Even When I’m Gone (Stay With Me, #2). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Even When I'm Gone (Stay With Me, #2)

Even When I’m Gone by Nicole Fiorina

My rating: 5 of 5 star

The second book in a heart-consuming series.

Ollie.
Forget everything you thought you knew. Hell, I don’t even know myself anymore. For seven months I’ve been gone only to come back to be tested in every way possible. They say keep your enemies close, and my demons welcomed me back with open arms. My downfall is a necessary evil. But Mia is my endgame.

Mia.
Seven months ago, Ollie surrendered to the darkness, abandoning me in the process. He stripped me of my walls only to leave me defenseless. Now he’s back, along with fresh new faces and obstacles standing in our way. He says trust no one. Not even him. How am I supposed to be strong for us both when I’m losing my grip?

“Just stay with me, Mia.”
“Even when you’re gone?”
“Especially when I’m gone.”

BLURB: Even When I’m Gone.

I loved this book so much I wish it were over 1000 pages. Then I could continue reading it for nearly a week.

Better than book 1 and that was a great book. I love the struggle, the emotions, the romance, and the heartbreak. This sequel has every bit as much feeling and strife as the first book, but in this one, Nicole Fiorina definitely brought the heat index up to the highest levels. I give this book five flames for sizzling scenes between Mia and Ollie 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥.

At the end of the last book Ollies depraved brother Oscar had orchestrated a crime against Mia with Ollie watching but drugged so he couldn’t do anything. Mia barely escaped but it came out that she has been with Oscar when she first arrived at Dolar. Ollie couldn’t handle the though of Mia with his brother so he went back on his Medication. While on the meds he forgot about Mia and the deep connection they shared.

Dean Lynch sent Ollie away and Oscar was sent to prison for 30 years. Ollie was in jail for seven months until they could determine that he wasn’t involved with the prostitution ring Oscar was running, he is now back at Dolar and his love for Mia is back with a vengeance. Ollie is able to see Mia and confirm that she still has feelings for him, but he starts to go into withdrawals from his medication and has to go back on it. Mia and Ollie both know that will bring forth the mean and emotionless Ollie so Mia makes him agree to stay away from her for the year while he is medicated.

While Ollie was away, Mia leaned on the new security guard who had helped her get through some of her issues because of what Oscar pit her through. Mia leans on Ethan more as Ollie is medicated. It is heartbreaking to see them this way because you know how much they love each other. They are both hurting but underneath it all you know that deep in their minds they are each other’s end game.

The romance between these two is both inspiring and emotional and they sometimes can’t fight their feelings and that is when things really heat up. I ate up every scene where Ollie and Mia were together. The supporting characters were also awesome in this book. Zeke played a big role, he is the mute boy who was Ollies friend and who Mia would sit and talk to in the cafeteria. Jake was there also, he was Mia’s friend who was sent to Dolar by his father for being homosexual. Ethan the security guard was terrific as was the relationship between him and Mia. I won’t give out any spoilers or give away the main storylines, but I will say that the entire book was very well written and truly spectacular, including the ending. I can’t wait to read more.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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