Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Posted on July 15, 2019 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 13 Comments

I wanted to read this book for some time now, but just got the chance to do so. As I am acquainted with the author’s work, I went into this book with high expectations. Colleen did not disappoint. She delivered a disturbing but riveting tale. Too Late kept me glued to its pages from start to finish.
It tells the story of Asa, Sloan and Luke. Sloan goes to college and is Asa’s girlfriend. Unbeknownst to Sloan, Asa is a drug dealer who carries out his trade on campus. When she learns of his extra-curricular activities she left, but unfortunate circumstances, orchestrated by him, led her back to his arms.
Luke, a law enforcement officer, who works undercover. His undercover name is Carter. His current assignment involves infiltrating Asa’s operation aiming to put an end to business. He never counted on falling in love with the girlfriend of the very man’s whose organisation he had infiltrated. Can he carry out his assignment effectively?

I admired Sloan. I found her character compelling. There may be persons who would have negative things to say about her choice to stay with Asa, but I get why she did it. Her willingness to put her brother’s care above her physical and mental safety showed her selfless nature. Finding an alternative means of helping her brother seemed impossible. I admit there were a few times I wished she would fight back, but then I reconsidered knowing that to do so could prove to be more harmful.Luke may be cute, but when it came to police work, he made stupid mistakes. I could probably blame his mistakes on the fact that he had fallen in love, but as a cop in a dangerous situation, he should never allow his emotions to dominate his thinking.In my years of reading, I have encountered a few crazy characters but Asa proved the craziest of the bunch. The things he did to keep Sloan with him was creepy. He gets off on other people’s fear and for him love is all about control.

The shocking revelation about Asa’s past helped me to understand how he became the person he now, but I still did not like him. I felt sympathy for him as a child but there was none for the adult version. He may have been crazy, but he was very smart and that made him dangerous.

I enjoyed seeing Sloan and Carter together. He may not have been good at his duties as an undercover cop, but when it came to loving Sloan, he excelled.

There were some intense moments when they were together. Asa monitored her every move and so I feared for them whenever they were together. I kept wondering if Asa would catch them together and feared the outcome if he did.


The story took me on a nerve-wracking journey. It covered a myriad of disturbing topics that may not be for everyone. If you are turned off by abusive situations, then you may want to avoid this book. However, if you are like me and like stories that are dark and suspenseful then you will enjoy Too Late.

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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13 responses to “Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

  1. Lindy Gomez

    This sounds like such a page turner! I like stories where a cop goes undercover, and the added element of the crazy drug dealer, Asa, as well as a love story between, makes this sound like such a great read!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  2. Debbie Haupt

    I have a love hate relationship with NA novels but this one sounds like it’s my type. I miss your posts Nadene hopefully I’ll be back soon xo

  3. Gemma Jackson

    This is an author I’ve always been intrigued by but the romance puts me off.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

  4. kindlemom1

    I’m trying to think if I’ve read this one or not and for the life of me I can’t remember! I usually devour her books so I’m not sure how I would have missed this one although it does sound pretty intense so I might have passed on it. I’ll have to go look on Goodreads now to see LOL. Wonderful review!