Title: Heppel Ever After
Series: Learning to Love: Book Five
Author: Con Riley
Publisher: Amazon/Kindle Unlimited
Category: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
At a Glance: As has been the case throughout the series, Heppel Ever After is composed of compassion, understanding, and it takes great care to include friends and family who ensure those who are hurting recall that a burden shared is a burden lightened. As happily ever afters go, a Heppel-y ever after is one of the best kind.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: Because every epic romance deserves an epic happy ending…
All Charles Heppel wants is a wedding. It’s not much to ask now that he’s set his playboy days aside for his almost-ordained fiancé. He can’t wait for a lovely, lazy beach honeymoon with His Holy Hotness to continue Hugo’s education in the bedroom.
Surely this third wedding date will be the charm and won’t get cancelled, will it? After all, Hugo’s followed his calling almost to the end of his path to ordination. Nothing should keep him from gaining his own parish with Charles as his husband.
Hugo’s calling thinks differently, demanding he leaves for the remote island of Kara-Enys without Charles.
That news should be shattering, but if Charles Heppel has one thing going for him, it’s that he’s relentlessly optimistic. And romantic. Most islands have beaches, don’t they? He’ll join Hugo to have the honeymoon first on their own version of Love Island. They can get married later!
Review: I was talking with a friend once about how much I hate the term “guilty pleasure”, a) because it almost always comes connected to reading romance novels, and b) because it sounds like an apology for reading and loving romance novels. If there has ever been a clearer reason why people should grant themselves a little comfort and kindness in what can seem a dark and weary world, I don’t know a better way to do it than to indulge in this remarkably beautiful series.
There was never any doubt that Charles and Hugo were going to get their happily ever after, and Con Riley dished it out until my heart was filled to bursting. It was only a matter of time, and timing, and remembering to listen to the still, small voice that sometimes begs us to take a deep breath and wait, which, in Hugo’s case, comes with a good bit of reflection on the direction he believed he wanted to go versus where he ended up. For dear Charles, the only voice he could hear for the longest time was the one telling him he would have to make certain sacrifices in order to be supportive of Hugo and that maybe, just maybe, he was the one holding Hugo back. It turns out that an unexpected diversion was the answer they both needed when Hugo is summoned on a mission that, by association, involves someone from Charles’s past.
As has been the case throughout the series, Heppel Ever After is composed of compassion, understanding, and it takes great care to include friends and family who ensure those who are hurting recall that a burden shared is a burden lightened, and we are reminded of these things: to be humble and grateful, to show others mercy, to protect and champion those who can’t protect and champion themselves, and to embrace life and love and purpose and connection to their absolute fullest.
All of this happens away from Glynn Harber, in a place where listening is a little easier, where life is slower, and where keeping a weather eye open leads to a lovely turning point.
As happily ever afters go, a Heppel-y ever after is one of the best kind.
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