Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Restoration & Forgiveness

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Title: Restoration & Forgiveness (Renovate, #2)
Author: Mindy A. Carter
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 18, 2016

When I ran back home, I wasn’t prepared for the reminders of him everywhere I turned. I certainly never expected Keegan to follow. I thought I made myself clear - we were through. I didn’t want anything to do with him. But, he inserted himself back into my life, and there was nothing I could do.
I pushed he pulled. I ran and he chased me. I cried and he wiped away the tears. He just wouldn’t give up, and the battle my head and my heart are waging, is one I don’t want to be a part of. You see my head says be strong, but my heart is saying I belong to him, and always will. What does one do when her heart can easily forgive, yet her head refuses to. Can Keegan, and I restore our fairy tale, or will our story be closed for good?

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When I wake in the morning there is no confusion about where I am or who I am cuddled up with. I knew the moment he whispered in my ears last night that I would wake up in his arms. Keegan's grip on me is tight, like he's afraid that I'll try to escape. The rise and fall of his chest against me is soothing. As I lie awake, I recall the events of last night. His sweet words were my downfall. You would think that since I am sure of his feelings, we could continue our fairy tale. I wish it were that easy, but it's not. Do we need more time? Is this time we have here together enough for me to forgive him? This is why I need girlfriends, ones I can run to when I need advice, girls I trust. There's Reese, but hello, she's practically part of the James family now. A fact that is still so surreal to me. Keegan is waking up. His breathing isn't as deep any longer, and his body is suddenly stiff, as if he's afraid to move and wake me. He nuzzles my neck and sighs. His grip on me tightens, and I consider pretending I'm asleep just to see how this whole spooning-and-the-morning–after thing plays out. Unfortunately, someone else is awake as well. "Busted." "Morning, Dad." "Morning, Rick." Keegan follows my greeting. My father is staring down at us, and I'm reminded of the times he caught Keegan in my room when we were younger. He's trying to be bothered by our sleeping arrangement, but he isn't really. "You know, there are perfectly comfortable beds upstairs for both of you to sleep in separately." He emphasizes the separate part. He walks out of the room, and we both let out the laughter we have been holding in. "I hope you slept comfortably," Keegan says. Surprisingly, I don't even remember being uncomfortable, or waking. Which proves the kind of effect his touch has on me. It's like a drug; if they could bottle it up I'd be addicted. "Actually, I was in someone's death grip all night." I smile. "I didn't hurt you, did I?" I can hear the concern in his voice. "Of course not, I'm just kidding." I almost make the mistake of telling him it felt nice, and beg him to not let go. Thankfully my brain takes over, and I don't. I sit up and put both my feet on the floor. I smile at him, noticing that he hasn't shaved in a couple days. I've never seen him with stubble before, and I have to look away, imagining what it would feel like across my skin. "I'm going to start coffee and make breakfast," I tell him as I remove myself from our cozy shelter. We both know that last night's sleeping arrangements aren't permanent. No matter how good it felt to be in his arms.

Sunny's Review Restoration & Forgiveness:

You have to read Skyscrapers and Camelot before you read Restoration and Forgiveness. You will be lost and not really understand the issues in the book without reading in order. You can see my review of Skyscrapers and Camelot below.

Restoration and Forgiveness is pretty good. It was a very quick and easy read for me. You see Aimee going home to her father because he has had a heart attack. She just got flattened once again by Gretchen. I want to love Keegan. I mean for all intents and purposes he should be amazingly perfect but I really don't like his total obliviousness to Gretchen's pure hatred of Aimee. Once Keegan is with Aimee at her father's house and so attentive and basically perfect it actually makes me dislike him a little more.

Aimee finally seems to start realizing that she needs to stand up for herself. I would probably do most of the things that she does in this book. She basically tells Keegan that they can pretend life is great in front of her dad but otherwise stay away from her. I will give it to Keegan that he is attentive and caring and you do know that he totally loves Aimee. He truly at the end of the day I think just a typical guy in the Gretchen area.

I do have to say that I love Kaleb and Reece in this book. Kaleb would be the absolute best guy friend in the world and Reece is a great friend too. They are both there for Keegan and Aimee and you have to love the dynamic of all four of them together. There is one area that I absolutely hate in this book and I hate it in all books. Most people don't have an issue with it so I don't take this into consideration when I rate a book.

I think most people will love this book. I am giving it 4.3 stars out of 5. It is sweet and even though I hate Keegan a little bit I love him too.

About The Author

MindyMindy has been in love with love, as long as she can remember. As a child, you could find Mindy engrossed in fairytale books and dreaming of her happily ever after. She was lucky enough to find her prince charming and lives in Ohio with him and her four precarious children.
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Sunny's Review Skyscrapers & Camelot:

I read this book very quickly. It is a good story. I love the best friends from childhood story. It is so sweet and you just have to sigh when you get those stories. Keegan and Aimee meet when they are 6 and 7. Keegan decides from the moment they meet that he is going to take care of Aimee forever. They lose touch when he leaves for college and you know that Aimee is heartbroken. They finally meet again as adults and it is a pretty funny meeting. You will have to read it to see why I thought it was a little funny. Keegan seems a little standoffish and I can't figure out at first what he is really thinking. After a little bit you start to see Keegan's feelings and get to know a little bit more about him as an adult. I wanted to love him but he let's his assistant, Gretchen, run all over Aimee and just be horrible to her. Aimee is annoying in that she does not stand up to Keegan about Gretchen. There are a couple of times I just wanted to cuss Keegan and Gretchen out in this book.
I loved getting to meet Kaleb, Keegan's brother. He is funny and goofy and really I would love to have him as a friend. Reece is Aimee's roommate and best friend from college. She is a very strong character and stands up for Aimee. I love them both.
I really like this book and I think that most people will enjoy it. I am giving it 4.4 stars out of 5 and think you should go get it!!
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