Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated into over fifteen languages. When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book or hanging out with her family.
ღ 𝐔𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐋 𝐈 𝐆𝐄𝐓 𝐘𝐎𝐔 ღ Is a full length sports romance book by author Claire Contreras. Spoken in dual perspectives. HERO: Lachlan Duke HEROINE: Lyla James Marichal
What you'll get: 💋 Obsessed hero 💋 Revenge 💋 Sports romance 💋 Opposites attract 💋 Second chance romance
Lachlan was the hottest man about town, everyone wanted a piece of him especially the girls who unashamedly threw themselves at him. He was on the fast track ticket for the NHL. He meets Lyla at a party and straight away he's captivated by her, the frumpy oversized clothing and the sass that comes quickly, with her unapproachable resting bitch face, he's never met anyone quite like her.
he'd never had to chase anyone before. Until her..He'd chase her to the ends of the earth if he had too.
Lyla has some deep dark baggage, anyone she gets close to could be in danger, only a select few know her secrets, and they too are keeping tight lipped. Death surrounds her.. She's lost so much, and given up so much of herself.
Wowzas! This was like a puzzle, missing pieces not creating the whole story, each chapter or so giving us more details to create the full picture, nothings fully divulged until about the end, it definitely keeps you invested in the storyline.
This had all those mushy feels we readers love to chase, the giggles with these two erupted freely, the feels we’re spontaneous, the twists and turns had my eyes glued to the pages. This was the perfect Easter 🐣 read! Coffee, chocolate and a good book, a girl couldn’t ask for more.
Until I Get You starts out as a college sports romance, then turns into a romantic suspense/darkish romance. I am not always the biggest romantic suspense fan, but Claire Contreras does it so well. This book hooked me from the start and was impossible to stop listening to.
Lachlan is the star hockey player on his college team and a shoo-in for the NHL. He meets Lyla at a party and is captivated by her. Lyla has a few close friends, but aside from that she keeps to herself and doesn't let anyone in. She never used to be that way, but she's been through a lot and it's changed her. Either way, Lachlan can't keep away from Lyla and eventually wears her down. Just as Lyla thinks things may be able to work, something big happens and has her taking off.
Fast forward three years later and Lachlan has finally found Lyla again. He's not letting her get away this time. I love a good possessive/obsessed hero and that's exactly what Lachlan Duke was. Was it a little over the top at times? Sure. But I didn't even care. I loved how much he loved Lyla. He might have been intense and obsessed but he was also completely devoted to her and I was here for it. I love those 'touch her and die' vibes. Lyla was great too and so strong. They were perfect together even though they had a lot standing in their way.
I love sports romances and I loved that this wasn't your typical sports romance. It went deeper and darker and Claire did a fantastic job with it. It was the perfect blend of angsty, dark, suspenseful, and had me smiling and laughing a few times as well. Lyla goes through a lot and I was rooting for her. I loved watching her come into her own. This one is definitely a must read.
Audio book source: BookFunnel (arc) Story Rating: 4.5 stars Narrators: Joe Arden & Kasha Kensington Narration Rating: 4.5 stars Genre: Romance Length: 15h 12m
5 "I've Always Been Yours" stars! (ARC provided by author)
Lachlan Duke is a college student at Fairview University and one of the best hockey players in the country. His star continues to rise as he's preparing to be drafted to the NHL. It seemed like everyone wanted a piece of him, but the only thing he's passionate about is hockey. Then he attends a random party that turns his world upside down when Lyla James Marichal catches his attention. She was indifferent, unapproachable and completely unimpressed by him, but he was intrigued and wanted to know her. He'd never chased a girl before, but he felt this overwhelming connection he wanted to explore. She affected him and he becomes totally fixated and obsessed with her. He's determined to get her to give him a chance. He's finally found something real, and then loses it in an instant when she disappears. He does everything in his power to find her, and after three years he's angry, bitter, and holds a major grudge. Once he finds her will they get their happy ending, or will he become her worst nightmare and biggest regret?
