Sunday, June 5, 2016

Book Review: The Hardest Goodbyes by DL Roan


Some goodbyes are cathartic—a good riddance to those things that hold us back. Some are bitter-sweet. It hurts to say the words, but we know the pain is only temporary, and we’ll soon be reunited.

Some goodbyes are forever. Those are the hardest to say.

At the height of the Cold War, a soldier and a spy begin a forbidden, unlikely affair that leads to a lifetime of love and loss, triumph and tragedy. Daniel and Cade's ageless passion has forged an extraordinary family, and healed the hearts of those they love, but their journey was never easy.

From their first goodbye to their last, this is their story.

Genre: Romance Sagas Series, Family Sagas, Gay Romance, MM, LGBT Romance, Bisexual

The McLendon Family Saga Reading Order

Interconnected Series - Survivors Justice

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"Sometimes a man has to figure out who he isn't before he can know who he is."

I have followed this ENTIRE series from the start and have been reading it since 2013....this series is a part of me now and I don't think I can give it up!!! So, when I first started to read about this family, it was so different than my normal reads. I had never read a book in this genre, however, I fell instantly in love with this family and have followed them around ever since!!! Daniel and Cade's story is just an extension of the original storyline of the family, and Roan does their story justice. While this is a standalone, it would make reading their story easier with some background on what's been going on. The first book in the series is FREE and I would suggest you pick it up and check it out.

Daniel and Cade didn't have an easy start, but their relationship was anything but hard. As Cade (the jokester) would say, no pun intended. HA!! I loved getting to see little bits of Daniel and Cade's relationship while reading the other books in the series, but reading their POV's in this book allowed me to fall even more in love with them. Their love is rich and empowering, and I want SO much for them!! Cade is a smart ass and I think I fell head over heels the minute he walked off the plane and winked at Daniel. So freaking sexy!!

This book spanned YEARS and covered quite a bit that had happened to them between the time they met and the 'now', but the one constant between them was the intense draw between their hearts. They both had qualities that would just make you sigh. Cade was so dominant with his charismatic personality and crooked smile, while Daniel was very upstanding and had a silent strength to him that drew me in. They both had a soft spot for each other, and the roadblocks that presented themselves along their journey to their HEA were so unforeseen, but they really embodied the meaning of your one true love...your soul mate.  You can't help but root for them, and dammit, I want to hug them!

By the time I got through this book, I had sprung a few leaks from my eyes. That's not to say that I didn't find myself laughing and giggling at their antics and comments. The part that stuck with me were the intimate parts. The special and personal times between Cade and Daniel. It was so touching but so painful at times to read, but the love story behind it all was so heartwarming. My heart hurt as I read it because I just knew what was coming. But once again, Roan sucked me in and lead me right to the next book....and now I sit and wait for Jonah's story, because that will have some more answers for me. Heartbreaking ones at that.

This is written in third person, and that would normally deter me from continuing in a series, but there is just something about this family that makes me keep coming back for more. Roan tells a story with ease and precision as she takes you through some very touchy subjects. I am definitely a fan of hers and will continue reading this series as it comes out.

"He should have known he'd never be able to erase him from the pages of his heart's story."

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Contemporary Erotic Romance Author of super sexy, Alpha-licious novels.

D.L. Roan loves combining fantasy with the real world, giving her readers more than just a book or romance, but a true adventure in love. Her characters are always real to her and she genuinely enjoys bringing them to life for her readers.

She's a native Floridian, a rare breed in a land of snow birds. Scuba diving and hunting for shark's teeth on the beach are two of her favorite things. Oh! And building sand castles instead of snowmen in December and sending pictures of them to all her snowbound friends. She loves rainy days, thunderstorms and is an avid dog lover. Yes, size matters. She hopes to one day add a big ol' floppy Great Dane to her family of hounds.

For exclusive details and free stories by D.L., visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter. She loves chatting with her friends and fans on Facebook. Check out the links in the back of her books for details about her secret fan group where she hangs out with her fans who get first dibs on all her sexy stories!





  1. Awwww, Thank you! Beautifully written review! I'm so glad you loved them. :)

    1. I most definitely love them. Thank you for bringing them to 'life' for me.