Review: Read Between the Lines by Jill Breugem

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 125

Published: January 24th 2017

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Goodreads Summary: Small town girl Sadie continues to live in the city after finishing university. She finds work as a journalist which ultimately leads to her passion of writing romance novels. Sadie becomes an accomplished author of many New York Times best sellers. At the beginning of her success she is picked up by Levi, a literary agent to represent her. They become close friends and business associates over the years. What happens when Sadie writes her latest novel about the love she has for him? Will she publish it at the risk of losing him as an agent and best friend?

My Rating: 5 Stars!

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I was asked by the author to read this book and to give an honest review. This is the first book by the author and I have to say…she nailed it!

The story follows Sadie an author living in Toronto as she writes her next big hit and realizes that she is and has been in love with her literary agent Levi. She was experiencing a bad case of writer’s block when the idea hits her. She will write about the love she has for Levi.The only thing is, Levi is in a relationship and she isn’t sure how he feels about her.

I think there is a time in everyone’s life were they like/love someone and you are unsure if they feel the same. And you are never sure if the timing is right or if you should take the leap.

The characters in the book are easy to relate to and are very well developed and likable. You will want to be their friend and heck, it will make you want to read Sadie’s books!

This book will make you laugh and will make you feel good. The only downside is I wish is was longer! I wanted more of what happens at the end. We may hear more of the story because this is a series! Can’t wait to read the next one!

Check this one out, you won’t want to put it down!

Review: Silenced by Leddy Harper

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 303

Published: February 21st 2017

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Goodreads Summary: As a young child, Killian Foster survives the unimaginable. Silenced and scarred, he keeps to himself, spending his time with his notebook in the woods behind his aunt’s house.

Until Rylee Anderson…

When Rylee spots Killian hopping over a fence next door, she follows him, unprepared for the boy she’d find—or the relationship that would unfold over the next seven years.

Or the silence that would follow.

Fighting between the hate of his past and the promise of his future, Killian must make choices—ones that would affect more than himself. Choices that would test the lines of right and wrong. Decisions that could break the bond of the only love Killian knew.

Hate or love.
Revenge or forgiveness.
Silence or his voice.

My Rating: 5 Moon and Stars 

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Leddy Harper is a genius. Absolutely, no questions asked genius. This story will break your heart multiple times and put it all back together.

Killian Foster has a photographic memory. So when his parent were murdered when he was just 8 years old, he remembers every detail. The date, the time, the sound of screaming. He remembers the look on his parents faces, his dads shirt that should be white, but it is red. And most importantly he remembers the killers and what they threatened to do to him if he talked…So he didn’t, but he will never forget what happen as he wears the scars inside and out.

Moving in with his Aunt Elise turns out to be the best thing to happen to him. Not only does he has someone who loves him and cares for him. he meets Rylee. Rylee Anderson is the little girl next door who doesn’t care if Killian can’t talk or looks different than everyone else, she just wants a friend.

This book tells the story of these two growing up and then apart and then back together. It is one you should be sure not to miss because it is such a beautiful story. Check it out you won’t regret it.

 

Review: Defy by L. J. Shen

Genre: YA, Forbidden Romance

Pages: 138

Published: January 31st 2017

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Goodreads Summary:
My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make.
I slept with my student, a senior in high school.
Multiple times.
I had multiple orgasms.
In multiple positions.
I slept with my student and I enjoyed it.
I slept with my student and I’d do it all over again if I could turn back time.
My name is Melody Greene, and I got kicked out of my position as a teacher and did my walk of shame a la Cersei Lannister from the principal’s office, minutes after said principal threatened to call the cops on me.
My name is Melody Greene, and I did something bad because it made me feel good.
Here is why it was totally worth it.

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You all know how I am about forbidden love, so this was right up my alley. I read Vicious first and then this one, but they can be read any order. If you do read Vicious first, you will know how this one ends kinda.

Defy is the story of Jamie Followhill, the son of the school principal and Melody Greene, a 26 year old ex-ballerina who is now a English Lit teacher.She is close to getting fired and ends of hitting the principal’s car. Jamie jumps in and saves the day, making it seem to be his fault.

This romance is raw and intense and the fact that it is forbidden makes it even better.You will forget Jamie is only 19 because he seems so mature.

