Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bleeding Love by Harper Sloan - Review and Giveaway

Author: Harper Sloan
Publication Date:  14 July, 2015
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Hope Town, book 2
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

I've loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day. 
Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It's that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again. 
Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face. 
He's on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.  

My Review:

Well we can start this review off with me saying that Liam is my favorite from this series and even I think from the 'parents' series, Corps Security.  Yes, you heard me right, it is hard not to fall in love with this southern boy that loves his parents, knows what he wants, sets out to get it, and does it in a sexy, kind, sweet, empathetic way while still holding on to his Alpha Male card.  Of course the fact that he's Beckett has nothing to do with that I am sure *winks*.

"I know, " she whispers.  "It's a Beckett thing." -Dee 

Liam 'Lee' Beckett is the son of Dee and John 'Beck' Beckett from Corps Security book three, Beck.  He's had life time of watching his parents love one another unconditionally and he knows that is the relationship he wants.  One that fills his soul with love, that gives him (more) family to cherish,  one that brings out the best in both partners, one that fights through the tough times so that it can shine in the best times.  The minute Lee sees Megan he knows that she could be the one he's been waiting his whole life for, now he has to be patient enough to find out if she really is.

Megan has lived a life filled with heartache, from her painful childhood to the loss of her husband.  She's become a fiercely independent woman and mother, but she's also stopped living.  Mired in her loss, she can't look past it to see that there is beauty outside of her daughter and a world just waiting to for her to join it again.  When Cohen (from Hope Town book 1, Unexpected Fate) brings her to his going away party she is thrust into  a group of friends that rally around her, but can she be pulled from her depression and see that there are people who love her (and her daughter) and just want t see her happy.

I throughly enjoyed this couple.  I loved how much Lee was willing to give, how far he was willing to go just to see Megan come back to life.  I also loved how independent and strong Megan is.  How much she cherished her daughter and the friendships she was creating.  She was a perfect person to bring into this very tight knit group.  Her reluctance to letting Lee in was perfectly understandable, especially as you get farther into the story and realize that her pain goes so much deeper than the pain of loosing her spouse.  She can't help but want the best for these two who fight so hard for what they want.  I also loved that while Lee has a bit of 'insta-attraction' going on it doesn't feel contrived.  He's a patient (very patient) man who knows what he wants and decides to go for it when he finds it but he takes his time and allows the relationship to build on its own rather than forcing it.

I also loved that unlike the first book in this series and past books in the Corps Security series there was no wild drama that occurred during the story.  No one got kidnapped, shot, or brutalized.  This is simply a beautiful love story full of friends and family.  It shows the strength of bonds and the simplicity in loving another person and being strong for them.  Harper Sloan writes amazing swoon worthy scenes that we all love but when you get right down to it she writes amazing stories about people and their struggles to find happiness and especially in this book where we find two characters that are easy to relate to.  You will find yourself tearing up all while smiling because of the simple beauty of this story.

It was wonderful to also see past characters coming back, obviously Lee's parents, but also Sway (can we ever really get enough of Sway?) and Dani.  And Molly....man Harper Sloan can write some of the most adorable children or child centered moments Ive ever read.  I loved watching the guys and girls of Hope Town grow up in Corps Security and she is giving us those same amazing, adorable, funny, sweet, cute, child friendly moments again.  Those moments always make me smile because in each book where a child is involved it is clear she has taken a wonderful and loving approach to how they will be portrayed and treated.  I also liked how Jack was portrayed and treated through out the book.  I appreciated how he became a cornerstone to the whole story, that he was never pushed aside to give the main characters room to grow into their relationship.  The one thing that did get to me though was that I felt like Jack got cheated a little bit in the end with how the relationship played out between he and Megan.  There was no doubt love on both sides...I just hate that I felt like his love was more than what hers was.  That is to to say she didn't love him because she did/does....it was just a little nagging feeling that bugged me because I wanted him to have had everything...but that's just me, lol.

This is just simply a beautiful love story with some amazing characters...I think Lee is beyond words...if you are a fan of Contemporary Romances you will definitely want to pick this one up.  You will be sighing with a smile on your face when you are done.  I promise this is one of those books that when you start it you won't be putting it down until you are finished!

Bleeding Love is a wonderful addition into the Corps Security/Hope Town family.  It can be read as a stand-alone but as you know I always suggest reading the series in order.  Do you have to go back and read Corps Security no, but I think that you will want to after meeting Dee and Beck!  You also don't have to have read Unexpected Fate but there are a few moments that come up that you will understand better if you have.


Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story           told.

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