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5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – This is Love, Baby (War & Peace #2) by K. Webster

Goodreads Review

My War was over and I had lost. My captor reminded me I was nothing more than his pawn.
His strategy never changed…it was always me.

But what he didn’t know was that LOVE always wins.

In my War, I’d found not only peace
but LOVE as well.

I’d been through a battlefield with my War and LOVE was what brought us to the other side.
Our LOVE was beautiful and pure. Undying.

My captor thinks he has won this war. That I will LOVE him.
What he doesn’t know is this time, I’m the one with a strategy. I’m always thinking several moves ahead of him, my War taught me that.

I will outsmart him and find peace again.
This is a war I will win.
My LOVE will conquer all.

There are probably, well actually most likely going to be spoilers. So read no further and this can’t be read as a standalone. Skedaddle and read the book one.

4.5 Sicktastic Stars.

This book was over far too quickly. I was so tempted to reading the end although I’d just began reading and I never do that as the suspense was killing me.

I was nervous when it came to reading the second part of this series. There were questions that I had. What if I don’t like it? What If the ending isn’t what I want? Well I did like it but the ending? Well I’ll get to that later.

I’m going to keep it vague & fingers crossed relatively short.

Baylee has been taken back. The devil slayed my heart when he killed my War. And now I’m back. With him. The monster who haunts my nightmares. And everything she experience is a nightmare.

I didn’t see coming was how unhinged Brandon was. Who is Brandon you ask? Yes I had that issue, he was Baylee’s boyfriend in book one, in either the first chapter or the prologue. He never gave up on her but out of the boy, a dragon is born. Where there isn’t just one monster but two.

The black knight and the black rook taking out all the pieces in my world, including their attempt at taking my king.

The hurt, the pain, the betrayal, the loss of it all was too much. But through the hurt, the pain, the betrayal they gained in the end something beautiful.

The black king and the white queen are the only ones left on the board that’s no longer devoid of color. It drips with the crimson blood of the defeated and we stand in victory. Together.

A plot with twists and turns that are unexpected to say the least. The plot brought out so many emotions in me. Not impressed Ms. Webster what kind of ending is that? Now, why would you do that? No seriously why?

I’m off to read something happy now. Or at least happier than this mind fuckery.

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – This is War, Baby (This is War, Baby #1) by K. Webster

Goodreads review

 

My life had a plan. Until he invaded it and stole it all away. My captor took me and I became a pawn.

His strategy changed and he sent me away to WAR, because money is everything in this world.

In my WAR, though, I found peace.

I couldn’t help but find love where I least expected it, with a man who lived a battle every day of his life
…all inside his head.

But then my captor came back for me.
Yet, this time, battle lines had been drawn and I was protected.

So we thought.
Even though my WAR was raging,
my captor would fight to the death.

The good guys always win, right?
Not always.

All’s fair in love and WAR, right?
Not this time.

***WARNING***
This is War, Baby is a dark romance. A really dark one. So dark you’re going to wish you had a flashlight to see yourself to the end and someone to hold your hand. Human trafficking, dubious consent, and strong sexual themes that could trigger emotional distress are found in this story. This story is NOT for everyone.

 

I’m sorry but does it state somewhere that this is a two part series and I missed it? I am seriously peeved BUT in saying that this book was amazing.
Getting to my review now

They’re in love. Fuck the war.” –Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow. 

 

 

This is told from three points of view. Gabe the sick fuck who kidnaps his best friend’s daughter to train her so that he can sell her at the White Collar Trade. He has an obsession with her that it is also a borderline delusion.

-The training will be brutal. For her. For me, it will be decadent perfection. I will own every inch of her inside and out. I’ll fuck her into oblivion. I will be the very thing she craves.-

-I will lose her for a bit but when it all settles, I’ll claim her again. She’ll belong to me and nobody will say a fucking word. Her father will thank me. Her mother will hug me. Her boyfriend will hate me. And she will love me.-

See what I mean? Sick fuck! But he promised Baylee that he would come back for her to keep her for himself.

Baylee’s point of view where we see her as your typical seventeen year old girl with a high school boyfriend and a sheltered life until she wakes up to find herself smothered in darkness.