It is kinda of a small book but don’t let that stop you, it doesn’t seem rushed. With the wonderful writing that is within L.J. Shen books, you will love it! You wont want it to end.

Review: Vicious by L.J. Shen

Genre: Contemporary Romance, NA

Pages: 328

Published: December 27th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary: Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.
The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares.
He is a brilliant lawyer.
A skilled criminal.
A beautiful liar.
A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.
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She is a starving artist.
Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom.
Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down.
She paid the price.
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate.
That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t.
So she hates me. Big fucking deal.
She better get used to me.

My Rating: 5 STARS!

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First off, let me begin by saying this was my very first L. J. Shen and I devoured it.

Baron “Vicious” Spencer was an asshole. A complete utter asshole who treated Emilia like dirt. He called her “Help” because her family was the help for his family. They lived in an apartment that adjoined his mansion.

When Emilia “Millie” first met Vicious, they were both in high school and of course they were vastly different. Vicious is rich and the king of their high school as Millie is the daughter of servants.

Very soon after her parents start working for the Spencer family, she is asked to go to Vicious  and talk to him, however what she found when she went looking for him starts a avalanche. She over heard him arguing with someone and he caught her outside of the door and from that point he hated her. He thought she knew something she didn’t.

He started calling her “Help” and being so mean. When he found out she was dating his best friend Dean, he was furious at the both of them. Eventually he comes up with a plan to get rid of her. And it worked. She left her family and their town and did not return.

Ten years later, Mille is living in the big apple with her little sister. She is trying to work two jobs and support the two of them. She is artist, just like Vicious knew she would be. One day, he shows up at the restaurant she is working at.

Ten years and Vicious can’t seem to get Millie out of his mind.When he sees her again, he offers to help her. He gives her a job and a safe place to live. He even sold a piece of his company in order to stay in New York.

You really want to have Vicious, but once you hear his story, you can’t help but to feel bad for him. You will love this story. And this is part of a series but it can be read as a stand alone. This is one of those stories that you have to read or you will be missing out for sure.

Check it out!

 

Review: Beautifully Broken by Laura Lee

Genre: Romance, Forbidden Romance

Pages: 326

Published: November 15th 2016

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Goodreads Summary: I knew he would ruin me from the moment we met. Everything about the man screamed confidence. Sensuality. Intelligence. Worldliness. But it was how he saved me that ruined me most.

Through him, I learned to end my path of self-destruction. I no longer needed to numb the pain with mindless one-night-stands and drunken blackouts. He made me feel worthy. Treasured. Optimistic about my future.

Here I stand four years later, in a coffee shop a world away, still broken…but beautifully so. My scars no longer hold me back. Instead, they give me strength and enrich my appreciation for the good things in life. I have hopes and dreams…faith that anything is possible. I am no longer the lost little girl fighting for survival. I have direction. I have courage. I am not without possibility.

I’ll always have Gavin to thank for that—Mr. Cooper, I remind myself. That’s who he is to me now: just a former teacher. I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry. I was eighteen when we first met. Legally, we did nothing wrong. Morally? Well, I guess that depends on how flexible your morals are

My name is Kat and this is my story.

My Rating: 5 ‘Hot for Teacher’ Stars!!

My Thoughts: We have all read teacher/student romances…we have seen them on T.V. (Ezra and Aria from Pretty Little Liars).

Basically, this romance starts out the same way their did. Kat Kennedy uses her fake ID to get into a bar for a drink on her 18th birthday to just take the edge and to celebrate her coming of age. She meets Gavin and tries to seduce him. Only he takes her to a diner first to get to know her better.

Kat had been in and out of foster care, her mother a drug addict and no father that she is aware of. Now that she was of age, she was working and living with her mother, who was more like a roommate to her.

When Gavin, or should I say, Mr. Cooper, arrives to his first day of school teaching AP Lit, he is shocked to find Kat in his class. What happens after class is majorly swoon worthy.

“I will never look at that desk the same way again.” Kat Kennedy.

Kat isn’t your regular 18 year old girl. She was forced to grow up very quickly with her home situation and her mother’s issues. Your heart will break for her.

Laura Lee does an wonderful job at developing the characters and their stories. You will want to be their friend and you will want to hug them and Mr. Cooper, well you make write him down on your book boyfriend list.

