*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I’m a sucker for heart wrenching storylines. From the title alone, I knew I wanted to read Pretty Pink Ribbons. I wanted this book to tear my heart apart and put it back together. Although I didn’t quite get my wish, Pretty Pink Ribbons was a good tale about living life in the moment and making amends, as it’s never too late.
Laney Jacobs in back in her hometown with one thing on her mind: to make Levi Beckford fall in love with her again. But Laney is withholding a very big secret from Levi and it’s only a matter of time before Levi’s world comes tumbling down.
I didn’t realise PPR was book two in a series, my suspicions were raised when Harley was introduced with a familiarity, usually my series OCD can’t handle me skipping books but as I was partway through, I pulled up my big girl panties and continued on. So I will say this book can be read as a standalone, Levi and Laney’s story is contained in one story although now I am intrigued to go back and discover Ty and Harley’s story too!
PPR carries a strong message and I like that in books, it deals with the topic of cancer realistically and respectively. Laney looked at life with a set fresh of eyes and she made it her mission to right all her wrongs and make peace with her life.
Admittedly, I was after more emotion. I wanted the ugly tears to fall. I did think Laney and Levi were quite hard to feel for as a couple because their history was already written, as the reader; I didn’t get to experience that. Perhaps that prohibited my ability to really fall for them and feel their heartache as if it were my own.
The writing style was easy to follow and both Mia and Benny were intriguing characters. I’m sure many readers will fall for these complex characters and if you love second chance romances, you must check out this one today!
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Eight years ago, Laney shattered the heart of the only man she has ever loved. While young and in love, she always felt there was more in the world for her. Her dreams became a reality. And as Liam confesses the words in his heart, Laney breaks his heart to pieces as she also confesses the words in hers. Liam gives an ultimatum. And even though her spirit breaks to have to choose, she doesn’t really choose at all. She follows her dreams.
“Every piece of my broken soul belongs to this angel...I just pray to God that she can find a way to put it back together.”
When Laney returns years later, she is not the same person. Yet her love for Liam never left her heart. Despite her success of following her dreams, her heart and soul yearned for Liam. She found it impossible to even give anyone else her heart. So when she faces the most challenging fight of her life, she wants to be home. Where Liam is.
“This is what she does to me. When she’s around, my entire universe shifts and I know- I know- that this woman is it for me.”
I found Laney’s strength admirable and I truly thought she was a great character. For someone to go through what she has gone through to still believe in the miracle of life. For someone like her to still believe in the power and possibility of love. She could have been consumed with her illness, but her love for Liam surpassed that. She wanted him to know that no matter what happens to her, her love never died. Her love always remained.
“You don’t just have my heart, but my soul belongs to you too.”
Pretty Pink Ribbons is a second chance at love. You watch two people find their way back to each other. While Laney is ready to give herself to Liam upon returning, Liam is much more guarded. And you feel his hesitation. And you understand it. He wants more than anything than to love Laney again, but his shattered heart never mended fully. I would have really liked to get more of a background of Laney and Liam to truly understand their connection. Don’t get me wrong. There is a connection. These two truly have love for the other. The kind that not even time can affect. I just think the story was missing some intensity. I needed that to be fully invested in their love story.
“You’re my salvation, Laney, my miracle.”
“I told you I was doing this with you, and I meant it. If you cry, I cry. If you break, I break.”
Overall, I thought it was an enjoyable story. Lane and Liam’s journey was heartbreaking. Life threw a lot of heartache at them. But their love was always constant.
“I wish it was someone else,” she croaks, swallowing hard. “There are thousands of bad people in the world, but it happened to you.” I watch her eyes fill with tears and then I look away. It’s pathetic of me really; that I’m unable to look my best friend in the face when it’s obvious that she is struggling with this almost as much as I am. But I’ve cried my fair share of tears and although I’m certain my tear ducts have yet to dry up, I don’t want to cry tonight. Somehow I know that if I watch Mia break, then I’ll shatter right along with her.
“I’m glad it’s me.” She gasps, startled by my words, and I rush to try and explain. “If it wasn’t me, it would be someone else, and I would never wish this upon someone else. You know that saying that God will only give you what you can handle?”
“Sometimes I tell myself that he just thinks I’m really strong and I can handle it, whereas someone else couldn’t.”
“Does that help?” she asks. “Does that make you feel better about it?”
“No, but it eases my mind. Sometimes when I’m having a good day, it brings me peace, however temporary it may be. But no, it doesn’t make me feel better.”
“Peace,” she whispers, seemingly trying the word on for size. “I want you to have peace.”
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.