Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward
September 25, 2016
Title : Neighbor Dearest
Author : Penelope Ward
Series : n/a
Release date : August 15th 2016
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : A STANDALONE NOVEL that does *not* need to be read in conjunction with any other book.
From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a friends to lovers story with sexy new characters.After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec.
Damien was a hotter version of my ex.The neighbor I’d dubbed “Angry Artist” also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking.He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall. Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist. The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.
We got to talking. He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup. He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn’t be anything more. Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same…because his heartbeat didn’t lie.
I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien. I just hoped he wouldn’t shatter it for good.
Author’s note – Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Review : Penelope Ward will never cease to amaze me it seems. Worshipping might be a to strong word but definitely I am hooked to reading novels by this really brilliant author.
Just like Colleen Hoover she has yet to write a book that does not fully capture me with all of my heart and soul.
No matter if she writes alone or with Vi Keeland she does magic with pen and paper and as far as I am concerned she could release a book every month and I would read it and most probably love it.
Actually I am forcing Karma to contradict me here because I would really like a book a month from her.
I admit that I had my suspicions about Damien almost from the beginning on, maybe I am already tuned into the Penelope vibes.
Not sure what I should tell about the plot … I am really afraid that once I start to write I will tell more than I want to and spoiler stuff. So let me stick to just saying if you read books from Penelope before and liked them – you will like this one too.
And If (by any mysterious coincidence) you happen to take a look at this book before you read any of her books … AHM … STOP right here and read her older books first. Its not so much that her books are depending on a specific order- its more that she has a way of leaving kind of “inside jokes” or “hints” in the story that you will not notice when you did not read the previous books.
BUT you will not miss out usually as you will not even notice those inside jokes…
Only – how am I going to explain that … no let me phrase it in another way – You do not know me but please trust me when I tell you the following. In THIS specific case, even though it is not necessary, do yourself a favor and to fully get the RIGHT impression of “something” … please read “Stepbrother Dearest” before you read this book.
Trust me when I tell you I am “between a rock and a hard place” – because any hint I might give you will spoiler something that I do not want to give a way. You will not notice anything while you read THIS book if your read it first BUT you will not “look” at Stepbrother Dearest in the same way – and that is not ok.
|NM Protectors, #1|
|June 21st 2018|
|Kidnapped and terrorized, I refuse to let anyone break me. I can stand on my own, no matter what it costs…even if that cost is my life.
Now I’m back at college, pretending life is normal while dodging paparazzi and dealing with my face showing up regularly on the nightly news. Trying to find a new balance isn’t happening and the effort to not jump at every shadow or bump in the night is messing with my head more than I ever expected.
But when I met Elle, she shocked the hell out of me. She’s nice and thoughtful with an incredible inner strength. Even more surprising…she doesn’t want me anywhere near her. But every once in a while I see a flash of fear and vulnerability that make all my protective instincts flare.
I have to protect her.
Because they never caught her kidnapper…
Note: This book is the first in a series of stand-alone, romantic suspense, new adult novels involving sexy bodyguards and the coeds they protect.
The tiny differences – this is the second book from this author that I read sofar and while the other book was good – this book is great – the difference … I am not sure maybe writing style of the author developed ? or it was simply the plot…
The characters Elle and Jonah were interesting in their development. Both unusual and different form the norm in these kind of romances- so def. not cliché material. Reading their developing story felt fresh and that is something that I can really recommend.
I honestly cannot wait to read the next book in that series because this author even got me interested in a set of secondary character that I normally not tend to find that intriguing. Lets hope we do not have to wait to long for the next book
|July 17th 2018|
|Over one million “likes”—but only one of them matters.
After pop star Ryan De Luna praises Maisy Harrison’s YouTube cover of his classic hit, he offers Maisy and her fledgling band the opportunity of a lifetime: to be his opening act.
Music may be Maisy’s life, but she has one ground rule: never date a musician. That goes double for a heartbreaker like Ryan. If only she didn’t feel so vulnerable to his larger-than-life charm. And maybe now more than ever, when he asks for her help to shake off his playboy image. How can she resist playing the part of his fake girlfriend for the duration of the tour?
Ryan’s never met anyone like Maisy. She sees past all the star-studded fame and treats him like any other guy. And the more time they spend together, the more he finds himself falling for her. Now he’d like to make their imaginary fling an IRL thing. But can he convince her to take a chance and trust him with her heart?
Already when I read #Starstruck I knew this would become a great series – don’t ask me why it was just my gut feeling.
