Sunday, August 17, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Ready to Love Again by Annalyse Knight

Ready to Love Again
by Annalyse Knight
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
ISBN e-book:  978-1-61213-321-8
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
 “You’ve already lost one love in your lifetime — don’t let Katie be the second.”

After a bitter divorce, Katie Rodriquez moves with her nine-year-old son, Shawn, to California to take a job at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A fresh start is exactly what she and her son need. However, a fateful stroll on a Carmel beach turns her world upside down when she meets a handsome doctor who is struggling with his own past.
Dr. Chase O’Donnell had everything a man could ask for when a tragic accident changed his life forever. Tortured by his memories, he locks away his grief to care for his two children, refusing to face what his loss has done to him and the people he loves most.
Katie’s son is a rowdy child with a good heart, so it is a bit of a surprise when Shawn befriends the quiet and thoughtful Tony O’Donnell. Tony’s love for baseball draws Shawn into his world, and from then on, they are inseparable. It is only a matter of time before they bring their parents together again in a surprising twist of fate. However, Tony’s older sister, Liz, doesn’t like the new boy who is prone to catching critters and teasing girls. Liz isn’t very happy with the idea of her father having a new girlfriend, either. Loyal to a fault and haunted by the fear of abandonment, she lashes out and refuses to accept the new woman in her father’s life.
Katie and Chase must find the strength to rebuild their lives while juggling the demands of careers and single parenthood. When Chase’s daughter lashes out, they soon discover that the price of their romance is too high. To heal his family’s pain, they both must risk losing each other. Facing unresolved guilt and anger, will they have the courage to learn to love again?
About the Author:
a-knight-hi-resAnnalyse Knight is a recovering craft addict. She spent many years jumping from one hobby to another until she discovered that writing satisfied all her creative cravings. A stay-at-home mom, Annalyse raised her three children on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Although she and her family later moved to the Sacramento area, the beach, the quiet community, and the beauty of the California coast continue to inspire her writing. She spent several years writing with an online community, and she loved the direct interaction with her readers. Her online participation eventually led to her volunteer at The Writers’ Collective, an online writing workshop group founded to create a supportive community for writers. With her children almost grown, Annalyse decided to take her hobby to the next level and become a published author. Ready to Love Again is her first novel with The Writer’s Coffee Shop.
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Praise for Ready to Love Again
"If you're looking for a beautiful love story with a bit of heartache, fun banter, and beautiful relationships this book is for you. Ready to Love Again is brilliantly written and has believable characters that make you fall in love with them from the very beginning."  - Rhiannon Overby Goodreads Review


Thank you to TWCS for providing us with a copy so that we could bring you this review.

I have to say that this was such a sweet, heart wrenching at moments story. Though it deals with some very tough topics it was really a great way to show that even when things are rough we can still find love again. Even after Chase loses his wife and his life get turns inside out, he gives himself a chance to let go and find out what life can offer him. Its a rocky and bumpy road to get to that point in his life, but Katie's presence shows him that he doesn't need to feel bad or guilty for wanting something more in life. Yes things aren't easy because of not only his guilt but his daughters reaction to someone new coming into her fathers life, he learns that it can be accomplished. I loved that Katie is such a strong character and has the mind of a great mom always putting children before her own desires. She sees the need to let Chase and his family work things out and helps to push them in that direction.

I will say that I suggest having tissues handy because the emotions in this story are impossible to not feel them deep in your bones.

Happy Reading... Adri

Sarah's Review:
Thank you to TWCS, and Annalyse Knight for the opportunity to read and review this great story!  I have been waiting for this story to be published for a while.  While there will be people that will complain that this story is what is known as "pull to publish", I will not tolerate or accept any negativity in regards to this story.  That being said, I have a strong bias for this story, so I made sure that I asked Adri to read this as well. 

I love that Chase and Katie had to overcome their individual pasts in order to make their relationship work.  While Katie's past was much different than Chase's, she understood and knew that Chase needed to get his family through their past.   Grief is a horrible and individual thing that people need to process.  I believe that Katie and Shawn were meant to come into Chase, Liz and Anthony's lives, if only to help them realize that they were not grieving healing from Terri's death.  Granted, love can find you when you least expect it.

There are so many things that I love about this story, but I would give everything away.   So make sure you have tissues and enjoy this book!


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