#RSFave & Review | Without You by Marley Valentine

#RSFave & Review | Without You by Marley ValentineWithout You by Marley Valentine
Release Date | March 11, 2020
Genres | Contemporary, M/M
Format | ARC
Buy | Amazon
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“Tragedy brought us together, but something stronger made me want to stay.”
Julian was the boy next door. My brother’s best friend, he fit with my family in ways I never could. While he and Rhett went on to play house, I left the only life I knew, desperate for a fresh start.
Until everything changed.
Heartache came along, and the aftermath of my brother’s death was here to stay. I was now face to face with Julian more than I ever wanted to be.
Being around him brought up all my insecurities, forced me to deal with hard truths, and conjured up feelings I had no business entertaining. He wasn’t the man I thought I knew. He was complex and layered, and inherently beautiful in all the ways I’d never noticed.
Not on another person.
Not on another man.
Not until him.


Did you read that synopsis, did it suck you in? Because it should have! As soon as I read the synopsis for Without You, I just had to get my hands on this and it did not disappoint. And with this being my first read by Marley, you’ve gained a new fan and I can’t wait to read more of your work.

I can’t say that I’ve read a story like this, falling for your brother’s (who passed) boyfriend, I guess that makes it a bit forbidden and there’s the enemies to friends to lover aspect.

The connection between Deacon and Julian is absolutely everything, you can feel it from the very beginning. And there was just so much anticipation for what was to come between the both of them. I loved how Marley paced out their storyline, I thought it worked out perfectly for this. BUT, there was one point where it went to officially being together and then saying the I love you’s. It almost happened a little bit too quickly. That’s why I rated this a very strong 4 stars.

I really loved seeing the character development with Deacon and Julian. But Deacan’s personal story broke my heart the most, it definitely had me crying. I don’t want to say too much on it because it is a pivotal part to the story.

Such an emotional and heart-wrenching story of two people that just have this insane connection. M/M has been my jam and this one is quickly added to my favorites list. Highly recommend.

major thank you to the pr for the complimentary copy in consideration for a review. this does not affect my opinion of the book or review.