#Starstruck and #Moonstruck are the first books I read by this author and if they are indication on the writing style her other books should be equally addictive.
She presents well-developed characters and a great story and I loved the developing relationship between the leads.
If you are a lover of books, where stars meet and engage with “commoners” these books will be a great addition to your collection.
|June 30th 2018|
A troubled popstar forced into hiding… A sweet small-town girl overcoming tragedy… And the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime.
Dakota’s dreams of attending Juilliard were shattered the night tragedy struck her family. It’s one year later, and she’s now enrolled at a local university trying to piece her life back together.
Shawn is one of the world’s most famous faces, having lived under a spotlight since his star exploded when he was fourteen. Now jaded by an industry forcing him to perform music he no longer enjoys, he craves normalcy and the opportunity to rediscover his muse. When a crazy stalker gets too close, and death threats start mounting, Shawn’s management team comes up with a plan—one which will allow him to work on his latest album while staying incognito on a college campus.
Romance is the last thing on Dakota’s mind, but after she crosses paths with a hot, prickly cutie with rock-hard abs and smoldering good looks, she can’t shake him from her thoughts.
Shawn can’t afford to bring any girl into his fucked-up life, but the gorgeous blonde with the sad blue eyes captivates him in a way no girl ever has, and he finds himself falling hard and fast.
But outside forces are conspiring against them.
When danger draws closer, and secrets are revealed, will their love survive?
If you would request that I describe Incognito by Siobhan Davis with one word that word would be
When you are reading a lot of books you might have come across a plot looking like this one once or twice already. But I am pretty sure it only LOOKED like this plot – because honestly sofar I never read a story of two persons in this situation that felt so doomed from the beginning.
Imagine a typical storyline … and than think again adding a twist and turn at every possible corner. When the focus of a relationship should be going forward – here in this story the author tortures his leadas not only by going forward and backward but also be going in circles. So its character torture at its finest. And I loved every second of it.
Being on Top of everything – seperated from the real world and being in the spotlight – dissected – subjected to the mercy of the public eye – basically public property – that is Shawn our male lead here.
At the Bottom of everything – at least when it comes to personal wishes, hopes and loss – that is Dakota
These two could not be more different and more perfect together. Their story is a trainwreck waiting to happen. As a reader you get the front row – including the “no don’t do that please” moments where you know what will happen, that it will be bad but you still get the reasons. Talking about a rock and a hard place.
A thought that crossed my mind was that I felt our leads should have been a year or two older. There were some plot related moments that had me feeling this way. Everything was perfectly working from the timeline its just a very personal feeling.
On a sidenote – I was pleased to read that the author did not let go of two of my favorite previous characters. I was delighted to see them here in a secondary but still centere role.
I am not sure if Inseperable and Incognito are ment to be a series or not but due to the reoccuring characters I would suggest reading Inseperable first – also because its a great story.
Incognito is slighty sweeter than Inseperable was. Reading the story of Shawn and Dakota did not nearly hurt so much as the other book. But here it was really intersiting how many missunderstandings could be placed in one story and magically the story did not suffer. If anything it became more intriguing.
|Dear Bridget, I Want You|
|Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland|
|September 18th 2017|
|From the New York Times Bestselling authors of Stuck-Up Suit and Mister Moneybags, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
Dear Ms. Ward – What is it with you and your “thing” for underwear ? – #MeLaughing … I am not sure but this book reminded me in so many GOOD way’s of Stepbrother Dearest … I really loved every minute of it.
|September 28th 2017|
|A bad boy with something to prove.
A woman with a mission.
The race of their lives.
The love of a lifetime.
I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.
He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around.
Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep…
The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss….
This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation…or your curse.
He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone.
I am still under the heavy impression of what I just finished reading … and that was Racer by Katy Evans …
When you aim to read a book a day (and almost mange it) you reach a point where you think that you will not encounter anything really new anymore. And in some dark moments you might even think that nothing really surprises or grips you anymore…. That being said and collecting my thoughts Here comes something NEW to me – something I was sure I would never say.
I think If you come across Katy Evans Books for the first time … you would expect me to tell you to read them in some sort of order … but Racer broke with that – and for the first time in my life I am not sure what I should suggest to tell a reader ….. read Racer first and then the other books or read them in the order like I did…
Trying to keep it vague for spoiler reasons let me phrase it this way … Racer is closely related to a previous lead in another book and I really struggled with two facts that came with that knowledge.
