*Provided free for an unbiased review from Bethany House
The Two of Us is one of those Christian romances that defines exactly how a Christian romance should be written. The main character Mia Robinson is a nurse practitioner who already had two broken engagements in her life, and when she meets Jake Tanner, even with his relaxed manner and handsomeness- she protects her heart. Jake, ever the patient man has experienced loss in his life but the two of them will discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.
From the first chapter, I was engaged with the story. Mia represents women who already know the power of heartbreak and does not want to experience it ever again. She puts her trust totally in the Lord and believes that the doors opening for her as far as missionary work overseas, is a sign from God.
Jake Tanner, from the moment he laid eyes on Mia, knew she had a story. So does he. As a former cop who lost a partner in a terrible accident he wants to do all he can to prove he can continue to help save lives, but the one life before him needs saving in a new way. He falls for Mia but will he ever conquer her heart? Will he be the one man to prove that not all men are after one thing?
There were a few subplots going on in this story worth mentioning. All of them demonstrate the power of holding on to God while understanding we are all human too. Mia’s sister Lucy is the opposite of her- Lucy grabs life by the horns while Mia assesses a situation first, then plan. Then there was the problem of Jake wanting to honor his partner’s memory by starting a camp for teens, but with increasing violence in the town, the community clashes with Jake’s plans to bring more troubled youth there.
I can share a million thoughts on the direction that was taken but just know if you are looking a sweet, Christian romance that has all the power of real love embodied by God’s enduring love for us, pick this up.
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Side note: This book has straight up five stars on Amazon. I’m just sayin’.
Beverly Jenkins proves she not only has a gift for writing historical novels, but writing an amazingly hot and sexy contemporary romance is within her powers also.
Maxine “Max” Blake is hired to protect Dr. Adam Gary, a black scientist who may have just created a prototype that will put the oil industry out of business. When Max meets the sexy, intelligent scientist she is surprised he doesn’t like her, and he is downright rude. The two butt heads constantly but when the “ice” begins to break….
It kept my eyes glued to the page. Let me tell you. I had a sty on my eye, needed rest, needed to get back into reality, but when I read a Beverly Jenkins story I am caught in and it takes a while for me to come up for air.
That is what this book did for me.
Not only does Max remind you of Storm from X-Men(but with green eyes), her resolve her strength and her humility is infectious. Dr. Adam Gary needed more people skills but you grow a soft spot for him when you learn of his past and his love for science. Plus, the fact that he knows how to turn up the heat on lovin’ helps a bit!
So, let me gift you with a passage from the book so you’ll know what I mean, then afterwards get the book post haste if you haven’t already.
Warning! The following brief passage will elicit a slow burn in your heart. Take those antacids!
“If I don’t see you anymore today, what do you want for breakfast in the morning?” she asked.
“Eggs, bacon, toast.”
Adam wished she were. The look in her eyes and the tone of her voice made him take a deep mental breath…Blame it on his celibacy, blame it on her, blame it on whatever, but he was hard as a rock.”(from Sexy/Dangerous, Jenkins, 2006).
See what I mean?
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My problem is that I always feel something is there, even when I’ve lost it. My leg. My beautiful leg Jonathan always groped and tickled, just right under the knee- is now gone. I am told to be grateful I still have my piano fingers. But I have no leg and I am in awful pain.
Alista pushed herself up in the bed, just as Patsy, Jonathan and Coby walked into her room. In that order. Her mom, Patricia Michaels stood up, erect, dignified. Nodded at each friend briefly. “Please. Make it short. She needs her rest.” Adjusting her heavy pewter coat with white fur lining the hood, Alista’s mom walked out the room. Her heels clicking hard. The sound of importance and success. Alista only hoped to be like her someday. Unaffected by life, taking charge as problems come.
“Hey baby,” Jonathan leaned down. Kissed her lips gently. She couldn’t feel it. Her lips were too dry and cracked. Noticing her discomfort, he poured her some water from the pitcher on the side table and added the short, tiny white straw. “Drink.”
She sipped a little as he stroked her hair, telling her he missed her and asking about her health and did she dream of pianos.
Meanwhile she caught the faint surprise on Patsy’s childlike face. That brown, beautiful face of a cherub. But her eyes held a shine. Tears. “Oh, Alista!” She came over and leaned down on Alista. Patsy’s soft body smelled just like Jonathan’s arm. Baby powder and Dove soap. “Hi! Are you okay? I am so, so sorry!”
“I miss my leg.” Alista said. “I would borrow yours, but you have incredibly short, turtle ones. I’ll manage.”
“Still find time to crack jokes, huh?” Jonathan stepped back from Alista as Coby narrowed his eyes at everyone. Alista waved her hand. She knew Jonathan hated how she picked on Patsy. Ever since high school Patsy was just easy to like and tease at the same time. She couldn’t help it.
“I have to. I’ve been in an accident on my way to perform.” She took Coby’s offered hand. He kissed the back of hers.
“You are a perfectionist, Sweetheart.” Coby’s handsome pierced face and blue eyes shone with affection for her. Alista loved her childhood friend. Suddenly she wish they could start that band he’s been meaning to put together.
