Review: Who We Are by Shanora WIlliams

Monday, September 30, 2013

Who We Are (FireNine 2)
By Shanora Williams
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Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 Glasses of Wine


I thought I had gone through something much worse. I thought the abuse and pain from my mom and step-dad was bad, but this? This heartache? This pain? This depression? This gut-wrenching, heartbreaking moment? This knotted up feeling in my gut, the tightness in my throat, the ache in my chest? It was slowly but surely killing me.”
Eight months.
That’s how long it’s been since Eliza last saw Gage and they both feel as if they don’t deserve one another’s forgiveness. He screwed up. She walked away without looking back. They’ll try and make up all the time they’ve lost with one another, that is until they’re facing the choices of either going their separate ways, or hanging on and fighting for dear life.
The fights will be endless. They heartache will be real. The demons will return, and they won’t back down without a fight.
There are some who will do anything to keep true love apart, and those same people will dig deep into their demonic ways until Eliza and Gage are literally no more.
Can Eliza and Gage overcome it all? Will they be able to face the true demons that are seeking to destroy them? Or will they just forget about everything they’ve worked so hard for and go their separate ways?
Sometimes you have to go through struggles in order to reach an ultimate point of peace… but will 
their struggle be worth it?

Fall's Review
So first and foremost go read Who He Is if you have not already. I also reviewed (and loved) that book! 

Who We Are picks up 8 months after Ellie leaves Gage on his knees in a parking lot. She must be some girl to bring a man like Gage Grendel to his knees! You know what I'm sayin' ;) A lot happens in this book that I felt were big issues that got put on fast forward. 

First Gage loses his balls......okay, not really but he seems to go from this big, tough, sexy rock star in Who He Is to this weak, pussy whipped boy in Who We Are. He's being black mailed and instead of trying to stand up for himself and protect those he loves, he gives in to the demands, plays the "game" and loses in the process. I was excited that we got to meet Kristina and get to know her better (she was briefly mentioned in Who He Is). Gage is pissed when he first sees Ellie again. He sings about heartache and talks about having his heart ripped from his chest. Ellie knows that she deserves the way he feels and is not looking for forgiveness. 

“This girl… I know she’s here right now. She really broke my fucking heart. I fucked up; she let me go. I opened up to her; she closed off on me. Has anyone in this crowd ever been in love?” “I want her to know tonight how bad she fucked me over—how hurt I was when I watched her leave. Not only did she break my heart, but she took the pieces with her.”- Gage

Second Ellie grows a backbone .......YAY!  Even though she's found her spine she is still her insecure self: battling with her inner dialogue "I still love him, but I cant let anything tear me away from my dreams." She wants to make something of herself....great! But she is afraid being in a relationship will steer her off many of y'all went to college, dated a man AND still graduated? *raises hand*
Ok, rant over!

Ellie gets a new job, (her dream job) but little does she know that Gage works very closely with her new boss. She not only stands up to Gage repeatedly but puts him in his place a few times as well. You go Girl! She knows she is good at what she does and doesn't take shit from anyone! 

Third....three words: MontanaDeed and Roy! Hot Damn!!!! These three men made the book for me!  I Montana!!!!! We get to know each of the guys more intimately and learn a little about their skeletons. I am hoping and praying, *hint, hint*, we get books for each of them. When Gage goes off the deep end Montana, Deed and Roy are the ones that fight to get Ellie to see what Gage really needs. 

Ellie and Gage still have demons and are still VERY insecure with themselves. They must over come their individual insecurities before they can even attempt to become a couple. What do you do when your world starts to crumble around you? How do you prioritize what is most important in your life? 

“It’s so fucking hard to stay away from you, Eliza”- Gage
“Every single morning, I smell him. Even when I’ve changed the sheets, I smell him. When I roll onto the side of the bed he was on, I smell him. I can almost feel him.” - Eliza

 I really did enjoy this book!! I honestly don't think there is ANYTHING that Shanora has written that I have not liked! I gave Who We Are by Shanora Williams 4 glasses of White Zin. I love angst with a happy ending! I loved Montana, Deed and Roy! I am crossing my fingers that Shanora gives us more of each of them! Until next time as Ash would say, "Keep your wine cold and your books hot!"

Shanora Williams was born and raised in Matthews, North Carolina. She's the author of the New Adult series, OBTAINED and the Best Selling New Adult novel, Hard to Resist. Her upcoming mature New-Adult/Adult novel, Who He Is, will be released in July of 2013.

When she's not writing, she's happily reading or watching cartoons like the big kid she is. She has a wonderful family that you will hear her brag and talk about all of the time. Whenever she just wants to get away from the words for a while, she'll spend some time with her loved ones, eat gummy bears, or drown in Coca-Cola and anything else caffeinated.

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