on May 11th, 2015
I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, naïve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me.
Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again.
I loved you.
I raged for you.
I wept for you.
And now, I’m letting you go.
Emotions, Emotions, Emotions. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. Where do I even begin?
Under the Influence by L.B. Simmons can’t be described, it needs to be experienced to be felt. Truly. I wish my words could map my feelings graphically in detail right now, but truthfully they would be closer to mapping the air we breathe, than any contortion of actual sentences. But well, I’m going to try inhaling and exhaling a breath to make my review salvageable anyway.
Under the Influence is more than a book.
Under the Influence is more than pages.
Under the Influence is more than sentences.
Under the Influence is more than words.
Under the Influence is more than my heart can describe right now.
The connection, the writing, the sway of emotions guarded my heart in a vice whilst reading from the very first page, I had to pace myself not going to lie; because my heart literally was in all sorts of ways. Emotional doesn’t even begin to step the stone of how I feel.
Spencer and Dalton’s binding capturing heartwarming/breaking/shattering/filling…..romance brought me to, I want to say a “book hangover” but it’s more like a “bookworm hole of emotions”. The three part book carves a whole path of feelings that from past to present, through time and space, the pain; protection and love guides the coming of age of two broken but magnetised hearts. The chemistry from get go, promises a friends-to-lovers undeniable narrative that has plenty of punches and plenty of rip-your-heart out moments but combats it with compassion and love between Spencer and Dalton.
Parts of this story really broke me. I can’t even comprehend Part Two when I really think about it, because it’s still very raw from reading. The sheds of tears I felt whilst reading, do much justice to how much the story meant to me and how emotionally pivotal it is because I’m not a crier. I rarely cry in books, however put Under the Influence in my lap to read I looked like I had just walked out of a Nicholas Sparks movie and found out terrible news at the end.
Under the Influence was more than a book for me, it’s a coming-of-age friends-to-lovers that you need to stockpile the tissues, the ice-cream and liquor because L.B. Simmons voice and heart with words is unique and full of raw flawless emotion in the narrative that speaks volumes. I wish if anything this review, makes someone pick up Under the Influence and read with heart, love and enjoy a awe-inspiring book from L.B. Simmons.
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L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.
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