The Story of Us (Carnage, #1)The Story of Us by Lesley Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Heartbreaking Stars


Book Blurb
I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word. 

An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

My Review
Let me start off by saying that it took me about 18% for me to get into this book. It needs a bit of editing but the fantastic and gritty storyline is worth overlooking this.

Set in Essex, England, we are introduced to Georgia and Sean, along with Georgia’s brothers and Sean’s bandmates, and her best friend Jimmie. It starts off in the 80’s and spans 2 decades.

“I was eleven years old, but I knew without a shadow of a doubt I was staring into the eyes of the boy I was going to love forever,”

Sean and Georgia are inseparable, you can feel the love between them dancing off the page. When Carnage become famous and land a record contract their love is tested and this is where the book gets angsty and it really takes off from here.


I don’t want to spoil anything but I just want to mention Cam, who we are introduced to after shit hits the fan for Sean and Georgia. I loved him and at times I was rooting for him instead of Sean – we do have an element of a triangle so be prepared for some uncomfortable scenes.

“Are you ready for this Kitten? Coz I’m about to spin your world off its axis.”

Carnage was not fluffy, the characters make mistakes and do things that some people find unforgivable but it was real and gritty and passionate and heartbreaking. It reminded me a bit like a Martina Cole novel without the sex crimes. Set in Essex, It was easy to relate to and made me wonder why I don’t read more books written by British authors.

It was written as a stand alone but the author has decided to write a book 2, which I am extremely grateful for – I think I would have died had she not decided to expand on Georgia’s story.


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