Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Review: Growing Love by Lacey Wolfe/ Review: "Veiled" by L. Chapman

 
 

Growing Love

The Brookfield Series

By Lacey Wolfe

 

Resigned to raising her baby without the father, Diane has everything figured out—a substitute dad in place, a support system ready, and a new home to move into—at least until the day he knocks on her door.

Matt tried to let Diane go, tried to forget that she was carrying his child, but an ultrasound picture brings his walls tumbling down. He can’t stay away any longer. But he hasn’t always been perfect. Diane and he share a past full of deceit and lies and now they have only nine months to undo it all and become responsible adults. It’s not only about them anymore.

With complications in her pregnancy, Diane is forced to move back to Brookfield to be under the care of her family. All she has to do is keep her feelings for Matt in check and she can stick to her original plan—raise the baby with Tom.

But it seems Matt has a few choice words about that…

 

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 Review

Diane decides she wants to spice things up and bring another man into the relationship. The man she choses is her best friend, Tom. Matt her boyfriend never wanted this, but didn't want to lose her. In the end, it's something both of them regret.

Diane become pregnant and after spiting Matt one night and sleeping with just Tom, Matt says the baby isn't his. He of course knows that isn't the truth, but he's been hurt deeply. When Diane leaves, Matt doesn't come to her begging for her to stay. She now only has Tom. Tom has agreed to step in as the baby's father, but does Diane want more? More for herself and her baby, does she want a family?

At first this was a hard story to read. I wondered how someone could be so selfish. Diane has ripped this relationship apart at the seems. I felt so bad for Matt, he truly cares, but has been so deeply hurt that you wonder if the pain can ever be healed. The relationships in this book are all close, but have flaws and it is real family dynamics that take place. The what if's are real and come to closure. I liked that this book didn't leave me hanging, but I wouldn't have liked to have seen the before parts of Matt with Alyssa and Diane breaking them up. I wonder what happened in Diane's life to make her so mean and thoughtless. She truly is a child in an adult body.

The book didn't take long to read. It flowed well and built up to a great ending. I'd rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. Mainly because I'd like to have had more to the back story.
 
 
 

Excerpt

Diane set the brush down after combing out all her tangles. All she needed was a light layer of makeup and she’d be ready. Tom was supposed to be coming today and she couldn’t wait to see him. The last few days, she’d been feeling like herself again. Maybe it was time to go home. As much as she wanted to stay in Brookfield, she wasn’t sure it was right.

Matt had been leaving her alone. Aside from one day he’d left some bakery items for her with Alyssa. He hadn’t done it again. Diane wasn’t sure if this was a good or bad thing. One moment he’d been adamant about being in her life and now he was gone.

She needed to stop thinking about him and especially stop wanting him. But she’d always been attracted to him, even when he’d dated Alyssa. She found herself making eyes at him though she knew it was wrong. But when it had come to Matt, she threw all morals out the window. And she couldn’t do that anymore. She had a baby to think of.

After turning off the bathroom light, she went into the living room to sit and rest a few. She wanted to get out for a bit, maybe go see a movie. That required sitting and would be enjoyable. Hopefully she could convince Tom.  He was acting more and more like a mother hen these days.

A light knock sounded on the door. Diane hopped up and grinned. She opened the door and practically jumped into his arms.

“Wow, I didn’t think you’d be that happy to see me.”

She stepped back and straightened her clothes. This was awkward. How did she explain this. Though it had felt good to have his arms around her again. “Matt, what are you doing here?”

He cocked an eyebrow. “Obviously I wasn’t who you were happy to see.”

“Tom’s supposed to be coming.”

“Can I come in?” he asked nervously.

Was that a good idea? “I don’t know.”

“I promise not to get you upset.”

“Okay.” She motioned for him to enter. She might as well see what he wanted. “This won’t take long, will it?”

Matt glanced at her. “No.”

They sat down on opposite couches but still by each other in the living room. Maybe she should move over a cushion. Diane knew she needed to keep the tension down. But something about this man got her blood pumping. Whether it was hopping in the sack or getting in an argument, she stayed all hot and bothered around him.

“Your sister told me I’m the cause of your stress.”

So that was why he’d been leaving her alone. She was going to kill Alyssa, or was she?

“I don’t want you having this baby early because of me.” He paused. “Or more likely, I don’t want to be the one blamed. If you want, I’ll go away until after you have our son. Just as long as I’m not the one who is blamed if the baby is colicky or something like that. I can’t be the cause of every problem.”

The cause of problems? Where had he gotten this idea from? “Matt, no one blames you—”

“Yes, you and your sister do. Hell, Cody might too. But at least he talks to me to find out my side. All I get from Alyssa is to go away until the baby arrives. As though the problems in this pregnancy were caused by me.” He took a deep breath and continued, “I don’t mean to come here and argue, but I’m tired of being a doormat.”

