she is such a messI have questions, she has the answers, and I want them all until I know the end of her.I know she is a horrible idea for me, but I want her anyway because I m selfish and she s beautiful If she s a beautiful liar, then I ll find her truths That s how I make my living I can find them without getting in too deep Without caving in to my want Without ever kissing her I get lost in us, the possibility of us I don t realize he s righted me It s hard to tell upside down and right side up and in between right now. Beckett has his own set of issues to deal with, but for some reason he s drawn to the odd and enigmatic Everly He has this overwhelming need to fight for her Hudson is her toxic past that clings to her with a death grip Everly is torn between her past and finding what she s always searched for someone that actually cares for her and about her Beckett could be her future if she can just close the door on her past But, it s easy to fall back into what you know even if it s toxic and destructive I had tears perched at the edge of my eyes for pretty much the entire book And don t think for one minute they didn t spill over on a few occasions This story is emotional, frustrating, and heartbreaking Everly may be a broken mess, but the way she is written is phenomenal Everly surprised me at every turn she s strong yet vulnerable Everly and Beckett are lost, and they both hide their hurt by blocking out any feeling and anyone They truly are soul mates They make the world right for the other and calm the craziness of the past that drags them down I never once felt sorry for either one of them I just FELT for them They are burdened with so much of their past that it haunts them almost paralyzing at times It follows them everywhere It s next to impossible not to be drawn to these two wonderfully broken and brave characters.Rebecca Paula nails the dual POV this is told in The transitions are smooth with just the right amount of overlap This is a very character driven story, and Rebecca does an exquisite job painting every subtle detail with perfection The writing is amazing and strong And, Rebecca s writing style just adds something evenspecial to Everly and Beckett s already wonderful story It s really hard to believe this is a debut offering Everly After really gripped me in a way I did not expect WELL DONE REBECCA Simply put, THIS IS A DAMN GOOD BOOK I can t wait to see what comes next from Rebecca Paula If this wasn t on your radar or you haven t heard of Everly After before now, I m telling you that you NEED to get it on your listAn advance reading copy was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.


  4. Jae (Bookish Bluebird) Jae (Bookish Bluebird) says:

    4 stars Sometimes there s good in what scares us Everly After isn t what I d classify as your typical new adult contemporary read It had quite a dark and depressing tone during many parts of the book Mainly because of the heroine, Everly She s settled into a life that she doesn t find meaningful She s very much struggling to find a purpose, and it made me sad to see her take one step forward only to go back five She made a lot of poor decisions which made her a hard character for me 4 stars Sometimes there s good in what scares us Everly After isn t what I d classify as your typical new adult contemporary read It had quite a dark and depressing tone during many parts of the book Mainly because of the heroine, Everly She s settled into a life that she doesn t find meaningful She s very much struggling to find a purpose, and it made me sad to see her take one step forward only to go back five She made a lot of poor decisions which made her a hard character for me to like Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this book and not only because Beckett swept me off my feet What I loved most about Everly After was that the main characters didn t fix each other s imperfections It wasthat they helped each other admit to them and move forward as individuals Rebecca Paula has written a beautiful story about two broken people loving each other enough to support them at their lowest Everly After is told in the alternating POVs of Everly and Beckett, both of whom have their own personal struggles With the alternating chapters, there s just the right amount of overlap to let the story flow nicely Everly, a former Manhattan socialite, fled to Paris to avoid the media attention after certain events She s an emotional mess and her unhealthy, complicated relationship her ex doesn t help the matter Beckett, on the other hand, was a journalist and former war correspondent He arrived in Paris to attend therapy after the trauma he faced in Afghanistan, but wants nothingthan to return to the field He meets Everly at a party and BAM, instant attraction I m not letting you disappear I m not letting you go Beckett brought out the good and calm side of Everly that I liked They were incredibly adorable and amusing together There s a quality to Everly s character that draws you in regardless of the flashing warning signs to stay away And I felt like that s how it was for Beckett, and the reason behind him wanting to help her Although I didn t find his storyline as intriguing as Everly s, it was admirable how he continually stuck by her side through all the bad choices she made There weren t many secondaries that played a big role or stood out besides one I disliked this person from the get go There was a part in the novel that kind of threw me for a loop I knew something bad was bound to happen but I didn t expect that Everly After was a rollercoaster, as was Everly s character development My emotions were everywhere I d be happy one chapter then close to frustrated tears the next You can t help but hope that Everly would move in the right direction and I found myself in a love hate relationship with her.Another part of this book that I loved was how the ending played out even if I had a slight urge to throw my phone at one point haha To be honest I wouldn t have mind, had it ended with the cell phone message because it highlighted how much Everly grew to have made that decision Everly After was unique and touching There was an unexpected depth to the plot and characters that I found very gripping I look forward to reading another one of Rebecca Paula s novels soon I think the messier bits in life should be worn like a badge of courage sometimes, a sign for you to say you ve lived are living Ecopy kindly provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  5. Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination) Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination) says:

