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Worth The Fall (The McKinney Brothers # 1)

By Claudia Connor

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Synopsis

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.
 
They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
 
But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

Review

Matt is a Navy SEAL who is grieving the death of his best friend.  On a forced beach getaway with a cousin, he stumbles across Abby and her children playing in the sand.  The kids are in desperate need of a father figure and really cling to Matt after they meet.  Matt’s not in a very good place, but he enjoys spending time with Abby and her family, so he inserts himself into their lives for the week they’re away.  But one week is not enough and they start a long-distance relationship while Matt decides if his future is with his SEAL team, or with Abby.

I loved everyone in this book⎯Matt, Abby and her kids.  Abby has always dreamed of having a large family, one that would never leave her.  But her husband travelled overseas for work and was never there for her or their kids, so when he died, it wasn’t much of a loss for her.  I liked that she didn’t cling to Matt in the beginning, despite her attraction to him.  She took her time, she was cautious and she made sure he was serious before starting anything with him.  What can I say about Matt?  He’s sweet.  He’s hot.  He’s a wonderful man to Abby and a wonderful father to her kids.  You just know that he would do absolutely anything to keep them safe and happy.

“I can’t breathe when you look at me like that.”
“Like what? Like I love you? Because I do. More than I ever thought possible.”

I’ll be honest, when WORTH THE FALL came out in September 2014, I wasn’t interested in reading it.  A book about a man falling in love with (and presumably having sex with) a pregnant woman who already has four kids?  Yeah, that didn’t sound like something I’d be into.  But as time went on, I kept seeing the book and the series pop up in my FB newsfeed, so I finally decided to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did because it truly was a beautiful story.  WORTH THE FALL is told in dual POVs, is the first book in the McKinney Brothers series and I believe it is also the debut novel from Claudia Connor.  The only fault I had with the story is that there were times where a conversation or a thought didn’t make sense, only because said conversation or thought seemed to come out of nowhere.  Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading book two, WORTH THE RISK, real soon.

Worth The Fall (The McKinney Brothers # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Loving Daniel

By Stacy Ford

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Synopsis

When Kenzie Hart’s boyfriend dumped her and broke her heart, she didn’t let it stop her from living life. Kenzie went out and made a great life for herself. She has a loving husband, two kids, and a thriving career. She is living the life of a modern day fairy tale. But if Kenzie should have learned anything, it’s fairy tales are a work of fiction. There are no happily ever after’s. When tragedy strikes, she moves back to her hometown to start over with her friends and family at her side. 

Daniel Roberts has always regretted the way things ended with Kenzie. There has not been a day in the last twenty years he has not wished he could go back in time and change what happened. Now she is coming home after the loss of her husband. He is determined to show her he can be the man she and her kids need.  

Will Kenzie be able to forgive Daniel? 
Could he give her a second chance at a happily ever after?

Review

Kenzie and Daniel were high school sweethearts, but Daniel joined the Army and didn’t want to leave Kenzie waiting for him at home, so he broke up with her on the night of their senior prom.  Twenty years later, Kenzie has been married, had two children and lost her husband to cancer.  Knowing that she’ll head back home, Daniel retires from the Army with the sole purpose of winning Kenzie back.

I liked Kenzie a lot and thought she was an amazing character.  She’s lost her husband and is raising two kids by herself as well as running a home business.  She has a great support network and is not afraid to ask for help when she needs it.  I also liked Daniel and his determination to win Kenzie back.  He made it very clear he was not out to replace her husband or her children’s father and he did a wonderful job with helping them honour Ben’s memory.  But I was a little disappointed with some of his actions.  He avoided his brother’s wedding because he didn’t want to see Kenzie with her husband, and when he got the news that Kenzie’s husband was dying, he dumped the woman he’d been in a relationship with so that he could go home to win Kenzie back.  Some women might swoon over stuff like that, but it didn’t sit right with me.

LOVING DANIEL is a sweet and sometimes emotional read that is told in dual POVs.  You’ll definitely need tissues when Kenzie talks about her late husband.  I did notice several spelling and grammar mistakes, and there was also an issue or two with the timeline, so it could use an editor.  My copy of LOVING DANIEL was an ARC/Master Copy, so perhaps by the time it went live, the mistakes I found had been fixed.  And I’m not sure if this will make sense, but the story felt like it moved quickly, but moved slowly at the same time.  But for a debut novel, I thought this was a pretty good read.

Daniel:  We have consumed way too much soda and pizza, but that’s what you do when the wives leave.  No one is going to get a balanced meal, but we’ll keep them alive.

