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Release Blitz with Review: An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor #4) by K.C. Lynn

Title: An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor Series – Book 4)
Author: KC Lynn
Release Date: March 20, 2017
TBR Link: Goodreads
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Synopsis
She’s the light from his past.
He’s the one her heart has always longed for. 
Trained by the best, Christopher Walker has fought hard for his country and even harder to forget the only girl he’s ever loved. He spent countless nights submerged in death and destruction only to find himself clinging to the memories of her when the darkness crept in. 
When her life is threatened, Christopher will stop at nothing to protect her. Even if it means having to confront his past.
Alissa Malone never thought she would find herself face-to-face again with the only boy she’s ever loved. But she soon realizes Christopher is not the same man he once was. 
His touch is still electrifying—his voice still earth shattering. But there’s a darkness about him that wasn’t there before. A pain he harbors so deep that she can feel it all the way to her soul. 
One fateful moment destroyed his very existence, and only one person will be able to make him realize that what he considers an act of dishonor was truly an act of courage.
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This is Book Four in the Acts Of Honor series, the spin-off series to Men Of Honor. It is not necessary to read all of the other books in the series. However, I do highly recommend that you at least read Resisting Temptation, the third book in the Men of Honor series, since this is where these Characters story began.

My Review

“Mama says there’s always something to smile about, you just have to find it.”

“Whether it was playing the drums or strumming the guitar, he always took me to a sacred place with him. A place he never shared with anyone else but me.”

“The taste of her burns within my blood, reminding me of our past. One we shared. One I lost. And everything I want to take back.”

“Even heroes have the right to bleed.”

Read it with tissues, a glass of wine and a box of chocolate they said. But, even that warning could not prepare my heart for the story it was about to read.

As I sit here trying to put all my thoughts and feelings for Christopher and Alissa’s story,  I realize that sometimes books just speak for themselves. Sometimes there are stories that are so beautiful, so heartbreaking that they just rock you to your core and leave you utterly speechless. Sometimes, the only thing you can say is stop everything you are doing, run and buy this book, read and absorb every painful and beautiful moment.

I’ve been a fan of KC Lynn for many years now and with each book, I set the bar higher. I wonder how she can possibly beat the last book and with each new release, she blows me away.

Christopher’s story slayed me and kept me utterly captivated. It left me breathless and had my heart racing. It is a story about choices and mistakes. It is a story about living and reclaiming the love that you were meant to have. It is a story about family and second chances.

Christopher’s story is the reason why I love to read romance. It is a story that my heart never saw coming and one that I know I will never forget. It was just incredible and is easily one of my top reads of 2017.

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

Excerpt

One minute I’m drumming to a beat I could never play on my own then the next I’m flipped around to face him, his fingers digging into my hips possessively. I gasp, my breath racing as I stare back at him.

Something passes between us.

A decision.

A choice.

No more fighting this.

“Fuck complicated.” His earlier words fall past his lips then our mouths become one.

The connection slams into me, sending my heart reeling. Our tongues duel in a beautiful battle, the sound of our passion filling the air as our past ignites.

A growl erupts from him, vibrating against my lips. “You taste as good as I remember.”

I want to tell him the same thing but can’t. All I can think about is his mouth never leaving mine, not even for a second, or it might kill me.

At this moment, I’m not even sure how I survived so long without it—without him.

He slides the stool closer to the drum set before his hand moves between us and presses on my chest. I seize the opportunity to suck in air and let him guide me to my back, my shoulders resting against the musical cylinders.

His hands move to mine and it’s then I realize I still have the drumsticks gripped tightly in my fists. With a sexy smirk, he pries them both from me, throwing one on the floor but keeps hold of the other.

His dark eyes never sever from mine as he unbuttons the shirt I’m wearing, exposing me to his stare. The cool air whispers over my heated flesh, my nipples straining for his touch.