Readers knowing this authors books will understand and probably already guess one issue because it is a logical worry …..Where I personally was not so much struggling with the worry itself but more with the fact that at the moment I realized the relation I already KNEW “things”…
After some contemplating I think you should read them in the way they were released but you might encounter the same feeling that had me thinking – and that was my second “issue” and that is TIME …. Like in the moment when Racer said …. “together for 30 years” – well I am not sure what I felt but it was strange …
Do not misunderstand me – it is absolutely no issue of the book – just my personal issue – I felt OLDER in that moment … like I also met them 30 years ago – you know ? Where it still felt so real like it was yesterday…
Because that character I am talking about was so remarkable that he never left me … and as music is a big part in this book – Racer evoked the same feelings in me – it was like a renewal …
Everything about this guy was so raw …. And even when I felt that the love he developed with Lana was a little on the insta side – the knowledge of his background made me comfortable where I in any other case might have complained.
I am honest … some of the tears I encountered at a certain moment of the book felt like they were also due to the knowledge I already had – which also enforces my thoughts of keeping the reading order.
Racer 2.0 was “further” developed and knew better how to handle things and I admired him I really did …. (when you read the story you will get the meaning of this line)
You can read Racer as a standalone ( I think – I mean I can not know as I read all the other books too) but I strongly believe that you might not have the same range of deep feelings because you might not understand some of the struggle as it seems lighter in this book. Or maybe I am just thinking that because I encountered a really bad case before ? As I said – I will never know as I can not change my knowledge and the more I write I think I do not want to change that knowledge – so yes keep the reading order …
But those 30 years – damn – sorry – they are hard to digest for me … hahaha
Did I already say I love the book ? not sure (I try to never scroll back while writing) – but anyway I DO-
|Blade of Darkness|
|Immortal Guardians #7|
|September 19th 2017|
|Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.
Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?
|To quote and use my favorite line of this book : “There is a slight chance … that I might have …. “ fallen in love with this series even more …. “how slight …. ? GARGANTUM!”
#sigh – I “live” for those small Zach and/or Bastien moments …
Series are usually heading into one direction when they go on for a long time and that is repeating previous stories.
With the immortal guardians I never experienced that problem so far and when I take a look at the background story and the characters I also do not see it anywhere in the future.
Quite the opposite actually I am kind of afraid that the author might at some point not continue that series and I will never get to hear all those great stories that I can practically see lurking in the background.
So DEAR AUTHOR don’t you ever do that to us please …
While the way the couples fall in love might always be close to instantly (which is normally something I dislike) their love stories never get boring. They are never common or easy … I agree with Seth on that fully … Non of our Guardians got a real nice courtship with his woman … so why should it be any different with Aidan – especially with him not leaving anything out to finally find a woman. (that is no spoiler but a fact that followers of the series know) …
I think there is no series honestly where I memorized so many character names … and no matter how much time passes the moment I open a new book all the stories that I read come back to me. Usually I have to re-read older books to get back into the story but here … the basic storyline always comes back to me …
So I really can not review this as “Aidan’s” story – for me this is a complex network of people and I love to revisit all of them at all times ….
Let me tease you … we all know our unsocial Roland right ? Are we sure he really is unsocial ? How much would you like to find out ?
Would you ever expect Bastien to care about anyone else then his woman ? …
And then there is Cliff …. Yeah he is there … no spoiler here but what will happen to him … ? He is this background secondary character that has I think like Sheldon his own fans waiting on hearing the full stories …
I loved that we got glimpses of a Seth that almost seemed “human” – and some comments make me wonder when we will get his story.
Readers will get to meet some new guardians as well …
And I loved the way the author threw some thoughts out there about stuff that happened that might not have been what it looked like … (sorry being vague on purpose) – so I hope to hear about a guardian again that ….(vague sorry)
See ? you open Aidan’s story but believe me you will get so much more …
And I honestly already can not wait on the next story and I am sure it will be far to long before we get it – but it will be OK as long as we WILL get it … I can be patient … (But it would be nice as a Christmas present 2017 #laughing)
So in total ? you ask me for my NO. 1 paranormal series ?
Look no further start with this series WITH BOOK 1 and slowly fall in love …
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p style=”text-align: center;”> Looking back, I should have seen the signs. Perhaps I did, but I subconsciously chose to ignore them.
From the time I was ten, when I first met Dylan, I knew he was my forever guy. Back then, I couldn’t put words to what I was feeling, but, as the years progressed, I came to recognize it for what it was—soul-deep love. The kind only very few people ever get to experience. Dylan was more than just my best friend, my childhood sweetheart, my lover.