Loving Daniel

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Full Measures (Flight & Glory # 1)

By Rebecca Yarros

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Synopsis

She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead. Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart. Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction. Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

Review

On her 20th birthday, December’s world is shattered when she learns that her father has been killed in Afghanistan.  Her mother shuts down and, being the oldest of three children, she is forced to take control of the family and handle everything in relation to her father’s death.  Her self-involved boyfriend is of absolutely no help and her sister starts rebelling, which only add to the strain.  And on what is the darkest day of her life, the reappearance of her high school crush, Josh, and the feelings he awakens are confusing and not what she needs to deal with right now.

December and Josh are a beautiful couple.  December is a very strong and selfless young woman, even when she doesn’t want to be.  She wants to break down.  She wants to grieve.  But she’s the glue keeping her family together, so what she wants will have to wait.  While everyone in this book suffers a loss of some sort, December is dealt with more than anyone else and it’s amazing how much she takes without breaking.  Josh is an absolute sweetheart but he’s no pushover.  He’s kind and patient, and he steps in to help however he can, even when she swears she doesn’t need him.

This is not the first time I’ve read FULL MEASURES but it still had me crying, so having tissues nearby is a must.  It was good reading this again because certain comments made by Josh throughout the book made a lot more sense the second time around.  If you’re looking for a read that will grip your heart within the first few pages and not let go, FULL MEASURES is for you.

Full Measures (Flight & Glory # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Reawakened Secrets (Reawakened # 1)

By Mari Denae

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Synopsis

Some secrets should never be kept… 

Growing up in the servants’ quarters at Haven Hill, Claire Brown was a poor outcast, living in a world of money and privilege. Her only solace was best friend, Alice Sinclair, and secret desire, Jackson Montgomery. Rich and connected, they were perfect in every way and perfect for each other.  

Still, Claire was foolish enough to fall in love with Jackson, and desperate enough to hide it. When Alice found out, there was a terrible accident that left her in a coma. Jackson disappeared, leaving New Haven without even saying good-bye. 

Ten years later, Claire has managed to build a life without them. So when Jackson calls out of nowhere to say Alice is awake, Claire’s first thought is Thank God. Her second? I’m screwed. Lusting after Jackson destroyed her. It’s nothing compared to what she’s hiding now. 

But nothing stays hidden forever.

Review

Caught up in a love triangle, Jackson left Claire ten years ago to stay by Alice’s bedside while she was in a coma.  Now that Alice is awake, he plans to win Claire back because he’s been in love with her since he was a teen.  But Claire, who was left devastated by Jackson’s departure and that he never once contacted her, has no plans to let him back into her heart if she can help it.

REAWAKENED SECRETS is the first in a three-part serial novella about Claire and Jackson and does end in a cliffhanger.  It’s told in Claire’s POV and contains flashbacks to her teen years before Alice’s accident.  REAWAKENED SECRETS is the debut novel for Mari Denae and while it’s not a bad story, it was predictable and I found myself skipping sections to get to the end.  While I wasn’t a fan of the story, I thought it was written very well for a new author and the cover is absolutely beautiful.

Reawakened Secrets (Reawakened # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Leo (Leo # 1)

By Mia Sheridan

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Synopsis

Evie and Leo met in foster care as children and formed a bond of friendship. As they grew, their bond turned to love, and they vowed to make a life together when they turned 18 and were no longer a part of the system.

When Leo unexpectedly gets adopted as a teen and moves to another city, he promises Evie that he will contact her as soon as he gets there and come back for her in a few short years. She never hears from him again.

Now eight years later, in spite of the odds, Evie has made a life for herself. She has a job. She has friends. She’s content. Then a man shows up out of the blue, claiming that her long lost love, Leo, sent him to check up on her. The attraction between them is undeniable. But, should she trust this sexy stranger? Or is he keeping a secret about what his connection to Leo is really all about and why Leo disappeared all those years ago?

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY LEO. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Review

At the tender ages of fourteen and fifteen, Evie and Leo love each other very much.  They’ve known each other for a few years and have formed a bond that is unbreakable.  They’re older beyond their physical years given all they endured prior to being placed in foster care.  They have plans to stay together forever, until Leo is adopted by a wealthy couple and moved across the country.  Before he leaves, he promises he’ll write to Evie everyday and will come back for her when she’s eighteen to start their lives together.  But after he leaves, she’s left heartbroken when she never hears from him and he never returns, breaking every promise he ever made to her.  When Jake enters her life eight years later with information about Leo, hurt is not a strong enough word for what she’s feeling.  Attraction is another word not strong enough to describe her feelings towards Jake.  But how will she cope when she learns the truth about Jake and Leo?