He is a hero through out this book, always saving Kat from her mother and even from herself.

Check this one out!!

 

Review: Priceless by Winter Renshaw

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Road Trip

Pages: 337

Published: November 1, 2016

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Goodreads Summary: *An Amato Brothers x Rixton Falls standalone crossover*

It was New Year’s Eve, and I should’ve been ringing in the night with cheap champagne and bad decisions at home in New York. Instead I found myself holed up in some hotel room in southern California.

But I wasn’t alone.

I was in the company of a fellow stranded traveler by the name of Cristiano. We spent one night together – forced into the same hotel room by the snowstorm that cancelled our flights and changed our lives.

His dimpled smile, panty-melting kisses, and charming wit were a temporary distraction from the chaos of the day. But as soon as morning broke, I set my sights on getting home. I rented a car, mapped out my 2,749 mile journey, and packed my bags.

Only Cristiano insisted on joining me. He needed to get home, too. His best friend was getting married on Saturday. And he refused to let me go it alone. It wasn’t safe, he said.

Trekking across country with an alluring stranger was certainly one of the more adventurous moments of my life. Falling for him was certainly one of the most daring. But uncovering his secrets? That was the most challenging. And the truth I learned . . . would shatter us both.

My Rating: 5 STARS!!

My Thoughts: Well…she did it again! Winter Renshaw is becoming one of my favorite authors. This book was beyond amazing. I devoured it. Honestly, nothing I can say in this review is going to give it justice.

It was snuck in at the end of Cold Hearted and I swear I have never been happier about it. This puts you through all of the feels.Daphne is in the airport and has just gotten the news that her flight was been cancelled because of this huge snow storm on the East Coast.

She is rushing how because her twin sister is getting ready to give birth and she has to be there. Cristiano is in the same dilemma. He is trying to get to New Jersey for his best friends wedding.

Daphne decides she is going to rent a car and drive the length from California to New York. Cristiano refuses to let her go alone, so he tags along.

This is apparently a cross over over two different series that Winter Renshaw has going. I went into this book unaware of both of the series, however now I am interested in checking them both out!

Check this one out! You don’t want to miss it.

Review: Cold Hearted by Winter Renshaw

Genre: Contemporary Romance(of course ), Sports Romance

Pages: 397

Published: January 31st 2017

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Goodreads Summary: I wish I could say our meeting was happenstance.

I wish I could say we took one look and we just knew.

I wish I could say falling for him was the best thing that ever happened to me.

But none of that would be true.

Rhett Carson was as cold as the ice on which he skated. He was as calloused as the hands that shot the goals that won world titles. He was also damaged. And broken. And he didn’t know it, but I knew all about him.

I knew why he was so bitter and angry.

I knew why he was so coldhearted.

But I didn’t know why I allowed myself fall in love with him, and I didn’t know why I couldn’t stop… even when he told me to.

And that’s when everything changed.

My Rating: 5 Hockey Pucks

My Thoughts: I read this one back on February 5th and I rated this 5 stars.I have read a few other reads by this author that I rated 4 or 5 stars also so it wasn’t a shocker that this one would follow suit and be just as good.

This book had quite a bit of angst and heartbreak. Ayla has traveled to New York City to bury a brother she never even met. Bryce Renner was mad that his father had an affair and he seemed as though he didn’t want anything to do with her.

Following the funeral, Bryce’s teammates reached out to Ayla and offered to take her out for drinks. She agrees and learns the truth about Bryce’s death. The man who held stories and information about her brother, Rhett Carson, probably wasn’t going to speak to her because it seems that Bryce died with his fiancee.

The next day, she finds herself side by side with Mr. Rhett Carson after her college room stood her up. Soon they are making plans for no strings attached sex. Only Ayla knows that truth, that were strings attached before they even had their first kiss.

She hides the fact that Bryce is her brother because once they start their agreement, she feels she is into deep. When he finds out every thing goes to hell in a hand basket quick.

This book goes through all of the emotions. You get hooked easily in the beginning because you want to know more and more. Then you fall in love right along with Rhett and Ayla.

Bet Me by Lila Monroe

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Pages: 244

Published: January 29th 2017

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Goodreads Summary: What happens when your sex strike goes viral — and suddenly every man in town has their eye on your prize?

