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Review: Restoration & Forgiveness (Renovate #2) by Mindy A. Carter

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Title: Restoration & Forgiveness (Renovate, #2)

Author: Mindy A. Carter

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 18, 2016

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Synopsis

When I ran back home, I wasn’t prepared for the reminders of him everywhere I turned. I certainly never expected Keegan to follow. I thought I made myself clear – we were through. I didn’t want anything to do with him. But, he inserted himself back into my life, and there was nothing I could do.

I pushed he pulled.

I ran and he chased me.

I cried and he wiped away the tears.

He just wouldn’t give up, and the battle my head and my heart are waging, is one I don’t want to be a part of. You see my head says be strong, but my heart is saying I belong to him, and always will.

What does one do when her heart can easily forgive, yet her head refuses to.

Can Keegan, and I restore our fairy tale, or will our story be closed for good?

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My Review

“I know this isn’t easy, but I’m going to keep reminding you what you are to me, and who you have always been. You are my everything; no one could mean to me what you do. As long as we live I’ll remind you that loving you is as effortless for me as breathing.”

Ever since I finished Skyscrapers & Camelot, I have been dying to get my hands on this book. I had to see what would happen next for Aimee and Keegan. And I have to tell you, Mindy A. Carter does not disappoint!

Restoration & Forgiveness picks up right where the last book left off. Aimee returned home after finding out that her father was hospitalized. Even though she knew Keegan would show, she still didn’t want him there. He hurt her so badly, but this time Keegan was determined to not let Aimee get away. He had to own up to his mistakes and make Aimee see that the love that they had was real and worth fighting for.

From the moment, I picked up this book, I was quickly reminded just how much I loved these two characters. Their story immediately sucking me back in. I was totally lost in Aimee and Keegan’s story and finished it in just one short sitting. Aimee and Keegan’s story really tugged at my heart. Their journey to HEA, was not an easy one. It was one that was filled with a lot of hurt and angst. But, you couldn’t help but find yourself rooting for the two of them and hoping that they could move past all the hurt and pain. I loved how determined Keegan was and how he refused to give up on Aimee. You could tell that he really loved her and that he honestly made some dumb mistakes. And Aimee, I gotta tell you, this character had the biggest heart. She was a lot stronger than I gave her credit for and lets just say, she really blew me away by the end of this story.

Restoration & Forgiveness was such an enjoyable read. It is a great follow up to Skyscrapers & Camelot and the perfect second chance romance. There really is so much to love about this story; from the characters to the plot, to the angst and romance, to the heartbreaking moments and the oh so sweet swoon-worthy moments. This book had it all for me. Mindy A. Carter is a new and upcoming author and is definitely one to watch out for. I for one can not wait to see where she will take me next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*


 

Excerpt

When I wake in the morning there is no confusion about where I am or who I am cuddled up with. I knew the moment he whispered in my ears last night that I would wake up in his arms.

Keegan’s grip on me is tight, like he’s afraid that I’ll try to escape. The rise and fall of his chest against me is soothing. As I lie awake, I recall the events of last night. His sweet words were my downfall. You would think that since I am sure of his feelings, we could continue our fairy tale. I wish it were that easy, but it’s not. Do we need more time? Is this time we have here together enough for me to forgive him? This is why I need girlfriends, ones I can run to when I need advice, girls I trust. There’s Reese, but hello, she’s practically part of the James family now. A fact that is still so surreal to me.

Keegan is waking up. His breathing isn’t as deep any longer, and his body is suddenly stiff, as if he’s afraid to move and wake me.

He nuzzles my neck and sighs. His grip on me tightens, and I consider pretending I’m asleep just to see how this whole spooning-and-the-morning–after thing plays out. Unfortunately, someone else is awake as well.

“Busted.”

“Morning, Dad.”

“Morning, Rick.” Keegan follows my greeting.

My father is staring down at us, and I’m reminded of the times he caught Keegan in my room when we were younger. He’s trying to be bothered by our sleeping arrangement, but he isn’t really.

“You know, there are perfectly comfortable beds upstairs for both of you to sleep in separately.” He emphasizes the separate part. He walks out of the room, and we both let out the laughter we have been holding in.

“I hope you slept comfortably,” Keegan says.

Surprisingly, I don’t even remember being uncomfortable, or waking. Which proves the kind of effect his touch has on me. It’s like a drug; if they could bottle it up I’d be addicted.

“Actually, I was in someone’s death grip all night.” I smile.

“I didn’t hurt you, did I?” I can hear the concern in his voice.

“Of course not, I’m just kidding.” I almost make the mistake of telling him it felt nice, and beg him to not let go. Thankfully my brain takes over, and I don’t.

I sit up and put both my feet on the floor. I smile at him, noticing that he hasn’t shaved in a couple days. I’ve never seen him with stubble before, and I have to look away, imagining what it would feel like across my skin.

“I’m going to start coffee and make breakfast,” I tell him as I remove myself from our cozy shelter. We both know that last night’s sleeping arrangements aren’t permanent. No matter how good it felt to be in his arms.

About The Author

Mindy

Mindy has been in love with love, as long as she can remember. As a child, you could find Mindy engrossed in fairytale books and dreaming of her happily ever after. She was lucky enough to find her prince charming and lives in Ohio with him and her four precarious children.

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