Evie is an amazing woman who was dealt a crappy hand in life, but she didn’t let it break her.  Those who take the time to really see her know how special and amazing she is.  She works hard for everything she has and is loyal to her friends; people she considers her family.  Leo also had a rough upbringing that sadly didn’t get any better after he was adopted.  But where Evie made positive life choices despite all the negativity, Leo didn’t, and it caused him to spiral for years until an accident forces him to take a good look at his life.  Jake’s connection to Leo was obvious, but I don’t think the surprise twist was really supposed to be that surprising, given the title of the book and all.

LEO is another great read from Mia Sheridan, which if my quick investigation is accurate, appears to be her debut novel.  It’s a story that alternates between past and present events and while it is a stand-alone, there is a companion novel, LEO’S CHOICE, that is told in Leo’s POV.  The story talks about child abuse and rape, so take caution if these are triggers for you.  But there are moments of levity; the stalker/creeper jokes between Jake and Evie are funny and those scenes helped lighten up the book a little.  And of course, the story comes with a beautiful HEA.

Leo (Leo # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Storm (Ashes & Embers # 1)

By Carian Cole

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Synopsis

The calm before the storm… 

I lived in the quiet stillness.  
I felt the wind rustle, warning me, telling me to get out of its path. 

But I didn’t. 

I never stood a chance. 

A series of weather and road mishaps leaves me trapped in the middle of a blizzard with a complete stranger. In the back of a pickup truck. For forty-eight freakin’ hours. 

A stranger with long hair, tattoos, and rippling with muscle.  
A stranger with an insanely sexy voice and a wicked smile that turned my insides to jelly.  
A stranger who held me in his arms, calmed me, and then set a fire in me that I couldn’t put out. 

Storm lives up to his name. Beautiful. Dangerously inviting. Tumultuous. Dark. A clash of hot and cold. 

He’s used to getting everything he wants. 

And now he wants me. 

Some people chase storms for the beautiful thrill. What happens when the storm chases you?

Review

Evelyn meets Storm when he comes to her rescue after she has a slight accident driving in the snow.  But as luck would have it, he also crashes his truck, leaving them stranded for two days until the blizzard stops.  She’s very fearful of him at first but they spend their time together getting to know each other and end up liking each other.  Sort of.  Their meeting might have been unconventional, but their connection was undeniable.  He wants her and she wants him, but she has a long-term boyfriend and is not willing to throw away a 12 year relationship on what might just be a fling.

Initially, Evelyn annoyed me because she acted like a princess throughout their ordeal and she was very rude to Storm several times, even when he was trying to help her.  But I quite liked her by the end of the story because she became more strong and independent.  Once she made her decision to be with Storm, she never went back on it or questioned it.  She stood up for herself during the break-up with her boyfriend as well as Storm’s wannabe-girlfriend.

Storm:  “You’re like a little spastic kitten.  One minute you’re cuddling and purring, and the next, the claws are out and you’re pouncing in five directions.”

Storm I loved because he’s so friggin’ sweet but so friggin’ dirty at the same time.  You could see he was in love with Evelyn because only a man in love would put up with her crap.  He was always there for her whenever she needed him, even when she thought she didn’t need him.  And man oh man, does he have a way with words.

Storm:  “What I want, what I fantasise about with you … is you being my sweet angel during the day and my whore at night.”

I really enjoyed STORM and didn’t realise it was a debut novel until I started writing this review.  I felt that at times the story moved a little slow and for a series based around a band, there’s surprisingly very little band time.  Obviously it’s a series and throughout this story we meet Storm’s brothers and cousins who I assume will be getting their own books.  VANDAL and LUKAS are already out, with TALON coming out in next month.

Storm (Ashes & Embers # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Beach Wedding

By Bella Cruise

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Synopsis

Three weeks. One quirky small-town. The wedding of the year. What could go wrong?

Big-city wedding planner Ginny Austen has landed the job of a lifetime. Her new celebrity clients want a smash hit TV wedding, and they’ve got their hearts set on a quirky home-town wedding. Her home-town: Pelican Key Cove, Florida.

Ginny hasn’t been home since she high-tailed out of town the night before her high-school graduation with nothing but a vintage pink Camaro and a broken heart. She’s spent years building a life of her own, but now she’s got just three weeks to face her past and put together a dream wedding — in a town that makes ‘eccentric’ its middle name. 

Ginny may be determined to stay professional, but the inhabitants of Pelican Cove have other ideas. And between her crazy aunts, a TV producer who puts Macciaveli to shame, and a downright sexy former flame, nothing about this wedding is going to plan. Can she pull off the big day with her sanity – and heart – intact? Or will her reputation go down in flames — on national TV?

