Thursday, January 21, 2021

Forgiven by Garrett Leigh

(Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

High school sweethearts Mia and Luke get a second chance at love in this brand-new contemporary romance from award-winning author Garrett Leigh. 

When Mia Amour returns to England to open a florist shop, all she wants to do is put her lousy ex behind her and never look back. But getting a fresh start is easier said than done when her first love, the boy who once broke her teenage heart, strolls back into her life. He’s every bit as sexy as she remembers, and the urge to melt back into his arms almost makes her forget how devastated she was when he took off without a word. Almost. 

Left with no choice, Luke Daley did what he had to do, leaving town to earn enough money to save his broken family, though it just about broke him, too. But now he’s back, running his uncle’s business and trying desperately to forget about Mia, the girl he left behind all those years ago. When he runs into her in town, the shock of seeing her again brings an intense rush of emotions: love, guilt…and an overwhelming urge to find out if it’s still as amazing between them as it used to be.

It doesn’t take either of them long to give in to desire and discover the fiery passion they once shared burns hotter than ever. With each new touch, each moment of forgiveness, old hurts heal and the future they’d hoped for ten years ago becomes possible again. But their fragile connection is tested by a threat neither of them saw coming—a threat that could end their second chance before it even gets started.

my thoughts:

I love romance novels - they are fun, sexy, and pure escapism. So, I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of Garrett Leigh's latest novel, the first in his new series, Forgiven.  Talk about a treat! I just loved getting swept away in Mia and Luke's love story. 

Mia and Luke were once teenagers in love and then he left her with no real explanation.  So, basically he broke her heart. Fast forward, they're adults now. Mia has left her husband and moved back home where she has opened a flower shop.  Luke's working at his uncle's business.  The two bump into each other and the sparks fly.  Of course Mia can't forget how she felt when Luke left her all those years ago, but seeing him sort of makes her forget a bit. You see, even though the two have their flaws that pretty much cause all the problems in their relationship (overreacting, lack of communication, stubborn, and distant), they can't seem to keep their hands off of each other. Their passion burns bright, but can they open up emotionally and engage in all the ins and outs of a real relationship? 

What a fun story! Mia and Luke definitely have love for one another, but is that enough? Growing up hasn't changed them all that much when they are together. Will they manage to finally forgive one another and let go of their past? I had so many questions as I read this story and I just loved it when they were finally answered. 

I would definitely recommend Forgiven to fans of Garrett Leigh and to anyone looking for a great romance series to fall in deep with - you'll love Forgiven!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book!

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