Until I Get You by Claire Contreras is a standalone, opposites attract, college, sports, second chance romance with dark themes, fabulous banter, humor, emotion, angst, mystery, danger, suspense, and on fire chemistry. It's told in dual POV in two parts. Part one is the past and reads as a college sports romance. It hooked me from the start and was fantastic. Then we get part two that completely consumed me and kept me up till 3am. I could not put this book down. It's my favorite by Claire and definitely in my top reads of 2023. It's one of the most unique stories I've read. I loved both parts so much! I feel like we truly get everything with this book, but what I enjoyed most was discovering the many layers that make up this beautiful complex man. He's cocky, sexy, possessive, and even swoony, but unhinged Lach was absolutely delish! He's all kinds of extra, and I was there for it! <333
This was underwhelming. The story started off interesting but ultimately I didn’t feel the connection between the two main love interests. This story is broken down into two parts; the first part is set in the past when the characters are younger; the second half is three years later. The first half is your typical college hockey romance story and the second half is them as adults dealing with the issues presented in the first half.
What was missing for me is the fact that the author kept telling me how deep these people were connected but not really showing that connection. I am not sure if just getting angry at each other all the time is proving how much you love someone. Also I do feel like some parts were missing in the story; one minute she has a dark secret to tell and in the next moment the hero already knows that secret ( which hadn’t been revealed on page).
I will also say I did feel the length of this book, and was quite annoyed as the story progressed. Lots of nothingness until the big showdown with the main villain. There are definitely lots of dark themes but the storyline was all over the place that I couldn’t really follow. Unfortunately this was a miss for me.
Don’t call me to lecture me on my gray fucking morals. It’s her fault I’m like this.”
This book was insanely good! It has romance, humour, witt, darkness and is full of angst. Take the trigger warnings seriously though because some scenes are graphic. I was obsessed with the story from start to finish. The way Lachlan chased Lyla and broke down her walls in the beginning was interesting to see. However I enjoyed the second half much more. All the characters were captivating. I adored Lyla and the things she went through alone were literally so heartbreaking. Lachlan was right about her smiles, those were rare but whenever she laughed, I felt so happy! Lachlan was the only person who could make her feel safe and protected and she was his everything, it's why their pair worked so much. Overall, the book has a gritty storyline and the characters will keep you interested. I wasn't feeling some of the books that the author released before this but this book was one hell of a comeback! It was nothing new but still a banger ;-p
“I’m always numb unless you’re around. You make me feel.”
Lyla and Lachlan’s story is an emotional rollercoaster to say the very least. Lachlan is the guy who can love them and leave them, Lyla is the girl who is closed off for… reasons. These are not two people you think are going to have an instant draw to one another, and yet. Lachlan gives boy obsessed/falls first a new meaning. This man is smitten for Lyla even though she doesn’t plan to give him the time of day. Clearly this is a romance, so it doesn’t quite go as she plans, but alas. This book, while emotional and sweet when it comes to their love also has some heavy/dark themes that it explores. I was on the edge of my seat towards the middle and end of this story for multiple reasons. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’m pretty much leaving it at that, but know that this one gets intense and covers dark topics.
All in all this was a great read. I loved Lachlan and Lyla’s story no matter how bumpy it was and I actually fell for many of the side characters. I’m kind of hoping we get some more in this world. I feel like the author set it up so it could happen even if this one stands alone fully.
I love it very much when the heroine have so many guys liking her and wants her 😛 Not only the hero🤣 Also i love it very much that the hero, when he saw the heroine for the first time, he immediately went so very possessive over her 🥺❤️ MY KIND OF BOOK!
The story is not boring, the start of the book is very much fast and detailed and not too much of bullsh*t 🤣 If you know what i mean😅
THE STORY is romantic, mysterious, interesting, mysterious, emotional, sad, deception, sweet and young adult love☺️ Even though it start with the couple being a college student and them being young and athletes so they have to go out to parties (but not too much), THEIR RELATIONSHIP is very much safe and romantic tho. Not too childish and definitely not too annoying… cause sometimes in other book a couple who are in college and start their relationship there, there can be conflicts and complications of them being so young so they can do reckless and annoying childish things that made the story more annoying than ever. It’s so hard these days to find a college young adult love story that is safe and not childish😅
THE LOVE STORY about this couple is just incredibly beautiful 🥺🥺🥺❤️❤️❤️ The chemistry between them and their love is just ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I SAY “AWW” MANY TIMES 🥺
Also you have to be patient and try to enjoy reading this book because it’s a long one. But that’s the best part 🥺❤️
The hero is my favorite character in this book. He loves the heroine so much, like more than anything. I can see it and i can freaking feel it! Like he really needs her like an air to breathe. Like she’s everything he needs. I lost count on how many times he declared and say his love and his obsession to the heroine🥺 Too many! And it’s freakin romantic it made me cried🥺 I want that kind of husband😋
“I don’t know if there’s something that goes beyond love, but whatever it is, that’s what I feel for you.”
