Hello my loves!! I am so excited to share with you what I thought of Interlude. Prelude was one of my top 5 books last year, and although I’ve only read a hand full of books this year, I’m sure Interlude will make the cut.
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE DON’T READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK!
Series: Interlude Duet #2
Author: Auden Dar
That’s all Julian Caine offered.
And heartbreak is my only souvenir.
The morning after the most unforgettable night of
my life, I wake up minus the man and plus one note.
With my head held high, I’m determined to move on without the two men who broke my heart.
My former fiancé who let me go easily without so much as a glance.
And the staggering, gorgeous Englishman who made me scream incoherent words…
All. Night. Long.
When tragic circumstances bring Julian closer than ever, it comes with unyielding passion and a new proposal… but not the traditional kind, the no-strings attached kind.
Life-changing truths are revealed.
New sexual adventures are explored.
But the question remains, will we ever be more than this … than this Interlude?
Interlude is Book Two in the Interlude Duet. Due to graphic sexual content, it is intended for mature audiences only.
So the beginning of my review for Prelude started with the feelings I felt about the book. Not a whole lot has changed with Interlude. I still felt Interlude was: Amazing, heart broking devastating, and I definitely thought the book was beautiful. This time I get to add: Relieved, whole, lost and found. I’m sure there’s so many more, but that’s what first came to mind.
I have such a beautiful relationship with Auden and I got to talk to her throughout the whole time I read this book. It was great to be able to talk about how I felt, but I also wrote about it to. Every reaction I had or an amazing quote, I wrote it down. That’s what this book inspired me to do, write. I couldn’t wait to write this review, so I’m writing it only half an hour after finishing the book.
Lina and Julian ended up being characters that were so whole, complete, and so unexpected. When I finished Prelude I was so disappointed in Julian, and in Andrew. I was left completely at ease with this book. Now, that doesn’t mean there weren’t many times where I was so upset I couldn’t see straight. There were many of those moments, but there were so many more beautiful moments. Having been left devastated at the end of Prelude I couldn’t wait to read what was going to happen next. Lina was hurting so bad, and even though she didn’t think it, she was so strong! She left a life she was comfortable with, to start a life that she wanted. That takes so much bravery! She grew so much in this book, and I loved the character that she had become. She was such an inspiring woman.
And Julian, oh Julian. I couldn’t believe he just up and left. Having read Interlude I get it now. It took me a long time, but I get it. The love and devotion he has for Lina is spectacular. It’s what every single woman has always wanted from a man. He may have had some bumps along the way, and being the typical man, he didn’t speak his feelings like he should have. But, overall, I’m so happy with how he developed. I loved him in Prelude, although disappointed, I loved him even more in Interlude.
Then there is Andrew. I didn’t even talk about him in my last review, that’s how little I thought of him. Getting to see a new perspective of him in this book makes me so sad for him. I don’t want to give too much away, because I desperately want you to read this book, but you will understand him a lot better.
This entire book was just so amazing and beautiful. It was haunting and devastating. It was everything. It was perfect. Auden, you are such an amazing writer, I can’t wait to see what else you write ❤
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Lina: Where we left off in Prelude I was so devastated for her. Hell, I was devastated for myself! To just be left after such a meaningful night and after such a meaningful few weeks with someone you 100% loved (even though she didn’t call it “love”). That would be so heartbreaking. Lina was definitely heartbroken, but she lived her life! She let that heartbreak fuel her fire. She wrote the best music she’d ever written during that time. She learned from it. I personally know what it’s like to have a man have that much power over you. To feel powerless and to not be able to control how you act. When he came back into her life, Lina almost fell to his feet. I get that, 100% I’ve been there. But, she did it so much better. She knew in the back of her mind what was going on. Although with that same sentiment, she was blinded by being afraid. She was blind to the fact that Julian worshiped her. The things she learned about Julian was insane, but she took it in stride. She was there to comfort him and didn’t let it affect her at all. The fact that he had adored her from so long and from so far away, it was the most adorable thing I’d ever seen. He was truly devoted to her.