He was my soulmate.
We were carved from the same whole—destined to be together forever.
Until he changed.
And I believed I was no longer good enough.
Until he shattered me so completely, it felt like I ceased to exist.
And I’d never experienced such heart-crushing pain.
Until he leveled me a second time, and I truly wanted to die.
But I had to stay strong because I wasn’t alone in this cruel twist of fate.
I look to the sky, pleading with the stars, begging someone to tell me what I should do because I don’t know how to deal with this. I don’t know how to cope when my forever has changed, and I can’t help wondering if I had seen the signs earlier, if I’d pushed him, would it have been enough to save us?
p style=”text-align: center;”> Or had fate already decided to alter our forever?
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A throat clearing alerts me to my brother’s presence. My eyes fly to the door, and Ryan is there, lounging against the wall, gaze narrowed as he watches us.
“Morning,” I croak, wincing at how hoarse my voice sounds.
“What the hell’s going on, Gabby? And why is Slate in your bed?”
“Technically, he’s not,” I say, unsuccessfully attempting to extricate myself from his grip.“He’s on top of my bed.”
At that moment, Slater, very unhelpfully, decides to nuzzle into my neck. A satisfied moan slips from his lips, and he blatantly inhales, rubbing his nose in my hair. “Mmm,you smell good,” he murmurs in a sleep-laced tone, pressing his morning wood against my ass. I can’t stop the whimper that escapes my mouth in time, and Ryan turns a very unflattering shade of red. If his jaw clenches any tighter, he’ll give himself lockjaw.
“This is not what it looks like,” I rush to assure him before he loses it.“And nothing happened, so there’s no need to go apeshit on Slate.”
“Someone better start explaining,” Ryan grumbles, and Slater stills behind me, slowly coming to.
“Ryan, dude. Stop freaking out,” Slater says after a tense minute of silence, his voice drenched with sleep.“I was only consoling Belle. That’s it. No need to look at me like you want to rip my head from my body.”
“That’s not the only part of your anatomy I’d like to dismantle right now,” my brother growls, slanting thunderous looks in Slater’s direction.
“Seriously, chill, bro.” Slater scoots away from me, and I instantly feel cold. I lie flat on my back as he swings his legs out the other side of the bed. Resting his elbows on his knees, he yawns. Thank God, he’s wearing a tank and sweats and that he’s hiding the evidence of his arousal until he’s gotten himself under control. The last thing I need is Ryan jumping to conclusions.
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|✔✖ My Review Check List ✖✔AKA significant signs for a good book
Here ? When Forever Changes by Siobhan Davis
– (TALKING WITH YOUR BOOK – NOMATTER WHERE YOU ARE AND WHO IS WATCHING YOU)
– (CRYING AND/OR LAUGHING – -OUT LOUD- NOMATTER WHERE YOU ARE)
– (THE INTENSE FEELING OF WANTING TO PUNCH OR HUG A VIRTUAL CHARACTER IN REAL LIFE)
– (REMEMBERING THE PLOT/ THE AUTHOR / THINGS AND/OR CONVERTING CONTENT TO YOUR REAL LIFE)
My Essence ?
And when I reached a certain point where I found myself thinking – wow the plot never gave any indication that this would happen I actually went back to check the plot. While rereading I thought what a clever writing that Blurb was – as suddenly anything in there could also be read and understood in a way that it DID actually meet the story only I would have never understood it in that way before.
Now – after I finished the book I am at a loss – I thought I had an idea what this was about when I read the Blurb but no … this book is like the best and the worst of all the well-known books of the last years out there in that genre….
And with “worst” I do not mean writing style or anything but the PLOT itself and I also do not mean it …. Gosh – Well how do I explain it ….actually “worst” is probably the wrong word – its more the worse that you use if you ask someone how he is feeling …
I had several stages during reading so without going into the spoiler section let me describe it like :
Still the obvious signs made me dislike the male lead Dylan – but that was obviously what the author wanted. So I started to look between the lines and I started noticing where this is going – and from there on it was like a train wreck waiting to happen – like watching the movie Titanic.
I knew what was happening – I was hoping – I was begging – I was cursing – I was hating – oh yeah and lets not forget the crying …. And during all that time I wanted to stop reading because If I did not read it I wouldn’t know if I was right and it would be like nothing happened. But did I stop ? obviously not….
If I would have a complain about this book than it would be – that this book felt to real. I bet you would never have guessed that I was ever going to write a line like that. Yeah me neither ….
