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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Love Resisted - by Melanie Codina - Review

Love Resisted
Melanie Codina

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?


What a great second book from fabulous author, Melanie Codina. So the stock price of Kimberly Clark and Kleenex went up for sure while I read this phenomenal love story. Love Resisted is the second book in her Love Series.  This is the story of Allie, aka Super Bitch, in Love Realized. We all fell in love with her then, but this is her journey into finding love once again. This book had me hooked in the prologue ....yes, I used  my first box of Kleenex...   It is the story of dealing with the trials and tribulations of life after death. After the losing, her husband in a tragic accident, we find out that there is so much more to Allie than just her humor.  I was completely engrossed in the way Allie's pain was detailed on the pages of this book. I found myself wanting to just jump in this book and hug her. My surprise was learning just how much Mike was able to balance out Allie.  Mike's constant pursuit of this amazing woman had me standing up cheering "Geaux Mike Geaux!" Mike had experienced as much pain as Allie had and I so cried for him, too...there went that stock increase I was talking about. One of my favorite scenes in this book is when Mike comforts Allie at the graduation party of Jonathan. Allie is having a major panic attack as the entire family is watching a video and there are some scenes with her late husband Marc. Mike just reels her in and brings her off the ledge before her family truly sees the impact on her face. ...2nd box of Kleenex for me. I loved how Melanie showed Allie's vulnerability; it made me love her so much more. Mike definitely had me falling in love, right then. My heart was once again ripped to shreds when Allie told Mike he was "lucky", I won't spoil this scene for you but believe me you will definitely want to hit her and have some Kleenex handy for Mike. There is also some great humor in this story that will have you laughing so hard you will need that Kleenex. Melanie continues to give us the "super hero" banter between Jake and Allie that we all loved in Loved Realized. We get some major laughter that involves a night of Karaoke. Now, let me talk about some serious hot sex scenes...whew, I needed that Kleenex to help fan myself after a steamy truck scene, and then we get the romantic, make you wanna go cuddle with your own man,  scene in Mike's bedroom. I loved how we still got to keep up with Jake and Gillian from Loved Realized. I also loved how Mike's family was introduced to this amazing family. I can't wait for Jason's story next. This was such a great book by a fantastic author and an amazing friend. If you haven't read Melanie Codina' s Loved Realized start there but don't miss Loved Resisted it is a must read folks. We even get a bonus playlist that totally hits the hammer on the nail with this book make sure you take listen after you read this great love story!!
About the Author
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 chauffeur, 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

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