Even the beginning of the story is freakin interesting!
THE STORY begins with the hero and heroine in college life. The hero was top of his game and life with his hockey reputation and also with his manwhor3 ways at the time. He was IT guy, every guy likes him and every girl wants him. Then one night he goes to a party, he suddenly saw a beautiful girl on the wall just watching the whole party without even socializing. He was also curious because the girl is wearing a baggy clothes when many girls at the party is wearing tight sexy ones. He get closer to the girl and made a small talk to her. He immediately admits to himself that she is gorgeous woman… Her response was so short to him and doesn’t even know who he is which hurt his ego so much🤣 He became more and more curious with the girl who doesn’t know who he is when every girl at college knows who is like everybody knows. Then he continue to talk to her and he always get the same answer, short ones. She doesn’t even flirt with him or try to talk him even more. Which confuses him even more… Then he named her “goddess and the personality of Wednesday Addams” 🤣 Then one of the heroine’s best friend and also the hero’s friend came over and say hi to both of them. He was handsy the hero said🤣 Then the friend made them shake their hand and introduced themselves. Once their hands touches “her touch sent an odd electric jolt through me” and it made his hand keep her hand longer… That’s when the hero is so curious about the heroine and made him chase her so much… Like chase and keep on chasing her till she finally lets him in 🥺❤️
He then meet the heroine’s best friend slash roommate, the roommate thought he wants her so she asked him to go to her place. He did go but DIDN’T have s3x with her or even do anything sexual with her. Nope. He only goes because he knew that the roommate lives with the heroine so he can know the address of the heroine and want to see the heroine even more 😋😏❤️ The hero only dropped the roommate and promise to pick her up tomorrow to see the heroine again. Then when he picked her up the next day to go to a party, they did go to that and the hero let the roommate sit on his lap which is annoying. But still he never lets her do anything more though… Still it was a annoying move but i will take it as a good note😅 After that the roommate notice the hero only likes the heroine so she suggest him to make his move and give him little insight about the heroine. Soon after the hero really only pursue the heroine ❤️
‼️‼️‼️SAFE ROMANTIC very hot and mysterious thrilling love story. Safe all the way!
‼️‼️‼️TRIGGERS: R*pe and this is from the heroine so it was pretty tragic and sad, death, car accident, murder, hospital, killing, alcohol, high on violence, PTSD and stalker.
‼️‼️‼️LOVE IN FIRST SIGHT.
Both of them and especially the hero can’t stop thinking about wanting the heroine 🥺 the hero Immediately says to the guys who is his teammates to not get closer to the heroine no matter what lol. He claimed the heroine even before she knows anything about him😏 And he do that in front of everyone…
‼️‼️‼️NO VIRGINS But both are celibate for quite some time and always used condoms with others. They went bare after couple of times and it was a first for them.
‼️‼️‼️THE HERO IS INSANELY OVER THE TOP POSSESSIVE PROTECTIVE HOCKEY PLAYER BILLIONAIRE ALPHA MALE. (His father owns a billionaire company and gave it to them his kids so the hero is a billionaire as well). The hero before he meet the heroine, is a total manwhor3 though. But I’m so glad that he and the heroine never ever meet one of his fvck buddy or ex! Only twice a woman touches the hero but that was before him and the heroine is official though😅 But after they were officially together, both never ever meet with any of that ex fvck buddy or ex something…
The hero’s personality is very much like Aiden from Rina Kent twisted kingdom. Seriously. The hero always hard and rough with everybody but so gentle to the heroine. And only her… The heroine is the first girl he ever talked to his mom about. Even before they were official. The hero is very good at hockey, very alpha male in every way and gets angry easily when it comes to the heroine 🥺
‼️‼️‼️THE HEROINE. The heroine been through a lot like really a lot of traumatic past. She witnessed something she shouldn’t see in her young age and that made her personality very much closed off person. She’s very much an introvert. She doesn’t like to talked to many people and doesn’t like to say a lot even to her best friends… She claimed herself to always feel numb and only the hero who made her feel for the first time in years ❤️ The heroine is well known are very beautiful and gorgeous woman ever. Popular at school and at campus as well cause how beautiful she is. Everybody wants her and everybody adores her even though she’s a mayor daughter. She’s not arrogant and dislike rich things which is odd lol. The heroine even put airplane mode all the time on her phone cause sbe said in that way she can deal people when she wants to which is exactly like me🤣 SHE KNOWS HOW TO PLAY BEER PONG like a freakin PRO!!!! So impressive 😚 Her personality is also known to be sad most of the time and can be selfish too. She’s sassy but not too sassy… She sometimes let the silence takes over the conversation. She’s also in med school and a then doctor and then a pro soccer player! 🤩 Tbh i only liked her like 60% cause of how selfish she can be but because of her sad past i sympathize with her…
The heroine HAVE SO MANY GUYS liking her and tries to flirt with her. So many scenes like that which is amazing! I love that so much!!! I love it when the heroine have many guys liking her like all the time! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(If you have any books recommendation that the heroine have many guys liking her all the time then let me know) 🙏🏼
‼️‼️‼️NO EX GIRLFRIEND AND EX FVCK BUDDY EVER SHOWS UP FROM BOTH OF THEM….