She hated that he felt that way. “You’re not.”

He snickered. “You just don’t see it. I don’t want to fight or see you get upset. Each time I’ve talked to you has landed you with contractions. But I’m trying. I really am. If you’d let me, I’d be so much more.” His eyes were dark with passion and she knew what he meant. “But I understand you’re with Tom.”

“I’m—”

“Don’t apologize. I let you go. One of my biggest mistakes.”

Diane didn’t even realize she was standing or know how she got onto the same couch with Matt. But her lips found his and when they touched, all was right again. They stayed still a moment with just their lips touching. God, she wanted this man. But as she wrapped a hand around his neck to deepen the kiss, she felt him resist. She pulled back and gazed into his eyes.

“Why did you do that?” he asked.

She sat frozen, staring at him. “I, uh. I don’t know.”

“We can’t do that.”

Matt was telling her no. He’d told her he wanted her. And she’d kissed him. Now he was telling her he couldn’t do this. Wow, she was really confused. She wiped her hands across her pants before she stood and paced a little. Her cheeks burned from embarrassment. This man was going to drive her insane.

“Please, sit.” He patted the couch.

“No. I’m not going to sit down. I’m sick and tired of everyone telling me to sit down. Everyone thinks they know what I need or want. But they don’t.” She placed her hands on her hips. “Maybe I want you too.”

“What about Tom?”

“What about me?” Tom appeared.
 
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Jenny has always wanted a fairytale life: the perfect house, her own Prince Charming and the wedding to go with it.

 
After a five year engagement Jenny and her fiance Rich are counting down to the "Big Day"... 

 
And lets not forget one hell of a Hen Party For Jenny her life as the perfect wife is all she has ever wanted but secrets are never far away... 
 
Will Jenny make it to her own fairytale wedding... 

All will be revealed in "Veiled"

Review

For Jenny, this wedding is the moment that she has dreamed of since a little girl. Saving her money at a young age knowing that she would stop at nothing to get the dream wedding that all girls wish for.  She's pulling out all the stops and getting carried away with her planner and shopping. What happens though when Prince Charming starts evading things and their sex life goes to the pits? Jenny wants to know what is going on, but can she handle it all?

This book has some life shattering moments in it. I'm amazed at how Jen takes them all in stride. I'd be threatening people and probably either institutionalized or imprisoned.  Not Jen, she cries and then talks things out, takes care of business, and still gets the shaft in the end.

Warren, a new character in the series, is either incredibly understanding or stupid beyond belief. I don't know how someone can go through so much in a short period of time with a person and still be willing to commit to them. I mean hello?? Not even a freak out from him. So far, he's got it all, could have anyone he wanted, is rich, handsome, built.....your getting the picture, yet he falls for an absolute mess. Guess that's what keeps things interesting.

There is one thing that drove me nutty about the book. The ending I felt sort of came out of nowhere. One minute I'm turning the page to see what happens, the next I realize I'm reading dedications and it's over. That means waiting for the next book.  Hope it comes out soon! This book was a quick read and eventful to say the least. It fits well with the first book in the series "Trust". The friendships in this series are all beyond amazing and the men all caring and sympathetic. I would rate this book a 3.5 stars out of five and am anxiously awaiting the next books in the series.


 
Excerpt

I can’t believe it is only a month away from my big day. I score a line through today’s date on the personalized calendar I received from my friend Megan. She designed the keepsake in my color scheme of white, black and pink and personalized it with pictures of Rich and me. It is a ‘me’ gift that Megan knew I would love. It is something only she would buy since she loves giving people personalized keepsakes. She knows me so well. The calendar is used solely for the wedding, and it has all my appointments written on it.


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About the author 

L. Chapman was born in and continues to live in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She has spent most of her life helping  at one time, a DJ for a special needs club. Blending her love of helping others and her love of children, L dreams to one day own and operate a childcare nursery that will help mainstream special needs children with others.

In the rare times that L. is not working to help others or maniacally writing, she enjoys making a mess of things while creating beautifully detailed greeting cards. She spends time relaxing with family, friends, and good books. L. loves to travel and has been to many places in the United Kingdom; her favorite places all involve the ocean. She hopes to one day share a kiss with her happily-ever-after in the romantic shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Should she ever get over her fear of flying, those kisses may be shared in the shadows of the Egyptian Pyramids.
Ever the fussy eater, L. has never once tasted peanut butter, and she despises coffee. If you should feel the need to bribe her, it is suggested that you bring chocolate, as that is one of her know weaknesses.


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