The Casella Cousins Novella 6: Ronan
Ronan Casella left home at eighteen. He could never tolerate his mother, and he was sorry to abandon his beloved sister and brother. But he couldn’t stay there any longer after his father died and after Ronan’s girlfriend was involved in a fatal car crash. He heads to Hollywood where he becomes a television and movie star. After ten years, he disappears from that job, too.
The mystery as to what’s happened to Ronan in the intervening decade is revealed in The Casella Cousins Book 6.
Don’t miss all The Casella Cousins Books: Hayley, Seth, Finn, Alessia, Gideon and Ronan from the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Kathryn Shay.
Another great Casella Cousins Book!
I reviewed this book as an ARC.
After reading the other Casella family books, and having received hints about Ronan I was anxious to read his story......and I wasn’t disappointed! Ronan had left home many years previously after a very unfortunate and horrifying accident He has now returned to his family and hometown. With his longtime friend and choreographer they connect both with each other and Ronan’s family to find happiness and straighten out decades of misunderstandings.
I received a complimentary copy of this book and I am voluntarily reviewing it.
I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could. This is one of my favorite authors. She does a fantastic job of creating stories that just take me away into another world. I have been waiting to read Ronan's story for some time now. The biggest disappointment for me, it series has ended. I feel crushed. These characters have appeared throughout the entire series and I am just crushed that it is over. It is almost like losing close friends!
Ronan left home after high school and disappeared from his family. He spent time in Hollywood acting in some pretty major motions pictures before hitting rock bottom and completely disappearing. He has made a few appearances in a couple of the other cousins' stories and the mystery surrounding him and why he disappeared was finally revealed here. All I'm going to say on that score is WOW!!!! It just totally blew me away. I was so heartbroken for young Ronan.
Eliza on the other hand is a former prima ballerina. She does choreography for Ronan's off-Broadway plays. These two have been close friends for 5 years. Ronan rents a theater in Hidden Cove for a year. He asks Eliza to come to Hidden Cove to help him with his next play. How these two transition from just friends to having a HEA is such a gripping emotional story.
There are some very emotional baggage that Ronan has to face here. Having the story written in a dual POV format really helps to see the turmoil that his history brings to this relationship and how it affects the both of them. While this is the end of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. BUT to really get the Casella characters and the complex dynamics of the family, I would highly recommend the entire series in order. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 18 though. There are some HIGHLY glossed over sexy scenes. They were basically just hinted at or faded to behind closed doors. I would hate to offend any parent of someone under the age of 18.
Finally Ronan!!! This book was the perfect ending to the Casella Cousins series. Ms Shay never fails to amaze me with the way she can put so much story in a short book. Not only did we find out why Ronan felt he had to leave home and cut off contact with his family at an early age but we were also treated to lots of interaction with the cousins and updates on their current lives. This book grabbed me from page one and I hated to see it end. Ronan and Eliza’s story was beautiful and their journey to find love and overcome the Ronan’s past was very well written. The epilogue gave a satisfying end to this series.