Book 2 - Real Love Series
For Allie Baxter, love was never something she had to worry about. She was loved by her friends, her family, her husband … until the day it was ripped away. Losing love was the deepest pain Allie had ever endured, and it was an agony she vowed to avoid feeling ever again. Crippled with guilt over her loss, for five years Allie served her self-appointed exile from the daily comforts offered by friends and family, only to return and attempt to fit herself back into their open arms—even if she knew she didn’t deserve it. Mike Lawson was not something Allie expected; the love of a man was not something Allie was prepared to want. The spark of desire that had long ago died inside her suddenly returned, bringing the memories of her pain with it. She swore she would never allow herself to love again … but how long could love be resisted?
Ok - someone hand me the tissues. The prologue will get you........ dirty, ugly, eye-puffy the next day CRY! You met Allie in Book 1 - Love Realized. You knew that her husband Marc had died. You knew that she had a rough time. You knew that she couldn't talk about it. BUT NOW YOU KNOW WHY!!!! Oh my.........I could barely read my kindle through the tears. That poor girl, no wonder she is so resistant to finding love again. Who wouldn't be.
And then, as if Allie's story wasn't heartbreaking enough, you hear Mike's story....you feel his pain (damn it, hand me another tissue -- so much for mascara!) you feel the hurt that he and Zane went through.....These poor people, I am so happy that they find each other.
It's a tough road for Allie - she resists love the whole time, fights it, ignores it. She thinks she doesn't deserve love again. Thank GOD Mike is not a quitter!! He knows she's the one for him. She's his "treasure" and just needs to get her to realize it. There's a certain scene in a truck that is unforgettable!! HOLY CRAP!!! (I needed a tissue to wipe the sweat from my brow!)
You get to keep in touch with the rest of the gang. Jake and Gillian (sigh.......) are just the sweetest couple. And as much as I hate to admit this out loud (or in this case, typed). I actually, ALMOST, had a moment where I ALMOST liked Logan. I know, you are totally disgusted with me right now, but just wait...you'll see.
If you love a great romance story (with some hot steamy sex) then THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!
As you read the book, check out the play list at the back. Melanie listed which chapter each song belongs. It's so moving!! (yep, you'll need more tissues!)
Here's the playlist if you want a sneak peek!
I love you Melanie Codina - even though you make me cry! <3<3<3
Angie J's Review:
I received this book from the author for an honest skank opinion :)
First of all *shakes my fist* Melanie you made me cry, ALOT!! (That's not cool baby, not cool!!!)
Anyone who read Gillian and Jake's book knew how hilarious Allie was. We also knew her pain and heart break. We also met Mike and fell in love with his awesome alpha male-ness. He is totally smitten by Allie and will do anything to just get a chance. Well one of the best scenes is the karaoke scene...tears were cresting my eye lids. I loved Mike epicly at that point. Allie is such a hard nut to crack but Mike will not give up. Allie is so guilty over the fact she feels she killed her beloved husband Marc. She is carrying all this guilt. *Sigh* Allie Allie Allie.......When thePOV flips and we hear about Mike....omg...i wanted to crawl in his lap and cuddle with him. The scene when Mike and allie discuss how "lucky" he was with his wife's death. I cringed for Allie and wept for Mike....remember i balwed alot in the freaking book!!! Their love story is one that will defo be stuck in my mind for a long time. Melanie paints a great picture and a true to life struggle that people have to deal with.
I loved the set up for the next book (Jason...RAWR) and how he and Allie banter off each other. I also loved meeting Mike's family and seeing how important family is to him since we know how important it is to Allie. Ok and I loved seeing Jake (wipes drool) and Gillians love story continuing. The birth of the daughter is pretty awesome and it kinda completed their perfect HEA from the first book.
Listen people, I love Melanie Codina and if you dont know how awesome a writer she is...well, you should. So keep reading and then use that awesome one click button at the bottom. While you are at it, be sure to pick up a copy of Love Realized too. She is and amazeballs writer (even though she makes me cry) and a person i am sooo happy to say is a friend!!!
I received this book from the author for an honest review
This book was amazing. I was expecting the same Allie from Love Realized, oh so not the case. I did not believe those who told me get the Kleenex’s ready. Really fun loving carefree Allie, I mean I knew she had a hard time with her husband’s death but seriously a box of Kleenex. I can honestly say after just reading the Prologue and having to find that box of Kleenex YES you will need them. The prologue is not the only place you will need to have that box ready for either.
We all know in Love Realized Allie’s husband, Marc, dies but we don’t know how. All we know is it affected Allie hard to the point she moved away and had a hard time coming back. Well, it is all thrown at you in the prologue Kleenex people Kleenex you will need them. Allie is determined not to let anyone close to her heart again. That is until she meets Mike, who also lost his wife, and he is determined to tear down all the walls she has built up.
The emotions in this book were like no other. I loved how persistent Mike was at pursuing Allie, infiltrating her circle of friends and making friends with them. I wanted to shake Allie for being so bitchy toward Mike and trying to avoid his pursuit. One of my favorite scenes was when he won the bet between him and Allie by showing her that she was his “Treasure”…Priceless. Oh and if I could have seen Logan’s pouty face during all this would have been even better. Here is another Kleenex alert…the gut wrenching talk between Mike and Allie about how “lucky” he was to say goodbye to his wife. Man tore me to pieces, I wanted to jump in this book shove Allie aside and give Mike a hug. The day at the Padre’s game when Allie finally opened up a little and let Mike is was the best. I loved the fact that we get to see a little bit of everyone from Love Realized and also be there for Jake and Gilly’s daughter’s birth. Then to see the realization that Mike comes to after “ladybugs” birth, I got a little choked up over that. There are more things that happen and you will need Kleenex for but I not going to give you any more hints you will have to read and stumble across them like I did.
This is a must read. I laughed, cried, and at points thought oh no not again. I am now waiting for the next book….Jason *wiggles eyes*. Yes, I have had my eye on him since we first meet him in Love Realized.
Melanie is an amazing mother of four, an awesome and tolerant wife to one, and nurse to many. If you don’t believe her, just ask anyone in her family, they know what to say. She is also a devoted chauffer, the keeper of missing socks, a genius according to a six year old, the coolest soccer uniform coordinator according to a twelve year old, and the best damn ‘mac-n-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dog maker in the whole world. Well that last title isn’t really official, but it’s still pretty cool to be called it.
When not being ordered around by any of the kids, you can find her with her nose in a book or on the sideline of a soccer game cheering on one team or another. But that’s mostly because she has a thing for the coach. When she is not doing all of the above, you can find her obsessed with a group of fictional characters all vying for a spot on the page of whatever she’s working on. It’s a fun and crazy life to lead, but wouldn’t have it any other way
Melanie Codina and her family will be donating $1 for each book of Love Resisted sold during the month of October.
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