On another breath though, we have Andrew. I don’t really get how she lasted as long as she did with him. After seeing that her Nana had always asked her when she was leaving him, I couldn’t believe she hadn’t done it sooner. She was living such an awful life. When she got that phone call from Andrew, at first I was pretty upset with her reaction. I was thinking, how is she letting him affect her like he is? How could someone who is so strong be brought down like this? But then I got to thinking, he’s all she’s known for 16 years. He meant stability and knowing she’d have someone love her always. The thought that she was going to settle, it really hurt. When she got to their home and she never snapped out of her fun, I knew she’d never stay. I knew she couldn’t do it again. After laying next to Andrew dreaming of Julian before, I Knew she’d never be able to do it. What I didn’t expect, was for Andrew to do the hard work for her.
Julian: This man, he was such a mystery until this book. I never completely understood anything he did. We learned SO MUCH about him in this part of the book. There were so many things he did that we hadn’t known about before. I thought it was so amazing how he’d followed Lina’s career and life the entire time he’d been gone. I was also so heartbroken for him. Everything that he experienced with his mom and his real father, it’s so tragic! This also upset me for Lina. These two had been so close, but instead of confiding in her and letting her help him recover. He pushed her away and ran. I almost felt like he was a coward, but I had to remind myself of how young he was.
Just like in the past, Julian frustrated me most of this book. I was so sad that he waited so long to see her, and then he wasn’t honest with his feelings. He led her to believe that this was going to be some short-lived romance, but he never wanted it to end. Why did he ever thing that would been a good thing? Why even propose that? It was very clear from day one that Lina was all he’d ever wanted. I just don’t get it. BUT he did redeem himself! He cherished her, just like everyone always wants a man to do. He’s just so dreamy.
My favorite part of this book was getting to see Julian’s perspective. I love when we get to see the perspective of both characters, but I think this was so much better than I’d read before. This was needed so badly. We needed to gain this faith in Julian. We needed reassurance that he felt what she felt. Getting to see how he reacted when she left was equally heart breaking. It hurt so much to see him hurting as much as she was. I just wanted to conch them both up on the head and say, “get with the program people!”. When Lina stepped out of that house and he was there with Mugpie, I was so elated! The amount of joy that moment brought was profound.
Andrew: This poor man. I’m sure many people had the same feelings toward him as I did. How can a man live like that with a woman? They were engaged for years with no talk of a future, he made it seem like love making was a chore, and he never tried to please her. But then he calls her out of the blue and wants to get back together.
When she returned to LA we learned sooo much about Andrew. There were so many things that he had just never voiced, and the pieces all just fell together. But he was just too late. When he revealed to Lina why love making was a chore to him, my heart broke into a million pieces. I can’t imagine being a man, knowing that you can’t give your significant other what she’s always wanted. Hearing how devastated he was when he found out he was sterile was so sad. I also felt bad for Lina, because she had never realized that the timing matched. Andrew was just so brave when she returned. He quickly realized that her coming back was just going to make things worse. She wasn’t happy and he knew that. He recognized that she was much different with Julian than she’d ever been with her. He was such a good man for doing the right thing.
Julian & Lina: Their relationship was so amazing. I know that both of them had their faults, but it was truly amazing. They had this ease about them, because they’d known each other for so long. They knew what the other needed and wanted. The day she’d found the photo of him with Shira she was completely broken, yet the moment she saw Julian again her world was complete. Some people might have thought that as weak, but I think that was just proof of them being meant to be together.
The Epilogue: Epilogues are one of my favorite things. Auden could have easily just ended the book with the last chapter, but she helped us with this epilogue. I love that it was written in Andrews point of view and that he was still in her life. As much as my heart broke for him, seeing her children and husband, I was so happy to see him again. Apart from Andrew, I was sooooo excited to see that Lina had twins with Julian!!! I love when couples have children, and although I’d never want them myself, I love that it was twins. Everything about this epilogue was perfect and it was just what we needed to complete the story of Lina and Julian.
My thoughts: There wasn’t anything about this story that I didn’t love. I especially love the pace that it was written at, because we got to see every detail of every feeling. It was great to be able to see each step of their grown through. We didn’t feel like we were slighted by not knowing certain aspects of their life. As I’ve expressed multiple times now, I felt so complete after this was over. I had used the term lost and found when describing this book. I was lost so many times to the emotions that the characters were feeling, but then I was found with each happy moment. The entire thing was just so beautiful and I never wanted it to end.
Auden, I know you struggled with this book, and with releasing Prelude. As a reader, I cannot express how grateful I am that you did release this duet. I feel like my life wouldn’t be the same without them. I live for books like this. Thank you ❤