Friday, June 22, 2012

Courage to Live by Morgan Q. O'Reilly

Title: Courage to Live
Author: Morgan Q O'Reilly
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Open Windows #2
Main Characters: Candace and Cay
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
She’s living in fear. He’s a born protector. There’s a missing man holding them apart.

Candace Cutler intended to leave her abusive husband, until he vanished one snowy Alaska night. She lives in a limbo of dread, wanting only to care for her son. And now a cocky young pilot has moved in next door.

Cayden Shaughnessy is a born protector. He doesn’t like the rumors about the guy who left a single mom and cute kid next door—and who’s he kidding? He finds the mom pretty adorable, too, in a hot, can’t-resist sort of way.

But Candace doesn’t have time for games. Too many loose ends leave her unsettled, and she can’t help expecting violence to step once more from the shadows...

WARNING: Contains two brief descriptions of violence; however, justice is served. Also contains hot loving, a Top Gun-worthy fly-by, sex and more sizzling Shaughnessys.

My Review:

This book has a slightly different feel from book #1 in this series. Whereas book #1, Til Death Undo Us, had more of a suspense edge, this one felt more like a contemporary read to me, although there is definitely some danger involved in this one's just a different sort.

*sigh* This book features Cay, a hot-shot fighter pilot lieutenant that we got to meet in book #1 (he's Cassidy's twin brother.) I love his character. He sees Candace and knows he wants her and that's all there is to it. She can't get him to leave her alone. I love his perseverance and that this guy has no fear to go after what he wants even though Candace has all sorts of personal issues going on that absolutely would scare most guys away.

And Candace does have a lot going on...a missing abusive husband, an 11 yo son, a belligerent father in law, a totaled car, a bad attitude, and an even worse reputation with her neighbors who loved her husband because they never saw the same man she did. There's no doubt she's had an incredibly bad year and her Irish/Scottish temper manages to get her into all sorts of trouble, but OMG, you have to love her feistiness. In the midst of all this, she continues to get up and fight back at the world that keeps trying to knock her down. Her resilience and love for her child is incredible. (I wanted to stand up and cheer when she shot the'll understand when you get to that point in the book...loved her!)

There's a lot to love about this book...Candace's 11 yo son, who has some great lines in this book and is so protective of Candace.

...Brennan, Cay's photographer his photo documentation. the glimpses of Whitney-- maybe Brennan's future heroine??

I continue to love this series and look forward to book #3, Weathering the Storm, which I think comes out in September.

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