‼️‼️‼️AGE: they’re both are in a young age like bellow 20’s.
‼️‼️‼️THE HERO IS INSANELY OBSESSED AND WANTS THE HEROINE EXTREMELY SO BAD….
Even when the heroine is mad at him and so hard on him about it, he tries so hard to convince her that he is sorry. He will feel sooo bad if the heroine treat him bad or give him silent treatment 🥺
I lost count on how many times he proclaimed his love and obsession to her cause its many! The hero loves everything about the heroine. Always saying that many times🥺 Her body, her soul, her heart, her eyes, everything. He wants her all the time, every time she dressed up or shows up in whatever clothes she wants, his hard for her immediately and can’t stop. He always say that if he doesn’t have her now then he will die lol. Seriously the hero’s love for the heroine so freakin big❤️❤️
“I don’t say any of this aloud — ever — because I know how insane It'll sound. I fell completely in love with her. What I feel for her now isn’t love. I don’t know what it is, but I know it’s unhealthy as fuck. I also know she’s the only antidote”
“My brain would feel like you’re in one of those mirror things at a carnival, where you see yourself everywhere.” “Those things are scary,” I say “I didn’t say it wasn’t scary in there. I’m just saying, all you’d find in there is yourself.” “And hockey,” I respond. “Yeah.” He nods in agreement. “But mostly you.” 🥺❤️
“When we finally walk out of his office, he holds my hand and introduces me to everyone on his floor. He does the same on every floor of the building that he visits, including Liam’s.” (His brother). That so cute of the hero to do that❤️
“Of course, that’s what she’s worried about. I can’t remember the last time I prayed. I gave up on faith a long time ago, but the fact that I got lucky enough to land this woman twice, really makes me question my belief system. know I don’t deserve her. No one does, though, so if someone is going to have her, it’s going to be me.”
“She was perfect for me. If it were up to me, I’d propose tomorrow and lock her down right now. Other guys going pro were excited about the puck bunnies they’d get now, but I was over that life. I’d been there, done that, bought the shirt, and Lyla James burned it. I only wanted her. Of course, proposing was out of the question. I may be ready to get it over with, but I had to respect her decision of wanting to wait” (and this is after they dated for two months which is so romantic of him)
‼️‼️‼️VERY EXTREMELY HOT SMUT SCENES EVER! They do it many times and so freakin hot. Like the hero likes to worship the heroine’s body so much and likes to touch her all the freakin time😏😏😏
“I wanted to take the damn condom off — something I’d never done — and fucking mark her with my seed.”
“When I finally reached her pussy, I paused to admire her. She was fucking perfect.”
‼️‼️‼️IT HAD SEPARATION FOR THREE YEARS. And the reason was pretty reasonable and the heroine thought it was the right thing to do for the hero.
THE HERO WAS CELIBATE AND NEVER EVER GO TO ANYONE ELSE IN THOSE THREE YEARS. NEVER EVER. HE EVEN SACRIFICE A LOT FOR THE HEROINE TO FIND HER AND TO GO AFTER HER WHEN HE FINALLY FOUND HER WHEREABOUTS. The hero even can’t stop thinking about her during those separation times when he was player pro hockey with his team. Even his teammates knows about it as well.
“but without her, I felt like I was dying a slow death anyway, so what’s the point? Hockey went from being an escape to becoming a burden. Each time I scored, she was all I could think about. Each time my skates hit the ice became a reminder that it was another moment without her, so I hung them up. I don’t regret it at all.”
