Saturday 22 August 2015

For Life (Reclaimed Hearts #1) by LE Chamberlin

Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars

“…although he’s the father of my children and my first love, how well do I really know the man Grady Mahoney is today?”

This book ticked many boxes for me, I love it when the H’s are older couples and in this case these two were in their late thirties, I also love second chance romance and again this one delivered, so there was a lot to love about this book.

Cassie and Grady were high school sweethearts and when they fell, they fell hard. The last thing they expected was an unplanned pregnancy when they were so young but these two took it on the chin and they dealt. They got married, became parents and in fact had another child as well. The pressures of providing for his family made Grady make some misguided decisions and while not intending on hurting Cassie, they did and this caused them to separate and divorce. Grady cleaned up his act and now eleven years later he still pines after her, still hasn’t given up hope that they can once again reconnect, even though she does not speak to him, only the odd five minute conversation or email about the kids. He certainly has his work cut out.

“I’ve loved you for twenty-one years, Cass. I’m not going anywhere. Even when we split up, I was still yours.”

I adored Grady, he knew he had made his mistakes and had done everything to change the man he was. He has grown up a lot and is one amazing father. His children adore him as does his family. You could tell that he still carried a torch for Cassie, she was the one that “got away” and despite trying to move on, he just couldn’t, he wanted his soul mate back.

Cassie was a strong woman, she had to be really, she had her kids early and then became a single mother, and she had to grow up fast too. She had a fantastic job, she was resilient, and extremely self sufficient but she had her cracks too. She went to counselling and she too had tried to move on, but couldn’t. Even though she felt she didn’t like Grady, she still couldn’t find a man that made her feel the same way as Grady, he had left an indelible mark, they had made an indelible mark on each other.

“I am his sustenance, and he is my salvation.”

When tragedy strikes and Grady and Cassie are thrown together for the first time in eleven years, will it be heaven or hell? Grady has been intent on winning Cassie back, will those old feelings resurface or will the past be too hard to forget?

“…I know what I signed. I know what we are, legally. But those divorce papers don’t mean shit to me. I’ve loved you since I was sixteen years old and I’ll never love another woman but you as long as I live.”

Cassie has a lot of soul searching to do in this book, the past is the past and even though she appreciates that Grady is not the man he was eleven years ago, it still hurts to go there, but one thing that she cannot ignore is the chemistry that these two still have. These two sizzle. The looks, the touches all captivate you into their story and the sexual tension in this book is off the charts.

LE Chamberlin really delivered on character connection in this book; it was powerful, intense and all consuming. It was an honest story and extremely relatable as I am sure many couples go through this all the time. With kids in the picture they too have to be taken into consideration and this was done really well. These two really were a great family unit, despite their divorce and even more so when they try to make a go of things a second time.

“And when I feel the wetness against my skin, it takes me a minute to realize that Grady’s crying. His tears are washing me clean, absolving me of my sins, baptizing me in his love.”

This book will melt you heart; it is a sweet romantic read for all us hopeless romantics. My only little niggle was that in places it was a bit too wordy and in some parts this made the story drag a little, but because I was so invested, I carried on regardless, else this would have been a solid four star read for me.

I cannot wait for the next book which is another characters story, I just know that it is going to be one emotional read and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

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