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review 2016-06-15 17:28
#Audiobook Review: Love So True by Marquita Valentine
Love So True: The Lawson Brothers Book 2 - Marquita Valentine,Marquita Valentine,Piper Goodeve

Love So True is the second story in the small town contemporary romance series based on the good-looking and hard-working Lawson brothers. This time around, the story focuses on Prodigal Son, Lucas Lawson, who served five years in prison for his participation in an investment scandal that emptied the pockets of several of Jessamine’s residents. The one thing that kept him going was the memory of Bailey Yates’s smile. 


Bailey, a single mom who has had her own share of bad choices and sideways looks from the town’s residents, sees how Lucas has changed and gives him a chance. While Lucas doesn’t feel deserving, he is humble and accepts her help. And although both agree hooking up would be a bad idea, they can’t help themselves. 


I really enjoyed Love So True. I loved how vulnerable both Bailey and Lucas are, but each is ready to take life by the reins and do what they want. And while I was so worried that this book, like its predecessor, would focus on the many external issues that could tear them apart, my fears were for naught. Ms. Valentine does a marvelous job keeping the focus of the book on the developing romance between Bailey and Lucas, and as pair, how they deal with the hurdles and obstacles in their way. And unlike the first book in this series, the issues between Bailey and Lucas didn’t feel contrived and were dealt with in a mature and timely manner. 


The narration by Piper Goodeve is good, but still not great for me. I enjoy Ms. Goodeve’s narrative voice, as well as her female characters, bringing in a mix of the sweet south combined with thoughtfulness. But her male characters are too soft and gentle for my liking. The male voices just don’t seem to fit the characters as well, especially when being romantic or trying to take charge.


Overall, Love So True is a delightful romance that is full of heart. 


My rating: B+

Narration: B-

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text 2016-05-05 19:02
So Close To Home
So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During World War II - Michael J. Tougias,Alison O'Leary

A very well written and thoroughly researched historical account of The Heredia that was bombed and sunk by the Germans in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II that had civilians on board.

Mr. Tougias and Ms O'Leary detailed the military aspects and described all scenes so vividly that you could feel the cold and dampness and the fear all crew members and the Downs family was experiencing as they escaped from the wreckage.

You could actually put yourself with the survivors as they clung to a small makeshift raft, feared the sharks, suffered sun burn, craved water and food, and prayed for rescue boats to arrive.

The technical aspect was a bit too much for me to absorb, but the human element added in made for an excellent read.  If you are a military buff, SO CLOSE TO HOME will be a book you will want to read.

The personal aspect of the survivors, and especially the Downs family held my interest.

I normally do not read non-fiction, but I am glad I read this book.  It is an event in history that I knew nothing about.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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review 2016-01-09 20:00
Love So True (The Lawson Brothers Book 2) - Marquita Valentine
I'm a huge fan of Marquita Valentine and have completely fallen in love with her Lawson Brothers series. I will say I wasn't really sure what to think when I found out the next book would be Lucas Lawson's book. As he had just come home from prison for embezzlement, I was worried if I would be able to connect with him as quickly as I had with Brody.  My fears were totally without merit.
I absolutely loved Lucas Lawson the more I read his story. He had totally screwed up his life and served his time and was ready to come home and make amends. I loved that his parents welcomed him with open arms and totally understood his brothers and the locals being super hesitant to trust him again. I think part of what I loved best about him was he was willing to take any job possible to move forward with his life.
Bailey Yates is such a strong character. Not only is she one of the few people willing to give Lucas a chance when he comes back, but she is a single mom running her family dinner and fighting her parents for control, but she pretty much does it all alone. Honestly, I loved every single thing about Bailey. She is an amazing mom and even with everything life has thrown at her, still trust people until they prove her wrong.
Bailey and Lucas had such great chemistry. They also make such a sweet family with her son Leo. I loved that Lucas risked his own life to keep Leo safe and that Leo calls him Superman. Total sigh worthy moments when Lucas and Leo are playing together. I mean really is there anything better than a big tough man playing with a little boy? I adored the family they made together and loved watching the town realize Lucas had changed. I loved that Bailey has total faith in Lucas and is willing to battle the town on his behalf as well.
Love So True was a wonderful fast-paced romance. It was full of emotions and had me feeling so many emotions. I highly recommend the Lawson Brothers series to all contemporary romance readers.


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review 2015-08-06 21:28
Love So True (The Lawson Brothers Book 2) - Marquita Valentine









Fall in love with the Lawson Brothers, a sexy, new contemporary romance series from New York Times Bestselling author Marquita Valentine.

Love So True, Book Two of The Lawson Brothers 

Single mom, Bailey Yates, has had enough of bad boys to last her the next eighteen years. She's always been a sucker for them, and Jessamine's ultimate bad boy, Lucas Lawson, is no exception for her. So, when he returns to town, naturally she's drawn to him. And naturally, she must avoid him at all costs--no matter how attracted she is to him. She'll give him a job, and keep her distance...until Lucas saves her son from a hit and run. 

Finally, Lucas Lawson is a free man. After serving five years in prison for embezzlement, he's come home to Jessamine to right the wrongs he committed against his friends and family. But, it won't be easy. For starters, the brother he's looked up to his entire life wants nothing to do with him, and no one in town trusts Lucas enough to give him a chance to make amends. Until, Bailey Yates gives him a job at her family's diner. 
Bailey gives Lucas a hope for the future he hasn't allowed himself to feel in years while Lucas melts Bailey's heart every time he spends time with her son. Could he be the one to put her life back together? But when Lucas is accused of stealing from a local charity, Bailey must decide to support him or realize that some men are too good to be true.



Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Love-True-Lawson-Brothers-Book-ebook/dp/B00SS26NC6/


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Love So True (The Lawson Brothers, #2)Love So True by Marquita Valentine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I needed a lot of Kleenex for this one. Love So True is a well crafted read. Lucas' journey through regret, redemption, understanding and love tears at the heartstrings. It is never an easy thing to ask for a second chance. Yet Lucas' humbled himself and had to do so repeatedly. Ultimately his actions proved what his words could not. THAT HE HAD CHANGED, LEARNED FROM HIS MISTAKES AND DESERVED A SECOND CHANCE. Bailey was my favorite character in this story. She gave Lucas the benefit of the doubt, when nobody else would. She chose in her heart to believed in him and her faith was what carried him through. Love So True is an endearing story and consider myself blessed to have read it. The best hour I ever spent. I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

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