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Reviews of Elsborg's Previous Novels:
Falling (#1) -- TBQ
Breaking (#2) -- TBQ
First off, I won't give away any spoilers in this review. If you're truly interested in that, I know there are already one or two spoiler-heavy reviews on Goodreads.
Give Yourself Away is not an easy read at all, and for some it may be too hard to read. The backstory, especially for Caleb but also for March, is truly horrible. While not the most graphic out there, Elsborg doesn't shy away from telling the reader just what happened in the past. I would also like to note that the backstory is not given all at once, but spread out over the course of much of the book, and alternates between the present time and the past horrors. It makes more sense as you're reading it then how I'm describing it right now, I promise.
As I said, to avoid spoilers I won't go into the details of the backstory. I will say that while I did enjoy this book, and thought that Elsborg did a good job with this particular story, I did have my moments where I questioned just how far fetched it all seemed. Then again, it's fiction, and I don't need every book I read to feel like something I myself could experience in my own life, so in the end the extremity of this story didn't bother me too much.
To say that this book is emotional and at times dark is putting it mildly, but I've come to expect the high emotions from Elsborg. However, it's not all darkness, and there are moments of levity between Caleb and March, which definitely added more to the book. For example:
The chemistry between these two men is great as well. Elsborg also does a fantastic job at creating tension and heat in her books, and this one is no exception.
There were a few minor things that bothered me throughout the book, but nothing big enough to really mention in great detail. I'll say that while I loved Give Yourself Away, it's not my top favorite from this author. I'll still be back for more of her books though!
In short: would I recommend this book to everyone? No. If you've never read Elsborg before, I'd recommend you start with Falling, then Breaking, which are my favorite of hers. But if you're already a fan, or if the book intrigues you, I say go for it. Just know that it will not be an easy ride.
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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
*Note: The quotes used belong to Barbara Elsborg; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim them.
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Have you read Barbara Elsborg before? Do you prefer your M/M romances on the more angsty side (like this) or on the lighter side?
Until Next Time,
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