Having never read a Debra Anastasia book before, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this. All I knew is after reading the blurb, I couldn’t not read it. First and foremost, I have to say that ‘For All the Evers’ was one of the most romantic, epic tales I’ve read in a long time. This story is about finding your true love, your soulmate and finding your happily ever after, but it’s also a story that honors war veterans as well. I loved how the author did that in such a heartwarming, respectful way. It was an equally heartbreaking and heartwarming story that really touched my heart, made me think and made me feel.
“Remember this. Remember us…know that I love you more than time.”
Fallen’s life is not easy at the moment. She’s a 21 years old young woman who’s struggling to take care of his young brother. Since their mother is an alcoholic who stopped being a mother a long time ago, Fallen to provide for her and her brother, was forced to drop out of college. She got a new job, at the Hotel Revel, cleaning all the rooms on the fifth floor. When she finds out that one of the rooms, room 514, is never occupied, Fallen doesn’t question it too much. However, she’s intrigued when she’s warned never to fall asleep there. But Fallen falls asleep in room 514 and she’s transported in a strange world, a world where everything seems so real, too real no to wonder if it’s the real world. There she meets Lad, a weird, creepy man who doesn’t seem trustworthy at all and Thomas, a handsome soldier who unfortunately for her seems to be as confused as she is.
Thomas doesn’t know anything about his new “reality” or why he’s there, but he knows he feels a strong connection with Fallen, being very attracted with her.
“When you looked at me? I felt like I’d been waiting to see you my whole life, that my soul was off center until you put your arms around me. I felt safe, and until then I hadn’t even been sure what safe was.”
Fallen continues to fall asleep in room 514 every Thursday, meeting with her soldier, sharing everything that is to share with each other. Both of them try to make their dream a reality, both of them trying in their worlds to find the other. As time passes, they have many obstacles to overcome, for both of them the most important thing being the need to give the other all the evers.
”I’ll love you for all the evers I get.” She blew a kiss, and the wisp of him washed away with the sentiment.”
‘For All the Evers’ was unique, refreshing, deeply touching, beautifully written story. It gave me all the feels and I honestly enjoyed every minute of it. I loved the premise, mainly because I’ve never read a story like this and I enjoyed how the plot unfolded as the story progressed. Fallen and Thomas’s story was as I mentioned above romantic before anything else. Debra Anastasia did a wonderful job with the romantic aspect here, blending the passion, the magic, drama and angst in a very enthralling way. Some events will keep you at the edge of your seat, but some events will make you smile and swoon like never before, because these two characters’ love story was one of a kind.
“With you, it’s like my heart’s opening up, and I’m terrified to feel, after all this time. Yet I don’t have a choice. No matter where I am, I draw your face whenever I get a scrap of paper.”
I loved Fallen and Thomas’s portrayals. They were well developed, endearing characters I loved reading about. I liked how determined Fallen was to do anything in her power her dream to become reality, how much she fought for what she loved, but also her loyalty towards her brother, her strength and her selflessness. Thomas was that kind of hero you wish to read about in every single romance novel. Like Fallen, I fell deeply for him. His sweet words, his personality and the way he cared and loved Fallen as the story unfolded warmed my heart. His passion and devotion meant everything to me as much as it meant to Fallen.
The story is written entirely from Fallen’s point-of-view. I liked being in her head and feel everything she experienced as the story progressed, but I would have liked at least some parts to be In Thomas’s point-of-view.
What didn’t work for me was how abrupt the ending was. Everything concluded too fast for my liking, so I truly think an epilogue would have helped.
All in all, ‘For All the Evers’ was a beautiful, compelling, though-provoking read that I highly recommend if you are looking for an epic love story or for something unique.
“I bet you were adorable.” He put his knuckle under her chin and encouraged her to lift her head. She rolled back over and settled against his shoulder.
“I don’t want to be adorable. I want to be impossible.”
“How do you mean?” He kissed her forehead.
“I want to be impossible for you to forget, impossible for you to keep your hands off of.” She leaned up for a kiss.
“You’re my impossible then. Have no fear.” He tenderly reminded her he was her impossible, too, with his lips.
She put her hand against his stomach and snuggled in. “This is my spot. Right here. With you—it’s home.”
He swallowed before talking to the ceiling. “My heart was like a fist. Where I am? It’s not a place you plan to survive. I’ve been there for years, and it’s not about skill; it’s not even about luck. You get strapped into a machine, and fate’s driving. You can’t get out even if you want to. So you submit to it. You harden your soul. You get ready to die.”
He shifted, rolling on top of her. She sighed in contentment. Being beneath him made her feel safe and secure.
He kissed her lips, then the tip of her nose, before continuing. “But with you, it’s like my heart’s opening up, and I’m terrified to feel, after all this time. Yet I don’t have a choice. No matter where I am, I draw your face whenever I get a scrap of paper.”
He laughed a little. “We found a puppy, and I named it Fallen, just so I could say your name over and over. The guys think I’m crazy—such a strange name for a dog. But I don’t care. I’m gasping for you every moment I’m awake. And I’m making choices to keep me alive through the week.”
His eyes searched hers. “What if I’m not as tough as I was in the beginning? God, I hope no one is affected by my distraction with this. But in the end there’s you. Only you. Do what you have to to get back to me when you’re awake. You have to. I need you more than air, more than life right now. The softness of you, the tenderness in your eyes when you see me. I’m trying to force fate to throw me in your direction. To hurl me at you somehow. I don’t know if it will work. But I’m praying for it.”
Fallen touched his face, then his neck. “I will do everything I can to find you.”
About the Author:
Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination. What an amazing job that is. The stories hit her hard while driving the minivan or shaving her legs, especially when there’s no paper and pen around. In all of the lies she writes she hides her heart, so thank you for letting it play in your mind.
Debra has now published the Seraphim Series, the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, the Gynazule Series, The Revenger and Booty Camp Dating Service. Her novella, Late Night with Andres is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) ForAll The Evers is her latest romantic suspense.
You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared…
Enter Giveaway Below!
There is a giveaway for signed paperback of For All the Evers and Saving Poughkeepsie, signed hand crafter holiday ornaments, Booty Camp Dating Service ring, Poughkeepsie lip balm and cardboard keychain, and XL One More Chapter t-shirt.