Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Life couldn’t be any brighter for art dealer Christina Daniels. At the top of her career, she has no problem flaunting just how perfect her little world has become.When tragedy strikes back home, Christina is forced to put everything on hold to return back to a past she’s tried so hard to escape. Including a love she regrets letting go. Ian Whitman has only one regret and it was letting his first love walk out of his life. Now that she’s returned, his heart won’t give her up twice without a fight. As secrets are revealed, can Ian soothe her heart while convincing her that a place she tried so hard to run away from is the place she’s destined to stay? Will love get a second chance in the face of tragedy?
“I almost run over a whole family of skunks. With the lingering stench in my car, I’m convinced one, to defend his family’s honor, jumped into my exhaust and has been spraying into my pipes ever since our head-on road battle.”
“Sometimes people use physical weapons to take a person to their knees. And sometimes it takes a verbal beat down to call it quits.”
“I want to love you until I don’t have a single breath left. And when that time comes, I will tell you how much you’ve made me whole.”
“I try and speak but my throat is broken. I think he broke me.”
“And if there was a word to describe how I feel for you I would use it. So for right now I will just say love. But I want you to know that word is mediocre compared to what I truly feel inside.
I am in total fan-girl mode after reading J.D. Hollyfield’s latest masterpiece. She had mad skills and I plan to stalk her hard and soak up every word she even plans to write down in the future. I had read Life Next Door, and Life in a Rut, Love Not Included, and loved every word. Her humor and wit are unfailingly entertaining, and her insightful writing is cunningly clever. The main character of this delightful piece is Chrissy, who has reinvented herself shortly after she graduated high school, by fleeing a bad home-life with an alcoholic mother, and never looking back. Six years later she has become a rich, successful, snobbish, selfish, party-girl, diva who has had no contact with anyone in her family in over four years. Her feelings for others are as shallow as her life has become, and her response when distraught or when people become problematic - is to be a snarky bitch, cause a bit of destruction, and then to flee. An emergency forces her to return to her former home town, where she discovers her first love (the one she left behind, and of course the most perfect and beautiful man in the world) still residing there, which prompts a series of startling epiphanies and self-examination. Chrissy lives heavily in her head and I was enthralled with her memories and thought processes, and delighted by her entertaining and humorous summations of her self-discoveries. Yet despite her spunk and increasing discomfort with her past and what she has become, she continues to dither and cannot seem to act on her self-revelations. Which, although it doesn’t follow the formula for romantic fiction, is actually true to life, as people don’t turn around over-night. I adore Ms. Hollyfield’s characters, they are complicated, smart, and witty, and more than a little broken. I adored this book and was sad for it to end as I wanted more, but I am greedy like that.
My So Called Life (#3)
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