-Spent unthinkable amounts of time fingering every crack and crevice in the darkness in an effort to find an escape route.-

Baylee doesn’t want to like what is being done to her. Her body says yes but her mind is screaming no. You could really pick up on Baylee’s feelings and how she was trying to deal with it the best that she can. Even where she lies and says that she loves Gabe.

After her training she is taken to be sold to the highest bidder. Baylee lands with the unexpected.
The third point of view is from Warren or War he bought Baylee for five million dollars. He is different she expected pain and humiliation but is treated with warmth and kindness. War suffers from PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and depression including some delusions. But you get why when you know what he experienced. But he is lonely and wants companionship and he sees that in Baylee. The dynamics they have are interesting and how they try to interact with one another with their experiences and demons.

They in the end fall in love

“I’m completely crushing over this flawed man. And I know that the feeling is mutual.”
“I promise. I’m still yours even when you don’t want me.” His face darkens. “You’re always mine and I’ll never stop wanting you.”

What I find hard to believe is that Baylee’s parents aren’t even looking for her.
Not what I expected and most certainly not as dark as I thought it would be BUT there were some tough moments. Especially at the beginning and when Gabe finds her at the end.

Luckily we only have to wait till the end of the month for book 2.

Side note there were some cases where I felt things that I shouldn’t have felt. Which is quite disturbing to be honest.

 

5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Sin With Me (Bad Habit #3) by J.T. Geissinger

Sin With Me (Bad Habit #3) by J.T. Geissinger

 

October 1, 2017

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Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 Sin With Me

 

 J.T. Geissinger

 

Bad Habit #3

 

 April 25th 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

The past she can’t remember. The secret he hides. And a love that’s worth risking it all.After a devastating car crash stole both her family and her memory, Grace Stanton was left with no past and an uncertain future. Now Grace likes to keep things simple. No sleepovers, never date a guy more than a month, and never, ever fall in love. Which is exactly why Grace avoids Bad Habit’s lead guitarist, Brody Scott, at all costs. The green-eyed, sexy-as-hell musician has “trouble” tattooed all over him, and Grace isn’t taking any chances with her heart.Brody knows he doesn’t deserve an amazing woman like Grace—her creamy skin, red hair, or that smart mouth that fuels his every fantasy—but there’s something between them that’s more than chemistry. Something real. He’ll just have to convince Grace that he’s worth the risk—and hide the secret that haunts his worst dreams. But when fate plays a cruel hand, Brody’s darkest sin suddenly threatens his last chance at redemption…and the life of the woman he loves.

 

 

 

 

 

WOW – that was a rollercoaster ride – I felt really emotional during reading Sin With Me by J. T. Geissinger. If you read her previous books of that series you will def. know what I am talking about.

 

I have honestly never experienced reading a book where I have been paying attention to the background characters almost as much as to the leading characters.

 

And really Dear. Ms. Geissinger – I need to have a word with you about that… (and no – you will not get any spoilers here from me as to why – you will all have to suffer on your own because that is the only way with this series)

 

Gosh – I am not even sure what I should or could tell you about this book.

 

Well for one, If you did not read the previous two books – well YOU NEED TO and do not start with this one.

 

It might be readable as a standalone but the background/secondary characters have too much “voice” to read the books in the wrong order, you would spoil yourself one hell of an experience.

 

And second would be – if you DID read the previous books of that series – you will NOT be disappointed by this one. It was worth the wait but #sigh – why does it always feel like it was to short?

 

I am really not sure what kind of Box this author is keeping her ideas in when it comes to this series, but opening a new book always feels like a book version of Pandora’s box.

 

Just where that would have contained all the evils in the world J.T. Geissingers box contains gut-wrenching and heartbreaking (the good kind – but still they HURT). Well and what can I say ? I love it – every minute of it.

 

Opening her books is similar to opening a book of Colleen Hoover, you never know what will happen you just know for sure you will be surprised and it will hurt along the way but in the end you will love it.

 

I realize I am not telling anything about the story but really I can’t because I won’t yeah … you need to feel her books from beginning to end – no way around it.

