Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds
When Cash Mayson was forced to choose between the love of his life and his unborn child, he knew exactly what he had to do. No matter how broken it left him.
When Lilly Donovan was forced to accept that the guy she loved most wasn't who she thought he was and became a single mother, she knew exactly what she had to do. Proving just how strong she was. What happens when years later you find out that everything you thought you knew was a lie?
Can two people who once loved each other overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them and fall in love all over again?
Cash Mayson had forgotten how it felt to be loved until Lilly came back into his life. And now that he remembers, he will do everything within his power to keep not only the woman that he loves, but also his children. The power of love is a beautiful thing.
Having already read Until Jax, I already knew many of the plot points of this book making this book rather anticlimactic in many ways. The fact that I still really enjoyed it underscores the extreme readability of Aurora Rose Reynold's writing. She has a style that really pulls me in and makes me feel that I am just listening to some great friends telling me a great story.
When Lilly and Cash see each other at a trampoline center where their children are playing they can't believe it. Lilly, whose heart was broken by Cash when he broke up with her the night after they slept together and made it clear he wanted nothing to do with her or her baby, just wants to get out of there with her daughter and pretend she never saw Cash again. What are the odds she would see him just months after moving back to Tennessee after living in Alaska for three years?
Cash is stunned to see both Lilly and her daughter, who is the spitting image of his son Jax, leaving Cash without doubt that he is the father. The fact that Lilly never told him she was pregnant breaks his heart--he hated breaking up with her but when Jax's mother threatened to abort him if he didn't marry her, his hands were tied. When he finds out that Lilly tried to tell him, he can only figure that Jax's mother intercepted the texts and try to make amends.
Lilly realizes that Cash was as much a victim as she was and does her very best not to hold the past against him. Her mature reaction--and her ability to stick to her decision to let it go--were extremely admirable. It would have been so easy to throw it in Cash's face, but she never does. She decides to take Cash's desire to get to know his daughter at face value and does everything she can to facilitate a relationship between Cash and Ashlyn. She also can't help mothering Jax who quickly soaks up the maternal love that he doesn't receive from his own mother whom he only sees on strictly supervised visits, when she bothers to stick around for them. Cash, realizing he has received a rare second chance, is determined to bring both Lilly and Ashlyn into his life, his home, and his heart.
Jax and Ashlyn were delightful although they both seemed to be about a year older than described in the book, a small quibble. Cash and Lilly were also pretty great--two people who wanted to try to build a new relationship together but who always determined to put their children first. They truly were an amazing couple and I really enjoyed watching their journey together. The rest of the Mayson clan makes frequent appearances and they are as much fun as they were in the other two books I have read (Until Jax, Until November). While there is nothing groundbreaking in the book, the writing is solid, the romance believable, and the characters fun to know. I can certainly recommend this one to anyone out there who enjoys strong contemporary romances. There is something truly satisfying watching two people get the happy ever after they most assuredly deserve while the person who has tried so hard to keep them apart gets their just desserts.