All I wanted was little old-fashioned romance. After a parade of Tinder disasters who think chivalry is giving me a pearl necklace on the first date, I made a pledge: until guys step up their game, this girl is off the market.

But one bottle of chardonnay later, and my drunken rant has gone viral. I’m the most famous person NOT having sex since the Jonas Brothers put on their purity rings. A men’s magazine has even put a bounty on my (ahem) maidenhead: fifty Gs to whoever makes me break the drought.

Be careful what you wish for…

Now my office looks like an explosion in a Hallmark factory, I’ve got guys lining up to sweep me off my feet – and the one man I want is most definitely off-limits. Jake Weston is a player through and through. He’s also the only one who sees through the mayhem to the real me, but how can I trust he’s not just out to claim the glory?

And how will I make it through the strike without scratching the itch – especially when that itch looks so damn good out of his suit?

The thrill of the chaste has never been so sexy in Lila Monroe’s hilarious, hot new romantic read!

My Rating: 2 1/2 Stars

My Thoughts: Okay, so after finishing Fake Fiancee and it was not a Goodread for me, I hope that this RomCom would redeem me. However I was wrong. Reading the summary, it sounded hilarious, but once I dove into it, I was very unsatisfied, kind of like a bad date.

I was unable to find the humor in anything. Lizzie is a 30 year old woman living in New York and she just can’t seem to catch a break when it came to men and romance. Her fiance Todd, had left her after she helped him get through law school. He basically jumped from her bed into another woman’s a week prior to Christmas. So New Year’s Eve she gets a little tipsy and meets a gentleman, Jacob. They sneak into Todd’s apartment and decide to do a little low key vandalism.

They go back to Jacob’s house and things start to get a little hot and heavy, until Jacob passes out face first in Lizzie’s vajay, right in the middle of oral.

Well fast forward three year’s and Lizzie is working at The Met, she is forced to work with Jake Weston, lo and below…THE Jacob from three years prior.

After going on date after date of guys who want to drink beer and get in her pants, she goes on a video rant, supposedly to her sister, only it has gone viral on YouTube. A rant that states she isn’t going to be having any sex until men shape up and learn some romance.

Well, Dapper, a men’s magazine has basically put out a bounty on Lizzie’s vow of celibacy. Every man in the city seems to go crazy over this and tries to win the money. The only one actually capable of winning is none other than Jake Weston.

But he wouldn’t do that just for the money, would he?

Ugh, this book. I feel like the author was trying so hard to channel Carrie Bradshaw just a little too much. The age of Lizzie seems a little off. I am nearing the big 3-0 and I don’t feel like I act as immature as Lizzie and her friends. And I can’t say much about the men these days with romance because I haven’t been on a first date in ten years.

I was bored. I didn’t see the humor, I didn’t laugh. It was just bland to me. Even Jake was not a romantic guy, or at least I didn’t think so.

I don’t know, maybe your thoughts will be different on this read as well.

Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Pages:248

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Published: February 6th 2017

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Goodreads Summary: They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he’d never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist…
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Get ready for breathtaking kisses, dreamy football players, a heroine who yearns for the guy she can’t have, and a hero who will do anything for the girl he loves…They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he’d never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist…
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Get ready for breathtaking kisses, dreamy football players, a heroine who yearns for the guy she can’t have, and a hero who will do anything for the girl he loves…

My Rating: 3 Roll you Eyes Stars

My Thoughts: Okay, when I signed up for this blog, I always said that I would be honest on my thoughts of the books that I read. I do not get paid for do this, I do not get ARC reads, I do this solely on my love for reading. I am sure there isn’t even a handful of people that read my reviews. But if by chance, someone actually checks this out to find a good read or to know what books to toss aside, I want to let them know the truth, my truth anyways. Because your opinions may or may not be different than mine.

So when going into this book, I found it on Facebook. I was instantly intrigued by the cover model, take a look below and tell me if you wouldn’t feel the same. 🙂


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So yeah, I saw that beautiful man on the cover and said, “You know this is going to be a good one”. Well…not so much.

I honestly wanted to give up. I have looked at other reviews and ratings and I feel like I am in the minority, because it has great reviews and ratings.

First off, these people are in college and maybe that is what kept my rating low. I haven’t read many books with college kids in them these days because I am not in the age range and it doesn’t quite apply to my life.

