Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: 'Mangled Hearts' by Felicia Tatum

*About The Book*
*Francesca and Cade*
Can two loves find their way back to each other despite an addiction and a hardened heart? Will their love overcome it all?

Francesca Taymon is young, successful, and broken. A tragic accident years ago haunts her to this day, and she blames only one person - the one that holds her heart.When she finally gets her first case, will she be able to handle seeing him again? Can she do her job and keep her heart intact?

Cade Kelling doesn't take life seriously. He's reckless and irresponsible, drinking his problems away. When his parents bail him out for the last time, will he be able to handle seeing Francesca after all these years? Will he be able to tell her what really happened that night 5 years ago or will he lose her forever?

And the most important question ... Can these Mangled Hearts be mended?

*My Review*
In this story, Francesca and Cade are struggling to find their way back to each other after a serious misunderstanding ended their relationship - but not their love - when they were younger.

Fast forward a few years and Francesca's an attorney still pretty fresh out of law school, already finding herself trapped under a sexually discriminating glass ceiling at work. By day, she struggles to build a future; by night, she struggles with the past.

The years have not been as kind to Cade, who is still just what he's always been - an alcoholic troublemaker. But when Cade steps into Francesca's office, that changes everything - for both of them. Past and future collide when Cade becomes Francesca's first real client.

This story ... *insert conflicted sigh here* ... I don't have a solid review. Just like with most books, there were errors missed in editing, and some were a little distracting. The characters, especially Francesca, often acted in ways that I felt were unrealistic. These are down points for me, for sure.

Then again, the story was incredibly well planned, the back story between the characters felt solid and believable, and I liked that the side characters never stole the show. The author's portrayal of alcoholism through the character of Cade Kelling was spot on, and I loved the way his love for Francesca inspired and motivated him to finally change his ways.

And the fact that "Francesca Taymon" is so like the author's name, "Felicia Tatum", gives me a smile despite myself - and it tells me how very much this story must mean to this author personally.

My overall impression (that's sticking with me days after I actually finished reading) is that this is a really sweet story with characters that are completely relatable even when they aren't being entirely logical. And I can't help myself: I loved Cade's redemption.

This book lost a star for the presence of so many errors, but I am already planning to read Entangled Souls, which is the rest of Francesca and Cade's story. But it's still a high four stars.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review: 'What Endures' by Katie Lee

*About The Book*
Jason Kincaid is young, hot and successful.

An All-Star outfielder for the Seattle Mariners, he finally had everything he ever wanted, including a second chance with his high school sweetheart, Megan Williams.

But their hopes for a "happily-ever-after" are dashed by tragedy.

A horrific car accident wipes out most of Jason's memories. Unable to recall anything from the last fifteen years of his life, Jason is suddenly adrift, his once charmed life is now in ruins.

Megan finds herself in the untenable position of having to deal with the fact that the man she's helping to rebuild his life may look, and even act, like her beloved fiance, but in reality, isn't and longer.

Trying to protect herself, as well as Jason, Megan fights the attraction between them ... to no avail. As their potent connection inevitably draws them closer, Megan wonders, with the memories of their relationship gone, can love endure? 

*My Review*
This book centers around Jason and his fiance, Megan. Jason, a major league baseball player, has been in a horrible car accident that left him unable to remember the last fifteen years of his life - unable to remember anything about his romance with Megan.

On recommendation from Jason's doctors, Megan moves out of their house and hides their relationship from him - until he finds out the truth in maybe the worst possible way. From this point on, Megan and Jason endure the rocky ups and downs of an on-again-off-again relationship, complicated by Megan's memories of the past and Jason's constant feelings of loss and confusion. Through it all, their love for each other is obvious and their willingness to sacrifice for each other is inspiring.

Although this book is (like most others) peppered with errors, typos, and grammatical mishaps, I couldn't help but fall in love with Jason and Megan. This story made me laugh, it made me cry, and it was an undeniable pleasure to read. In the end, even though this book could use a good deal of extra polishing, it's clear to me that Katie Lee is a great storyteller with a true heart for inspiring romance. 'What Endures' will be sticking around on my Kindle (which is a rare accomplishment), and I already can't wait to read it again.

This one is a solid five stars, and if I could give it more, I would.
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