The Life Gift by T.R. Lykins

The Life Gift by T.R. Lykins

**** This is a companion novel to Last Heartbeat **** 

Kristen believed her parents were truly happy and wanted a marriage like theirs. She really didn’t know anything about their relationship until she was leaving for college. That’s when they dropped a heartbreaking bombshell on her. 

They only stayed together to make her happy. Now, she thinks she is the reason for their unhappiness, can she trust love? 

Does love even last anymore? 

Her new college roommate, Alexia, changes her mind about love. Seeing how fast Alexia falls for her dreamy guy Phillip, and how fast that dreamy guy falls for Alexia, she then realizes that maybe love could happen in her life! 

Now, Kristen has to change her ways and open her heart up for love. Can Kristen do that after watching her parents live a lie for so many years? Hoping she can find her true love and not get hurt, Kristen thinks she can find him out there somewhere, but where? 

One tragic moment happens to her friend and it makes her realize that life could end in a blink of an eye. Kristen makes a life decision that affects her and her friends. 

Can she go through it? 

This gift is the greatest gift she can give to her best friend, Alexia. Nine months of her life is a long time to give up for your friend. 
Will this sacrifice be truly appreciated and will Alexia be able to take care of her precious gift? 

Hey! Here's my review.

The Life Gift is the second installment in the Last Heartbeat YA/NA clean romance series. Book one was Alexia and Philip's story. This book picks up where the last one finished, but this time it is Kirsten's story. It is told all from Kirsten's perspective and covers a five year period. 

The life gift continues raising awareness of the ongoing issues that organ transplant recipients face and also raises awareness of miscarriage and surrogacy. Themes such as marriage, divorce and good communication are explored aswell.

I was a little frustrated with Kirsten for being so surprised to fall pregnant when she wasn't planning to. If you don't think you are ready to be a mother, then use contraception! "Practicing" to get pregnant without contraception generally will get you pregnant. Even though she was very well spoken (always said I am rather than I'm) she still came across as quite immature. But then I have 20 years more life experience than her, so I guess i was probably the same at her age!

If you're looking for a quick read full of sweet perfect characters and a happily ever after then this is your book. It would be best to read The Last Heatbeat first, but you could read this as a stand alone as it gives enough of the background information to understand what is going on.

I listened to the audiobook edition which I received free in exchange for an honest review. The narrator spoke clearly and at a good pace.


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