Review Envy by Dylan Allen

If envy is a sin, then let me be damned.

Graham was born to be a star.
Once upon a time, that star shone only for me.

Now, I have to share him with the rest of the world.

For a while, I thought I could do it. Because, beneath the hypnotic smile, gorgeous body and God-given charm that made him famous, I still caught glimpses of my best friend.

Of the boy who called me sunshine and loved me.

I wore that love like a crown . . . until he placed it on another’s head.

Losing him was agony, distance felt like the only cure.

When tragedy reunites us after years apart, it only takes one touch to erase the past. Just like that, I’m back in his arms.
He promises this time will be different. But I’m afraid to believe him.

Because behind his star’s blinding brilliance is a darkness that doesn’t want to let him go.

I know a star that bright can’t belong to just one person, but my jealous heart doesn’t want to share him.

I want all of him . . . even if wanting what doesn’t belong to me leads me to ruin.

Envy by [Allen, Dylan]

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Editorial Reviews

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“From the opening scene to ‘THE END’, Dylan Allen holds readers captive with ENVY, a gorgeous romance of rare depth. Told in Allen’s trademark style, lyrical yet relatable, I dare you to put it down once you start!” – Bestselling Author and the last real unicorn, Kennedy Ryan
“WOW. WOW. WOW WOW!! Envy is emotionally charged, addicting, and so, so beautiful. Dylan Allen has a way with words that pulls you in, squeezes you tight, and then lets you go, but not without an abundance of heart and soul and a big, sappy smile on your face. Graham and Apollo are characters you have to meet! An absolute MUST READ!” – Shanora Williams, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Have you ever read a book that while reading it, everything around you was shut out and little things that normally irk you while reading, go unnoticed? That is exactly what this story did for me. It was unstoppable. I had to know. I wanted to shank someone, I wanted to hug someone, I wanted to have babies with someone, I wanted it all. Slowly and surely, I got it all”. – Laura Lee Book Bistro Blog

“Dylan Allen is a star of her own, with stunning prose and a deep storyline about love and the lengths we go to hold on to it.” Bestselling Author Staci Hart

Dylan Allen weaves a story so compelling that you won’t be able to stop yourself from falling for not only Graham and Apollo, but also for their friends and family”. –  BookBruin Goodreads reviewer

“Dylan Allen’s writing is so beautiful and so thought-provoking! She has a way with words that make you FEEL!!! She is effortless in storytelling, and so Awe-inspiring!”  – Natalie C. Goodreads reviewer.                         

“I’m floating, living in a Graham and Apollo bubble and I never want it to burst.”  – Vanessa Nessreads – Goodreads reviewer. 

Envy – One of the most BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORIES *EVER*! – Amber S. Goodreads reviewer

“How do you find a more perfect, meant-for-life couple than Graham and Apollo??? – Lauren Luman

“This. Book deserves so many more than 5 stars. One of very top reads of 2018. Envy could have ended at 15% and still would have been one of my favorite books ever. Kelli Goodreads reviewer

Infinite stars! Top 5 of 2018!!!” 
“I do not even know how to begin to describe everything that this story made me feel, Oh my God, Apollo and Graham will stay forever in my heart, I want to live with them in their world forever.” – Vanessa of When Vane reads Blog

“The beginning was like nothing I’ve read which had my mind spinning. I hated having to put my kindle down to do anything once I started. This is definitely a BINGE WORTHY, ALL NIGHTER put your LIFE ON HOLD type of book!  – Fee96 Goodreads reviewer. 

Top customer reviews

bookbruin

I’m not sure if the words that I’m going to type will ever be adequate to express how I feel about this book. I experienced every emotion while reading Envy. There were times that my heart was beating out of my chest with terror, and then the next I felt like I was being given the most comforting and soothing hug. Heartbreak, joy, anger, fear, laughter, pain, love, anguish, euphoria – this childhood friends to lovers second chance romance had it all.

Envy started in a way that I didn’t expect, but was so perfect for the journey Dylan Allen put our characters on. The story spans more than a decade and follows the ups and downs of Graham and Apollo. Two stars destined to collide. Their chemistry is amazing from the moment they meet and the gradual build-up of their growing feelings was so very deliciously painful. While reading I couldn’t help hearing the song Gravity by Sara Bareilles in my mind,

Something always brings me back to you
It never takes too long
No matter what I say or do
I’ll still feel you here ’till the moment I’m gone

You hold me without touch
You keep me without chains
I never wanted anything so much than to drown in your love
And not feel your reign

This love story between Graham and Apollo isn’t an easy one. It’s honest, raw, and at times terribly tragic. It examines the lengths one will go to and willingly sacrifice for those that they love. At its heart though, it’s a story of acceptance, forgiveness, and a love that knows no bounds.