 

So please enjoy! 

 

 

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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF

Review – Jackson’s Trust (Fourth Down #1) by Violet Duke

Goodreads review

 

 

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.


I had to gather my thoughts on this one and also filter out half of the information that I highlighted to write my review. Annoying when you nearly highlight half of the damn frigging book.  I would like to add that this is the first book that I’ve read by Ms.  Duke and I consider her to be very talented.

But what I can say after a slow beginning but a genuinely fantastic read I give it 4.5 ‘Sunshine & Weatherman’ Stars.

 

 

The first time Jackson Grey sees Leila Hart he knows that she is a fibber. He is one of the best book boyfriends that I have read this year and overall a superb guy, hot, good looking, a sense of humor and kindness. All very appealing. His inner musings are funny and very entertaining. But he could honestly say he’d never once played second fiddle to an inanimate object. Never watched a woman stare, all hot and bothered. At his football stats the way Leila was doing right now. Damn he was in trouble with this one.

Leila always wanted to work as a reporter for the NFL events and she is grabbing this opportunity by the horns. There is instant attraction between them but they are adults about it and actually admit to the chemistry but say why they can’t act on it. She wants to be recognized for her job and he can’t do relationships as he has a huge secret. He wants the whole white picket fence and 2.5 kids but has his reasons. See point 1. Under spoilers. But knows that he can only offer sex with breakfast until he realizes that he can offer more by Leila proving it to him.

But he can’t help but be smitten with her even though he knows that it is a bad idea and that they work together.This wasn’t going to be easy. Because while he had absolutely no problem stepping back when a woman wasn’t interested, Leila wasn’t disinterested. In fact, all evidence would point to her being about as interested as he was. She was just… off limits. A volatile combination.
There wasn’t any unnecessary drama which I loved and all plot lines were within the realm of reasonability. Where not once did I think what the hell? And why would you do that?

Leila’s family is awful and not to mention her ex who is a politician and a cheating, lying bastard at that. To leak her secret persona to the press was also an arse move.

Leila is smart and sassy and they both complimented one another really well. At the beginning and during the book they were as honest as they could be. They told one another no deep, dark secrets until they were both ready.

Leila actually makes the first move as she realizes when she goes back to Utah that she has missed Jackson and her family is bloody awful and non-supportive in every possible way.

They started off as ‘A perfect, and perfectly chaste friends-with-snuggle-benefits relationship.
I liked how their relationship progressed and that they faced everything together, well nearly everything. Leila made a deal with the devil but in the end didn’t go through with it and paid the price as being used as a human shield.

Three excruciating days later she is out of the woods.

But Jackson blames himself. Sunshine,
No one-not one mortal man in your heaven, or my hell-will ever love you as much as I do … but I want you to at least get the chance to find someone who will try.
Always yours Jackson
They both go to the extreme for one another and give each a happily ever after. They are each other’s happily ever after. Even after she broke Jackson’s trust. All the time she didn’t care about his money unlike others. I know it’s your entire family legacy but I never really bought into the whole billionaire hype.” Jackson’s mouth twitched up at the corner. “As if I didn’t already have enough reasons to adore the heck out of you.”
But what Leila writes, oh my gawd!Weatherman,
I predict this will help you build that big, amazing life you so richly deserve. Screw your family legacy. Make your own. Greatness you’ll achieve- I have no doubt of that. Happiness is trickier. You need to believe that it has a place in your life, and trust that you deserve it. Because it does and you do. No more running. Just… be happy.
Never anyone else’s,
Leila

There were two points that were really unexpected for me in the plot with two twists and turns. See spoilers below if you are really interested in knowing what it is.

I wanted the ending to be a little more hashed out what with the whole ‘them’ shite. I found it lacking. Suddenly everything is dandy and bam! Happy days!

I look forward to the coming books with Donovan, Owen, Bennett and Shane. I can’t wait to see Bennett fall. Oh and I hope the Bodyguard Mike gets a book as well.

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  1. Jackson’s secret wasn’t that bad but it was unexpected and for me it added to the story, With his past and being Reginald Jackson Grayhurst III and half his family being offed because of money I would protect that one person as much as possible. 2. Leila got shot which I didn’t expect at all.

