**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?
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Reviewed by Melissa
WOW! I read this book in one sitting as I could not put it down at all. Kayley is an absolutely well written character that the reader instantly connects to. Dr. Ben is sure to be one of the most swoon-worthy male characters I have read in quite a while. This book is emotional and leads the reader through many feelings throughout the book. The plot flows very well and is easy to follow. The dialogue amongst the characters is tangible and realistic. I really enjoyed this book. I cannot wait to read the other books in this series.
**AUTHOR NOTE** This book contains difficult topics that may be hard for some readers and is suggested for a mature audience only. It contains strong language, sexual situations, abuse, and other content that may be problematic for some to read. Please keep this in mind when choosing to read this book. Rachel has always been seen as a wild child, never committing or settling down. She wants it that way, so that no one ever finds out the truth. Deep down, she is crushed over something that happened years ago that resulted in losing the only man she ever loved. Then she meets someone who tries to convince her that she’s ready to commit again. But some things are not what they seem. Realizing too late that she’s in over her head, and with her life on the line, she comes face to face with her past in a way she never thought possible. Devin was in love once, and it destroyed him, making him swear off love forever. After a promotion and subsequent move unexpectedly brings him into the middle of her dangerous situation, he must come face to face with his past and to the woman who broke him into pieces. But she needs help. Desperately. And maybe, just maybe, he didn't know the real truth of their past. Can he help her survive the terrible ordeal she's been through, and during it all, can he safeguard his heart from her? Or will the truth of the pain that has kept them apart show him that he can't live without her after all?
Reviewed by Melissa
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Rachel is one of the best female characters I have read and I felt everything she was going through. LL Collins truly did her homework for this book. Devin is a great male lead character as well. The plot is not an easy one to get through due to the content but the story is one that has to be told. The story is definitely for mature audiences and will tug at the reader deeply. I loved that the characters from book one were back as supporting characters for this book. I loved this book and truly cannot wait for more from LL Collins.
Ellis Warner is a police officer, everyone’s friend and every girl’s fantasy- funny, dedicated, and too good looking for his own good. Thanks to a childhood he would rather forget and a young adulthood riddled with mistakes, he knows that no one can ever find out who he really is. He lives his life pretending to be the guy everyone sees on the outside. The one thing he knows for sure is that he can’t be serious with anyone. When he takes a second job as security for a new country star coming into town, he has no idea how that one decision will change his entire life and expose everything he has worked so hard to bury. Samantha Kerrigan won a nationwide contest that immediately forces her into the spotlight. Her dreams of being a successful country singer have come true, but dreams always come with a price. While going out on her first tour, a stalker’s advances threaten her safety, forcing her team to hire more protection. **DUE TO ADULT CONTENT AND LANGUAGE, 18+ only, please The second she meets Ellis, she knows there’s something about him and immediately makes him her private bodyguard. But he’s determined just to do his job, and she’s determined to make him open up. When her life is threatened and his secrets are exposed, will Ellis be able to guard Sam from danger, and his heart from her?
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Reviewed by MelissaThis is the story of Ellis and Samantha. He is hired as extra security for her tour stops in Florida and she is an up and coming country singer dealing with a stalker. Ellis has had to make choices in his life that have caused him to hide his true self. Samantha is a beautiful soul and works her way into his heart. This is a well written story and the plot moves quite nicely. I liked this story very much. I truly appreciated that the characters from the first two books are also in this book. LL Collins has truly created a wonderful literary world. I love this series!
Due to adult content and subject matter, 18+, please. This is the fourth book in the Living Again series, but can be read as a standalone. However, there are spoilers in the epilogues of this book for the previous three books. This book is based on a true story. Lacey Russell has had enough heartbreak and loss for one lifetime. Turning tragedy into motivation, she becomes a veterinarian to honor her mother’s memory. She knows the path her life is on and she decided long ago that falling in love is not part of that plan. She’s seen firsthand that all it does is cause sorrow and pain. Brantley Tucker is the heir to Tucker Ranch, the most well-known ranch in all of Nashville. Much to the dismay of his parents, he doesn’t want it. It’s always been his dream to model, and he’s worked hard to achieve success. All he wants is to be supported and loved, but he wonders if that will ever happen for him. After many chance encounters throw Lacey and Brant together, it feels like something bigger than them is at work. When Lacey gets news that shatters her entire world, can she accept the support and love that Brant offers, or will the fear of the unknown make her turn down the chance at finding her forever?
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Reviewed by MelissaThis is one hell of a tear jerker. I was completely pulled into this story about Lacey and Brantely immediately. The content is for mature readers. I loved that the previous books’ characters were in this book as it truly makes it feel completely connected. I loved this book from page one. I recommend lots of tissues and plenty of time to just read the whole book at once. You will not want to stop once you get started. LL Collins is a truly amazing author.
Alexis Carson-Nichols has had what anyone would describe as an idyllic childhood. She has great parents, little brothers and sister that mean the world to her, and friends that are always there for her. As she graduates from high school and gets ready to go to college, she feels like she has the world at her fingertips. She can’t wait to experience life as a young adult. Maybe even get a boyfriend…as long as her school comes first.
What she doesn’t expect is to meet Greer Henderson. Greer hasn’t had a life anything like Alexis’. Sure, he’s had the parents that loved him, but that was about it. He’s never been understood or even tolerated. He’s spent his life in a constant state of inner chaos and outer turmoil. See, Greer has Aspergers. When he finally gets up enough courage to take a few classes at his local college, he becomes lab partners with Alexis. He thinks she’s the most beautiful person he’s ever laid eyes on, but he knows she won’t want anything to do with him. None of the kids ever do. But if there’s one thing he’s good at, it’s science.
As Alexis tries to break through Greer’s tough exterior and understand his idiosyncrasies, she realizes that Greer may just be teaching her more than she could ever imagine, and changing her life in insurmountable ways. Can Alexis teach others how to love and accept Greer, even if he’s different? And can Greer, through Alexis, realize that all of his dreams are within his reach and that he’s worthy of love after all?
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LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. Living Again, Reaching Rachel, Guarding Hearts, Finding Forever and Breaking Free: A Living Again Novella are available now in both eBook and paperback exclusively through Amazon. 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 15, and a mom to two boys, 12 and 10. Look for a new emotionally-charged series from LL coming soon.
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