October 17, 2021 12:24 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
I completed four novels and two short stories in September, but once again, only one received the necessary five stars from me to feature here. It’s the third in a favorite series by a favorite author who I featured once before. Luke and Sydney were teenage sweethearts who were madly in love, but at nineteen, Sydney left their Gansett Island summer paradise for college without ever saying goodbye to Luke. She completely moved on with her life, marrying another man and having two great kids, but an unthinkable tragedy brings her back to the island to heal both her body and mind. About a year later, Sydney and Luke finally reconnect and quickly discover that the old spark is still there. Luke has never stopped loving Sydney, so he’s all in pretty much from the start. However, Sydney is a little more gun-shy, loving their time together, but wanting to take things slow when it comes to making major decisions about their future. She also feels some guilt about having such strong feelings for Luke with her husband only gone a year. Then there’s the possibility of her parents, who’ve always disapproved of Luke, getting in the way of their budding reunion romance, while Luke is playing a few things close to the vest for fear of getting hurt again, which stirs up a little trouble in paradise, too.
Sydney is a wonderful heroine and although she did Luke wrong all those years ago, she’s extremely apologetic about how much she hurt him. She has some regrets, but at the same time, she knows that she’d have never had her kids without making this big mistake. I admired her for being a stronger person now, willing to stand up to her parents’ snobbishness for another shot at happiness. I absolutely loved quiet, unassuming Luke. He’s a simple guy, living a simple life, who knows he has one soul mate, and he pours all his effort into reminding Syd of everything she’s been missing. I adore how sweet and supportive he is toward her, encouraging her to talk about the husband and family she lost, knowing exactly how much they meant to her. Although a part of him is afraid of getting hurt again when the summer comes to an end, he still doesn’t hesitate to wear his heart on his sleeve and let Syd know that she’s the only one for him. Theirs is a heartwarming, emotional, second-chance romance that really tugged on my heartstrings. Sydney has been through an unimaginable tragedy, but she’s managed to pick up the pieces and move on with her life admirably, but in a realistic way that doesn’t minimize what she’s been through or how much it’s affected her. Luke is kind and patient, willing to risk his heart for another chance at love with her and allows her to go at her own pace. It’s obvious that these two belonged together and if not for Syd’s meddling parents, they might have been with each other always, yet neither Luke nor Syd dwell too much on the what-ifs, instead simply moving forward from the present fully invested in one another. The other Gansett residents add lots of flavor to the story, too. Overall, it was an absolute pleasure to read. That’s why I’m naming Marie Force’s Ready for Love as my September Book of the Month. If you enjoy a sweet beta hero who knows what he wants paired with a tortured heroine in an emotional, dramatic and steamy story, then you should definitely give this book a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
Some places are made for starting over . . .
Read my complete review of Ready for Love.
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