Blog Tour - Capturing Peace (Sharing You #0.5) by Molly McAdams ~ Ava and Derna's Reviews and Giveaway
"I knew that I'd fallen in love with him, and anything less than forever wouldn't be enough."
*I received an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
I'll admit it has been a while since I've read a book by Molly McAdams, I may have been harbouring a grudge #TeamChase ;-) but the synopsis of Capturing Peace intrigued me and I wanted to know more about Coen and Reagan.
Reagan's one fierce, protective girl; let down by her son's father six years previous, Reagan has worked hard to provide for her and Parker. She has a steely determination that she can make it on her own. Her family are proud of her actions but they know it's time for Reagan to let someone in, it's time she shared herself with someone.
"Letting me help you doesn't mean you can't do this alone, Reagan. Everyone knows you can, but you shouldn't have to."
Coen Steele has demons that keep him awake at night, he doesn't allow himself to get close to anyone but when he literally runs into Reagan all that changes. Reagan has to tread carefully for her son's sake as well as her own. But Parker works his way into Coen's heart and grants him a peace he never knew was possible.
"I found someone who chases away my demons just by looking at me. I had a girl more or less fall into my arms who can make me forget everything just by saying my name. Why wouldn't I push for this?"
I enjoyed Capturing Peace, it was an easy read and one that I finished in a matter of hours. It's a longer novella than most and there was a lot packed into the pages. I felt Reagan and Coen were contradicting each other at times, Reagan didn't want to move fast but then her actions did not back up her claims. With that aside I really liked the relationship she formed with Coen. Their arguing was cute and I loved that they were both just as stubborn as each other.
I liked Reagan and Coen as characters, I found them to be real and relatable. I also found it refreshing that it was Coen who caused the main conflict and not Reagan as more often than not it's usually the girl in this situation. I liked the other characters that were introduced, Keegan-Reagan's brother-especially. I kinda wish he was getting his own story. Coen's friend Brody had a heartbreaking scene and I do want to know more about him, although I don't think I could read the triangle/angst/adultery drama that goes along with his book, Sharing You ;-)
I enjoyed Molly's writing, the story flowed well and I cared for each of the characters. The dual point of view worked well, giving me an insight into both Reagan and Coen's thoughts. The pacing of the story felt a little inconsistent but I think that was more to do with Reagan and Coen's actions than anything else, their relationship moved quickly in the beginning but overall the story spanned over half a year.
I loved the photography aspect of the story and the scene at the end was one of the most romantic scenes I've read in a while. It was even more special after I visited Molly's website and looked at some of the pictures. It brought these characters to life. Coen and Reagan had a loving relationship it was filled with passion and plenty of hot moments but what really got me was the love they both had for Parker, ultimately the were creating a family.
"I do love when you surprise me, Coen Steele." I just plain loved her.
Capturing Peace was a sweet novella about learning to confront your demons and learning to trust again. It's a good start to the series and worth a read.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Reagan is a single mum who was left to bring up her son Parker by herself when her son father, just left her when she told him she was pregnant. She has worked hard to make a good life for herself and her son. She proud and independent, and has stay away from relationships, until she bumps into Coen Steel unbeknown to her friend of her brother Keegan.
"I didn't want a man in my life, and had been fine without one ever since Austin. But since I'd run into him a week ago, something about Coen and his dark eyes had left me craving him."
Coen and Keegan were in the army together. He has his own issue, as things he has seen during his army days have left him with his own demons that keep him awake at night. Like Reagan he too has stayed away from relationships doesn’t let anyone get too close. When he starts to get to know Reagan he know there is something about something different.
I didn’t know someone like you existed. I never knew there could be relief from the agony I go through every day, and I don’t know what I did to deserve it.
I enjoyed the storyline it was a quick easy romantic read. Told from Reagan and Coen’s POV so I could see what they were both thinking. I could see what Reagan was hesitant to left Coen into her life and her son’s life, but It was nice to see her let down her walls, and see that she could let someone in, someone who could be there for her and her Parker. There was a moment when I wanted to smack Coen around the head to knock some sense into him, as he was an idiot, but was good to see Coen realize he needs to confront his demons.
“I knew this was dangerous ground. I knew he had the potential of shattering me. I knew the was going fast too fast…but I wanted more”
"Reagan, I crave you. And I can tell you right now it isn't just because you silence my demons. I crave the peace you give me, yeah...but I crave your laugh, your love for your son..."
As it's a novella things do move fast, but it wasn’t too insta love, but the connection is there from when they first meet. I liked their friendship /relationship it was sweet. They had some great banter together and shared some hot steamy passion moments. Loved the relationship that develops between Coen and Parker very cute.
There were some good secondary characters such as Keegan very supportive and protective over Reagan. Parker was cute. There was also Brody who will we see a lot more in the next book in the series “Sharing You” my heart went out to him as I read his heartbreaking scene, I’m looking forward to reading that one, which I’m sure with a love triangle involve will be full of angst and drama.
Overall I enjoy this one from Molly, no surprise there really! I could go in all-day about how much I love Molly, and her writing, but I don’t want to bore you so I won't. ;) I loved the ending, and such a sweet epilogue. Finding out I could see the photo’s from a romantic scene at the end on Molly’s website, was a great such a lovely idea that really added to the story, and made it come to life.
Capturing Peace is another book by Molly McAdams that I would recommend that you 1-click today.
Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.
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