Melanie Crane has always been the perfect daughter, friend, student – she’s been perfect at everything, in fact. But when she lets her insecurities, the ones that she keeps hidden from everyone, get the best of her, she falters in her pursuit of perfection. Melanie crumples under the pressure and buries her pain. Numbed by sadness and guilt, she is determined never to let anyone find out how broken she really is.
Bryan Mahoney may appear to have everything in order. He’s charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy. In short, Bryan has life all figured out, but appearances can be deceiving. When the landscape of Bryan’s family changes in an instant, he’s left to pick up the pieces.
Not all bruises leave a mark. Now, weary and afraid, Melanie and Bryan must find a way to let love heal their broken and jaded hearts.
I was gifted this book for an honest pre-release review from the author. I would have to say that Melissa pulled me into being a huge fan of NA from when “Maddy Met Reid” hahahah….. Her books are like wine, the get better with time.
It is a great experience when you are reading a book and it feels as if you are reliving your own life story. Melly Belly character brought to the surface the same things and feelings that I myself try to keep hidden. I was drawn in from the first chapter and met every doubt, revelation, struggle, and growth with understanding and that “been there” attitude.
Although I did enjoy Bryan and the way he wooed and had his own struggles that he fought so hard to hide and overcome, Melanie sealed the deal for me. This was a true “American” love story with banter, struggle and hot sex but the closeness to the heroine came to many woman is what makes this a spectacular read. I give it a 5+ stars and a GREAT continuation to an AMAZING first two books.
I’ve always been an avid reader. Majoring in English Literature was a no brainer. Becoming a teacher and instilling my love for reading into my students was also a no brainer. I’ve spent the last ten years teaching and I’ve loved (mostly) every minute of it. When I was home on maternity leave for my third son, I discovered a new genre that sparked my creativity. My passion for writing sprang from my love of reading and once I knew I had a story to tell, I couldn’t wait to get it out there. I only hope that my readers enjoy reading my story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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