    This was okay The story is great in the sense that it s not the bad boy good girl story, but good guy bad girl dynamics instead Sort of Every is such a broken character and it was really hard to root for her at times due to the brokeness, because it made her do things that just didn t make any sense I liked Beckett for the most part, but him calling Everly a pet as a endearment Omg lol The first time I read the word pet I think I blinked rapidly at least 5 times while thinking is this This was okay The story is great in the sense that it s not the bad boy good girl story, but good guy bad girl dynamics instead Sort of Every is such a broken character and it was really hard to root for her at times due to the brokeness, because it made her do things that just didn t make any sense I liked Beckett for the most part, but him calling Everly a pet as a endearment Omg lol The first time I read the word pet I think I blinked rapidly at least 5 times while thinking is this some sort of a dark bdsm erotica novel or because it s just such a weird endearment and made me cringe a lot He does explain why he uses it, but just. nope I also didn t like how his friend Ollie called girls birds I did love the chemistry Every and Beckett had and this book was very sensual, not going to lie The setting Paris, for the most part , was well written and, in general, the writing was gorgeous Even if I wasn t exactly infatuated with the story at all times, the writing kept me going The final third of the novel became so dramatic though that it was hard to not eyeroll and I wish that there had beentalks about Everly s past, because it was clearly traumatic for her It would be for anyone I just found all the roundabout ways to hint at it and then not really discuss it or have her talk to a therapist or anything, really, to just help us understand heror for her to move on from this withthan just the help of romantic feelings for Beckett and some talks between the two I must admit, I did skim a few chapters between London and the part where a big incident happened at some lake so they may have talked about it during that period, but seeing as Beckett still had no clue about it a few pages later then probably not I liked parts of this and I definitely loved the writing so I m, for sure, going to try something else by Rebecca Paula If you want a darker story then this may just be for you


  6. Kika Kika says:

    Title Everly AfterSeries Author Rebecca PaulaRelease Date November 2014Rating 4 starsCliffhanger NoHEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler3.5 let s round it up to 4 pet starsEverly Beckett Everly After must be one of the most depressing books I ve read in the past year A very well written one, but still very depressing.Did I enjoy reading it Honestly I don t know, but what i do know is that i felt compelled to keep reading it So, i finished the whole book in one sitting ye Title Everly AfterSeries Author Rebecca PaulaRelease Date November 2014Rating 4 starsCliffhanger NoHEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler3.5 let s round it up to 4 pet starsEverly Beckett Everly After must be one of the most depressing books I ve read in the past year A very well written one, but still very depressing.Did I enjoy reading it Honestly I don t know, but what i do know is that i felt compelled to keep reading it So, i finished the whole book in one sitting yep, it s been a long night This book is about Everly and Beckett, two broken people God, i hate that word , each for their own reasons, who meet by chance at a weird party in Paris, even though neither of them is French Everly is American and Beckett is British.Everly is an American heiress socialite She left Manhattan and her trust fund behind after a devastating event a year ago Everly is the definition of weak The girl was a hot mess I really try my best not to judge the MCs characters in my reviews because that s not what s important to me I don t have to like the MCs to enjoy a story For example if i read Ted Bundy s biography i m pretty sure i wouldn t like him at least i hope i wouldn t but i d still enjoy reading the book But with Everly all i wanted to do was grab her by her shoulders and shake her until i could put some sense into her Beckett was pretty great Don t get me wrong, he had his issues as well, but he seemedgrounded.Everly and Beckett together I swear to God, as i was half way through my read i was gripping my e reader so hard because i was waiting for it to explode or something I was pretty sure there d be some kind of boom with these two, and there was but i was expecting somethinglike a Hiroshima bombing and all i got was some 4th July fireworks instead.To conclude, this book was not my usual kind of read I hate reading the word broken , and i came across it several times in this one and don t get me started about thepieces that might or might not fit togetherBut any book that makes me want to turn the next page gets a minimum 3 star rating from me and 4 stars if it s well written, so there you have it