                “So fucking pretty.” The wild lust in his eyes triggers an intense desire in me.
                 I bite my lip to keep from moaning but all silent caution is thrown out the window the moment he takes the stick and brushes the tip of it over one aching bud.
                Another gasp parts my lips, a fiery whimper purging from me at the cool, hard feel. My back arches, the small touch igniting an inferno in my body.
                “Remember the things I used to do to your body, Alissa? How wet you would get when you’d hear me sing?” he murmurs, dragging the smooth wood down my tummy. “You’d beg me to take your ache away. Remember?”
                “Yes. Do you?” I ask. I’m dying to know. Has he thought of me as much as I have him?
                “Yeah, baby. There isn’t a moment of our time together that I’ve ever forgotten.” 
                His admission has my throat burning and heart aching. Aching at the loss of him, of what we could have had. 
                What we did have. 
                “The good,” he whispers. “The bad.” He slips the stick in my panties. “And the fucking beautiful.” 
                “Oh, god, Christopher.” His name spills past my lips on a cry of pleasure as he glides the stick through my wet flesh, slowly working it against my swollen clit. 
                He plays my body like he plays every instrument. With skilled perfection and grace. Keeping his momentum, he leans down just enough to suck a hard nipple into his mouth. His teeth graze it with a pressure that borders on a beautiful pain and it’s enough to send me over the edge.
                Blissful cries rip from my throat as I’m swept up into an intense storm of pleasure. 

                “Good girl, scream for me, Alissa. Let me have your pleasure because next it’s going to be my cock working this hot little pussy.”

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*****
About the Author
K.C. Lynn is a small town girl living in Western Canada. She married her high school sweetheart and they have four amazing children: two lovely girls and a set of handsome twin boys. It was her love for romance books that gave K.C. the courage to sit down and write her own novel. When she is not in her writing cave, pounding out new characters and stories, she can be found living between the pages of a book, meeting new tattooed, hot alpha males with very big…Hearts.
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Review: Missing Grace by S.L. Scott

Move on with your life, they said.

Forget her, they said.

But how could Ben Edwards forget the woman who was supposed to be his forever? When Grace Stevens disappeared—without a word, without a trace—she took half his soul with her.

Despite the heartbreak, Ben tried. He tried to take their advice by pursuing his career. He tried to find fulfillment in his work. He tried to find peace.

Grace had been the love of his life. Her fingerprints were on every surface of his existence. He had success and wealth. He had everything, except her.

Then fate stepped in one serendipitous night. The hope he’d held on to for three long, agonizing years appeared before him in the form of a picturesque beauty.

Was she real, or an apparition returning to haunt him? He wasn’t sure, but he wouldn’t stop until he found his missing love. Every minute mattered, and he wouldn’t waste a second chance.

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My Review

“Grief doesn’t strike once. It devastates your heart and your hope over and over again, beating down until nothing remained of it. Not even yourself.”

“Destiny is shaped by choice, not chance.”

S.L. Scott knocks it out of the park with this beautiful and unforgettable second chance romance. Missing Grace is written with so much heart and soul, bringing out all the feels and making your heart beat out of your chest.

I am absolutely speechless and blown away by the love and beauty of this story. S.L. Scott has taken me on one emotional and unforgettable journey. A journey of first love, mistakes, regret and hope for second chances and never, never giving up. This story is tragic and beautiful with unexpected twists that will leave you breathless, hoping that everything will right itself in the end.

I fell hard for Ben and Grace. Their journey consuming every part of heart. S.L. Scott has without a doubt knocked it out of the park with Ben and Grace’s story providing me with a romance that truly stands the test of time. If this story has taught me anything, it has taught me to never give up. No matter how tough things may get, never give up. There is always hope and when life gifts you with a second chance, don’t waste a single second…

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Review: Surviving Harley by K. Webster

Taylor Cunningham is a diva talk show host who’s signed on for ninety days of marriage to a stranger.
All in the name of skyrocketing her career.
Harley Harrison is a bearded survivalist who’ll do anything to move past a broken heart.
Even if that means letting millions of people choose his perfect match and letting them televise his every move.
Opposites don’t always attract. Two people can’t be forced to be happy. And after nearly three months in marriage hell, they are counting down to the moment they can throw in the towel and divorce, without breaching contract.
But then everything changes in the blink of an eye.
One hot drunken night.  A national scandal. Terrorists.  Bombs.  And total anarchy.  This unlikely couple will be forced to work together…even if it kills them.
Will they survive and find love along the way?

Or is this marriage over in more ways than one?


