Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Release Blitz & Review: Continuum - A.R. Hadley

Continuum (The South Beach Connection Trilogy Book 3)
Author: A.R. Hadley 
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction
Release Date: July 25, 2018
Annie promised Cal she would wait for him. He was her home, her safety — the person she felt she always knew.
And he felt the same.
Still … they go their separate ways. Their passionate summer has come to a close.
Cal returns to California while Annie heads to Seattle. But they can’t stay away from each other long. And soon, their lives become one.
Except … there's one more test they must face. Or maybe there will be many.
After all, life is made up of waves, endless cycles — series of ups and downs, pulling hearts, souls, and minds toward the horizon, then the shore.
Every push, every change, each risk — brings Cal and Annie closer to acceptance. Closer to uncovering truth. 
Two people who never believed in forever — now have a reason to trust fate.
***Continuum is the third book in The South Beach Connection Trilogy***

3 Stars
Continuum has been a highly anticipated release for me, the entire The South Beach Connection Trilogy keeping on my toes with handsome, older gentlemen Cal and younger, romantic Annie wading into the waters of love and lust. Their promised summer is complete, their numbered days of bliss have passed, and the two have gone their separate ways. Their time together has created a permanent connection, leaving the two tied together forever, in body and soul. The two embark on separate journeys, with Continuum giving us a deeper glimpse into the man Cal used to be and has become today. He goes back home and finds nothing is the same and the only thought he continuously has is how much he misses his heavy. It's a final journey in self discovery, finally giving readers the outcome of their summer relationship.

I wanted to love Continuum and there is much about it that I do love, but I really struggled with how casual and realistic it was. I know, I usually praise realistic novels, but this one almost gets to you, sort of like its your real life in the pages. Not only is Annie heavy in emotion, but the book is heavy too. If you've not yet read the previous two novels, now is the time to stop reading this review as it follows immediately after the events in Wanderlust. They have created life together, something neither planner on doing at that time, though thankfully they find it is a welcome surprise. We see Cal deal with loss and Annie go through debilitating depression and we even see the old version of Cal shining through, for just a moment, but it's enough to put me on shaky terms with him. We do, however, get a host of fantastic secondary characters and we watch the couple continue to overcome. A.R. Hadley weaves a heady tale with Continuum, bringing the characters to life and putting them through even more heavy, though ultimately I got what I wanted for these two. 

Continuum is the third and final novel in The South Beach Connection Trilogy. I've loved these characters and find myself overjoyed they found their way home together. While I think it ended up being a weighed-down novel, I still enjoyed it and have to give A.R. Hadley some props for managing to write about such topics so delicately. She has a way with words, her prose is really beautiful and lyrical, and it shines the most in this novel, for sure. If you like your romance realistic and sexy, this is the series to pick up.

A.R. Hadley writes imperfectly perfect sentences by the light of her iPhone.

She loves her husband.
Her children.
And Cary Grant.
She annoys those darling little children by quoting lines from Back to the Future, but despite her knowledge of eighties and nineties pop culture, she was actually meant to live alongside the Lost Generation after the Great War and write a mediocre novel while drinking absinthe with Hemingway. Instead, find her sipping sweet tea with extra lemons on her porch as she weaves fictional tales of love and angst amid reality.

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