But the heroine annoyingly and unfortunately have s3x with her coworker one time though. And that also made me doesn’t like the heroine. Like what the fvck author?! 😅 you make the hero celibate and never ever have s3x or even have another woman beside him in those three years separation but you made the heroine do that? 💀 So annoying as fvck🙄🙄
Also she didn’t confessed to the hero about it which is odd💀 this situation makes me want to give it 4 stars instead but because i love their love story and the hero’s amazing love for her, i give it 5 stars. And that made me doesn’t love the heroine so much😂
‼️‼️‼️SOOOO MANY. MANY JEALOUS SCENES FROM THE HERO THAT I LOST COUNT 😏😏😏 I LOVE IT! But i never thought it would be that many 🤣 SO MANY! Even in the beginning of the relationship, the hero went all possessive towards the heroine like no other! And throughout the book the hero is always like that. So so jealous even to little things that involved the heroine😆❤️
“She was leaving. Where? With who? I gripped the book tighter, wishing it was her hand. Her waist. Her throat.”
“She’s off the table, because i said so. Lyla is off the table unless you want to lose your fingers. I’m not fucking around.” (And this is even before they were dating and the hero already claimed the heroine in front of everyone)
“If one of you touches her, I will kill you. If you flirt with her, I will kill you, Don’t look at her. Don’t talk to her. Don’t even fucking think about her.”
“But instead of focusing on them, I’m brooding over this picture. I’ve taken ownership of a smile, and now I’m jealous of a fucking child for taking it.”
“He winks. If she notices, it doesn’t show. Who the fuck is this guy? When she turns around and leads his daughter to the field, he blatantly checks her out. I snap a picture of him and send it to Liam. Me: who is this? Liam: we can’t use facial recognition on every guy who talks to Lyla. fucking ask her who it is Me: i need you to find out who he is and hack into his phone and delete his pictures Can you do what I’m asking? This guy’s a creep. He has too many pictures of her on his phone. It’s disturbing.”
(When a younger guy tries to flirt with the heroine) “That doesn’t work on me. And two, I have too much baggage that I would never dump on you.” “And three, she’s taken,” Lach says behind me. 😆
“All I could do was think about that little fucker Barlow. I didn’t even take his picture. I know he’s not a threat, but seeing her laugh with him was too much for me.”
“You can’t just scare off every man who comes near me. “No? Watch me.”
“Marissa: Coop asked ab you Me: what’d you tell him? Marissa: that you had a fam emergency and went oot Marissa: i think he’s going to ask you out when you get back Lachlan signals for me to hand the phone to him. I look up with a frown but hand it to him anyway, because I’m curious to see what he’s going to do next. Me: mar, it’s lachlan, do me a favor and tell him to go fuck himself Marissa: LMAO i can’t do that Me: tell him she got back together with her ex and that he proposed and they got married right away and she’s very very very happy. tell that shit head wade the same thing. and whoever else I didn’t meet and wants to fuck lyla.” 🤣🤣🤣🤣😆😆❤️❤️❤️❤️
‼️‼️‼️IT HAS PUSHING AWAY FROM THE HEROINE FOR COUPLE OF TIMES BUT NOT TOO ANNOYING AND NOT TOO MUCH….
The hero never ever push the heroine away….
‼️‼️‼️DRAMA WITH STALKER, family and friends. No drama with OW. Only with OM but not too annoying tho… And not too much… other drama is about themselves 😅
Married and pregnant ❤️
Still very much in love and going strong as they should be ❤️
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I seriously loved this book! Until I Get You is the story of Lachlan and Lyla who are both college students. Lachlan is super popular and riding high when he meets Lyla who completely rebuffs his advances. But he's persistent and eventually Lyla caves and they fall in love despite Lyla's insistence they keep their relationship secret. She has a terrible secret she's afraid to tell him, but on the day she's supposed to tell him, Lyla disappears. Lachlan's life falls apart, but he's relentless in his pursuit and eventually finds her 3 years later, seemingly living her best life. And that's when things get interesting.
