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The Hardest Love (A Long Road to Love Book 5) by [O'Connor, Liza]
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  • File Size: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Authors Online (May 3, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00X3V45MW
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I’m deeply saddened by this book. Not by the story, characters or even the subject matter. I’m sad because it’s over. Sad because these characters in the series I’ve come to love, cherish, cry for, cheer for and yes, get mad at are done. Plus, I had to wait for Sam’s story and in some fashion Mars’ story, too.

Let me explain…Carrie is a disaster magnet. No really and truly she is. She falls in love with Trent, a douche, that really doesn’t love her in the beginning. Sam is Trent’s driver and is soon Carrie’s driver and rescuer. Mars is Trent’s butler and Sam’s ex-commanding officer. I have followed these people throughout their long road to love and I’m not ready for it. This book gutted me in the sense that I have to let go. Just like these 4 main characters had to finally let go, I need to follow their advice and do the same. Trouble is, I can’t right now.

Sam is one of those characters that starts off as a secondary character but you sense that he needs his story told, too. Waiting impatiently for his book and basically his and Mars’ back story and friendship was definitely worth the wait. I could go on about their love interests and all but I won’t. Why? This is book isn’t about their romances, per se, it’s about finally figuring out what makes you happy, love what you do and finding that right person to share it with. I will say this, Mars and Lenora will CRACK.YOU.UP!!!

Plus, Ms. O’Connor does a brilliant job of explaining PSTD, its effects and treatments. Sam’s reaction to it all is perfect, right down to his buddy’s love life. She took the time to explain Sam’s PSTD from the war and the effect that it had on his relationships with everyone around him. His parents, his step brother, Carrie, Dani, Aggie, Carlos and even Mars.
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Book five of the A Long Road to Love series features Sam, who was once Trent’s driver and half-brother, and now a very unhappy miserable billionaire. Liza O’Connor is famous for her one liners and fortunately, Sam’s got his share of them.

Here a few that set me to laughing:

Damsels in distress were incredibly ungrateful and he wasn’t saving any more of them.

He did not want to die for shooting a stupid fish. It would make an embarrassing tombstone.

When the cop led him outside, he screamed like a baby vampire as the bright sun light seared his retinas.

And those are just in the first two chapters.

To say Sam is grumpy at the beginning of this story is an understatement. Turns out he has PTSD which has slowly gotten worse over time, and at this point, it’s ruining his life. But as you might recall in book 4, Trent gave over twenty billion and the huge Long Island estate to his butler Mars. Before you ask what is a butler going to do with an estate, Mars gave himself a promotion to CEO and created a sanctuary for injured vets. And the vets who move there are showing vast improvement.

Once Sam is released from a work camp for shooting fish at a hunting lodge (don’t worry, it will make sense when you read the chapter) he decides to return home. He’d barely gotten on the road when Carrie calls with the sound of a war going on in the background. She thinks she’s caught in a gang war, but actually the gang has been hired to kill the tiny “Pint-Size” young woman.

That’s right, we’ve got lots of characters from the past gathered, because the evil Mafio duo: Coco and her daddy, Theo DeCannon has escaped and are after Mars, Carrie, and Sam. If you’ve read book four, you know where they end up.
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Sam has been a part of Ms. O'Connor's series from book one. I've always found this character to be intriguing as more and more was uncovered about his life. He seemed like a hero from the get-go and I'm glad we finally got a chance to read his story.

Sam's anger issues get in his way. He can't seem to have lasting relationships with anyone but Mars, his former military captain. He falls for Carrie but she was with his brother at the time. Then he falls for another woman that he'd rescued from a bully. Unfortunately, she fell for someone else. Now Sam has returned to New York and the only person he can count on, Mars. But mysteries surround The Sanctuary, a rehabilitation center for injured vets.

Sam learns more about himself and begins to truly let go of his pain while at The Sanctuary but learning to love yourself is a challenge. Ms. O'Connor reunites all the characters from the earlier books and so while you can read The Hardest Love as a stand alone, it is more meaningful read in order (even though that wasn't what I did).

As you can expect from a Liza O'Connor story, there's hilarity and amazing coincidences as well as factual knowledge like about Vermont's gun laws and prison work crews. I believe this to be the most touching of all of her books and really enjoyed getting to know Sam better. No that wasn't tears in my eyes, just a touch of allergies (and if you believe that....). A must read! I give it 5 stars!
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