For those of you have issues with o/w it does get mentioned that he slept with a different woman every night for a couple of days only once he’d met the heroine. Personally it didn’t bother me at all.

 

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Just received my ARC – is it OK to say I am scared ? I read some books by this author and I know what she is capable of – so yeah I am SCARED …

Dear future Readers,

This book was just as I expected…. – so me being scared was justified –

So this leaves me with the problem what could I tell other possible readers about this book ?
Other than it was #mindblowing ?

Actually to be honest ? NOTHING !
Simply because anything that I could tell would spoiler something that you should better read than hear it from me.
So this does not leave me with much to tell except – you may

– Expect to be dumbfounded
– Expect that nothing is as it seems
– Expect lies
– Expect tears
– Expect the unexpected

oh and in the total contrary to what the blurb might suggest (now here comes my spoiler of the day)

– Expect LOVE

BUT I cannot promise if you will get anything of what I tell you to expect

SO I will promise you

– You will be surprised
– You will not be able to guess what’s going on until the author is allowing it
– You will get well developed characters
– You will not be able to deny your connection to the characters
– You will have MORE than one WTF just happened here moment

And it will probably hurt – there is no denying – so I have to be fair and at least mention it.

And when you turn the final page of this book you will ask yourself what just happened

Lily White is just one of THESE authors – when you see she releases a new book you will know you need to read it and you know it will surprise you but you will never be able to guess how

 

 

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Love in the Light by Laura Kaye

Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

This book has been a long time coming. As book one was exceptional to most of us I think are expectations are extremely high. This is the continuation of Makenna and Cayden’s love. It is set two months later after they meet in the elevator.

Makenna and Cayden are going strong and as a couple I loved them together. Makenna is so very understanding. I would have liked her to at least flip a bit. But then again towards Cayden that would have been the wrong thing to do. Makenna was great in this book and I loved her. Her love for Cayden was strong.

It was time to meet Makenna’s family for Thanksgiving which was hard for Cayden but he did manage, everything went relatively smoothly. But her brother Ian had the ingenious idea to invite her ex, Cameron as well. They were to be married and he wanted Makenna to give up her job to support him in becoming a surgeon. Ah, that would be a big fat no!

Then the idiot thinks that after three years of no contact that he should declare his undying love to her just because Makenna has moved on? Not only has that he asked her to marry him. Really what are you stupid? There is a big fat sign that, that ship has sailed. Makenna’s brother should have just been happy for her and I really didn’t get what is problem was. Clue me in if anyone knows why he acted like a prat.

Cayden has suffered from PTSD since the accident where he lost his brother and mother. That same day his father died himself inside leaving Cayden to fend for himself. He lacks self confidence in the relationship and shit goes to hell. He thinks that he isn’t enough even when Makenna tells him that she loves her and that they should move in together.

While I was reading this book I checked out some reviews and one was that they thought that Cayden had too many issues. Every person has the right to their opinion but I would like to say that he had PTSD that also made him slip in to clinical depression. It is a tough hole to climb out of again.

I got the happily ever after that I wanted to satisfy me with this two part book. But I reckon it won’t be for everyone.

The one thing that did bother me was that the scene should have been written in where Makenna tells Cameron to go shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.

Bravo Ms. Kaye and thank you for writing this book.

 

5 STAR BOOKSHELF RECOMMEND REVIEW

Review – Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

A brand spanking new review as the previous review was from when I was just starting out with the whole how to write a review. Looking back my first review was bloody atrocious.

This is my third re-read due to the sequel being released and I can say straight away that I will never tire of this book. I’m rereading it because book two is out. 

I still give it 5 ‘Good Sam & Red’ Stars

Makenna James aka MJ has had one hell of a day to top it off the elevator nearly closes in front of her but a Good Samaritan holds the doors open for her.

Cayden Grayson day hasn’t been spectacular either but when the redhead walks in it begins to perk up a bit that is until the electricity cuts and they are left in the dark.