The question I asked myself the most was “why did nobody notice” but the characters themselves asked that question too – that took my anger and it felt like I was wondering alongside the characters – kind of lost….
The plot feels like two stories woven into each other so they fit perfectly like a glove. But my love for this plot is only within one string of this story. One plot string I would have loved to rewrite because ….. (insert curse word) I needed it to be different. And the other I would have probably never finished reading because of the hard limit. But it is what it is – this plot feels real and I can not punish it for that – just because I would have liked a fairytale.
I know I am rambling and this review has no structure but to me it is honestly just like that book left me – ALL OVER THE PLACE….
So what is this book. As it ticked of all the right places in my Review Check list – it should be a 5 star read and I will rate it as such but still something in the back of my mind will remain. Which again will ensure that I will keep a close Eye on this authors next books. So in total this author did everything right ….
The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken
October 6, 2016
Title : The Bachelor Auction
Author : Rachel Van Dyken
Series : n/a
Release date : 04 Oct 2016
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.
Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes—or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire—maybe do exist.Except Brock Wellington isn’t anyone’s dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk—even if it was just a façade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it’s karmic retribution that he’s tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can’t have. But while they can’t have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . . .
You remember Cinderella right?
The girl with the shoe, the pumpkin and the prince ? It was such a cute fairytale – right ?
You can probably see those childhood images now right in front of you – right ?
Now that I got you so far as to smile about that memory I conjured for you..
ABOUT IT …
You are a grown up … at least I think you are if you are around here reading this review But don’t worry … you do not need to forget about Cinderella totally … just forget about that image you had so far.
I got a new image for you and that one is called “The Bachelor Auction” by Rachel Van Dyken
“Cinderella never had to deal with this crap.”
Usually I am that kind of reader that expects a book to be as realistic as the story allows but in this case I will make an exception.
Having read several of Rachel van Dyken’s books I never questioned that I would like her writing style. But there are always plots that you like more or less or where you feel that a certain author might not handle a story in a way that would get you to like it, even though you usually like this authors books.
I read the blurb and wondered if this author could handle that kind of plot and how .. But after the first few pages into the story I gave up wondering because I knew… SHE COULD … and O.M.G… HOW SHE COULD …
Please do not take the plot tooooo serious at certain points .. go with the flow and laugh your ass off (sorry about the language) … but trust me there is a lot of ASS oh and COCK inside .. just … #me-still-laughing maybe not the way YOU are imagining it right now
As I honestly have no idea how to explain that story to you I can just ask you to please read it … if you like fairytales, and you like this author … trust her (and me) READ IT – if you need something to cheer you up – READ IT NOW …
Because I am honest – I can hardly wait to read the next books of this (the reader gets a pretty good idea about whom and what they will be) – I just wonder if they will again be wrapped in a fairytale and which one the author will choose…#intriguing
|One and Only #2|
|June 4th 2018|
|Sometimes your first love deserves a second chance.
He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.
* * *
All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.
There are these types of books that make you wonder if your heart can actually break while reading a book.
Only Him (One and Only #2) by Melanie Harlow is a book like that.
The essence of that book does not stay hidden forever and the tone is not loud or an aggressive one. It is more the soft tone and the struggle that got to me as a reader.
I loved both leading characters and this story is one of the few times that the rekindling second chance romance felt real and I could understand and feel as well as forgive along with the characters in the book.
Dallas our male lead struggles with family issues and other things that would spoiler to much of the story for me to recount. But his pain is visible, feels real and is def. justified. He wants to correct past mistakes but along the ride he actually gets drawn-in deeper and deeper. His actions are well meant and come from deep inside his heart but instead of making things better the situation is getting worse and it seems as if there is no way out.
Maren – The female lead finds herself in a situation that requires her to search for unfinished business and the only thing that comes to mind is her history with Dallas. So when out of nowhere he suddenly appears at her door she takes the chance to find closure. Only closure is not all she finds and she is drawn deeper and deeper, revisiting history. But will she also find herself in a repeated history ?
My thoughts on the story. In a for me “perfect” plot there would have been more power in the struggle for forgiveness. And more power would have also been in that lets say “dark cloud” that was floating above the relationship. Finally when it came near the end I felt that things went to fast suddenly which did not fit the pace of the story until then. But even with/without all of that that my heart felt like it was breaking at their struggle alone. I could understand both sides.
The story was a powerful one and I feel so far it is my favorite one from this author. I can fully recommend it and I am pretty sure that it will find many lovers.