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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Afraid to Hope by MJ Nightingale Review

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Afraid to Hope
MJ Nightingale
Louisa Sears is ready to start over. Escaping her small town where prejudice, long memories, and old fashioned values haunt her, Louisa embarks on her dream of finding love, and a man who can warm up her bed at night. Pregnant at sixteen, divorced from an abusive husband at twenty, and raising a daughter alone, Louisa is now ready to live. She wants what every woman wants. A rock hard man, who knows how to love. Will Florida be the place where her dreams come true?
Jay Russell is battle scarred. A past filled with horrors from childhood, the war in Iraq, and the most devastating event of his life that occurred when he returned home, he is definitely not looking for love. When he first meets Louisa Sears, the bombshell with the fantastic body, he wants one thing, and one thing only, her body underneath him. The hot little ticket that walks by his t-shirt shop, meets all his requirements for a night of passion.
The scars in them run deep though, and they both have secrets. Can two people so deeply wounded by the past learn to trust each other enough to share those secrets? And if they do, will they be able to get past them and learn to hope again?
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Lou got pregnant when she was sixteen. She got married and her husband was abusive. After her divorce she raised her daughter to the best of her abilities, forgoing her own life. Now her daughter is in college and Lou moves to Florida to start her own life again.

Jay is a Gulf War veteran who struggles with PTSD. He doesn't get close to women, he doesn't need to. Jay is a hot tattooed man and women come to him willingly when he wants to fulfill a need. He never stays the night and he doesn't get close to anyone.

Lou and Jay meet and they are drawn to each other. They start dating and getting close but both have to deal with their demons. Can the love blooming between them conquer their pasts?

I enjoyed this book. I loved Jay, I wanted to wrap my arms around him and tell him what a good man he is. I felt for Lou and her struggles to push past her past. Together these two light up the pages. 4 Stars! 

about the author
MJ Nightingale has spent over two decades teaching students how to write, and now she is doing it herself. Originally from Canada, she graduated from University with her Bachelor of Arts and then went on to get her Bachelor of Education Degree in Secondary Education.
Reading has been a part of her life since she was a child. She has been an avid lover of classical English and American literature, but romance has always held a special place in her heart. She devours historical romance novels all summer long, and any type of fiction; thrillers, crime, suspense, and drama. This is her second published book, and she has one more book, Afraid to Hope, coming out in in the summer of 2014. All three, Fire In His Eyes, Afraid to Love and Afraid to Hope, are erotic romance standalone novels and are part of her Secrets & Seduction Series.
She is also working on a new series The Bounty Hunters for 2015.
She currently lives in Florida, where she continues to teach, with her wonderful husband of nine years, and her sons. She plans on pursuing her writing career full time very soon.
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