  7. Tracey Nelson Tracey Nelson says:

    When I first started this book I found it a little off putting I don t mind reading damaged characters, but I was having a hard time relating to Everly and Beckett However, as I continued reading, my heart grew and my understanding did as well and I ended up loving this one It was full of heartbreak, loss, guilt, grief and longing But the one thing that was the biggest shining point was love Everly is a young woman who is ultimately lost After a not so good last few years, and some very un When I first started this book I found it a little off putting I don t mind reading damaged characters, but I was having a hard time relating to Everly and Beckett However, as I continued reading, my heart grew and my understanding did as well and I ended up loving this one It was full of heartbreak, loss, guilt, grief and longing But the one thing that was the biggest shining point was love Everly is a young woman who is ultimately lost After a not so good last few years, and some very unfortunate and soul shattering things, she has run to Paris However, she is stuck in the same cycles that she was back in the States Partying, not showing up for work and the worstengaging in a very toxic relationship with someone from back home While Everly started off as being wild, unsure and reallycrazy, she became such a strong woman She grew as a person, as a friend, as a lover She may not have had all the answers, but she was dealing with life in the only way she knew how, and watching her journey and her growth was very inspiring Beckett is a journalist, a war correspondent And after being victim to a very trying and traumatizing situation, he is sent back to Paris where he must deal with the after math of a very hard death in his family Beckett doesn t want to love Everly, he doesn t think it will work out, but she is magnetic and he can t stay away from her Beckett, while having his own issues, was the exact thing that Everly needed and vice versa Their relationship wasn t typical, it wasn t an overly done time line It was very unique and I really enjoyed watching it blossom All in all, this was a great read The writing was smooth and flowed very well The characters were well developed, the story line was very new and interesting I had a great time reading this and it definitely hit me in the feels A four star read for me, and I am very excited to read this authors next work


  8. Erica Monroe Erica Monroe says:

    I was fortunate enough to read and critique an early version of this before release Paula s debut is a gritty punch to the gut and a bold look into the lives of two very flawed and very real characters Everly and Beckett struggle with issues that will resonate with readers, and Paula is unflinching in her portrayal of their pain, fears, and blossoming new love A brave book that proves Paula will be a rising star in the new adult genre.