My Review

“She needs me to be her strength so she doesn’t have to. I’ll carry her through hell’s flames if that’s what she wants.”
 “You’re my wife.” “Their stupid contract means nothing to me. But our marriage certificate means everything to me.”
Once again, K. Webster proves just how versatile of a writer she is. Surviving Harley is all that and then some. While this book is a novella, I gotta tell you, K. Webster is the queen of writing novellas. She manages to give you a whole story in just a few pages and always manages to blow your mind.
Surviving Harley pulled me in instantly. I’m not gonna lie, when I picked up this book, I wasn’t 100% sure what kind of adventure would lie ahead, but knowing K. Webster as I do, I knew that the journey and ride would be totally worth it….and boy was I right. Surviving Harley starts off as your typical married for the wrong reasons type romance, but quickly transforms into something more. Harley and Taylor have amazing chemistry and while their romance might be insta-love, with these two it totally works. Their romance and relationship will be put to the test in the most unexpected ways. Will these two be able to survive a world gone mad? Can their love withstand the obstacles the life is about to throw at them? There is only one way to find out.
Surviving Harley is a fantastic read. It might be short, but I am telling you, it is going to take you on one wild and thrilling ride. I hope, hope, hope that this won’t be the last we see of Harley and Taylor!!
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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Review: Riot: A Scarred Souls Novel (Scarred Souls #4) by Tillie Cole

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Stolen by the Arziani Georgian crime mob as a child, 152 was raised and conditioned to be a Mona—the most subservient of the Arziani Blood Pit slaves.

Gorgeous and kind, she has been and under the imprisoning influence of the Type B drug and under the command of the Blood Pit Master’s sister, Mistress Arziani, for most of her life, until the Master calls her back home to Georgia.

He wants her under his total control, and Master always gets what he wants.

But when 152 is gifted to the Blood Pit’s fearsome champion death match fighter as a prize, 152 suddenly finds out that the men who appear most brutal, may just own the kindest hearts. And love may be found, even when living in hell.

Freedom, family, love, 152 will have to fight for what she wants and ultimately make an impossible choice.


My Review

“I am the Russian Pit Bull. The collector of souls. This was my domain. The Blood Pit was my arena. And I’d fight until the end.”

“You are more.” “My more. 152, my more.”

“You have made me feel, in here. You have made me want things I never dare myself to want. You have made me want to fight for survival, not pride. I no longer want to die on the pit’s sand, like a warrior. I no longer want to die at all.” “You make me want to live.”

“You are my heart. You are in my scarred soul. You are my male. My Ilya….I am not free if I don’t have you.”

Riot is the epic and thrilling conclusion to The Scarred Souls Series. In this final book, our characters will be put to the test in the most unimaginable ways. The stakes have never been higher. Riot is incredibly well written, raw and intense. This story is not going to be an easy one and at times, it might be hard to read. The situations and circumstances our characters will experience are not easy, but I promise that the journey will be worth it. It is not all dark. There are some light moments among the dark. There is hope in unimaginable circumstances. There is unexpected love that will last a lifetime.

Riot will grab on to you from the beginning and just hits the ground running. There is never a dull moment and you will be on the edge with anticipation. This book was everything that I wanted and more. I enjoyed every minute of this story from beginning to end and loved seeing this series come full circle. Fans of this series, you are going to love this epic and heart-pounding ending.

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

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Review: Catching Carly (Barley Cross #2) by Emma Hart

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Life Goal #1: Forget about my best friend’s brother. (Because Zeke Elliott is a colossal cockwomble.)

From New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes another hilariously wild romantic comedy about being the third wheel in your friendship and, um, accidentally having sex with your best friend’s brother…


My Review

“I’m never wrong. I’m a woman. It’s a universally accepted truth that, as a woman, when I’m right, I’m right, and when I’m wrong, I’m right then, too.”

“Zeke kisses me so hard it’s almost bruising. His grip is so tight there’ll be finger marks when he lets me go, but I don’t want him to let me go. Because this kiss isn’t a game. It’s raw and angry. Impulsive. Dangerous. Scary. Its the realist touch we’ve ever shared. It feels like it means something. Like it actually reflects the way he feels rather than the way he wants to feel. There’s no chase, or tease or messing with me. It’s straight to the point, clear-cut in its desperation. In his neediness.”

Now, this. This is exactly what I want in a romantic comedy: Smart. Funny. Well Written. Entertaining. Laugh Out Loud Hilarious. Those are just a few words to describe the latest release from Emma Hart. Catching Carly is one of those books that will have you laughing so hard it hurts one moment, and clenching your chest in the very next breath.