It went from a super sweet, but kind of stalker-y romance, to a tension filled emotional rollercoaster rid, to a nail biting thriller by the end, lol. Super intense. Kinda darkish. Until I Get You is well written, fast paced, and a storyline that just kept on giving. Lachlan wonderful. He's completely all in from the first meet and OBSESSED with his girl, his antics will have you laughing out loud. Lyla is really just trying her best to hold it all together and can't quite understand Lachlan's fascination with her especially with everything she does to try to dissuade him. She has tons of trauma that she's holding in the story is just gut-wrenching in spots. The chemistry between the two of them is fantastic and you totally become invested in their happy ended. Just a fantastic read!
Like a hockey super star obsessed playboy who finds kissing too intimate so he never kisses hook ups until he meets her and then ALLLL he can think about is kissing her. Lachlan had me FERALLLL.
I like dark romances and I like sports romances, but combine the two and I wasn’t sure what to think, but ok. Here for this.
From the moment Lachlan sees Lyla he is obsessed.
Lachlan is the star of the hockey team preparing for the draft, and Lyla is the reserved unattainable girl who has been through something traumatic in her past that has caused her to put up all these walls.
As we make our way through the book details begin to be unveiled about what happened to Lyla with an influential figure in her world that has her scared to be with anyone else for the fear of them getting hurt.
After an incident occurs that leaves both Lyla and Lachlan hurt, Lyla decides to remove herself from Lach’s life to keep him safe.
The middle of this book did slow down and drag on a bit as we transition to a few years later, but then it picks up as the details are unveiled!
The spice in this book is next level…..🥵 I am obsessed with Lach’s obsession and Lyla is strong AF!
This book was weird. It calls itself “dark,” but it’s not, really, it’s more just an angsty New Adult book that has an unusually obsessive / possessive hero.
The plot: Lachlan and Lyla (both 22) meet during their last year of college and fall in love. She’s got a stalker who has murdered some of her other loved ones. Lachlan is a hockey star. He’s a typical jock / player who never sleeps with the same girl twice….until he suddenly becomes obsessed with Lyla. When her stalker attacks them, Lyla runs away and changes her name, in an attempt to give Lachlan a normal life where he doesn’t have to worry about her stalker trying to kill him.
Part 2 jumps a few years later, to when they're 25. After Lachlan has a short pro hockey career, he goes to stalk Lyla and make her marry him. (So, Lyla has 2 stalkers. 1 evil one who is the villain, and 1 good one who is the hero. If that sounds a bit silly, yes!!). He’s mad at her for running away (and it doesn’t seem like he’s been with other women during their 3 year separation), so there's a lot of Angst between them.
What I liked about this book was that it DID try to do something interesting with Lachlan. Often in dark romance, the guy is obsessive / possessive from the start. Instead, this book made Lachlan evolve from being a seemingly normal guy to being a dark romance hero. (Or at least, being unhinged and obsessive / possessive. He doesn't really do much "dark" stuff besides stalk her). It’s a good idea. I’m not sure that it quite worked. But he was the best part of this book.
He was still a little bland. But, his thought process was often funny – like, I took out my phone and Googled how long I’d go to jail if I kidnapped her.
But, I found myself struggling to stay interested. It was too long with too many mundane scenes that should have been cut. I managed to not DNF just because Lachlan was kind of fun, and I wanted to find out how this would become "dark." I was waiting for the other shoe to drop with Lachlan, but that didn't amount to much. At first I thought maybe this could have the vibe of Torment: Part One, in terms having a tense and slow-lead up to the hero becoming increasingly deranged. But no, not really! This was just....slow.
As for Lyla, she was a bit boring. And I don't need heroines to always make perfect choices, but she made too many stupid ones. She'd been through a lot of trauma, but she also kind of had a martyr / victim complex. So much of this book didn’t need to happen if only she had TOLD Lachlan who her stalker was! (It also doesn't make sense why she stuck around town for college and didn't leave sooner to get away from her stalker). The whole stalker plot line had too many gaps in logic. It was also very obvious who the villain was even though this book tried to make it a mystery.
Lyla also does things like go to a party KNOWING that she will be running from the villain. But later, when he’s chasing her, she’s like “I’m wearing heels, so it’s hard to run away.” Why did she wear heels if she knew this was going to happen?!! This girl makes aggravating choices.
Anyway, this author had an interesting idea to try to do a book that slowly progress from being a normal New Adult angsty college book, to being a dark romance. It just didn’t really work. A lot of New Adult books have things like stalkers and heroines with traumatic pasts, anyway. So, it really was just a standard New Adult book, with a hero who was mildly more unhinged than usual. But it gets more than 2 stars for Lachlan, since he was entertaining.
