Ok, another one of my waves how I came to read Ms. Grayson’s books. Her new book, A Lover’s Lament, comes out on October 6, 2015. This one is co-written with an army veteran, BT Urruela. So how did this come up on my radar? Ginger Scott, lol! All things come back to Ginger with me, no? Anyway, BT has an AMAZING backstory which you can read about here. SO, how does Ginger come to play in this? She had a table next to him a book convention, Love in Vegas (seriously! Why are none of these conventions in New Orleans!!) Anyway, in addition to beginning his writing career, BT is also a fitness model, personal trainer and entrepreneur, co-founding VETSports, an organization tasked with helping returning veterans cope with PTSD, something he went through after returning from Afghanistan and a career ending injury that left him an amputee. Read his story. It is truly a uplifting one with such a positive message. So Ginger puts up a picture of her and BT, says what a great guy he is and we should like his page, so I do.
A few months later, I start receiving updates in my news feed on facebook. He had been part of a photography project with photographer Michael Stokes, where veterans were photographed, partially nude (ok they were nude with strategically placed props! :) ) BT’s was somewhat controversial, that’s when I began to investigate his page and found out he was also an aspiring author (Geez, dude! Make the rest of us feel lazy why don’t you!) I was intrigued but wanted to read Ms. Grayson’s other books first.
So the verdict, Where We Belong, I really enjoyed. Harley is a nurse and a single mom. Five years before, she professed her feelings to the guy who had been her best friend since they were kids. He didn’t reciprocate and they parted ways. In that time, Harley has battled back from an event that traumatized her. She is in a good place now, and then Tyson comes walking back into her life, determined to win her back. But will her secret tear them apart?
I really enjoyed this book. The writing was great, wonderful characters, believable story line it was just all around a great read. So I was eager to read the next in the series (these are stand alone books with cross over characters. I would still read Where We Belong first). Let me just say, I didn’t like Pretty Pink Ribbons. First of all, I don’t really remember what the title eluded to. She mentions it once, but no back story to it. Or maybe she had mentioned it before but I missed it. I don’t really know. Let me go back to my reasons for not liking this one. It wasn’t horrible; the writing was decent and the story line had promise. Here the main characters are Laney and Levi. Levi had been friends with Tyson before he left Harley and then was there for Harley when she needed a friend. But his heart was always with Laney, who had left him to attend school in California (this all takes place in St. Louis) and basically crushed his heart. So now she’s back, and determined to make amends. But she also has a secret. And I am just going to tell you because the majority of the plot then revolves around this secret and is a major reason I didn’t like the book.
So Laney has breast cancer. That is not why I didn’t like it. It is how we are constantly made to feel how awesome and strong she is but she makes the STUPIDEST choices. I actually felt like she was sort of whiny and irritating. I seriously could not understand her rationale for a number of the decisions she made, especially health decisions that I felt were ludicrous considering her circumstances. Not wanting to hurt someone you hurt before (which quite frankly, Levi was pretty stupid here too) but making decisions that put your life at risk for inconsequential things? I never felt Laney was doing any of this because she loved Levi so much. It felt like she didn’t love herself enough. And this is a new adult book, so there are sex scenes. This chick is going through chemo, has NO energy for ANYTHING, yet they did it in really crazy ways, way more than Harley and Tyson. I just didn’t find it believable. I am not a prude; I read erotic romances all the time. That being said, I do enjoy a level of reality and I felt like this was pushing it. In Where We Belong, Harley and Tyson were constantly interrupted by her 5 year old. But somehow Laney’s cancer treatment didn’t stop their libidos when she barely had enough energy to eat? Eh, not buying it. 2 1/2 stars for Pretty Pink Ribbons and 4 stars for Where We Belong. If you want to give these two books a try, the boxed Kindle set is available on Amazon for around $4, here is the link.
That being said, I am still looking forward to A Lover’s Lament.
“In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.
In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.
I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.
Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.
But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?
I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.
These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.
The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.
I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.
A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her.”
Looks interesting to me! Pre-order it here. I’ll let y’all know what I think!
Sorry for the long rambling post! Happy reading!