Book Review – Living Again

Posted January 31, 2014 by Kathy in 4 stars / 0 Comments

Book Review – Living AgainLiving Again Series: Living Again #1
by LL Collins
Published by Self Published on October 2, 2013
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 400
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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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?

My Review

Warning – Make sure you have a box of tissue when you read this book! I was crying in the beginning, middle and end of this book!!

Kayley Carson is a young widow who just lost her husband and is pregnant with their first child. I can’t even imagine how this must feel but I thought the author did a great job of expressing Kayley’s emotions. Kayley felt the pain of losing her husband and the guilt of trying to live again, and I felt the author’s portrayal was realistic. Although Kayley is suffering she is a strong independent woman who is devoted to her family and friends. Kayley was surrounded by very supportive family and friends, who were characters that I were drawn too and really enjoyed getting to know.

Just when Kayley is hit with another crisis she meets Ben (aka Dr. Yummy). Ben is a sexy doctor who is drawn to Kayley. He is attracted to her but is very sensitive towards her recent loss, which I found very charming. He is sexy and very romantic, and I loved the chemistry he had with Kayley. I also loved his relationship with Kayley’s daughter, Alexis. It was so sweet and heartwarming! I thought the author made a great choice in including Alexis in the scenes and dialogue between the characters. Alexis is so adorable she served as a reminder that life does have to continue, and she brought so much joy to the story!

I really enjoyed that this book focused on Ben and Kayley. We do meet their friends and family, but this was truly their story. I loved getting to know them and I was satisfied with the ending. But I did feel sad at the end, I had grown so close to Ben, Kayley and Alexis that I hated to say goodbye! Over all I thought this was well written but I did feel some of the flashbacks were not necessary and did not blend well with the story. But this was a great debut for L.L. Collins and I look forward to reading more from her!

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

About LL Collins

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. Look for her debut novel, Living Again, released October 4th to eBook and paperback, and her second novel, Reaching Rachel, in January 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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