Series: The Riverdale Series #3
on September 30, 2014
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You’ve laughed with them. You’ve cried with them. Now it’s time to say goodbye to the Lanza Family, in the final installment of The Riverdale Series.
Luke Lanza is a man who has always done the responsible thing. He has faced a lot of challenging obstacles in his life; from raising his daughter on his own, to building a successful business, even being the only viable donor that could save his brother’s life. Knowing this about his brother and knowing that he was going to die, Jake asked him to look after the love of his life. Now Luke is torn between the promise he made to his brother and the pull of something he’s never known before.
“Promise me, I need to hear you say it, Luke.”
Luke swallowed. “I promise I’ll take care of Cara, you don’t have to worry about her.” A tear slipped down his cheek as he finished his vow to his little brother.
Jake smiled slightly and closed his eyes. “I could always count on you.”
Cara Sloane is struggling with the loss of her first love and the power of addiction. Jake had been her rock for so long, with him gone she realizes how broken she is. She doesn’t want to feel anything, least of all the emptiness in her heart.
“I know you’re at peace and I should be thankful for that, but I can’t be. I never realized what a selfish person I was. You were suffering and all I could do was pray for you not to leave me.”
A tragic accident leaves Luke and his family pleading with Cara to change the course of her life. Can Cara face her demons and learn there is life after Jake? Can she learn that she can hold onto to the beautiful memories they made together and still live her life?
“I don’t want to fix her because she’s broken.” He said with his own voice sounding a bit broken. “I want to help her because losing her too isn’t an option.”
Individually they try to heal, together they wonder if they can fit the pieces of their broken lives.
This review will contain spoilers if you have not read the other two books. So, if you haven’t read those I highly recommend you go out and buy them.
This is the final installment in the Riverdale series. The series comes full circle with Cara and Luke’s story. Since Jake’s death Cara has been spiraling out of control. Whatever can take away her pain and make her numb she will do. Luke promised his brother on his death-bed that he would always watch over and take care of Cara. What started out as an obligation morphs into feelings Luke did not expect. . Luke struggles with his developing feeling for his brother’s fiancé while Cara is just trying to figure out how to make it through the day. Cara finds solace in pain pills which takes her on a very destructive path, but once out of the pill educed haze she finds a friendship with Luke she never saw coming. However, as their friendship grows stronger so does Luke’s feelings and the internal conflict he faces is heart breaking.
“I know I can’t have her. She could never be mine for so many reasons…… I know I am playing with fire”- Luke
I loved this series and Luke and Cara’s story by far was the best, it put all the pieces together. There two things you must have on hand when reading this book, tissues and a fan. You will laugh, cry and blush ten different colors of red. Cara and Luke’s sexual chemistry is off the charts. The journey these two embark on together is real and raw and touches on some many different emotions. As with the other books the entire family is back, Deb, Joe, Nick and Sam. You see how the entire family copse and finds a way to move on without forgetting Jake or how much they loved him. They each find their happy ever after in the crazy Lanza way.
“I wonder if you sent Luke to me, so that I would be the one to make him smile….. I never thought Luke could be my second chance” Cara