Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Review of Love Resisted by Melanie Codina

Book 2 - Real Love Series
Melanie Codina


For Allie Baxter, love was never something she had to worry about. She was loved by her friends, her family, her husband … until the day it was ripped away. Losing love was the deepest pain Allie had ever endured, and it was an agony she vowed to avoid feeling ever again. Crippled with guilt over her loss, for five years Allie served her self-appointed exile from the daily comforts offered by friends and family, only to return and attempt to fit herself back into their open arms—even if she knew she didn’t deserve it. Mike Lawson was not something Allie expected; the love of a man was not something Allie was prepared to want. The spark of desire that had long ago died inside her suddenly returned, bringing the memories of her pain with it. She swore she would never allow herself to love again … but how long could love be resisted? 

Elle says...

Love Resisted is the second book in Melanie Codina’s Real Love Series. This story follows Allie Baxter and Mike Lawson who had supporting roles in the series’ first installment, Love Realized.

Love Realized portrays Allie Baxter as an absolute firecracker who is fiercely protective of her friend, Gillian, and has no qualms about teaching someone manners with her fists if necessary. What I love about her character in Love Realized is getting to delve deeper into her past and the layers that make up Allie. Underneath her tough exterior, she is guarded and heartbroken after the unexpected loss of her husband. Being able to see her vulnerabilities throughout the story helped to round out her character and make me like her even more than I did in the first story.

Mike Lawson, who took Gillian on her first post-divorce date in Love Realized, is perfect for Allie. Like Allie, Mike lost his wife and is now raising his son on his own. He is patient yet stern and determined to prove he and Allie belong together. I love his commitment and devotion to helping Allie cope and move on from the skeletons in her past. It is also very charming, yes charming, the way he bosses her around and puts her in her place when needed. He’s no pushover.

As far as the story line goes, prepare yourself with a box of tissues. Melanie wastes no time delivering an emotional throat punch in the prologue. There was a lump in my throat and I was completely invested in the story within pages. Alternating between tears and laughter, I consumed this novel in a matter of hours. I fell in love with each character from Love Realized all over again. Yes, I was even semi-won over by Gillian’s ex-husband Logan. He hasn’t 100% redeemed his self, but he’s working on it.

I highly recommend giving Melanie Codina’s Real Love Series a chance. Love Realized reeled me in and Love Resisted kept me hooked. I cannot wait to find out which character will be featured in the third installment of the Real Love Series!

Twitter:  @MelanieCodina

Melanie is an amazing mother of four, an awesome and tolerant wife to one,
and nurse to many. If you don’t believe her, just ask anyone in her family,
they know what to say. She is also a devoted chauffer, the keeper of missing
socks, a genius according to a six year old, the coolest soccer uniform
coordinator according to a twelve year old, and the best damn
‘mac-n-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dog maker in the whole world. Well that last
title isn’t really official, but it’s still pretty cool to be called it.

When not being ordered around by any of the kids, you can find her with
her nose in a book or on the sideline of a soccer game cheering on one team or another. But that’s mostly because she has a thing for the coach. When she is not doing all of the above, you can find her obsessed with a group of fictional
characters all vying for a spot on the page of whatever she’s working on. It’s
a fun and crazy life to lead, but wouldn’t have it any other way.


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