But Alista wanted to make sure she wasn’t dreaming. Jonathan’s eyes usually soft for her, were now hard. With concern or…something else?
Patsy appeared skittish as usual. Such a shy kitten. But Alista could see clearly that Jonathan was protective of their little friend.
“When I said break a leg,” Coby began. “I was only joking.”
“You know I always took your advice.”
“How does your body feel? I mean. Are you going to be alright?” Patsy asked her.
“What’s crazy is I think I feel my leg.”
“What?” Patsy asked touching the railing. “What do you mean?”
“Phantom limb effect I believe. Remember in psychology class? When the teacher talked about losing a limb but still having the feeling that it’s there?”
“Oh, yeah.” Patsy and Jonathan said at the same time.
“Anyway,” Alista ran her hand down the severed limb part. Grateful the blanket was covering her. “It may be gone, but I still feel it.” She paused and sat her cup down. “We lose something and still feel it is there. Now it hurts more now that it is gone, than if I had it. Doctors said it had to be done.”
“Wow,” Patsy bit her bottom lip. “It had to be done to rescue you from worse hurt you know.”
“Yeah. You wouldn’t be with us, otherwise.” Jonathan shifted, placed his hands in his pockets. “It must be done.”
“I keep thinking,” Alista sat up even more. Slightly grimacing as everyone leaned in closer to hear what she had to say. “I keep thinking, maybe if they could have left it on. I can walk on crutches you know?”
“You would still suffer,” Jonathan offered. “Why have something that is crippling you. Why would anyone want that? Plus, you are here. You needed to be cut out from that car.”
“You sound insensitive. Why would anyone want their leg cut?” Coby interjected.
“No one wants it,” Patsy glanced at Jonathan’s face. “But if something is not working or if it can rescue you from a world of debilitation and pain. Why keep it?”
Alista shook her head. Coby suddenly took her hand again while Jonathan’s remained in his front pockets, but his eyes still loved her. In whatever form it was conveying. It had to be love.
Zoe Dalton, an interior decorator, just moved from Arizona after losing her mom and wanted to experience everything the east coast could possibly offer. She finds herself landing a job working for one of the most notorious, bullheaded bosses in the entire world. Who also happens to be incredibly sexy- Aidan Shaughnessy.
Aidan lives life on deadlines and habit. He and his family has adjusted somewhat after their mother’s death, but he has filled the shoes of second parent. However his harsh way of dealing with people has to change. When he meet Zoe, he thinks he can pull the same rank with her, but this fiery red head is not having it.
Aiden is the oldest so it kind of makes since that he has always been there for family, but he definitely got on my nerves with his rigid rules and inability to adapt to change. Still, I had some pity on him. Samantha Chase created real characters who demand us to root for them or to loathe them.
What made the book frothy and fun were the supporting characters too. The interaction between them and the main characters gave even more insight into the psyche of both Zoe and Aidan.
On a personal level this book really speaks to me, because losing someone is hard and in a way it does change you. In the midst of that there is happiness. Not necessarily easily achieved but possible.
Also, this was a clean romance. Some sexual suggestions but surprisingly it was kept decent and smokin’ hot at the same time. I really loved that.
*Stay tuned for my review of Book 2: Love Walks In, Shaughnessy Brothers, #2.
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Moving on can’t be that hard if you have a guide right?
Nichole discovers that her husband Jake has been unfaithful and decides to divorce him. Leanne, Nichole’s mother-in-law, is going through a similar experience with her own unfaithful husband and decides after thirty-five years to finally call it quits. Together they create a guide for how to move own after a breakup/divorce and together they will rely on each other for strength as they embark on their newly, single lives.
This is my first Debbie Macomber book, and I was delightfully surprised. A little peeved that I did not know it was the second book in a series and not the first, but you will not get lost either way.
What made my heart skip several beats reading this book were the confessions of love from Rocco to Nichole and Nikolai to Leanne. The men portrayed in this book were multifaceted and shaped by their experiences. Some for the better and some for worse.
Nikolai came off as possessive. Passionate, sweet, loves baking bread, but boy he knows what he wants and sometimes it turned me off, because he was just too much to handle. But Rocco drives tow trucks, owns his own business and does not have a squeaky clean background, yet even he finds words from his heart to make me melt,
“I don’t know what love is between a man and a woman…but this gut wrenching ‘I would die for you’ feeling is beyond anything I’ve experience.”(A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, 2016: Macomber, D.)
Between these beautiful confessions of love from the new men in the women’s lives and watching the ex husbands’ bitterness-meter go up, I had a fun time reading this one.
However, be warned. It packs an emotional punch . Debbie can tell a story and make you fall in love with the characters in her books.
Ready to experience the case of the exes, sweet macho men and great storytelling? Good. You can order A Girl’s Guide to Moving On from Amazon today.
A Girl’s Guide to Moving On(New Beginnings, #2), Debbie Macomber
Published: Ballantine Books(February 2016)
*Book received free for my unbiased review from Netgalley