Sunday, October 27, 2013

Love Resisted by Melanie Codina

Title: Love Resisted
Author: Melanie Codina
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Real Love #2
Main Characters: Allie and Mike
Release Date: October 2013
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
For Allie Baxter, love was never something she had to worry about. She was loved by her friends, her family, her husband … until the day it was ripped away. Losing love was the deepest pain Allie had ever endured, and it was an agony she vowed to avoid feeling ever again. Crippled with guilt over her loss, for five years Allie served her self-appointed exile from the daily comforts offered by friends and family, only to return and attempt to fit herself back into their open arms—even if she knew she didn’t deserve it. Mike Lawson was not something Allie expected; the love of a man was not something Allie was prepared to want. The spark of desire that had long ago died inside her suddenly returned, bringing the memories of her pain with it. She swore she would never allow herself to love again … but how long could love be resisted?

My Review:
We met Allie and Max in book #1 of this series, Love Realized

In that book, I loved Allie....she's smart, sassy, and just fun. In this book, you find out that that is all a mask hiding a ton of hurt. Five years ago, Allie's world came crashing down when her husband died in a late-night car accident because he fell asleep at the wheel. He was only driving so late because Allie really wanted him home. She's buried herself in guilt and grief ever since.

Max also has depths that you don't get to see in the first book. His wife died eight years ago from breast cancer and he's raised his 18 yo son by himself ever since. Since her death, the entire family has become VERY active in breast cancer awareness and fundraising. Max is every bit of the good guy that we get to see in book #1. I loved his character.

The two characters are definitely grieving as they work through their first relationship after the deaths of their spouses which could turn incredibly sad, but the book stays upbeat and fun to read. A lot of that is because how Melanie Codina has written the series to revolve around this great group of friends. There is also tons of lightheartedness that comes through the kids....Allie's nephews and Max's smartass teenager. They provide some fun scenes too. 

Overall in this book, the romance worked for me although I had a bit of a hard time with how long Allie pushed Max off. But what really makes this series outstanding is the entire group of friends and family and how they all interact with each other. I love those relationships and nothing is better than the scenes where everyone is together and giving each other a hard time. Max is new to the group, but he still fits right in and I love that. Even better, I'm thinking that the next book will be Jason's least that's what I hope. I am definitely looking forward to it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
For every copy of Love Resisted sold in the month of October, Melanie Codina's family will donate $1.00 to an organization dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness and/or research.

About The Author:
Melanie is an amazing mother of four, an awesome and tolerant wife to one, and nurse to many. If you don’t believe her, just ask anyone in her family, they know what to say. She is also a devoted chauffeur, the keeper of missing socks, a genius according to a six year old, the coolest soccer uniform coordinator according to a twelve year old, and the best damn ‘mac-n-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dog maker in the whole world. Well that last title isn’t really official, but it’s still pretty cool to be called it.
When not being ordered around by any of the kids, you can find her with her nose in a book or on the sideline of a soccer game cheering on one team or another. But that’s mostly because she has a thing for the coach. When she is not doing all of the above, you can find her obsessed with a group of fictional characters all vying for a spot on the page of whatever she’s working on. It’s a fun and crazy life to lead, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

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