Author: M. C. Decker
Title: "Love entwined"
Main characters: James Bentley Roberts and Ireland O'Brien
Are second chances possible in a world plagued with devastating loss, difficult obstacles and everyday commitments?
Having a very genuine understanding of death and grief, Ireland O’Brien has been able to put aside her anger and move forward with a career of helping orphaned children – making their lives better, even though she’s kept her own pain deeply buried within her heart.
Architectural engineer J. Bentley Roberts has also experienced his fair share of heartache. Nearly two decades ago, he suffered the loss of his role model and high school sweetheart in the same tragic accident. And, more recently, Bentley said goodbye to his marriage – leaving him to not only dust himself off, but also to help pick up his teenage son in the unsettling process.
As both of their best friends get ready to say their “I dos,” Ireland and Bentley find themselves together again after twenty years apart.
Will they be able to fight their past demons to finally find the love that’s always entwined them?
I received the ARC of this lovely second chance romance in exchange for an honest review and I'm very glad I requested it :) my review won't be very long, mainly cause the book itself is not long as well, and I don't want to spoil you anything... and things are moving pretty quickly, I'll tell you that ;) actually, it's the only complaint I have about it... that it was too short, and therefore some things happened faster than I would want... ;) but it's more of a personal preference ;) I would love to read more about how they got together... ;) and since we're on this subject, let me tell you more about our main characters :)
Ireland and Bentley actually met as kids... :) they became fast friends and then a lovely couple few years later... until a tragedy pulled them apart... after that, Ireland is taken away into the foster system and loses contact with him... it takes almost twenty years for them to reconnect... in an absolutely adorable coincidence, her best friend and his friend and business partner are getting married ;) so they meet again after all those years at their wedding and very quickly after that first meeting all the feelings are rekindled ;) like I said before, I felt that it was a pretty big fire in a very little amount of time... ;) but on the other hand, I can't really judge them... those feelings you have for your first love... especially if it ends abruptly... once you reconnect can resurface surprisingly quickly... ;) and to be honest there were moments when I really enjoyed watching how happy they were together :) they are both in their mid-thirties and it's actually adorable how much younger they feel and act when together ;)
Besides them, we have secondary characters as well, and I could probably go on and name a few of them, but they all pale in comparison with my favourite part of the book... ;) and that was... Katie :) she's Ireland best friend and I wanted to pull her out of this book soooo bad ;) I would absolutely love to have a bestie like her :) she was supportive and hilarious and just so much fun to read about :) I'm not gonna tell you more about her, but I am totally starting a movement, so she would get her own book... or at least a novella ;) it can be about her and her husband or pretty much anything... I'm gonna take whatever I can get ;)
Even though some things were moving a bit too quickly for my taste, I really enjoyed this story :) it's a second chance romance with a very surprising and unexpected twist... don't worry, I'm not gonna tell you what it's about, even though you can find it in the prologue... that pretty much broke my heart... but worry not, I wouldn't recommend you this book if it ended in tears, now would I? ;) the absolutely adorable epilogue is probably my favourite part of this book, you know... besides the awesomeness that is Katie of course ;) most of the book is told from Ireland's point of view, with a few chapters from Bentley's ;) the writing style of another brand new author to me, definitely made me curious about her other work, so that's another few books to be add to my #BookMountain ;) so if you are looking for a story that will make you laugh and tear up, with a beautiful ending and a great writing style... definitely give this lovely gem a try :)
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M.C. Decker is the author of the Unspoken Series, which includes Unwritten and Unscripted, and the upcoming standalone novel Love Entwined. She lives in a suburb of Flint, Michigan with her husband, Brian, and spoiled-rotten Siamese cat, Simon. For the last decade, she has worked as a journalist for several community newspapers in Mid-Michigan and Michigan’s Thumb region. She enjoys all things '80s and '90s pop culture: movies, boy bands, music and especially the color, hot pink. She also strictly lives by the motto, "Life is better in flip flops," and is a diehard Detroit Tigers fan.
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