AUTHOR: LIv Morris
PUBLISHER: Kiki Press
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A love story about the one who got away and the possibility of a second chance...
Bradley Dawson and Kelly Parker haven't spoken to each other in over a decade. During high school they were devoted sweethearts who thought their love would survive as they headed to different colleges. But Bradley's unfaithfulness tore them apart and left Kelly finding comfort in another man's arms. Losing her was the biggest regret of Bradley's life and still haunted him.
Now fourteen years after their breakup, Kelly returns to their hometown of Dallas when her marriage disintegrates. She's invited to a night out with old high school friends and finds a newly divorced Bradley joining them too.
Discover what happens when Bradley comes face to face with the love of his life. Will fate give them another chance to make things right or will Kelly's hidden secret stand in their way?
I generally don't read many short stories, only because it has never been my custom to do so. When I picked up--or really scrolled through--this ebook on my Kindle, I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the short format and how it satisfied an open afternoon while my daughter was at school and while the other daughter was playing in dirt or something.
I quickly identified with the characters considering they were in their mid-thirties and still liked to hang out as a group like I still do with my friends from high school. Except now, my friends tend to not go to bars but have dinner parties. But I'm getting of topic...
Enter hunky Bradley Dawson. A newly, and I mean newly divorced man (like that afternoon divorced) who is currently jobless considering he sold his share of the family business to his ex wife. Morris didn't go into what his job prospects were after this but I'm assuming he would become a man of leisure since in my imagination he made a pretty penny. So automatically Bradley became not only hot and swoony, but stinkin rich. SCORE!
Bradley and his best friend Dave head to the Londoner, a bar in Dallas, where they meet weekly for The Love Handles Club. Now it's not strictly a men's club, it's a club of all their high school friends, including the chicks.
Enter Kelly Parker. A recently separated woman who has just moved back to Dallas. Tina, Kelly's old friend, invites her to the Club to catch up with old friends.
The kicker: Bradley and Kelly are old high school and college sweethearts who haven't seen each other since college where Kelly caught Bradley cheating on her. *shakes head* Bradley, Bradley, Bradley. They were each other's first loves, first everythings, really. So when they see each other for the first time, the sparks fly. Both are single, at a stage of their lives where they are more mature (cough cough, Bradley) and don't have much holding them down. Unless you count Kelly's estranged husband, Joe, who's dragging Kelly through a nasty divorce and basically being a really controlling jerk.
But what Morris did, which hasn't happened in a long time is....
Anyhoo, after Bradley and Kelly reunite, which I would have loved see developed A LOT more, they continue their life together, but with a big catch, Kelly is still married and Joe, her estranged husband, who is making it awfully hard to divorce him. That jerk. Through the whole ordeal, Bradley is very attentive and romantic with Kelly. They don't make a big deal of the fact he cheated on her in college because mainly, Kelly and Bradley know they are more mature, adults now, and in different places in their lives. Kelly trusts him and she knows that he is a different person. A better person.
It's sweet and real. Liv Morris writes about real people problems and real people issues. It's comforting to know that she's not overly fairytaling her stories. Everyone loves a HEA, but Morris throws another twist at the end that makes it perfect.
OVERALL RATING: 4 Lip Bites
I would have loved to see more development in Bradley and Kelly's relationship. I think that part of the story is lacking considering they have been apart for so long and fall back in love so quickly. BUT, I do understand that this is a shorty, so you can't have too much, but I think another chapter dealing with their falling in love aspect would have helped out the book more.
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