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LB Simmons can surely write sizzling sexual tension and it bubbled perfectly through the book. I devoured this read and I'm certainly going to read more from this author.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
What do I think about this book??? Wellll
I LOVE it...like seriously, deliriously love it AND guess what?? It had NO sex and I still loved it BIG TIME!!Yip, I know!!!! To me that says something about the author, she just scooped me up and invaded my heart while these characters burst to life in me. They wormed their way into my heart and I just could not get enough. When I reached the last page I actually had tears in my eyes and my heart hurt because I was SO NOT done with them. I wanted more, needed more.
I think one of the main reasons I loved this book so much was because I related to the main character Alex. She's a mother of 3 girls (I’m a mom of 3 girls too) who’s struggling to put the death of her husband Derek behind her. I just kept imagining myself in her position with my kids and my husband passing away and honestly it ripped my heart in two. I just couldn't imagine it.
Derek's been dead for three years! I live with that knowledge every single day of my life. Every day, I wake up still expecting him to be lying next to me. Every day, I look at these children and wonder if they have any inkling of how wonderful, caring, smart, beautiful, strong, and loving their father really was. I live my life, every day, with the heart that is completely empty. I have a heart that unfortunately is irreparable. - Alex
Even though Alex is struggling to move on with her life, she’s still an amazing mother to her three girls. She’s attentive and loving; it warmed my heart like NOTHING else. I loved the way she interacted with them. She has this amazing snarky and dramatic personality that I completely adored. The little eye rolls and motherly death stares made me laugh out loud. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the constant giggling and her little sarcastic comments. The “note to self’s” were completely awesome. In fact I think those NOTE TO SELF’S were one of the HIGHLIGHTS of the book. It’s not often that I fall this hard for a female lead but I think Alex easily takes the top spot on my list. She’s the quintessential strong, independent and inspirational woman.
Blake....oh my, my, my! Where do I start. This man....swoon! Seriously he's completely swoontastic. We first meet Blake when he pulls up on the side of the road to help Alex out of a Jam. He gets off of his motorcycle and its
LUST at first freaking site. He’s deliciously sweet and so giving and patient. His love for Alex poured from the pages. He slowly brings her back to life, repairs her heart and makes her whole. It was beyond what a girl could dream. He made me smile, gave me butterflies! He just came in and loved Alex. There was no crazy jealousy over her love for Derek, only understanding for her situation. He made me all melty inside and I can’t say enough I was completely CAPTIVATED and CONSUMED by him.
With one whiff I am completely overwhelmed. So many feelings at one time. I feel safe, I feel protected, I feel relief, I feel scared, I feel vulnerable, I feel desired, I feel....Everything - Alex on the way Blake makes her feel
When Alex and Blake get back together after years of not seeing each other it’s a little rough. They go way back and have know each other since they were kids. They use to be best friends and were inseparable until Alex met Derek and things between her and Blake drifted apart. Alex’s is not the type of girl that likes to ask for help. She doesn't like handouts unless they are from her bestie Harlow (who I just want to add is AMAZING, FUNNY and the PERFECT bestie). So when Blake shows up and tries to help her she fight’s him big time. Feeling bad that she’s been a complete jerk to him she decides to go to his house and tell him sorry. Well lets just say Blake accidentally does something that leaves Alex a bit on the injured side (what happened was so funny), and as life would have it, it just so happens that the weekend she's injured all of her helpers are busy. This leaves Alex in a tight spot because she’s too injured to watch the girls by herself. So you guessed it....Blake has to help. Well that’s the start of a rekindled friendship that will bring a heartwarming happiness and silly smile to your face.
I love you, Alex. I've loved you when we were kids....and I've continued to love you every day since - Blake
I just really can’t say it enough. I felt L.B Simmons did such a remarkable job at showing us that there is life after something tragic. Sometimes things happen and they are earth shattering but we can move on and live. Not only for those around us but for ourselves. Happiness is found in relationships with others. Those are important human elements. To be loved and to love back and this was an incredible moving story that touched me deep. Alex lost her love, the father of her children. She struggled with moving on, dishonoring his memory and letting him go. She learned to overcome those things and make the best of a life that she was left to live and with those choices she got the second chance at a fairy-tale romance!! AND if anyone knows me they know that I am a HOPELESS romantic. So this book was FOOD for my SOUL.
I’m sure you've guessed it but I would absolutely, most definitely, positively RECOMMEND this book. It was absolutely brilliant.
Alex is the mother to three wonderful girls, Nycole, Kyndall, and Rylie. At least they are usually wonderful ... the story opens with them running late for school, Alex gets toothpaste stuck in her hair, breakfast comes from the gas station... all is mostly back on track until Alex runs out of gas on the interstate. She knew she was forgetting something at the gas station that morning. Blake Morgan comes to her rescue, she hasn't seen him since high school. He still looks handsome as ever, but he seems to be pissed at her. She has no idea why, but she'll soon know... Her business partner, Harlow, has been trying to convince her to move on with her life and live again, the love of her life died in a car accident three years ago. Can she risk her heart again??? Will Blake forgive her and why is he so pissed at her?
"But you'll never have your happy ending unless you're brave enough to open the book and start your story."
It's taking me a while to review this book. I can't seem to find the right words. Nothing seems adequate so here goes nothing....
Love, loss, friendship, and second chances --it's all wrapped up in this beautiful book! This story is genuine, heart-wrenching, overwhelming, touching, romantic, funny, scary, real...very REAL.
The author does an outstanding job with the characters. I absolutely adore Alex and her three precious daughters. The girls are zany, clever, and so very beautiful. Rylie is my favorite! She has so much life inside of her tiny little heart! Alex is so strong and she lives for her babies! It's a remarkable love, a great example for all mothers. Hah-low is simply fabulous! Every girl needs a Hah-low in their life! ❤
And then we have Blake Morgan. Oh, Mr. Morgan, you had me at hello! Blake gave me butterflies! He is truly amazing and so darn sexy! I love his charisma. He's charming, yet so genuine! Ahhhh! 😘
Mrs. Simmons, thank you for the abundance of tears, smiles, and goofy grins. I swear my face hurts from reading this book. I felt every emotion the characters explored. I cried with them, I hurt when they hurt, and I smiled when they experienced joy. I felt like I was on an emotional "collar roaster" that I gladly welcomed. This is definitely a MUST READ!
Oh, I almost forgot, every girl needs a Blake Morgan and a Rylie Meyer, too!
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