Title: Living Again
Author: L.L Collins
Publication Date: October 2, 2013
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
**DUE TO ADULT CONTENT AND LANGUAGE, 18+ only, please. **
Kayley Carson thought she had it all…married to the love of her life, a great job, and a baby on the way. Then one day, her life changes forever when she loses her husband in a tragic accident. No longer sure how to navigate life after her enormous loss, Kayley clings to her newborn baby, her family, and her friends to keep herself living.
When she meets someone that challenges her belief that she’s better off alone, she has to decide if she is capable of letting him in after swearing she was never going to love anyone the same way again.
She’s not the only one with a painful past. He is struggling with trust issues after a previous relationship went horribly wrong. After a terrible misunderstanding brings out both of their insecurities, will the painful memories of the past keep them both from living again?
I came across this book and jumped at the chance to read it due to all the amazing reviews and recommendations from fellow bloggers. I do not consider myself an emotional person and I am not one to cry but after buying it and hearing how some people responded to it I prepared myself with a box of tissues just in case.
Living Again was OMG such an emotional rollercoaster and though I did get teary eyed there were no waterworks. What can I say, I’m weird that way! 😉
So here’s a bit about the characters…
Kayley Carson’s life was nothing but perfect. Supportive family, cute home, a job she loves, amazing husband and a baby on the way. Who could ask for more? Now this isn’t giving anything away because as it says in the synopsis “Then one day, her life changes forever when she loses her husband in a tragic accident.” <– This was a tough part to read. WOW the way Collins wrote the devastation Kayley was feeling was that of perfection! I really did feel like I was the one going through the loss. To think that her unborn child will never meet his/her wonderful father was heart shattering! After the accident she goes through the motions of life the best she can but she doesn’t really live. All she can do is try her best to raise little Alexis the best way she can.
Her life once again is about to change, but will she be receptive to these changes and “Live Again?”
On Alexis’ first birthday Kayley finds herself rushing to the same hospital where her husband passed. She and her entire family were scared out of her minds because Alexis has had a seizure. This scene was intense, I was getting palpitations! The fear that Kayley feels jumps off the pages. But Lex turns out to be fine and is kept overnight just for observation.
Then we meet Dr. Ben Nichols… because while in the ER Kaylee never really noticed him she was that freaked out. But once they meet eyes there is no way to deny the instant connection. And the love story beings!!
Living Again was such an amazing story. When you think you’ve met your soul mate and he’s ripped from your life unexpectedly one can’t help to think life is over. But then again there are no guarantee’s in life. As in real life there are so many ups and downs. There are tears of heartache and tears of joy. There are moments of doubt and moments of certainty.
This is where I stop with the details. In my opinion this is a must read love story and if I keep writing I’m going to give it all away! L.L. Collins congratulations on such an amazing debut novel!! I cannot wait to see what comes next!
LL Collins is a 30-something teacher from Florida who loves to spend her time reading, writing, and spending time in the Florida sun with her family. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. Look for her debut novel, Living Again, releasing October 4th to eBook and paperback, and her second novel, Reaching Rachel, in early 2014. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out and start writing and try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 14, and a mom to two boys, 11 and 9.
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