Dylan Allen weaves a story so compelling that you won’t be able to stop yourself from falling for not only Graham and Apollo, but also for their friends and family. I’m looking forward to reading their stories too, especially Apollo’s BFF, Reena. I can’t recommend Envy enough! You definitely don’t want to miss this incredible book!

Vanessa (When Vane Reads)
“The Star is my Universe. And I am his.”
Infinite stars! Top 5 of 2018!!!
I do not even know how to begin to describe everything that this story made me feel, Oh my God, Apollo and Graham will stay forever in my heart, I want to live with them in their world forever.
I literally do not have words. It crushed my soul so deep that it will forever remain etched in my soul.
This story consumed me, tear me apart, broke me and remade, left me breathless a thousand times. I can not stop thinking about it, it characters, it was so beautiful and sublime that even days after reading makes me sigh.
You really need Apollo and Graham in your lives.
It is a completely addictive and emotional journey about best friends, the first love and the soulmates, about the first encounters and childhood, which is full of sweetness, love, courage, friendship, anguish, tenderness, sexual tension and chemistry, tears, but especially from friends and loyalty.
Graham and Apollo known each other in childhood by accident, when Graham saves Apollo from drowning. From there they form an unbreakable bond of friendship, begin to frequent and become better friends. Graham has problems with his stepfather and he practically keeps him locked in the village, but Apollo helps Graham and his mother escape and after a while they meet again.
Graham grows up to be a man too sexy, shy, I loved him so much and I suffered too much with him, several scenes were quite difficult to read, I wanted to enter the story, embrace him and never let go.
Apollo, as I loved her, is a beautiful, determined, brave, loyal girl, who faces everything for those and what she loves. I loved her character, I fell completely in love with her.
Although they meet on a few occasions for long periods, their friendship remains stronger than ever, and friendship gives way to love. Their scenes together are so tender, my heart almost does not overcome it, and those dialogues so sweet, that made me sigh thousands of times. It stopped my breathing and caused thousands of butterflies in my stomach, I did not want it to end never.
But problems appear and the protagonists stop communicating for a while, and that part frustrated me so much, because despite everything they love each other, and suffer so much in their separation, my heart hurt so much for them, I broke one and a thousand times, I cried, I suffered, I laughed, I sighed, with them.
Mrs. Allen gives us a poetic, magical, and epic story, captivating from the first page, the plot makes everyone fall completely in love with her characters and keep the reader hooked almost without blinking. It is definitely a masterpiece that you will not want to miss, if you like the stories of friends to lovers, this is undoubtedly super recommended for you.
And that epilogue, killed me, in the good sense of the word.
Highly recommended
StrickDC

Envy is a beautiful love story that will embed itself into your heart and soul. It is by far, Dylan Allen’s best work. I love that her stories feel authentic and empowering. The word choices, the passion, and the visuals that are created in Envy are astounding. My mind continues to linger in awe and wonder of Graham and Apollo’s love. Destiny meets faith meets hope equals an unrelenting soul connection.

Graham is a thoughtful, loyal, protective, and loving young man. His childhood is not easy and his isolation gives him a warped perspective of relationships and human interactions. However, one magical day “an angel” falls from the sky and changes the course of his life. Despite the darkness that surrounds him, he finally feels the sunshine….Apollo.

Apollo is an intelligent, outspoken, bold spirit. She is dealing with loss at a young age, but her maturity and wisdom help to ease her pain. She is lonely and isolated until a fateful day when she practically falls into Graham’s arms.

Their curiosity and need for human connection help to forge a fast and fierce friendship. They bond over grief and their love of reading. Just as their friendship is solidifying, tragedy strikes.
Despite the time and space that separates them, their attachment to one another doesn’t waiver. Graham and Apollo’s love story spans over a decade where hope and love are intertwined. It is sweet, fun, emotional, compelling, steamy, angsty and glorious.
My mind and my heart are still wrapped up in Graham and Apollo and I don’t want to let them go! The magic, the words, the emotion…everything! Simply brilliant.

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