Cayden suffers from claustrophobia and he is trying not to freak out. Luckily Makenna’s voice comes him and they get to know one another. They have great chemistry and back and forth banter.

Cayden is a bit of a loner. He doesn’t have a lot of friends but he has experienced a great loss which he still really hasn’t overcome and he has tried to fill that void with work and work.

Through the darkness everything is more intense and they become intimate with one another. They are complete opposites but they work together as a couple.

They both want to see one another after they get out of the elevator although at the beginning it is awkward.

I love the concept of this book. Two strangers meet in an elevator said elevator stops and there is a blackout. Cloaked in complete darkness is one way to really get to know someone without taking in the looks. It is what’s inside that really counts.

So finally after so many years of Ms. Kaye’s fans demanding more we get book 2.

5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

A Special Obsession by A.M. Hargrove

A Special Obsession by A.M. Hargrove

 

October 4, 2017

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

 A Special Obsession

 

 A.M. Hargrove

 

 

 

March 23rd 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the author of For The Love of English, comes a new a stand-alone contemporary romance.

Rule Number One: Never let anyone get too close…

 

Weston Wyndham has more money on his tattooed wrist than I’ll ever have in my bank account.

Drunk, he was gorgeous, wicked, sexy… an inked god.

Sober, he is the most arrogant man ever.

 

If he thinks I’m going to let him order me around like one of his servants, he’s wrong. If he wants me to date him after all this, he’s out of his mind. I don’t care how rich he is, or that he drives a Ferrari and a fancy truck. Those walls I put up are there for a reason … and they were built to last.But he’s relentless, and hot, and it turns out he likes his girls a little fiery. Giving in doesn’t have to mean disaster—unless I break my number one rule.

 

Special O’Malley is a handful. With a name like that, she ought to be. Sassy as hell, bossing me around, but damn if I don’t deserve it. I’m used to getting my way, dealing with difficult people, only she’s not buying any of it. Usually my money attracts women. Not Special. She doesn’t give a damn about it … or me. There’s more than one stubborn player in this game. I have a few tricks up my sleeve and I’m not planning on giving up any time soon … at least not until I’m between her thighs, making her moan. And those concrete walls she has … I have news for her. Concrete crumbles if you strike at the right place.

 

 

 

 

 

This book was a nice surprise.. no let me rephrase that – it was a great surprise. I was debating a long time if I should read this book.

 

The plot sounded so good but I read a previous book by this author and I was only able to rate it with 2 stars and in such cases I am always careful when I come across the same author again.

 

I did not want to check on the reasons of giving that previous book that rating as I did not want to affect my opinion with it. But when I finally started reading this book I could not avoid having this lingering “thing” in the back of my mind wondering.

 

But those thoughts and worries all disappeared into thin air after the first obligatory 3 chapters I always give each book to make up my mind. Whatever was wrong in my opinion with that previous book is nowhere to be found in this one. It is well written, funny at times and always deep.

 

There really was nothing negative I could say about this book. Its more the opposite – on first glance the plotline seems to have been written already by other authors over the time. And in parts this might be true. But the combination of leads, their environment, the background & secondary characters is so unique that the setting is a complete new one that is worth reading to anybody who loves books of that genre

 

So if you read the Blurb and think it might be interesting – I am pretty sure you will like this book.

 

 

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5 STAR BOOKSHELF REVIEW

The Perfect 1 by Cory Cyr

The Perfect 1 by Cory Cyr

 

October 6, 2017

reviewed for

Jeri’s Book Attic

 

 

 

 

 

  The Perfect 1

 

 Cory Cyr

 

 

 

  March 31st 2017  

 

 

 

 

 

 Jensyn Parrish was one of the world’s most gorgeous supermodels, dubbed the “Perfect 10” for most of her career. Thirteen years ago, a horrific car accident left her face disfigured. Suffering the loss of her beauty, career, and self-worth, she seeks a life of quiet seclusion in Hawaii.Lincoln Bass, a New York best-selling author and adrenaline junkie, has no idea what he could possibly have in common with his brother’s friend Jensyn. After suddenly being impaired with blindness at only twenty-five, his life is forever altered. Independent, headstrong, and ever the daredevil, Lincoln is stricken with the certainty that if he wants to continue writing, he needs help.Two people damaged by circumstances of fate…Disguising who she once was becomes a difficult task for Jensyn. Her only job is to help Lincoln finish his book. But boundaries are somehow obscured and fiction becomes their reality.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve had my eyes on this author since some time now, never finding the perfect opportunity to grab one of the published books. As one of the problems of a blogger life is always the fact that there are never enough hours to read.