When we first meet up with Carly, she realizes she’s made a big mistake. Huge. She’s slept with her best friend’s brother. And despite how scary that realization is, she can’t fight the feelings that she has for him and boy does she ever try. Catching Carly takes you on one fun and entertaining journey. What starts off as Carly desperately trying to find a date to her grandmother’s birthday party, will quickly turn into something more. Something more than Carly every dreamed of…

Catching Carly is the ultimate friends to lovers/hate to lovers romance. The chemistry and tension between Carly and Zeke was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. They took palpable tension to a whole other level. I loved all the interactions and banter between the two of them. It was the ultimate foreplay. It was just hot, hot, hot. I couldn’t get enough of the two of them together and could not wait to see what these characters had in store for me next.

Catching Carly took me by surprise in the best way possible. Not only was it a fabulous read, but it was also filled with a lot of heart. This story is smart. It is honest. It is incredibly funny and well written. This story took my breath away and had me laughing my ass off. It gave me so many feels and had me swooning my ass off in the best possible way. Zeke was a fantastic book boyfriend and he totally exceeded my expectations. Catching Carly is the perfect story to spend the day getting lost in and I definitely recommend checking it out.

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

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Release Blitz and Review: Flow & Grip by Kennedy Ryan

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Flow, the prequel to GRIP, by Kennedy Ryan is now live and TOTALLY FREE!

And GRIP, the riveting full-length conclusion, is LIVE!

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“The story reads like a movie . . powerful and intoxicating … and sinfully sexy. GRIP has everything—dynamic characters, soulful plot, and a lesson at the end that will change the way you look at life. One of my favorite reads this year. Maybe ever. 5 massive, gripping stars from me!” — Adriana Lock, USA Today Bestselling Author

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Blurb:

Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.
I know.
I’ve been doing it for years.
I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.
And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key.
All that’s left is friendship and work.
He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.
I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.
It’s wild, reckless, disobedient.
And it remembers all the things I want to forget.

My Review

“Nothing has changed, and everything is different now. He looked at me that day the way he’s looking at me now, as if I were some mystery he wanted to loose himself in solving. Conversely, he looks at me like he knows my every secret.”

“I fell for her before the beat dropped.”

“He thinks he loves me? He hasn’t met a love like mine. My love is Pandora’s Box. Grip snapped my hinges and pried me open. He let this love out. My love has a wild streak. Good luck trying to tame it.”

Blown away. I am 100% blown away!!

Grip is the much anticipated follow up to Flow and takes place 8 years after the events of Flow. So much has happened with Grip and Bristol since we last saw them, but the pull is still there. Yes, mistakes were made and misunderstandings happened, but Grip and Bristol worked very hard to get where they are now. Grip is determined to make Bristol listen and finally make her his. Bristol is stubborn and afraid to take that leap with Grip. She has been nothing but disappointed in her life and desperately wants love, but is afraid that once you takes that chance, Grip will turn out just like her father….

What can I tell you about Grip? Well, Grip is just amazing. It is incredibly well written and captivating. From the moment you pick up Grip, you are sucked right back into Grip and Bristol’s story. Your eyes will be glued to the pages and you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough. Grip is a diverse and at times, a complex read. The characters are real and raw. I applaud Kennedy Ryan for not only the way that she wrote these characters, but also for the way she brought their struggles to light. She made you understand just how tough Grip’s life has been and will continue to be. She made you understand that there will be tons of ups and downs along the way and that if Bristol is going to be in Grip’s life, then she’s got to be tough. She’s got to fierce. She’s got to the kind of woman that stands by her man, through anything.

Grip is unlike anything I’ve read from this author before. Not only is this story real and raw, but it’s also very brave. Brave in the sense that this author tackles some very real, very hot button issues. Issues that will make you think and will make you see things in a whole other light.

Grip is not just a second chance romance, but is a story about life and family. It is story of forgiveness and fears. It is a story about taking a risk when you are scared out of your mind. It is a story of an incredible love that nothing can break. It is an unforgettable and powerful love story. And I just loved every minute of  it. Kennedy Ryan, you have completely blown my mind and I can not wait to see what story you will be bringing to me next.