Review

Please Note:  This has since been republished as SPARKS FLY.

I have to start off by saying that I absolutely love the cover for BEACH WEDDING.  It’s so bright and colourful and a perfect compliment to the story inside.  Ginny has just been handed the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to plan the wedding for reality TV stars Pixie and Clyde.  There’s just a slight catch, they want somewhere off the beaten track and think Ginny’s home town of Pelican Key Cove is the perfect location for not just the wedding but to film their upcoming season too.  The only problem is that Ginny hasn’t been home since she left ten years earlier, driving away in the middle of the night and leaving her family, friends and boyfriend behind without ever looking back.  But this opportunity is too good to pass up despite the risk of seeing her ex, Luke, again.  It’s quickly apparent that time doesn’t heal all wounds when she finally comes face to face with him again.

I really enjoyed this story and all it’s characters.  Ginny and Luke are obviously the main characters, but every other character helped make this book what it is without overloading it.  BEACH WEDDING is a second chance romance filled with awkward moments, embarrassing situations and humour.  Lots and lots of humour.  The sex is skipped over, so if you’re expecting something raunchy and juicy, you won’t find it here.  But you will find a nice book with a cute story, quirky characters, hilarious happenings and most importantly a HEA.

Ginny:  “We’re going to walk right up to the line of tacky, stare it in the face, and then throw some glitter at it.”

Beach Wedding

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Delayed Penalty (Pilots Hockey # 1)

By Sophia Henry

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Synopsis

She closed her heart long ago. He just wants to open her mind. For fans of Toni Aleo and Sawyer Bennett, the debut of Sophia Henry’s red-hot Detroit Pilots series introduces a hockey team full of complicated men who fight for love.
 
Auden Berezin is used to losing people: her father, her mother, her first love. Now, just when she believes those childhood wounds are finally healing, she loses something else: the soccer scholarship that was her ticket to college. Scrambling to earn tuition money, she’s relieved to find a gig translating for a Russian minor-league hockey player—until she realizes that he’s the same dangerously sexy jerk who propositioned her at the bar the night before.
 
Equal parts muscle and scar tissue, Aleksandr Varenkov knows about trauma. Maybe that’s what draws him to Auden. He also lost his family too young, and he channeled the pain into his passions: first hockey, then vodka and women. But all that seems to just melt away the instant he kisses Auden and feels a jolt of desire as sudden and surprising as a hard check on the ice.
 
After everything she’s been through, Auden can’t bring herself to trust any man, let alone a hot-headed puck jockey with a bad reputation. Aleksandr just hopes she’ll give him a chance—long enough to prove he’s finally met the one who makes him want to change.

Review

DELAYED PENALTY is a debut novel and was a pretty good start to a new hockey series.  That being said, there’s not really a lot of scenes involving the hockey team or the actual sport, so that was a little disappointing.  In fact, most of the story revolves around Auden and her issues.

I liked Auden, but she did get on my nerves a little bit.  She has no confidence in herself, she feels that she’s not worthy of being loved and is constantly afraid of upsetting people out of fear that they’ll abandon her.  This stems from her father having never been in her life, her mother being murdered when she was six (which she sees as a form of abandonment) and being kicked off her school’s soccer team.  She is young (only 20) so I should cut her some slack, but I prefer to read about a woman with confidence, not someone who’s still questioning herself in the epilogue.

I liked Aleksandr very much and thought he was a very sweet and loyal young man.  The synopsis doesn’t paint him in a very good light as it infers that he’s a drunken manwhore, but he wasn’t like that at all.  Sure, he starts off a little cocky, but he’s a young man who has women throwing themselves at him constantly, so that’s to be expected.

The story seemed to flow fairly well but sometimes I felt that the dialogue was a little choppy, that what the characters were saying or talking about just didn’t make sense, so I was left feeling like I had missed something.  I thought the reason for the breakup was a little silly, but we are talking about two people aged around 20, so I guess silly breakups are par for the course.  Overall I thought it was well written but I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was a little less high-school type drama and a little more hockey related scenes.

Delayed Penalty (Pilots Hockey # 1)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Starting Over

By Erin Cristofoli

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Synopsis

“You can call me Sir.”

Left with no option but to leave the only life she has ever known, Katherine White has packed up and moved almost three thousand kilometres for a chance at a new start, with a new job, in a new city. When her best friend drags her to a masquerade party on only her second night in town, Kate has a chance encounter with a mysterious masked man that dominates her, pushes her limits and leaves her craving more. He tells her there is no long-term in their future, but he wants to continue to explore their sexual chemistry. The only trouble is, he wants their identities to remain a mystery.

