Blog Tour with Review: The Beginning of Us by Lylah James

October 26, 2022



What happens when you put three beautifully tragic and flawed characters together? You get a story of love, friendship and sacrifice. With lots and lots of heartbreak.

A messy love triangle about first love and second chances. And everything in between...



There’s something special about first love. It feels right; it looks right. It’s perfect in every way, until it isn’t.

Grayson Hale — the hot nerd, my first love. He was an enigma. Both mysteriously complicated and beautifully broken. The vacant look in his eyes reminded me of my own, almost as if our misery called to one another.

Colton Bennett — the sarcastic playboy, my second chance. He was a perfect facade. Rich, devastatingly beautiful…and everything that I should have stayed away from. His obsession led to my carefully laid plans crumbling at my feet. 

And me? I was the fallen princess. I had given up on finding my soulmate a long time ago, but now they are both in my life. I’m torn between my truth and my lies — but I have to make a choice. 

The thing about loving two men is that you know it will always end...

Grayson was my tragedy. 
Colton was my heartbreak.

I've enjoyed everything I've ever read from Lylah James, and The Beginning of Us was no different! I know a lot of romance readers hate love triangles, but the people that like them are usually absolute trash for them. That's me. I'm people. Call me a masochist, but I love the torture of it all! Give me a well done love triangle, and I'll be yours forever! Of course, we are only on the first installment, so we have a lot more to go. That being said, by the end of this book, I was fully invested in the characters and their love.

The first half of the story focuses on each character and their individual struggles and lives. The romance comes into the picture more in the second half of the book, but I didn't feel like I got shorted on that end. The book is long enough to give me what I needed from both sides of the coin. The initial chapters are necessary for you to fall in love with and/or at least feel for Riley, Grayson, and Colton. I was already crying at 11 percent! These poor babies are put through the ringer! I wanted to kick everybody's ass that caused them pain!

I went from rooting for one guy to be with Riley to rooting for the other before the book was over. I love them both though, so I don't anyone to get hurt. Both men would be a good choice, and I can see her being happy with either of them. To me, that's what makes a good love triangle.

If angsty new adult romance and love triangles are your shit, this one's for you!

P.S. I found myself wishing Lylah would write a story about Maddox and Lila only to find out she already did! 🙈😂 Needless to say, The Truth and Dare Duet is now on my TBR!


by Lylah James
Release Date: October 19th
Genre/Tropes: New Adult/College Romance/Contemporary Romance/Love Triangle

About the Author:

Lylah James lives somewhere in Canada. She is usually pretty busy but she uses all her spare time to write. If she is not studying, sleeping, writing or working – she can be found with her nose buried in a good romance book, preferably with a hot alpha male.

Writing is her passion. The voices in her head won’t stop and she believes they deserve to be heard and read. Lylah James writes about drool worthy and total alpha males, with strong and sweet heroines. She makes her readers cry – sob their eyes out, swoon, curse, rage and fall in love. Mostly known as the Queen of cliffhanger and the #evilauthorwithablacksoul, she likes to break her readers’ hearts and then mend them again.
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  1. Love triangles... girl, you truly are a glutton for punishment!!
    Loving both guys is so hard, but at least you'll love no matter who she ends up with, right?! I always feel bad for the guy who doesn't get the girl when he's a good guy. Poor dude :(
    Another fantastic review, honey!! xoxo

    1. Thamk you so much, babe! ❤️ I AM!!! It's a problem! LOL! I can be somewhat picky with them like I don't want one of the men to be emasculated to make the other "win". You know what I mean? I also don't want it to be obvious, or else what's the point? I'm with you in that I feel bad for the other guy, so I prefer to know they get a happily ever after with someone else that loves them the way they deserve and to whom they're number 1. While they are both good choices, I do have a favorite, so fingers crossed it works out in his favor! Lol