Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Forgive Me by Ashley Beale

"I'm not asking you to forgive me, I'm begging you to." 

When Lexi returns home to Texas after being gone for ten years, she is surprised by how welcoming her distant family has become. But the real surprise is on them when Lexi doesn't come back alone.

Questions are asked,
Secrets are held,
Hearts are broken.

Lexi now has to explain to her family why at only twenty four years old she has a nine year old son. She also has to explain to Zander how he is unknowingly a father after all these years, and how her feelings never changed even with all this time apart.
Two weeks before he is about to get married.

Now decisions need to be made. 

As Lexi makes a mess of things, she also starts to make a new life for her and her son. She now has to decide if sticking around or heading back to Ohio is for the best.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Growing up Lexi had two best friends, Zander and Bray.  Bray was her best girlfriend and Zander and her were in love.  Lexi was the middle child of 5 and her parents didn't exactly pay a lot of attention towards her.  Bray and Zander were everything to her.  Zander made her feel special and loved.  But at the age of 14 her mother sent her away to live with her grandmother when she found out that she was pregnant.  She never told Bray or Zander what had happened and she never had the chance to say goodbye.  Now 10 years later Lexi is going back home to say goodbye to her sick mother.  She is scared to go home, not knowing how people will act.  What happens if she sees Zander?  At some point she has to tell him the truth.  And will Bray hate her for leaving with no explanation of contact over the past 10 years.  There are so many ifs but Lexi knows that it is time to face the music.  

When Lexi left him all the years ago, Zanders heart was broken and he wasn't sure if her would ever recover.  Lexi was the girl who had him heart and soul.  She was everything to him.  He did everything he could to find out what happened and why she left.  But he came to realize that he just needed to move on with his life.  That Lexi was not coming back.  So that is exactly what he did.  He is now a few weeks away from getting married to Emerson, the woman that he now loves.  The last thing he expected was to ever see Lexi again.  But there she was right in front of him on the checkout line of the supermarket.  Seeing Lexi stirred up some old feelings in Zander, ones that I think he was afraid to admit himself.  What happens when he discovers that Lexi is not here alone?  Will he be able to forgive her?  Is there any chance that they will get a second chance and become a family or will he choose to stay with Emerson?

Zander loved Lexi and to this day I think she still owned a piece of his heart.  But he moved on and was happy.  I honestly felt so bad for him.  He as so conflicted with his feelings.  I think he knew he loved Lexi more and knew that he wanted to be with her but he was also very loyal to Emerson.   I loved Zander but there was a moment where I wanted to punch him.  Now I know what Lexi did was wrong on so many levels. Even if forced to leave there was a point where she could have mentioned to Zander that he had a child.  But either way I didn't think she deserved what Zander did.  But despite being a jerk for a moment, I still loved him.  I was still rooting for the two of them to find their way back to each other.  They were meant to be and were so perfect together.  Zander just needed to see that.  

Forgive Me is a story about forgiveness and second chances.  I loved Lexi even though she made some mistakes.  But she had her own issues as well.  For years her family teated her differently and she never felt like she fit in.  When she came home though her brothers surprised her and it was nice to see her have a relationship with them.  I loved Faith her sister-in-law even if she was best friends with the enemy (meaning Zanders fiancĂ©).  But what I loved about her was that she never let that get in the way of her relationship with Lexi.  They were family and all though they just met they hit it off instantly.  She was there for her when she needed her.  Bray is the perfect best friend and I loved their relationship.  Forgive me was an emotional story that had some drama and angst but it also had its witty and fun moments as well.  I loved how easily Zander and his son fell into the father/son role.  Zander instantly fell in love with him and vice versa.  This was a wonderful second chance love story by Ms. Beale!  

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