Regretting You, Lionheart Academy #3 by T. Ashleigh

If you've read book 2 in the series then you'll know that the cats out of the bag when it comes to Greg and Tyler, but you'll never guess just how much these two went through in Regretting You to get there. 

From the blurb:

Some days I wish I’d never met Gregory Baldwin. Then there are days when I feel like I’ll die if he’s away for too long.
It’s like I’m addicted to him. Addicted to the attention he gives me and what he does to me in secret. He has lips made for sin and a body I can’t keep my hands off of, but mostly, I know he has a heart. That’s what keeps me coming back.
Now he’s cruel, malicious, possessive… nothing like the boy I once knew. And yet, deep down, I know that guy is still there under this bad boy exterior. He has to be, or everything we’ve been through is pointless.
Being with him feels like dying and surviving all at once. It’s wild, manic, and soul-crushing, but it’s us. He’s all I’ve ever had and the only thing I’ll ever want.
Because even when I hate him…
I love him ten times harder.

I’m broken beyond repair, too fucked up to be saved. My mind fights demons daily, while the shattered organ in my chest only causes me pain.
I wish I could just end it all. Say goodbye to this miserable existence.
Only, to leave this life would mean leaving him, and that’s not something I can do.
Once I made a promise to a boy that I plan on keeping. The years may have dragged us apart, and I know he hates me now, but that’s okay. I don’t blame him; I hate myself, too.
Regardless of the animosity, one thing remains the same: Tyler.
He’s the constant in a haze of self-destruction. The one who somehow, after everything, is still there for me, no matter how badly I mess up.
I don’t deserve him. I never did, but I’ll never let him go either.
He is mine, and I am his.

*Regretting You is the third book in The Lionheart Academy series. It's a full length, new adult high school novel with material that may be difficult for some readers. It’s recommended for 18+ due to language and sexual situations. Please read trigger warnings before proceeding.*

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"𝑰 𝒇𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒊𝒏 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑮𝒓𝒆𝒈𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝑩𝒂𝒍𝒅𝒘𝒊𝒏 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝑰 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕'𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔. 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍, 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒐𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒂 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒈𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒐'𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒅𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒆. 𝑰 𝒍𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒚...𝑶𝒖𝒓 𝒇𝒖𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒅-𝒖𝒑 𝒄𝒊𝒓𝒄𝒖𝒎𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒔 𝒓𝒖𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏."

Tyler and Greg broke my damn heart over and over again in this book. It hurt worse reading about their past in the first part when I knew what their present was like after reading books 1 and 2. I never would have pictured young Greg as he was based on his actions as an 18 year old. He was an entire different person. He was so thoughtful and kind. He treated Tyler like he hung the moon. And his mom. God his mom. She was amazing. Greg loved his mother more than anyone in the world and Tyler was quickly making his way into Greg's heart as well. Then he lost her and his world imploded into grief.

"𝑰'𝒎 𝒂 𝒎𝒆𝒔𝒔. 𝑨 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒌𝒆𝒏, 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒅 𝒎𝒆𝒔𝒔. 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏'𝒕 𝒅𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔. 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏'𝒕 𝒈𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏'𝒕 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝑻𝒚𝒍𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝑰'𝒎 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆."

Watching Greg spiral was hard to read so I can't even imagine how difficult it was for Tyler to see the boy he loved turn into someone he hated. No one was safe from Greg's wrath. Not his Dad, his best friend, or even Tyler. In fact it seems like Tyler tended to get the brunt of Greg's anger more often than not. The push and pull game he had going was agonizing. He knew it too. Greg knew he was wrong in so many things but he just couldn't stop. He was drowning in his own grief with seemingly no way out. The only thing that kept him going were his stolen moments with Tyler and even then, it was nothing but fighting or sex.

"𝑰 𝒅𝒊𝒅𝒏'𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒈𝒂𝒊𝒏."

"𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒕 𝒎𝒆."

It took a lot for these two to get their hard won HEA. Greg definitely needed to work on his mental health. Tyler needed to find a way to let go of the past. They BOTH needed to actually work on mourning the loss of the woman who was the only motherly person Tyler had ever known and the actual wonderful mother of Greg. I'm so glad these two fought it out. They'd love each other so long and it was about time they got some happiness from it, together.

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I dove into Regretting You as a standalone, and while I know there were things going on in the background with other characters, I didn't feel like I needed to know their stories to concentrate on this one.  From the highest happiness to the darkest depression, Greg struggles with his grief and depression after his mother's sudden passing and while we got to know the sunny, happy and thoughtful boy in the first part of the book, the sullen, self-medicating and grieving man spews toxins and pushes everyone away until he hits the bottom.

I appreciate how Tyler kept trying and stayed on the periphery no matter how hard it was, until he found a shard of the the Greg he knew and was able to start rebuilding their relationship. 

This is a book that puts both the characters and you through the emotional wringer and sets you up for their very well deserved and long fought for HEA.

Rating: 5 Stars

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Meet T. Ashleigh

T. Ashleigh is romance author living in South Carolina with her husband and two kids. When she’s not enjoying a glass a wine and some fries, you can find her relaxing or typing away at her computer about stories that show that love is love.

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