“I don’t know if there’s something that goes beyond love, but whatever it is, that’s what I feel for you”
I don’t think I can quite put into words how I feel about this book. It was dark, it was emotional, it was steamy and it was heartwarming all in one. It had me in a chokehold the entirety of reading it.
“I walked around completely numb to everything before you came along and made me feel.”
I think the book is really good and the plot is great but it felt like some things weren’t really connected or things just popped up out of the blue. Like all of a sudden he knew she was raped but we didn’t get her actually telling him that. And then the last hockey game was confusing. Like did it happen or not? I don’t know if I just didn’t read that right or what. Like there’s the hockey game and then right after but then the next chapter is 4 hours earlier and then the game never happened?
The second half of the book was a lot better than the first half. I loved the enemies to lovers aspect of this part. I just really couldn’t get over the confusing time thing with the first half. I also really enjoyed the sports parts of the book and that it wasn’t just glossed over we actually got to see into their sports.
Like I said I could have just misunderstood the last hockey game but really other than that I really enjoyed the book.
500 pages of a man acting like the victim when the woman was literally abused and traumatized! how fun! let me tell you stalking your former girlfriend who left without telling you because of her own stalker THAT YOU KNEW ABOUT is not the answer friends!
Until I Get You is a new release I’ve heard nothing but good things for, I heard it was a dark romance with a hockey hero, second chance, and romantic suspense. And honestly this reading experience had me questioning if I even read the same book as others, cause this was not what I was expecting.
We first meet Lyla and Lachlan when they’re in college, they meet at a sorority party where she’s bored and doesn’t know who he is. Apparently he’s a big deal on campus as a hockey star and he can’t believe she doesn’t know who he is. He ends up falling right away and wants to know more about her/have her in his life. Lyla was a soccer player and has changed her look/personality recently because of some events in her past which we find out about as the story unfolds. We then jump to part 2 of the story (35% in) which takes us to 3 years later, after Lachlan and Lyla had split. A marriage contract comes about to help his get his inheritance.
I just thought the romance was going to be dark and have a stalker/obsessive hero, and that just isn’t what the book is. It’s dark-ish I suppose because of the heroine’s past. I also didn’t put it together before starting this that I had read a handful of books from this author before that hadn’t worked for me either. I didn’t like that we get told about their connection more than we get to see it. I don’t know, this just was underwhelming and not what I expected it to be. The audio is on hoopla though and it’s narrated by Joe Arden and Kasha Kensington which helped.
This book ended up surprising me in a way I didn’t expect. I went in blind other than knowing it was a dark hockey romance. Some authors have different definitions of what “dark” is, but trust meee, Claire did not!
I was rooting for Lyla, the heroine, so hard!! What she endured on and off the page is what made this story so dark and horrific. Now Lachlan was hot asf, but man did he have his own issues. He literally “stalked” the heroine during a certain section, but he had his reasons and when you mix love & obsession together it will make you do some crazy sh*t. This story was heavy and angsty like I crave sometimes, but ended up being not what I expected and so good!
Dark, twisty, gritty and oh so hot 🥵! Bravo, Claire👏🏽✨👏🏽
I don’t know why I put this book off for so long but boy do I regret it. This book was so so so good. My first read by this author & I really enjoyed it.
Lyla has been through a lot of really tough things for someone so young in life. To the point where she’s kind of just numb to everything & everyone. She’s become a shell of the person she used to be after quitting soccer & never going out with friends anymore.
She ends up going to a party one night which is where she meets Lachlan, a star player on her college’s hockey team. Despite Lyla’s prickly personality, Lachlan is obsessed with her instantly. After weeks of trying to get close to her, they finally give into their attraction towards & each other & get together. It doesn’t last long because something very traumatic happens to them & changes their lives in a huge way.
I really loved Lachlan. Give me a MMC that is super possessive & protective over his girl & I’m just an absolute goner. Lachlan would do literally anything for Lyla, including giving up his dreams. It was really sweet. I also really admired Lyla for how strong she was. I don’t think most people would survive everything she had been through.
I will say, I did see the the plot twist in this story coming from the beginning, but regardless I thought it was really good. The only thing I wish we got more of was their relationship in the beginning. I feel like it was very insta-lovey & I’m not a huge fan of that. I wanted to see more into their relationship so understand why they loved each other so much from the start. I also would’ve liked to see a little more push back from the characters once they found each other again.
