Carnage - The Story of Me #2 by Lesley Jones
When your world, your life and all of your hopes and dreams for the future are ripped out from under you, how do you go on?
Death without dying is not only the most painful kind of death, it's also the most painful kind of life and I don't know if I'm strong enough to live it.
I spend my lonely days and nights trying to make sense of what my life has become. Do I have the strength to move forward into the light, or should I just let the darkness take me?
I'm Georgia Rae Layton McCarthy and this is the story of me, just me.
I'm no longer a part of an us, it's just me.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
'A poignant, emotional and unforgettable tale of second chances.' - Kelly, Perusing Princesses
After that rather devastating ending of Carnage 1: The Story of Us, I couldn’t wait to jump into this sequel because I needed to find a sense of closure. It is no secret that Lesley Jones did a real number on us and I wasn’t sure how Georgia was going to pull back from that kind of devastating loss.
From the offset we are thrown back into that darkness, that all-consuming grief is palpable and heartbreaking, and even though I expected it to be there, I needed to see a way out; thankfully it didn’t take long for the direction of this sequel to change dramatically.
A trip to Australia is just what the head doctor ordered, and it is in this time that we see Georgia tentatively move forward, her wings start to unfold, and even though it takes a while for her to sour the makings of a new beginning are there providing the reader with a much needed and fun deflection.
When a no strings attached love affair starts with an Australian surfer, Georgia’s guilt at finding solace within the arms of another is at the forefront of her mind, even though she isn’t technically doing anything wrong, letting go of Sean was never going to be easy. Like a band-aid, she rips it off quick and indulges in a few very wild weeks.
Her cousin is working hard on a new club that is due to open in Sidney, and when Georgia gets an invite to open night, she decides to make it her last stop before returning back home to her family in Essex. She just never expected to bump into her past.
Mr TDH (Tall, Dark and Handsome) aka Cameron King is making the most of going legit. His clubs have made a real name for themselves over the last ten years and his new offering in the city of Sidney is no exception.
He never expected to see her again, the only woman he ever loved and lost to the rock star who had it all. Now he’s gone, and Kitten is very much alone. Cameron should be elated at the chance of reuniting with the love of his life, but in actual fact he is terrified. Kitten hurt him once, and he barely survived, he wouldn’t be able to go through it a second time.
Georgia has missed him. Over the years he has never been far from her mind, he gave her everything; strength, love, the best sex of her life, but it was always Sean, back then she could never see pass the man she loved from the age of 11.
But what happens when the tables turn, and Georgia realises that she’s loved Cam all along and wants him back in her life?
Can Cameron forgive Georgia and let her back into his home, and his heart?
Can Georgia really open her heart again and let Cameron in after everything that’s happened between them?
And how will her family react at the news that only after a year of Sean’s passing she is finally ready to move on and love another?
I can’t tell you, you have to experience this for yourself, but know that there are some more bumps along the way. The paparazzi are still interested in the young widow, and the fans are not going to forgive easily, and that's only the beginning of their problems.
Now that's what you call a wrap! I absolutely loved this two part series, it has everything that makes a good story great, including some much needed humour. After the angst fuelled roller-coaster of book one I am so pleased this went in a slightly different direction while remaining sympathetic to Sean and Beau's memory. I would have hated this story to go any other way, it could only have ever been Cam to fill those shoes.
Yes, there were a few things that didn’t come across entirely believable and one episode at an airport toilet that made me cringe, because it seems a little off-kilter in connection with the character. Georgia also tends to find herself in the most craziest of situations, but the injected humour really helped. Ash is a riot, I just love her. And there is one scene at the Layton house at around 49% that had me in hysterics - so yes, there are some unresolved issues in the beginning, but later on it just makes for an interesting ride.
The angst train rolls in but it is resolved pretty quickly which I was grateful for. I do love my angst but if it was delivered in abundance here, it wouldn’t have worked, we had enough of that in Carnage 1 and my heart just wouldn't have coped. This sequel is more about the healing and moving forward, while fixing certain discrepancies of the past.
If you want something real and honest that touches on the harder aspects of life, only to find closure and acceptance at the end, then read this series, because it is one journey you won’t forget anytime soon.