Author: Priscilla Glenn
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Leah Marino hasn’t been on a date in two years. After discovering the man she loved had manipulated and deceived her, she refuses to even entertain the idea of a relationship. Instead, she focuses her attention on taking care of her family, a role she’s assumed since the death of her mother and the one place she knows her kindness won't be taken advantage of again.
When a nostalgic trip back to her childhood home results in a chance encounter with Danny DeLuca, a smart-mouthed mechanic who’s as attractive as he is mysterious, Leah's carefully cultivated walls begin to crumble. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Danny, despite his unreliable behavior and mixed signals.
But Danny has a secret...
One that could shake Leah's already precarious foundation and bring her world crashing down around her. Suddenly, she's faced with an incredibly difficult decision--is she willing to risk everything for the chance at finding the love she's always wanted? Or are some obstacles just too big for the heart to overcome?
“I don’t mind a little disappointment now and then. It just means you’ve got high standards. I’d rather shoot high and be disappointed sometimes than just live in the middle with the illusion of being satisfied.”
While her books have been on my TBR forever and I own both of them, this is my first experience with Priscilla Glenn’s writing. After DEVOURING Coming Home, I am ashamed to say I haven’t picked them up before. Because if they are anything like what she just put me through with this book, I have been sorely missing out. The range of emotions that I experienced with very little effort was extremely refreshing. While some may say the story was a little slow moving, I think it progressed perfectly. In a time where there are so many instant loves (of which I am NOT opposed to BTW), this seemed to me as a love that came together in real time. These are real characters, dealing with real issues, one of which I have never read before. Coming from someone who reads hundreds of books, it takes a lot to shock me. It takes a lot for me to not have some kind of inkling of what’s to come. But Glenn does it flawlessly. She does it beautifully. She does it honestly and without apology. In doing this, she has created a fan in me for life.
“I just…I want you to know that no matter what happens, I know you, Danny. I know who you really are.”
Leah Marino is a young woman who had to grow up way to quick. Losing her mother at a young age throws her into a life of caring for her father and siblings. After breaking free from a bad relationship, Leah no longer trusts her decisions. There was rawness in Leah that I instantly connected with. Unwillingness to move forward, unsure of where life will take her, and yet a vulnerability that was completely endearing. She loved and was loyal to a fault, always believing the best in people.
When you kissed my lips, with my mouth so full of questions
It’s my worried mind that you quiet.
Place your hands on my face, close my eyes and say
That love is a poor man’s food. Don’t prophesize.
There isn’t much I can say about Danny DeLuca that won’t spoil the story. For half the book he is a delicious enigma. I had my theories, two being at the forefront, but I have never been so wrong in my life. Let me retract that; I have never been so GLAD to be wrong in my life. Danny and Leah meet by chance, but really, in the grand scheme of things, is anything ever really chance? I am a huge proponent in everything happening for a reason, and this book just brought that home all the more. Priscilla weaves the tendrils of hope, tosses in a little hopelessness, but always on the forefront is the belief that it will all work out.
It was sex and salvation and desire and serenity, stirring something primal and innately feminine in her.
I was literally on bated breath for the majority of the book, and it never felt so good. I don’t think I’ve ever read two characters more meant for each other, more perfect for each other. I was up and down, hot and cold throughout the entirety of the story and even until the end, I didn’t know how their story would finish. This story is a journey into the depth of forgiveness. Sometimes the only way to heal is to learn to forgive yourself. Then and only then can you truly live.
“But when you love someone, you do it. You do it without question of reservation. You do it because there’ no other option-because the thought of being without them is a hundred times more excruciating than bearing their burden.”