Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: Love Me by Kathy Jo Reinhart

MARCUS and Taryn Winters along with their six-year-old son Chase, have a wonderful life. They are ready to expand their perfect little family, but for some reason, it's not happening as easily as they think it should. A trip to the doctor’s office delivers a crushing blow to Taryn. No one is prepared for the news she receives. With the help of their friends Marcus and Taryn try to deal the best they can with the life changing event that’s taken place. 
After a tragedy leaves Marcus and Chase forever changed, they need to find a way to piece their lives back together. Both of them are spiraling out of control. When Marcus gets called in to speak with Chase’s teacher his world is again turned upside down 

LEXI has spent years trying to keep her past where it belongs. In the past. She moves to Oakville hoping to start over. She starts to notice problems with one of her students and calls in his father for a conference. The minute she meets Marcus an intense need to help him takes over. She will fight harder than she ever has to bring Marcus and Chase back to life. 
**Can be read as a Stand Alone**

4.5 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Love ME  is the first book that I have read by Kathy Jo Reinhart and it will not be my last.  I loved this book.  Even though at times it completely broke me.  Every tear shed was worth it because in the end my heart was left feeling happy.  This is a second chance love story, which I love.  But this book is not a story about two people who once knew each other and are now getting their second chance at love.  No, this is about having the perfect life, being in love and happy, until that happiness is taken away from you.  It is about finding love again after losing the love of your life.  And I am always a sucker when it comes to this type of story.  It gets me every time.  From the minute I read the blurb I knew that I needed to read this book. 

Marcus had it all, a beautiful wife, a son, and the happiness and love that went along with it.  Marcus and Taryn wanted another child and had been trying for some time now.  When they went to the doctor to see what was going on they received some unexpected news that completely shattered their world.  Instead of looking forward to another child these two now have to face the unthinkable.  And the worst is yet to come.  This is anyone’s worst nightmare coming true.  How do they tell their son and their friends?   How can anyone handle or prepare to face the next few months knowing how it will all end? 

Three years later, Marcus is still struggling.  But his son needs him.  When he meets his son’s teacher Lexi, he feels something that he hasn’t felt in a long time.  But the guilt outweighs those feelings.   He is not sure that he can move on.  With the help of his friends and his son he decides to give love another chance.  But when it comes down to it can he really do it?

What I loved the most about this book was how it all started out.  We first met Marcus and Taryn and  get to see how in love they were and at the same time fall in love with the two of them as well.  So when they got the most shocking news of their life I was right there with them, my heart breaking for all of them.  I felt every ounce of pain that they did.  I wanted to hug them and their son and pray that it would all be ok.  The tears came without fail, kept streaming down my face.   That is how much I felt with these characters.  My heart just broke for everyone involved, especially that little boy.  This is what made this book even more fantastic for me, because falling in love with these characters and to be able to experience the hardest moment of their life with them just made it feel more real.  It made me feel more.  So when it is three years later and Marcus hasn’t moved on yet you understand why.  You know what he felt and how much he loved his wife and completely understand why it is so hard for him. 

I loved the main characters in this book.  I felt the love between Marcus and Taryn.  But years later when he met Lexi I felt what they had as well.  Lexi was completely understanding of his love for Taryn which is what I loved about her.  She just wanted to love him and his son.  She was everything that Marcus needed.  She had her own story to tell and her own fears.  But with Marcus it just seemed so simple to love him.  And her relationship with his son will just melt your heart.  Seeing how much she cared for him just made it all better.  I LOVED this book so much.  I didn’t read the other books in the series but will definitely go back and do so.  Marcus’ best friends are such an important part of this story, so I am looking forward to going back and reading their stories.  Especially Angel’s, because there is just something about that man that I loved.   Love Me is a recommended read for me.  But have your tissues ready because you will need them.  

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