Title: Beyond These Walls
Author: J.L. Berg
Series: Walls Duet #2
Release Day: April 21, 2015
Happily ever after.
That was what we were supposed to have.
Pudding cups, sandy toes and a lifetime of making each and every one of our dreams come true—that is the future I’d promised her.
I could see it in my dreams, hold it in my hands, but then I watched as all of our hopes and wishes suddenly slipped through my fingers like sand.
I thought the worst was behind us, but what if we’d just delayed the inevitable?
They say love can overcome any obstacle. But can it survive death?
The breathtaking love story of Lailah and Jude concludes in Beyond These Walls.
J.L. Berg seems to enjoy tugging on my heartstrings. After falling in love with Jude and Lailah in Within These Walls, I was anxious to see them out in the real world, enjoying life. J.L. Berg delivers that satisfying glimpse of happiness as Lailah and Jude get to fall in love all over again, outside of the hospital. As they’re settling into their new lives, they have to decide what their future holds and how the reality of Lailah’s recent transplant will limit them. Lailah is as spunky as ever and Jude proves time and time again how much he cares for Lailah in his own, over protective way. The fire burning between these two threatens to take us all out with the smallest gust of wind, reminding me just how hot things between Jude and Lailah can get. The undeniable charm and refreshing vulnerability of this couple shines throughout their story, reminding me why I fell for them in the first place. I found myself effortlessly falling back into J.L. Berg’s world, feeling like I was seeing old friends again.
“But you pulled me out of the darkness. If it weren’t for you, I would have spent the rest of my life in that hospital, hating myself for the mistakes of my past.”
Both characters have been significantly altered by the circumstances of the first book and it sets the tone for their relationship. They exhibit a complete appreciation for the unparalleled nature of their love and the impermanence of life that has them living in bold, beautiful color. I adored the way that J.L. Berg took Lailah and Jude another step forward in their relationship, continuing to challenge them. Jude has grown significantly since the first book, allowing himself to revel in the love he never thought he’d deserve, but J.L. Berg reveals those old fears and vulnerabilities hovering just underneath the surface, maintaining the genuine feel of this character. Lailah made me smile at every turn with her positive and fearless outlook on life after almost losing hers. Even when she was being incredibly stubborn, she made her decisions from a place of wisdom and complete reverence for life that showed her incredible emotional growth since the first book.
“Because I need you – yesterday, now, tomorrow. I’ll always need you.”
J.L. Berg unquestionably raises the stakes in this book, testing Jude and Lailah’s relationship in an unexpected way. Her carefully crafted words and sudden twists kept me glued to the pages, wondering if I was going to have to yell at J.L. or hug her when all was said and done. The honesty with which J.L. Berg approached life after Lailah’s surgery had my heart breaking and soaring for anyone who has been given back their lives only to face the many obstacles and medical uncertainties that will forever cloud their reality. Beyond These Walls exudes vitality, demonstrating life in all of its messy, chaotic, stunning, and surprising glory. J.L. Berg has managed to take a couple with an undeniable connection and once again make them not only sizzle but sparkle as well. Both characters are vibrant with strong, definitive voices that will steal your heart. Just when I thought this couple couldn’t possibly challenge my emotional stability any more, J.L. Berg swoops in and elicits a brilliant whirlwind of emotions with Beyond These Walls. If you loved getting to know Lailah and Jude in the first book, you’re going to want to read this one because the fight for their lives is just getting started.
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Don’t miss the first book in the series:
Within These Walls (Walls #1)
Don’t miss the spin-off novel:
Behind Closed Doors
J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.