on May 10, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Taylor Shaw had the perfect life—until she was sixteen. That was when everything changed. From that moment on, life went from bad to worse…to the worst.
After recovering from a brain tumor, months later, she suffers the tragic loss of her whole family.
Since that fateful day, she’s been coasting through life.
Now, the brain tumor has returned, and Taylor decides she’s had enough. She’s going to take her fate into her own hands.
No more hospitals. No more surgeries. No more anything.
She’s going to join her family.
It’s her decision.
What she longs for.
The ending she wants.
She just has a list of things to do before she goes.
First, go to England.
Second, kiss a stranger…
Only, Taylor didn’t expect Liam Hunter, the stranger—with his handsome face, his six-foot-three of gorgeousness, and his oh-so-hot English accent—to change things.
To change her.
To change the ending she wanted.
What is a girl, who is standing on the edge of nothing, to do when offered the chance of everything?
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
Writing The Ending I Want has been a cathartic and exhausting process for me, but I have loved every second of writing it. I relate to this story more than any of the stories that I’ve written before. Maybe that’s because there’s a piece of me in this book. And not in Taylor having a brain tumor, because fortunately I’ve never had to endure anything like that. But for me, it was the need to feel free from something that has crippled me for many years, just like Taylor is crippled by her own pain. Taylor wanted to die to be free. I never wanted to die, but I did want to be free, in a way that’s hard to explain. But now, after years of feeling trapped by my demons, things that have held me back in life, I’ve found a way to get the freedom I needed. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m working better now than I ever did before – just saying this cryptic stuff out loud is a big step for me. So, writing Taylor in the way I did was a big deal for me. I really hope that you love this story, and see strength in Taylor’s choices rather than weakness.
“Go to England. Kiss a stranger. Have lots of sex,” his deep voice rumbles out the words I wrote.
He glances at me over his shoulder, a shit-eating grin on his face.
I don’t even bother with trying to get the list back now. What’s the point? He’s already seen it.
I fall back into my seat, my face feeling like a blowtorch went at it. “You’re an asshole,” I mutter.
He turns to face me, my list in his hand but still held out of my reach. “Aw, don’t be like that, Taylor, from Boston. I was just curious to read it.”
I’m pretty sure he’s going for contrite, but he’s failing miserably.
I glare at him. I’m going for death-by-laser stare.
It doesn’t work because he gives me a panty-dropping smile. I’d like to say I’m unaffected, but I’m not; however, I don’t let him know that.
“Curious? I don’t think so. An effing thief? Yes.”
He laughs. “I’m sorry. But you don’t need to be embarrassed. It’s a good list.” He looks back to my list. “Have sex with a stranger,” he continues on reading. “Have sex with a stranger outdoors. You do know I can help you with all of these, right?” He lifts a brow at me.
I give him the middle finger.
He laughs again and looks back to the list. Then, he stops laughing and stares at me with what can only be described as complete horror. “You’ve never had oral sex?”
Why the hell did I put that on my list?
Samantha Towle poured her heart into this book and you can tell. The emotions I felt while reading this book were intense and unexpected. From the synopsis I braced myself for heartache. What I didn’t anticipate was the humor, lust and heat that these two characters have. The connection between Liam and Taylor is instant and intense and Samantha pulled it off brilliantly. I really connected with Taylor and Liam, as a couple and individually.
Omg, I freaking love Liam Hunter. He’s hot, he’s British, and he’s a total alpha male in all the best ways. I think he’s my favorite character of hers now. Yes, I know, how can anyone top Jake Wethers or Carrick Ryan? Just wait and see, you will probably agree when you are done reading.
I’m impressed at how Samantha approached Taylor and her story. She wrote Taylor with tact and as a strong heroine who has dealt with so much heartache and loss at such a young age. So many stories could flop depending on how the author attacks a plot such as this one. The Ending I Want is not one of those failures. It stands well on its own and is high on my list. A brilliant story of love, loss and finding your soul mate. This book made my heart sing!
Playlist on Samantha’s site: http://www.samanthatowle.co.uk/music
Stand out track: If You’re Not The One – Daniel Bedingfield
I was having real trouble finding Taylor and Liam’s song. There were a few occasions where I’d thought that I had found their song, but each time, something held me back from it. Then, I heard “If You’re Not The One” and I knew immediately that it was their song. It’s perfect in so many ways. For me, this song embodies the love that Taylor and Liam feel for one another.
1. If You’re Not The One – Daniel Bedingfield
2. Paradise – Coldplay
3. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
4. I Want It That Way – The Backstreet Boys
5. How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples
6. Never Forget You – Zara Larsson feat. MNEK
7. Goodbye My Lover – James Blunt
8. Sorry – Justin Bieber
9. Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson
10. All I Ask – Adele
11. Don’t Go Away – Oasis
12. Stitches – Shawn Mendes
13. Already Gone – Kelly Clarkson
14. Say Something – Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
15. What Now – Rihanna
16. Feels Like Home – Chantal Kreviazuk
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