Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review of Not Alone by Amber Nation!!

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Emmalynne Morgan thought that getting married to her High School sweetheart and starting a family was all she wanted in life. Everything was perfect until circumstances change and devastating blows occur.
Fast forward five years, Emmalynne thinks she is broken, not only emotionally but physically as well, so her confidence was severely lacking. Being a single mother to her son, Tucker, as well as an owner of a small town Bookstore, she does everything she can to keep men at arms-length, not thinking she is worthy anymore with her plus-sized body and scars.
Taking it upon themselves, Emmalynne's best friends, Toby and Tessa make it their mission to bring her out of her tight-knitted comfort zone. That is when she locks eyes on the male perfection that is Grady.
Grady Finnegan was the gorgeous new guy in town. Recently injured and discharged from the Army, Grady comes to his Uncle’s aid in helping manage the family bar. Not being anywhere near innocent when it comes to women, Grady meets Emmalynne and he knows one thing, that he wants her.
Sparks fly and passion ignites, but will that be enough? Not ready to lay her heart on the line, Emmalynne guards it as best she can and ultimately fails. When chaos erupts and Grady's past comes back to haunt him, it leaves Emmalynne's already broken heart, shattered.
Will past circumstances prevent Emmalynne from having the future she deserves? Or can Grady help her follow her heart and show her that she is Not Alone


Wow... I loved it!  Completely loved it!!  I could completely relate to Emmalynne!  Right down to the HUGE purse she carries around!  Every insecurity she has about herself, and when she first meets Grady Finnegan, those insecurities come to the surface.  He's beautiful, and is totally taken with Emmy when he first lays eyes on her.  

Emmy is a broken woman.. literally.  After spending years in a marriage where her husband treated her horribly, she's widowed in a tragic car accident.  Because of the verbal abuse her husband gave her, she believed all of the bad stuff he called her.  When he passes away, she feels more relief that she doesn't have to endure anymore of the abuse.  She's sad that her son Tucker lost his father, but he wasn't a positive role model for him.  

Now, she's focusing on him, and her book store Turn The Page. Her world goes completely upside down when she meets Grady while filling in as a drummer for her brother in law's band.  She hasn't shown any interest in the male species since her husband died.  For good reason.  She's scared about getting into another relationship, and letting someone in.  Her trust, when given, is extremely precious.  

With Grady, he makes her  feel safe and wanted.  Most importantly, he makes her feel loved and desirable. The only problem is, she senses he's keeping something from her.  In fact, she's sure of it.  He keeps sending certain calls to voicemail, and doesn't tell her who the calls are from.  

Grady wants nothing more then to forget his past.  Things come to a head when Emmy catches him in a comprising position.  He's devastated when she won't give him a chance to explain, and tries everything to get her to listen to him.  When she's brutally attacked outside of her store, he rushes to her side.  He knows who did it, and he wants to kill him.  Being former Special Forces, he's able, but he knows he can't.  He decides to give her time to heal from her wounds and come to her when the timing is right.

I thought this story was beautiful in so many ways... as I said, I really related to Emmalynne Morgan.  I've been in her place, wondering what the gorgeous guy sees in me with all my flaws (my HB).  The whole purse thing had me laughing, because I have one... for the same reason she did.  You never know when you're going to need something!  I am also looking for a my phone for about five minutes after I've missed a call, but that's besides the point!  I loved the strength that she never knew she had until she really needed to get through some horrible situations.  Her son, Tucker, I adored!  Again, he reminded me of my own nine year old boy.  Too cool for motherly affection in front of his friends!  

Grady.... oh Grady.... I really liked him.  He was determined to get Emmalynne.  He knew she was insecure about her weight and her bad leg, but everything she hated, he loved.  He loved her curves, and when he got to know, loved her.  After not being there when she was attacked, he made a promise to himself he would be there if it happened again. 
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Emmalynne turned around, fiddling with the bottom edge of her shirt. She looked up at me with her bottom lip tucked between her teeth, her eyes wary. She was nervous again, but seeing her nibble on her lip made me want to take her, here and now. “Thank you for bringing me home, Grady. And for coming to my rescue, I appreciate it.” “Don’t worry about it. I’ll see you tomorrow, yeah?” I had to get out of there and fast. “Oh yeah, right, for our date.” She stepped towards me and closed her eyes, her tongue darting out to lick her lips then puckering them. She wanted to kiss me. That made my pants grow even tighter and I wanted nothing more than to explore every inch of that amazing mouth. Those lips were all pouty and sexy, but she wasn’t totally coherent. And as much as I wanted to, and Lord did I want to, I wasn’t going to take advantage of her like that. So I leaned into her and kissed her forehead, the smell of her shampoo hitting me like a brick, Vanilla and Mint. I exhaled as I took a step back and, she immediately opened her eyes, her expression pained.

Meet Amber:
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I am a wife, mother of two beautiful girlies, an avid reader, and a new Romance and New Adult author. I was born and raised in Southern Indiana, but resided in Texas for five years while my husband was in the US Army. It was definitely a journey, but I am so glad to be back in my home state. Whenever I'm not doing my motherly duties or at the soccer field I absolutely love to read whenever I have a moment to spare. My kindle is never far from my side. My love of reading increased about a year ago and due to my love of books I decided to try my hand at writing. Already having a set of characters screaming to get out, my story took over and came to life.

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