Review: When You Were Mine (The Moreno Brothers) by Elizabeth Reyes

When her head was screaming “enough,” her hopeful heart continued to whisper “wait.”

It's the only way Valerie Zuniga can justify her ongoing addiction to the amazing but ever, elusive Alex Moreno. Mesmerized by the profound connection neither has ever quite understood, Valerie accepts their crazy relationship for what it is—non-exclusive.

That is until the incredible highs no longer numb the sting of the intense lows.

As tasteless and slippery as pride can be, for Alex it's always been the hardest pill to swallow.

Faced with a final ultimatum, the choice is a no-brainer for Alex. Despite his insanely busy life he's determined to prove to Valerie, that not only is he ready to commit, it's what he's always wanted—to claim Valerie as his exclusively.

But just as it kept him from admitting his real feelings all those years, will his obstinate pride once again step in and ruin things just when they're finally getting it right?

It's a novella so I'll try to keep my review short-ish. When You Were Mine is a prequel to Always Been Mine and it definitely ends with a major cliffhanger. So you will want to get these two at the same time and plan enough time to read them immediately after each other.

Honestly this novella feels more like it was written for the fans. As in to me it didn't feel absolutely necessary for Alex and Valerie's story, but as a fan of the series I enjoyed it immensely. In Always Been Mine we get a summary of what happened during college and now with When You Were Mine we get to read about it in detail.

While it was interesting and gave me more insight in Alex's reasons of his behaviour, I still think he's an idiot. Pride can be an ugly thing and it's clear Alex has a lot of it. It's pretty much that pride that makes him screw up time after time. There are other factors that influenced it all and I was surprised how much pressure he was constantly on, a lot of people were relying on him. At times I even felt like his family was taking advantage of him, of course Alex would never say anything about it, so it's kind of double edged.

Though it's not all Alex's fault, he and Valerie just weren't great at communicating, as in they were afraid that verbally announcing they wanted more would scare the other person away. They really are a lot alike, which on the one hand makes them very compatible and on the other hand is the reason why the clash so often. Their relationship consists of nothing but highs and lows and it did take me a bit by surprise how extreme this really was. It definitely helped me better understand Valerie's decision.

Both of them still need to do a lot of growing, before this could ever really work between them. I always believed in them and when you read Always Been Mine, I know you will get it too.

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The Author
USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 9 full length novels total and fast at work on the next. The excitement her Moreno Brothers, 5th Street, and Fate series have garnered has far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she'll continue to put out books related to these series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon. In 2014 she will take her next step in the exciting world of writing and publish her first traditionally published book with Simon & Schuster/Atria. But she will continue putting out self published books as well.

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