 

But when I came across the plot of The Perfect 1 by Cory Cyr there was no way in hell I would NOT read that book – that much was for sure – so I grabbed my Kindle copy as fast as I could and only waited for the minute to start. And I have to say I am pretty sure this will not have been my last book from this author if the blurb appeals to me.

 

The writing style is engaging and I could connect with the characters just perfectly. The plot might have been a little predictable but depending on personal preferences and mood, that is not necessary a bad thing.

 

So I did not even finish the book before I already started recommending it to friends. Please enjoy

 

 

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5 STAR ARC BOOKSHELF REVIEW

Review – Worth It All (The McKinney Brothers #3) by Claudia Connor

Goodreads review

After a car accident stole his dreams of pro football, JT McKinney has made a new life for himself far away from his old one. He spends his time in a prosthetic research and development facility, his attention on machines instead of people until a chance meeting with a young mother and her five year old daughter who need his help. He’ll have to let go of the past if he wants a future.

I freely admit that when it comes to Ms. Connor that I am biased, from the Worth the Risk to Worth it All I am a huge fan.

In saying that this book is different to the others but I think that has more to do with the fact of Ms. Connor’s writing and that each brother is different.

 

I also had to wait almost a year for this to be released but you can’t disturb a genius. Laying it on a bit thick here I know but you get me drift.

Paige Roberts wants more in life. She’s not looking for love, she just wants to look after her five year old daughter, Casey. Who, is fucking adorable and the let’s face it the real star of the book.  Paige works two jobs and is going to college.

Jake/JT McKinney works and basically works he isn’t looking for anything serious. He has his work and Simon and that is about it.

“Right. Because you don’t do serious. You’d rather eat my mom’s leftovers and watch Jeopardy! with your dog” “Boulder prefers Wheel of Fortune, if you must know, and he’s damm good,” he added with a smile.

After an accident at the age of 19 where he lost his leg and an important part of himself that he regrets to this day he thinks that he doesn’t deserve to be happy or deserve a family.  He works in A.I. and has created patents to help build a facility who require prosthetics.

But there is something about Paige that won’t let him ago.

He’d seen her five times, she’d waited on him three of those, and they’d still only exchanged a handful of words. It was just looks and smiles and for some reason that was a lot. 

Jake gets furthermore involved when he sees Casey they have something very important in common.

Casey is five years old going on twenty five. She knows exactly what she wants.

“Hey Mommy?” Paige paused at the doorway. “What, baby?” “I’ve been thinking and I decided something.” This ought to be good, she thought, smiling down at her angelic face. “What have you decided?” “I’ve decided not to go to Kindergarten.”

I go all soft and gooey when there is a book about men and getting to know the heroine’s kids and this book was no different. Casey and Jake are just the icing on the cake.

“You always call me things to eat. Cotton Candy. Pop-Tart.” “All good things,” he said, finishing his cone. ”All things I like.” “And you like me?” “Yes.” He wrapped his arms around her and held her closer. “I like you.” I love you. “Jake?” “Hmm?” “Can I ask you a question?”

 

She lifted her head from his arm and peered up at him with those summer-sky baby blues. “Do you think…..” She paused, glancing at the ground in front of her. “Do you think you could ever want a girl with one leg?”

“I most definitely could,” he said, cradling her against his chest. ”But mostly, more than anything, I’d want a little girl that was you.

Paige was frustrating and I get that she didn’t want to end like her Mom but through her stubbornness she nearly missed out on something spectacular. 

 

This is about closure, moving on and realising that not everything is written in stone and that things/plans and everything in between can change.  That you have to learn to grieve otherwise you will never have the life that you want.

 

 

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