Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Here Without You by Tammara Webber

About the book
Here Without You is the fourth and final book in the Between The Lines (New Adult) series by Tammara Webber. The book was published on 29th August by Penguin and it is 336 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review.

Plot Synopsis
Reid and Dori are finally in a happy relationship, even if it is a still a secret from her parents and the rest of the world. Dori is about to head off to Berkley while Reid has new films lined up. Their relationship already has enough distractions in the way but will it be able to handle one more. Reid has a bigger secret than his new girlfriend looming over him and it’s one that could ruin everything. Will Dori be able to see past the lies and deceit and remember just who she fell in love with in the first place?

What I thought
Only hours after finishing the third book in this series did I start reading Here Without You. I’ve said before that Tammara Webber’s writing is addictive and I couldn’t wait to find out how things were going to turn out for Reid and Dori. This final book in the series is told through multiple characters, two of which are Reid and Dori while there are also a couple of others although I won’t mention names. I love the way that Tammara Webber brings in not only the main characters but others around them as it makes for a much more interesting story.

In this book, Reid and Dori have finally admitted their feelings for each other and are now in a relationship, even if it is a secret one. Dori’s parents don’t approve of Reid and she’s about to head off to Berkley to start college. Even though they’re together, her life is still so different from Reid’s. He’s a Hollywood star while she’s studying to be a Social Worker. Since the previous book, Dori has definitely learned to take chances, especially when it comes to things she really wants – namely, Reid. She’s begun to fight for what she believes in and is coming to realise that her parents can’t run her life for her. Even though I liked Dori before this book, I ended up liking her a whole lot more this time around.

Then there is Reid. Once the bad boy, womaniser, the guy who didn’t give a crap about anyone but himself, he’s changed. Dori’s influence on him has inspired Reid to become a better person and to generally do better things. Gone is the arrogant, full of himself play boy and instead, there is a sweet, caring and thoughtful young man standing in his place. I don’t think I could be more proud of a fictional character. Even with him being a changed man, the Reid I began to love was still there. He’s hot and he knows it but he now uses that in a playful way instead of to get everything he wants. Honestly, there is so much character development with Reid. But, it isn’t all in this book – that has happened from book one all the way up until book four.

Something I love about Tammara Webber’s books is that she isn’t all about the romance. Yes, there are some fabulous scenes between Dori and Reid as we watch their relationship go to the next level but there is so much more than that. Here Without You has, in my opinion, the best plot in this series. Reid and Dori have their own things going on so it was interesting to see how they coped with a long distance relationship. Obviously, Reid’s money and the ability to fly to Dori whenever he wanted helped matters. But, there is more. Reid has one big secret that Dori doesn’t know about and this is one of the main focuses of the book. For those who have read the other books in the series, if I say Brooke is back you might know what that secret is all about. If you haven’t, I don’t want to ruin everything.

Here Without You tackles issues from Reid’s past and how things can come back when you least expect it. I really loved how characters from previous books were brought back in order to help Reid figure out his life and what he really wants. This plot also helped Reid to become an even better man and to realise that he made some massive mistakes when he was younger. There are some great messages in this book about trust, getting a second chance in life and also how to make up for things you wished you’d done differently.

I cannot say enough about how much I loved this book. I am sad it was the end of such a different series in the new adult genre though but I will definitely be reading anything Tammara Webber writes from now on. 

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