So, we begin the story with Sunny, she was seventeen and had gotten her self into some trouble. She had stolen her father’s car and was running away as fast as she could, only she wrecks. She finds her self going over an embankment and falling into a river or some kind of body of water.

Within moments, someone was pulling her free from the wreckage. A man who wants to help her, only she runs away from him, refusing help from him or EMT, because if she went to the hospital they would have to call her father because she was still a minor.

Three years pass and Sunny moves into an apartment complex near her college. Her next door neighbors a football players, one of them being QB1, Max Kent. One morning as she is standing, looking out the window she sees a obviously still drunk chick doing her walk of shame. All of a sudden, the said drunk girl sneaking out of Max’s house gets in her car and completely rams into Sunny car!

Pissed, she runs next door and bangs on the door threatening to call the cops. Max comes out and offers to give her a ride to class, because as it turns out, they have the same first class. Apparently, both of their exes are also in that class as well.

You know, it starts off pretty good, but when they get to the school are start making plans to fake a relationship, that’s when it starts getting a little lame for me.

Eventually, we find out that Max was the guy that pulled Sunny out of her car.

Truthfully, there were pages that I just skimmed, because I was bored. I hate DNF’s on my list, but this almost happen with this one.

It felt unrealistic to me. Why was it so important for them to fake a relationship in order for Max to win Heisman? I am not a the biggest football fan out there, but my husband follows it quite religiously so I know things. Never once has I ever worried about the Heisman contender’s fiancee’s or whatever else. The only thing that matters is how good they are at throwing that ball.

Like I said before, you may have different opinions on this book, but it just wasn’t for me.

On to the next read!

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A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

Genre: Contemporary Romance, War

Pages: 282

Published: February 12th 2017

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Goodreads Summary: Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*

My Rating: 4 Stars

My Thoughts: So I had been seeing this book advertised on Facebook for a few weeks prior to the release and I really hoped that it was Kindle Unlimited. Just my luck, it was!

I finished this one yesterday and I have to say, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. I really love second chance romance. If you have been following me for awhile, you know this. But this book to me just didn’t grab my whole heart.

As it says in the summary, it was inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

Wade and Elliot were high school sweethearts. The only problem was Wade, had enlisted in the arm and once he graduated high school and Elliot still had one more year. Wade, basically gave her only one choice and that was to follow him. But her family was against it 100 percent, so she stayed.

Seven years pass by and Elliot graduated from college, following in her mentor’s footsteps. Her mentor being Rick, who is her best friend Sophie and also Wade’s father. When the news comes that Rick has had a stroke and they find cancer, Elliot stays by his side as much as possible, because he was more of a father figure to her than her own.

Wade also rushes home to be by his father’s side too. As awkward as it is having Elliot there with him. He can see how much Rick has meant to her. Slowly but surely they work their way into each other’s arms.

I rated this a 4 because I wasn’t a fan at how weak Elliot was. Her family treats her like pure crap and she just lets them. Her sister Mary is a bitch(excuse my language). Mary is a very selfish person. She enlists the help of Elliot to raise her two children, because basically she just doesn’t want to do it herself. Mary can’t even spend an hour alone with her kids before she come crying for help to her sister.

Elliot’s father, who was so against her relationship with Wade and her littler sister, Beth had moved to Miami and just seemingly shows up on Mary’s doorstep in the mist of everything else going on, for a “visit”.  With all three of them in the same house, Elliot pretty must turns into Cinderella. They ignore her, they judge her. They think they are better than her.

She turns on the kindness and it sweet to everyone, however everyone else in her family lacks that. Charlie, Mary’s husband, seems to be the only one who actually sees Elliot. He takes up for her.

I just couldn’t wait until the shoe dropped and for Elliot to go apeshit on her family because of the way they treat her. And it happens, she just had to get some leverage, and boy did she ever find it.

Wade’s character seems so angry at Elliot because of her decision all those years ago. We find out that Elliot had been writing to him, even after the way he left her. Being together, trying to make Rick’s final days be joyful and a time they will all never forget, wasn’t always easy, given their history together.

Even after his death, a misunderstanding still almost keeps the two of them together, until finally they get all of their ducks in a row.

This is a Kindle Unlimited. It was a good book, so don’t let my opinions of the characters stop you from reading this one. I just couldn’t find that connection to them.