  9. Giselle *Hopeless Book Lover* Giselle *Hopeless Book Lover* says:

    Gossip Girl meets Nicholas Sparks novel in a perfect combo is what comes to mind when I think of Everly After So to say the least I freaking loved it Everly After has this completely unique and addicting feel to it that will have you flipping through the pages like a madman But first let me explain why I combo ed Gossip Girl and Nicholas Sparks and why that mix reminds me of Everly After.From the start of this novel we are introduced to Everly, a Manhattan socialite princess, party girl, th Gossip Girl meets Nicholas Sparks novel in a perfect combo is what comes to mind when I think of Everly After So to say the least I freaking loved it Everly After has this completely unique and addicting feel to it that will have you flipping through the pages like a madman But first let me explain why I combo ed Gossip Girl and Nicholas Sparks and why that mix reminds me of Everly After.From the start of this novel we are introduced to Everly, a Manhattan socialite princess, party girl, the works So her character automatically reminded me of Serena from Gossip Girl, and I found myself relating Hudson and Beckett to other Gossip Girl characters too, but god damn, this book made my emotions go hay wire like no GG episode ever could.Everly After has this incredibly deep and emotional side to it A side that doesn t just tug at your heart strings but manages to completely pull them out of your chest This novel is not a rainbows and butterflies read Everly After has sharp and rugged edges Like everything in life it has an ugly side and a beautiful side to it I think that s one of the main things that made me fall for this book.The character were so complex and unique too At times I just couldn t keep up with them, they were straight up hot messes but it completed the story in a perfect way I didn t think I could end up liking Everly, let alone loving her but I somehow did And even though I completely loved Beckett, I disliked him at times too, not for long, but I had my moments He isn t perfect and no one is You know when an author is an incredible writer when you highlight a sentence in almost every single chapter The way Rebecca Paula phrases things is just so damn near perfect I couldn t help but to highlight You can t force together two objects whose edges are worn in some spots and jagged in others We re not puzzle pieces We re two people with a world of shit between us, but my mind is quiet when our gazes meet Cue the swooning over Beckett And here s another little teaser for you guys I m not sure if it s worse to be broken in the head or the heart The madness feels the same So if you are not yet convinced to pick up this book, which released today I highly, highly recommend you do it right now


  10. Alexis Alexis says:

    First of all, I want to say out loud that I was not prepared for this book in any way It made me late for work, it made me want to extend my lunch hour, and it made me want to stay home on a Friday night and finish it.Everly After is the epitome of two broken souls finding their way to each other and navigating life together Their lives are better when they are together Apart, they are both a messAre you going to kiss me He tilts his head closer, his voice warm against my cheek You w First of all, I want to say out loud that I was not prepared for this book in any way It made me late for work, it made me want to extend my lunch hour, and it made me want to stay home on a Friday night and finish it.Everly After is the epitome of two broken souls finding their way to each other and navigating life together Their lives are better when they are together Apart, they are both a messAre you going to kiss me He tilts his head closer, his voice warm against my cheek You won t have to ask when I finally am Gah so I completely loved Everly She is an American heiress that dropped her life in Manhattan and moved to Paris to get away from it all by working in a Parisian caf I struggled with the fact that I shouldn t like her she was a complete hot mess Her social life always made the headlines on Page Six, and not for a good reason But, I couldn t not like her My heart just broke for her because all she wanted was someone to love herI want to be the girl I am only with you All the time I want to stop dreaming her upThe one person Everly s known, Hudson, for almost her whole life is in even hotter mess He claims to love her, but deep down I don t even know if he has the ability to love her Her way to deal with all the crap she s been through is to literally shut everyone out Well and possibly party just a wee bit too much But, Everly s a master at playing this role and continues to do so until she meets BeckettKiss me, pet Stay with meBeckett is also dealing with his own sorts of problems He is a traumatized war correspondent on leave after being kidnapped in Afghanistan He is struggling day to day trying writing his novel Not until Everly and he meet does his life start to turn around Beckett is different than any man that Everly has ever met, he is not selfish, he wants to know the real her, past all her glitter But he does hold a lot of himself back at the same time I also loved him he was just incredible and oh so swoonyYou hide from the rest of the world the fact that you re extraordinary This book had me on edge the whole time The chemistry between Beckett and Everly was palpable I seriously needed a shower even before they kissed I was on edge throughout the book nervous to see where their relationship was going I knew that they both needed to open to each other and shed their past before they could move forward I knew that these two were meant for each other, I don t actually think anyone else could pick up both of their pieces and put them back together.I am just in utter shock that this is Rebecca s debut novel Her writing is entirely flawless and the dual POVs worked together seamlessly Everly After is a total gem and I cannot wait to readfrom this author If you loved a certain CW show called Gossip Girl like I do, I HIGHLY recommend this book