Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Release Blitz & Review...Tough Love by Max Henry

Title: Tough Love
Author: Max Henry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2017


Some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried …

Eight years ago, Amelia Harris had her life ripped out from underneath her. Being the centre of the town gossip was hard enough, but when the boy who promised her forever left without so much as a goodbye, he took her ability to love with him. 

After family tragedy brings Evan North back into her life, the secrets of her past have never felt as close as they do now. When the same scandal that tore them apart rears its ugly head, will history be doomed to repeat itself?

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“I miss him.”
“I know.”
“He knew everything already, you know? It was easy to be myself around him.” I reach out and take my drink.
“But that’s not all, is it?” Jess challenges before sipping her wine. “The fact he knows what happened to you in school isn’t the only reason you miss him, is it?” She lowers her chin, levelling me with her gaze.
I don’t even know how to describe it, that soulful connection you get with another. When I’m around him, nothing else bothers me. My world narrows when he’s in view, and I like how it feels to have those blinders on. It’s as though I’m focussing on the only things that matter: the people close to me.
“What if I misread him?” I ask. “What if he wasn’t that into me?”
“How many nights did he come over to see you at Kath’s?”
“Most of them.”
“How many times did he message you?”
“Every day.”
Jess glares, her lips curling up on one side. “Yeah, he wasn’t into you at all.”

Author Bio

Born and bred in Canterbury, New Zealand, Max now resides with her family in beautiful and sunny Queensland, Australia. 

Life with two young children can be hectic at times, and although she may not write as often as she would like, Max wouldn’t change a thing. 

In her down time, Max can be found at her local gym, brain-storming through a session with the weights. If not, she’s probably out drooling over one of many classic cars on show that she wishes she owned.

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★★★★ Four Stars

Amelia has be estranged from her sister for the last seven years. When her sister is in an accident, Amelia finds herself sat in a hospital waiting room wondering why she's even there. She knows nothing about her sister or her life and doesn't really want to either. Amelia is very easy to like. She's honest about her feelings. She's a really caring, loving person until people hurt her and then she detaches herself from them completely. This made it super easy for me to relate to her. You can see her loving nature come through from her first interactions with her nephew Briar, who she's temporarily guardian of. Amelia has had a tough time of it in the past and the last thing she's expecting while dealing with her sister, parents and the nephew she knew nothing about, is the man who broke her heart years ago. 

Cop Evan had his reasons for breaking Amelia's heart years ago (but I'm not sure his reasons are good enough if I'm honest). I didn't dislike Evan but I didn't love his character either. The events of his past have shaped him into the man he is today and he does try to be there for Amelia and Briar and he did win me over in the end. 

This book is full of second chances, healing relationships and moving on. It has its emotional parts which I thought were well written, it's got a good, fast paced story and characters that are easy to relate to.