TOUGH LOVE (Contemporary Romance)
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Some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried …
Eight years ago, Amelia Harris had her life ripped out from underneath her. Being the centre of the town gossip was hard enough, but when the boy who promised her forever left without so much as a goodbye, he took her ability to love with him.
After family tragedy brings Evan North back into her life, the secrets of her past have never felt as close as they do now. When the same scandal that tore them apart rears its ugly head, will history be doomed to repeat itself?
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“I miss him.”
“He knew everything already, you know? It was easy to be myself around him.” I reach out and take my drink.
“But that’s not all, is it?” Jess challenges before sipping her wine. “The fact he knows what happened to you in school isn’t the only reason you miss him, is it?” She lowers her chin, levelling me with her gaze.
I don’t even know how to describe it, that soulful connection you get with another. When I’m around him, nothing else bothers me. My world narrows when he’s in view, and I like how it feels to have those blinders on. It’s as though I’m focussing on the only things that matter: the people close to me.
“What if I misread him?” I ask. “What if he wasn’t that into me?”
“How many nights did he come over to see you at Kath’s?”
“Most of them.”
“How many times did he message you?”
Jess glares, her lips curling up on one side. “Yeah, he wasn’t into you at all.”
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: MGbookcovers
Cover Image: Lindee Robinson Photography
Models: Kelly Kirstein & Travis Robert Bendall-Model
3.5 Second chance romance.
You can't help but be drawn into Amelia's story right from the very beginning of this story when she receives a call informing her that her sister has been in a car accident, her estranged sister she hasn't seen in 7 years, Amelia apparently is down as next of kin and although she shut her sister out of her life goes to the hospital anyway.
A sad, heartfelt and tearjerker of a beginning as Amelia discovers she now also has a nephew she knew nothing about.
Events reunite her not only with a person from her past she has tried to forget but also her parents who she also cut from her life years ago.
Evan is the boy who left her 9 years ago and never returned, the boy she could never forget, yet here he was now a police officer at the hospital walking towards her with the 6 year old nephew she's never met before and now through a tragic accident Amelia finds herself the temporary guardian of.
Amelia fills her life with work, she is successful, has very few friends and limited social life and this one event turns her world upside down, something she is no stranger too though.
Tough love is a heartfelt story told in dual pov's. I can't say I warmed to Evan, I didn't find his reasons for leaving Amelia all those years ago feasible which then made it difficult to like him, then he ran again when the going got tough saying he needed space to work things through in his head?
Amelia too, I thought she did all the chasing and not Evan when it had been Amelia who had suffered years ago after a traumatic series of events, I really wanted Evan to be the man worthy of her this time but he showed signs of the fearful boy from years ago which prevented me enjoying this couples reunion, A rarity for me, I love second chance romance's.
Evan did redeem himself when Amelia's past came back to taunt and hurt her and this time Evan stepped up to doing what he should of done all those years ago and that was to stand by Amelia's side, fight with her and protect her.
Tough love is a good story of healing relationships, facing the past, second chances,revealed truths,closure and moving forward.
Contains talk of sexual abuse and domestic abuse but does not go into vivid details.
Arc gratefully received for review purposes
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