Lily of the Valley is Jack’s story and, although some portions of the story overlap, it is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger. You do not need to read Forget Me Not to read Lily of the Valley.
“No one tells you about pain. They tell you that it hurts, that sometimes it’s consuming. What they don’t tell you is that it’s not the pain that can kill you. It’s the uncomfortable numbness that follows, the weakness in your body when you realize your lungs may stop taking in air and you just can’t exert enough energy to care. It’s the way taste and color and smell fade from the world and all you’re left with is a sepia print of misery. That’s when the shift starts – the movement from passive to active. I fall asleep, hoping that the morning will bring back the pain. At least the pain is a thing.”
Plagued by a dark past, Jack sees college as a way out. Desperate to escape the area where he grew up, the people who know his secrets, and his own family, he deals with his problems through alcohol and meaningless sex.
When he first sees Lily, she’s the epitome of everything he hates. Yet something about her makes Jack rethink everything he knows and assumes about other people. Now, with the help of his best friend and lover, Jack has to decide if he wants to pursue something that he knows will only end badly.
Can Lily be one of the few people who can see Jack for who he really is – or will his darkness be too much for her to handle?
Maybe if I had read the 1st book I would have enjoyed this more, I didn’t realise this was a 1.5 book and not the first. I didn’t really understand Jack and Alana’s relationship at first, so that kind of put me off. There is Lots of sex! Now that’s not always a bad thing but sometimes you need more of a storyline & the rest was depressing. Not that life isn’t sometimes just sh*t…I personally just need a little more happy. the story was ok but there seemed to be more superficial stuff like the sex, and less gritty story line, for me it was an ok read but didn’t keep me focused in the book for long I would read a bit then come back to it later to read a bit more, I like to be held captive inside a book right to the end.