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

*5 Stars

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“Ryan continues her streak of amazingly accessible and authentic romantic fiction. Grip is a bold and unapologetic look at interracial romance and does not shy away from any of the ideals and prejudices that most of us are too polite to acknowledge – head on- amidst one of the sexiest, and most provocative true love romances Ryan has penned to date. Break out the fans folks, Grip is aptly titled and sure to make you need a grip! — Sheena, Smexy Books

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Blurb:

In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.
Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.
But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world,
and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it.
From completely different worlds,
all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.
It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?

FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights

that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come.

GRIP is the full-length conclusion of their story available NOW here: http://kennedyryanwrites.com/grip/

My Review

“You know that electric tingle people talk about? That thing that zips up your spine like a tiny shock when your hands first touch? That isn’t this touch. It isn’t electric. It’s something that…simmers. A heat that kind of seethes under my skin for a second and then explodes like a solar flare.”

So many feels packed into one short, prequel novella. Sitting at just 130 pages, Flow gives us the story of Bristol and Grip. We get their fateful meeting, their undeniable and intense connection. We get to see these two characters fight the connection that they both feel and then the moment that Bristol decides to give in and let go, the rug is pulled out from under her. One moment has the power change everything and the course to happily ever after. Flow will intrigue you. It will make you swoon and fall in love. It will frustrate you. And the ending…the ending will leave you begging, no demanding to get your hands on the rest of the story…

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

*4 Stars

About the Author:

Kennedy loves to write about herself in third person. She loves Diet Coke…though she’s always trying to quit. She adores her husband…who she’ll never quit. She loves her son, who is the most special boy on the planet. And she’s devoted to supporting and serving families living with Autism.

And she writes love stories!

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Review: If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

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Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.

Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.

He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.

My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.

We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.

One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.

We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.

But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.

I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.

All he has to do is stay.

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My Review

“The loss of him cut deeper than it should have, because when he left, he took more than just himself. He took away hope. He took away possibility. He took away a piece of me that still believed in the fairy tale. There were only so many pieces of those left.”

“This was me–the real, behind-the-curtains me. I bruised easily, felt things deeply, and cried when I was sad. I had no desire to hide that. If he wanted to let me in, he had to take all of me. And give me all of him.”

“I wanted more. I wanted to stay, I wanted to trust, I wanted to love. I wanted to build something strong enough to last.”

There are books that you love and books that you LOVE!!! Well, I LOVED this book. This book is smart, incredibly well written and grabs your heart from page one.

When we first met up with Theo and Claire, I really had no clue where their story was going to go. They had a rather unconventional start and their story took my emotions for one hell of a ride. You see, Claire is a good girl. She is sweet. She is patient. She is kind. She sees the absolute good and potential in everything and everyone. Her only problem: Mr Right is taking way too long to be found. Who knew that a fake date to a colleague’s wedding would turn out to be so much more?? Theo is a drifter. He never stays in one place and loves the freedom of the open road. He likes his life the way that it is. And when a fake date with Claire comes up, he expects to be like everything else in his life: fun, no strings, no commitment, not even any sex. However, Claire is unlike any woman he has ever encountered. She makes him want things he’s never wanted. She makes him want to be a better man. She makes him want to break all of his rules….They say life works in mysterious ways and for Theo and Claire, well, they are about to go on one unforgettable a journey. A journey that will involve trust and risks, faith and love. A journey that will require you to take a leap and a chance on something more…..

 I absolutely, absolutely, 100 % loved If You Were Mine. This story pulled me right from the beginning and took my heart and emotions on one crazy ride. I fell in love with both Theo and Claire right away. They were both so real and easy to connect with. I adored Claire and her upbeat personality. I loved that she looked for the positive in everyone. I loved that she wasn’t perfect and had a lot of flaws and insecurities. And Theo….It feels weird to say that I loved how broken his character was, but I did love it. I loved how it wasn’t easy for him to take a chance on love or a relationship. I loved seeing his internal struggle and seeing his character grow as the story went on. I loved how he cared for Claire and how he honestly wanted to try. I loved that he screwed up and made mistakes and owned up to them. He frustrated me so, so many times, but in the end, he won me over and had me rooting for him to find his happily ever after.

If You Were Mine is an incredible love story and an incredible second chance romance. This story is going to capture your heart and give you all the feels. There will be moments where you will be frustrated and angry. There will be moments where your heart will be so full and you won’t be able to stop swooning. There will be moments where your heart will ache right along with Claire’s. But, I promise you. I promise you, the journey is so worth it. Fans of second chance romances, I definitely recommend getting your hands on this book.

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