Benjamin Hyde has been burned by love and has vowed to never let another woman stomp on his heart. His days are filled with successful business ventures, and his nights with one night stands at the club. After reluctantly being dragged to a masquerade party by his best friend, Ben is surprised to find a girl that captivates him and he doesn’t hesitate to take control. When Ben’s new assistant, Kate, arrives on Monday morning, a glimpse of a tattoo on the back of her neck throws a wrench into his perfectly sorted world. Could Kate really be the one that Ben had hooked up with?

Ben wants to pursue Kate, but she is adamant not to mix business with pleasure.

Normally he would agree, except when it comes to Kate.

Review

STARTING OVER is the debut novel from Erin Cristofoli and overall it was a pretty good read.  It was written well and was not plagued with spelling or punctuation errors that I occasionally see in debut novels.  I liked both Kate and Ben as well as their two best friends, Jen and Liam, who make the occasional small appearances throughout the book.

However, I’m sad to say that I didn’t fall in love with this book.  Despite being well written, the story didn’t engage me and I found myself taking a few days to finish it.  Both Kate and Ben have had bad experiences involving the opposite sex, but I felt those experiences were skimmed over and we only saw the tip of the iceberg, which made it hard for me to relate to their problems.  The sex scenes (and sometimes the dialogue between Kate and Ben) felt, for lack of a better word, mechanical.  They didn’t feel natural and seemed to lack emotion and passion.  Maybe they didn’t lack emotion or passion, but they certainly didn’t invoke those feelings in me.

STARTING OVER is told in dual POVs, does come with a HEA and does not end in a cliffhanger.  While nothing currently indicates that this is part of a series, I got the impression there might be another book on the horizon, one perhaps involving Jen and Liam as I thought I detected a spark between the two, but only time will tell.  Erin has done a very good job with her first novel and she should be very proud of her accomplishment.

Starting Over

My Rating:  3 Hearts 1/2

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Wherever You Will Go (Try Again # 1)

By Stephanie Smith

BR Wherever You Will Go

Synopsis

Brooke Willis had everything she ever wanted: a happy marriage, volunteer placement at the art gallery, and the promise of starting a family with the man of her dreams. 

Saxon Reed had everything he ever thought he needed: a successful career, nice cars, expensive apartment, and more money than he knew what to do with. 

After losing her husband Brooke insists on taking over his company to keep his dreams alive. Struggling in an industry she knows nothing about, Brooke turns to Saxon, her husband’s best friend and business partner, for guidance and support. Their mutual grief, and Saxon’s need to look after his best friend’s wife, creates a connection beyond just business. 

Can Brooke take over the company and find a new life without saying goodbye to the past? Can Saxon protect and care for Brooke without scaring her away? 

What happens when your heart doesn’t listen to your head? When lines are crossed and boundaries are pushed?

Review

After losing her husband, Nate, in a car accident, Brooke is overwhelmed by her emotions.  Shutting herself away from family and friends, she struggles to deal with the grief and anger that swallow her whole on a daily basis.  After a surprise visit from Nate’s best friend and business partner, Saxon, she knows it’s time to face the world again and decides she’s ready to take over Nate’s business.  Argo Investments was his dream and with Saxon’s help she’s determined to keep his dream alive.

Despite her grief, I never thought of Brooke as weak.  In fact, when she was ready to return to the land of the living, despite her fears and desires to run back home to hide away again, she never did.  But when her relationship with Saxon grew and evolved, I was disappointed with how she treated him.

I liked Saxon and thought he was a wonderful man for Brooke, but he did come with a little baggage.  He’s handsome, wealthy and successful, but he believes he doesn’t have anything of substance to offer a woman, nor does he envision ever getting married.  His issues stem from the lack of love he received as a child and witnessing the toxic marriage his parents had.  But he also spent a great deal of time with Nate’s family, whose parents were happily married and treated him like their own, so I don’t really understand his issues if he experienced both sides of the coin.  Despite the feelings he had for Brooke for years, it’s these issues that cause him to shut down his emotions when he’s around her, which of course has her believing their relationship is nothing more than sex and comfort.

WHEREVER YOU WILL GO was an amazing debut novel that’ll have you crying from Chapter One.  I just love a book that can get me so emotional right from the start.  The story is told in dual POVs, moves at a nice pace and comes with a nice HEA.  There are gaps in time, but they’re pointed out so you’re not left wondering where all the time went.  It’s written by an Australian author and there is some Aussie slang in there that non-Aussies probably won’t understand.  I loved this book and I am looking forward to reading WHATEVER YOU DO, book 2 in the Try Again series.

Wherever You Will Go (Try Again # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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