Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Book Review: Love Rekindled (Love Surfaced #2) by Michelle Lynn

Taylor Delaney is the love of my life.
She’s also the one I've hurt the most.
Two years ago, I made a disastrous mistake.
One I’m not sure I can make amends from.
But I have to try, because I’m nothing without her.

Brad Ashby's here, in my hometown, asking for a second chance.
All those unresolved feelings for him have resurfaced.
Not that they ever went away.
I know I should run him out of the town, but I can’t.
He needs to know that I wasn’t the only one who was deceived.

Even if we gave our relationship another try, how can we rebuild what’s been destroyed? If we weren’t strong enough then, what makes us strong enough now?

Reading this book went against everything that am as a book blogger. I broke one of my cardinal rules: Never pick up a book in the middle of the series without reading the prior books first. In the end, breaking my own rule didn't really impact the story as I was afraid that it would have. 

Not reading the first book in the series didn't change how the book read. I didn't think that there was anything that I wish I had known about any recurring characters or anything. And that's not something that happens often, actually. Most of the time, when a book is touted as a "standalone" within a series, I always find the story lacking because I missed out on prior happenings. Actually, I couldn't tell you from just reading Love Rekindled whom the previous novel was about. I don't know if that is a good or bad thing for people who have enjoyed the Love Surfaced series. 

I liked this book ... I just didn't love it. The characters were okay. I didn't find myself just wanting to pick the book up and find out what was going to happen but I also wasn't bored. It was just a pleasant read. The characters didn't leave me wanting more. I don't know if it is because of Taylor's secret or what. Now that I think about it, it's probably because of Taylor's secret. I didn't really understand how a woman could do what she did, even with her reasoning. But that's just me. This is actually the second book that I've read with a secret like this and I didn't really care for the other one either. I will probably just stay away from books with this kind of plot from now on. I couldn't find a way to connect with Taylor because of her situation because I couldn't relate to her character at all. And then that made me not like Brad because he put up with it. Then again, how could he not, right?

The plot was okay but like I said, nothing that really stood out but again, it could be because I had totally disengaged from the story when I found out the secret. For some reason, it just really bothered me and I couldn't get past it. 

If this is a series that you're super interested in, you should read this book because I have a feeling that you'll enjoy this one as well. The series and this book have received good ratings and I'm definitely in the minority on my feelings. The writing is good and while I may not read this book again, I'm fairly certain that I'll pick up another book by this author in the future because as long as it isn't this one all over again, I know that it will be just as well written.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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