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review 2019-01-12 00:01
The Way You Love Me by Miranda Liasson
The Way You Love Me: Includes a bonus novella (Angel Falls Book 2) - Miranda Liasson

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 


Second in a series based in the small town of Angel Falls, The Way You Love Me,has plenty of charm. A single father hero, Cade, resettling into his hometown and a new job, finds himself unwilling attracted to one of his creative writing students. Gabby just hit thirty and made partner at her law firm but discovering a box of writings from a mother she lost at a young age, has her searching for ways to connect not only to her mother but herself.


Who was this man, who seemed kind of uptight and strict in the classroom but seemed so wonderfully vulnerable and human— not to mention sexy—after hours?


In a style, tone, and pace that felt like women's fiction, this also provided a good focus on the relationship trying to develop between Cade and Gabby. Cade's background of having a smaller family with dead beat father and absent ex-wife leaving him to care for his young daughter, provided great foundation for his not wanting to ask for help and self-contained personality. Gabby also was a flushed out character with a larger, strong, and self-sufficient family that left her feeling even more insecure about her desires to bounce from careers and hobbies, explaining her personality traits of not feeling good enough. The main characters were clearly well thought out and were the stronger for it.


This is second in a series and I'm wondering if characters from a connecting series make appearances as there were couples and plenty of friends that could be waiting in the wings for their own stories; I felt lost a few times with all the names. There is also a slight secondary romance brewing with Gabby's brother Rafe and her friend Katilyn that will capture you attention (it looks like their book is next in the series). The geographical setting of Angel Falls isn't really gotten into but the author has you feel the small town through the characters' relationships, which she did a good job of. The overall network of characters and how they feel about each other, emotions and connections, is a highlight and what I think people come for when they select small town romances, you'll get that here.


While friends and family connections were felt, I didn't fully grasp Gabby and Cade's connection. The author handled Cade being Gabby's teacher in a wonderfully mature way and while I think their beginning dance of touch and go took me in, the middle or meaty part of their relationship was missing for me. They kind of hop to instant attraction, sexual tension, then strong enough feelings to be together forever, a very rushed emotional aspect ending. I felt I didn't get to experience them interacting or bonding enough to believe in or enjoy them as a couple.


I'm not a huge fan of children in novels but Cade's daughter made enough appearances to bring the feels (Cade watching Youtube videos to figure out how to French braid her hair) but was absent enough to not interfere with the romance aspects. Cade's ex-wife, father, to some extent, and a few other secondary characters made quick little for drama's sake splashes but didn't quite have the time or depth for heavy emotional hits. I also thought Gabby's job seemed conspicuously absent, as she just made partner. However, if you read the first in the series or recognized characters from other books by the author, you'd probably enjoy the glimpses and human connections placed here instead of Gabby dealing with her job.


As I mentioned, this had plenty of charm, if not a lot of spark. The almost women's fiction feel, but with stronger focus on Gabby and Cade's romance relationship building, will provide a great slow down and lose yourself into a fictional small town world for a while. There were plenty of secondary characters to hope for future books and I myself need to find out what happens between Gabby's brother Rafe and her friend Kaitlyn in the next installment.

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text 2019-01-10 19:44
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The Way You Love Me: Includes a bonus novella (Angel Falls Book 2) - Miranda Liasson

Once they were outside the door, Cade walked over to where he’d parked Gabby’s bike. “I hope you don’t mind but I went over it a little. Put some air in your tires, tightened your seat, greased the chain.” 

Gabby felt another rush of heat blaze into her cheeks. He was being perfectly nice but why did it all sound so… dirty?

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review 2018-05-23 00:00
Then There Was You
Then There Was You - Miranda Liasson The quality that appeals to me most about a Miranda Liasson read is her ability to keep it real, without losing her adorable brand of charm. Then There Was You is a journey of life lessons and at times harsh truths, tempered by heartache and humor. In life and in love things happen for a reason. It's the knowledge gained from those experiences that shape us into who we are. Sara had a front row seat to heartache, perhaps happily ever after is right around the corner.
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review 2017-10-26 22:27
Can't Miss Christmas (Mirror Lake) by Miranda Liasson
CAN'T MISS CHRISTMAS: A NOVELLA (Mirror Lake) - Miranda Liasson


For such a short story, Can't Miss Christmas leaves a lasting impression. Mirror Lake is the place where hearts go to heal and miracles happen. It is a place where hope thrives and faith has no boundaries.  A place where love is the cornerstone of the community and it's every changing residents.  It is also the setting of a new beginning for two former spouses. Young love brought them together, tragedy ripped them apart.  It will take a sprig of mistletoe, a snow storm and a chance encounter to reunite what grief splintered in two.  Ms. Liasson is masterful in appealing to the inner workings of the heart.  She captivates the soul with her emotional stories and her fascinating characters.

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review 2017-09-07 14:59
Great Book With Great Characters
The Baby Project - Miranda Liasson

Elizabeth/Liz  is an OB doctor and has decided she wants a baby and now. Her relationships haven’t worked out. Elizabeth had caught her fiance in their bed with another woman.Then Liz had joined Doctors Without Borders and went to Africa for a year to get away. While in Africa Liz met and fell for Grant Williams who was a famous photojournalist They had a very hot affair for a couple of months then they were suppose to meet up and go off together and Grant left her at the train station waiting for him.   Liz then returns home. She then asks her fellow OB doctor and good friend Brett to donate some sperm for her  to get pregnant by. But Brett says he doesn’t think his boyfriend would agree. Then Grant comes back in Liz’s life when Grant is staying at his aunt’s house who is one of Liz’s neighbors. Grant had gotten in a little trouble when he helped a family get to another country for better health care so he was sent back to the states to do an article on small town America. Eventually Liz asks Grant to donate sperm so she can get pregnant. Grant decides he needs to think about it. While think about Liz’s request Grant’s bad childhood memories surface. But Grant still can’t tell Liz no.

This was a great story and I really enjoyed it. I loved the plot and the pace. This book grabbed your interest and didn’t let go until the end. I laughed at times and choked up at times while reading this. I loved Liz and Brett’s relationship. The characters seemed realistic to me with their faults and problems. I felt this was a very heartwarming story. I did feel bad for Liz that she closed herself off from the family she loved because her sister and sister in law was pregnant and so much baby talk even though she was happy for her family. I felt bad for Liz how her ex cheated on her in their bed what a butthole and then Grant leaves her waiting at the station. I loved Liz and Grant together. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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