Stay With Me by KL Grayson

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Stay With Me, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by USA Today bestselling author K.L. Grayson is live!

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Stay with me.

Three simple words.

One impossible request.

I’ve loved Allie McCallister for as long as I can remember. Her happiness and well-being mean more to me than anything else, which is why when the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself, I had to take it. Three months was such a short amount of time to be apart to provide the financial stability we needed to start our lives.

It wasn’t supposed to catapult my band to stardom, and it sure as hell wasn’t supposed to set off the chain of events that pushed my relationship with Allie to the brink. Our hearts were shattered, our love tested, and when everything fell apart she begged me to leave.

Eight years ago, tragedy broke us. Now we’re back in the same little town where we once dreamed of building our future.

She’s a divorced, single mom.

I’m a damaged country music star.

There are a hundred reasons for us to stay apart.

But all it takes is one look, one touch, one kiss to know our story isn’t over. Now I have to convince her to let me stay.

My review:

“There isn’t a rewind button in life, but every once in a while, we get a do-over.”

Allie and Jackson were in love since they were kids. As they were getting ready to go to college, Allie is pregnant. At the same time, Jackson is getting an offer to go on a 3 month tour with his band, a deal that could give them enough money to get a good start in life. Everything is going well, until tragedy strikes and they fall apart. Eight years later they are both back in their Idaho hometown, Allie a divorced mom of 5 year old Mason and Jackson a famous country music star who walked away from everything after the death of his best friend and band mate. How can Allie and Jackson move past the tragic event that tore them apart?

This was a really good book. Allie has a five year old son who is her world, but who is constantly let down by his workaholic father. Mason takes a liking to Jackson and the three spend a lot of time together. Allie and Jackson both have to deal with the emotions that drove them apart eight years ago before they can truly recover. On top of the emotional healing they both must do, Mason’s father reenters the picture. I really liked how Jackson and Allie talk things out now and turn to each other. The years apart were what they both needed to grow up and mature. They are also the sweetest couple. The song Jackson wrote for Allie was amazing. And Mason is a total scene stealer! He is an adorable, precocious five year old.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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About K.L. Grayson

K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained

daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she

writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the

day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males,

brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that

order.

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Only One Life by Ashley Farley

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Blurb

A reunion between an estranged mother and daughter opens a world of secrets in a poignant novel by the bestselling author of Magnolia Nights.

Julia Martin grew up wealthy, but it wasn’t until she met her husband, Jack, that she knew true happiness. He made her feel worthy and loved. Their marriage was also an escape from her sister’s bullying, her father’s scrutiny, and her chilly and enigmatic mother. But when tragedy strikes on the night she gives birth, Julia’s happiness is shattered. She has no choice but to return home to her family’s South Carolina mansion, where the grief and guilt buried in her mother’s past await her.

As a young woman trapped in a bitter marriage, Julia’s mother, Iris, once needed her own means of escape. In Lily, she found a best friend. In the flower shop they opened, she discovered independence. Then came a transgression—unforgivable, unforgettable, and unresolved—that changed Iris’s life forever.

Now, in Iris’s most desperate hour, her only hope is to regain the trust of the daughter she loves—and to share the secrets of the heart that could rebuild a family’s broken bonds.

My review:

I enjoyed this book. The book is told in three parts. Part One is the present with Julia and Jack. They have been married happily for 15 years, and after several miscarriages Julia is about to give birth to their first child. They are both ecstatic. They  have a happy life, even though they have very little money. Then tragedy strikes, and Julia has to face the reality of leaving their home forever. Part Two focuses on Iris, from her childhood, meeting Max and their courtship, her friendship with Lily, and catching up to the present. Part Three is after Julia comes home.

There is so much going on in this book. Julia feels betrayed by her mother’s inaction when her father kicked her out when she was pregnant and wanted to marry Jack. She has no relationship with her father and sister Alex at all. Going home is hard, but she has no other choice. Her return is the catalyst for Iris to examine her life closely and make some difficult decisions.  An event in Iris’s past is still affecting her to this day. Julia and Gus, Lily’s son, grow closer but questions must be answered before anyone can move on with their lives.

This isn’t a romance novel. If anything, it’s a love story between mother and daughter, and also between best friends. Lily and Iris have a lifelong friendship that remains through some huge upsets, requiring forgiveness from both parties. Their bond is unshakable. I liked how Julia finally found her place in the world. Even though she and Jack were incredibly happy together, I had the impression something was still missing for Julia even before he died. Now she seems complete.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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About the author

Author-photo-for-webAshley Farley is the bestselling author of the Sweeney Sisters series as well as Sweet Tea TuesdaysMagnolia NightsBeyond the GardenNell and Lady, and other books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life situations, and her goal is to keep readers turning pages with stories that resonate long after the last word.

In addition to writing, she is an amateur photographer, an exercise junkie, and a wife and mother. While she has lived in Richmond, Virginia, for more than two decades, part of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry, where she grew up. Through the eyes of her characters, she captures the moss-draped trees, delectable cuisine, and kindhearted folk with lazy drawls that make the area so unique. For more information, visit http://www.ashleyfarley.com.

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Rise Up by Alison Mello

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Title: Rise Up

Series: A Coach’s Love #3

Author: Alison Mello
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2019
Blurb
When my ex-wife told me she was leaving West Virginia, I was
angry. Our marriage was over, it had been for a long time, but now she’s
abandoning our son, and neither of us are happy about it.

My assistant, Amber, and I have been flirting for months. There’s a strong
connection between us, and we both know it. Tapping into our mutual love for
basketball, I bring Amber on to help coach my son’s team.

Now my ex is back and making demands. I know I should always trust my gut. When
I don’t, things go wrong, and it leaves us with a lesson…

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish … rise up!

 

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Excerpt
“Grandpa said you wanted to talk to me, so why aren’t you
talking?” Her eyes stay fixed on the floor. He gives her a minute, but she
never replies. “Well, if you don’t really want to talk, then I’ll go, but I
just wanted to tell you to rise up.” She looks at him confused. “It’s our
saying. When things are hard, we rise up. We overcome them. It’s how we got
past you leaving us.” He stands. “You can rise up too, Mom.” My heart breaks
watching the interaction between my son and his mother. 

 

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Author Bio
Alison is a
full-time author. She was born and raised in Massachusetts where she met her
husband while serving in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Now that he has
retired from the military, they’re living in sunny Florida with their
son. 
Alison has
a love for reading, writing and Taekwondo. After a few years of taking class,
her son asked her to join with him and so she did. They take class and compete
in tournaments together. This is the only place he out ranks her. 
Though
Alison has written many stories, she is most known for her Club Thrive series,
Shattered Souls and A Coach’s Love. She has a love for writing strong females
and close friends. She’s also known for intertwining her characters throughout
a series. 
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