Definitely check trigger warnings as this book deals with a lot of heavy topics.
Tropes: - Opposites Attract - Sports Romance - He Falls First - Alphamale - Boy Obsessed - Revenge
So much to unpack here…Lachlan, college hockey god who can get any woman he wants..except for…Lyla, troubled college girl trying to hide in baggy clothes. Lachlan is immediately drawn to her at a party standing by herself and guess what??.She didn’t care about him or know who he was😂Well he’s not use to the ladies not throwing themselves at him so he tries to talk to her and she is not having it!! So of course he starts to pursue her and eventually wears her down and OMG he is so great and she is it for him🥰Lyla obviously has something/someone after her which is why she is so withdrawn and it is AWFUL what she has been through😔Def check TW on this one…Just when you think they are going to be happy BOOM tragedy strikes them both. Lylas stalker is back and not only hurt her but Lachlan as well. She has to leave him to protect him, but he isn’t really aware of what is going on,so is pissed she left him…Now 3 years later he has finally found his girl, she had to change her name to hide, and he wants revenge for her hurting him. He was a total ASS when hey reunite my heart was breaking for her💔But thankfully it wasn’t long and drawn out. She gave him a piece of her mind and what she did for him and HE IS SHOCKED! Lachlan is so OTT JP of her and I freaking love him❤️He was so obsessed with Lyla, in the 3 year separation he is celibate🙌🏻can you believe it a NHL star not screwing thousands of puck bunnies😮Yep no one was his girl and he never stopped looking for her!!
2⭐️ pls read cw/tw i somewhat liked it here and there but then the mention of extremely problematic disney movie pocahontas (not once but twice) come on now🤦🏽♀️
the mmc was just another level of annoying and heavily possessive. i want to say that at least 200 pages are dedicated to him brooding over male characters flirting with the fmc. i usually eat that shit up!! but it became too repetitive for me. it wasn’t what i was expecting at all and basically left me unsatisfied.
Not what I was expecting. While some parts were enjoyable this just didn't hit the spot for me. I felt like some parts of the storyline weren't complete and left me unsatisfied.. I really wanted this to work.
TW: stalking, rape. Violence. It's a dark romace so be advised.
This had me in a chokehold and I could not put it down! I loved Lachlan and Lyla’s relationship and how they brought out different sides of each other. There’s a layer of mystery and trauma that’s not fully explored until it comes crashing back into their lives. I will say with what he knows of Lyla’s past some of Lachlans actions & tendencies don’t seem healthy and truly seem uncaring but there is a clear line. I’d call this a dark sports romance but it’s so much more than that. The twist? I called it- although there’s one line early on that threw me off the scent for a minute. Recommend this book!!
Did this book consume me, or did I consume this book?
Until I Get You: For all of you'll that love sports romance/dark romance, mixed with a thriller, where Claire took a story and twisted it, a book that is so ingenious, then you're going want to grab this one immediately. We first meet Lutheran and Lyla in their senior of college, they meet at a party, and we go through them falling in love and building this extraordinary bond together, but things are just too good to be true, for them, right?
Lutheran, my new book husband, he is not boyfriend material at all, but we love when a bad boy player turns into a total simp for their ladies. He's the big hockey star who's extremely protective and possessive, he's a little unhinged, but man do we love him. 🥵 He would literally burn down the world for this woman, but the patience, love and what he becomes for Lyla is beautiful.
Lyla, is the girl with the broken smile, she's so incredibly strong and a total firecracker. She hates most things, and doesn't let many people in, but she's a star soccer player, she's got some trauma and the world on her shoulders has really brought her down. She truly triumphs above everything and gets her perfect ending, I'm so glad she found Lutheran.
Lutheran and Lyla can we talk SOULMATES, these two are just everything, they have this fire chemistry, and are hot asf. But the foundation that they shared, in becoming not just lovers but best friends from there, fantastic banter, inside jokes to their moments of devotion and possessiveness towards each other. 🤌
Overall, this was fantastic, it's dark, gritty, emotional, heartfelt, funny and sexy, filled with moments of suspense, humor, and love. I loved the friendships Lyla shared with Marissa and Prescott and what they meant to her and all the other cast of characters within this story. I just completely LOVED this book, where I never wanted to end. This is, definitely, one of my top reads for the year, and I need more. 👀
*Do check your TW with this one, it's got some dark subject matters & some on page stuff, so check those TW/CW🖤