Before It Ends with Us, it started with Atlas. Colleen Hoover tells fan favorite Atlas’s side of the story and shares what comes next in this long-anticipated sequel to the “glorious and touching” (USA TODAY) #1 New York Times bestseller It Ends with Us.
Lily and her ex-husband, Ryle, have just settled into a civil coparenting rhythm when she suddenly bumps into her first love, Atlas, again. After nearly two years separated, she is elated that for once, time is on their side, and she immediately says yes when Atlas asks her on a date.
But her excitement is quickly hampered by the knowledge that, though they are no longer married, Ryle is still very much a part of her life—and Atlas Corrigan is the one man he will hate being in his ex-wife and daughter’s life.
Switching between the perspectives of Lily and Atlas, It Starts with Us picks up right where the epilogue for the “gripping, pulse-pounding” (Sarah Pekkanen, author of Perfect Neighbors) bestselling phenomenon It Ends with Us left off. Revealing more about Atlas’s past and following Lily as she embraces a second chance at true love while navigating a jealous ex-husband, it proves that “no one delivers an emotional read like Colleen Hoover” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author).
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Romance superstar Colleen Hoover helps us bask in the light at the end of the tunnel in this emotional, romantic novel. Still skittish from an abusive marriage, Lily is trying her absolute best to make a new life for herself and her infant daughter. And it looks like she might have a second chance at romance with her old flame Atlas—who might just be her one true love—but her jealous, rage-filled ex-husband, Ryle, makes that dream feel impossible. Fans will recognize the characters from Hoover’s wildly successful bestseller It Ends With Us, but even newcomers will love this sensitive tale about a survivor contemplating a well-earned shot at happiness. We loved the insight that the shifting POVs gave us into Lily and Atlas as the former teen lovers navigate a very complicated grown-up relationship—and we felt every ounce of trepidation and romance. This is a story that’s easy to swoon over.
Hoover breaks hearts all over again in this stunning sequel to her bestselling It Ends with Us. After Lily Bloom finds the strength to exit her abusive relationship with Ryle, her ex-husband and the father of her child (the adorable Emmy), she's reluctant to let anyone else capture her heart, even her childhood crush, Atlas Corrigan. Atlas has past trauma of his own: he grew up in an abusive home and was forced to live on the streets as a teenager. Now he's a successful restaurateur while Lily runs a flower shop—and they're back in each other's orbits. Their chemistry is even stronger than it was in their earlier years, but their budding relationship is complicated by Ryle. He's still in the picture as Emmy's father—and he wants Lily back. Meanwhile, Josh, the half brother Atlas never knew he had, enters Atlas's life, and Atlas takes him in, hoping to finally have a real family. The author's talent for creating nuanced and empathetic characters is on full display, and fans will be especially excited to finally hear Atlas's side of the story. Hoover is as unafraid as ever to explore the darker and more vulnerable aspects of love, expertly demonstrating the soul-deep trust required to reach happily after ever. The author's fans will be thrilled. Agent: Jane Dystel, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.
Better than the first book
I wish this book was longer. Atlas pov was my favorite.
I don’t know how to feel
I loved it ends with us, so finding out this one was coming out, I was ecstatic. While reading it it left me wanting more. It left me looking for something. It was a good read but did not have the same impact as it ends with us. I just wish I have more.
I had really good expectations towards this book because I love most of her books but most of all because It Ends With Us was an amazing book. I wasn’t as hooked and I feel like it could’ve been better! It was okay(: