Wildest Dreams by Savannah Kade

Wildest Dreams by Savannah Kade
Publisher: Griffyn Ink
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (275 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Bougainvillea

Jenn Lesley isn’t finding the man of her dreams, so a friends-with-benefits situation suits her just fine in the meantime. But it’s Walker who’s there when her new perfect man isn’t so perfect.

Walker Booth knows that he and Jenn have simply hooked up, not fallen in love or anything like that. So why do his paintings start to bear her face?

When fate throws them a curve, Jenn may be too busy trying to right the trouble of her past to see that Walker is full of surprises.

This story took friends with benefits and put a fresh spin on an old story. Jenn and Walker had no intentions beyond being a casual fling. In fact, you watch them end and rekindle their rendezvous hook ups fairly effortlessly throughout the book. Jenn sees someone else, Walker is busy in his art work. In nearly every friends with benefits book I have ever read, I have seen the friendship either ruined or develop into a beautiful romance that makes you want to hug the characters. Kade’s book is refreshing and realistic. Is it beautiful? Yes. Was it messy getting there? Yes! Which is what made me love it so much. This book embodies what modern day relationships actually look like.

When Jenn and Walker find themselves pregnant, while Jenn is dating someone else no less, you see their relationship with a fresh perspective. I felt genuine concern from Walker that went farther than a casual fling or standard friendship, but was met with resistance from a stubborn, “do it herself” Jenn. Jenn is someone I relate to greatly. I am fiercely independent. I don’t need a man. But when Jenn finds herself in a situation where she needs Walker, you watch Walker fiercely pursue to protect and honor her. Jenn, a bit reluctantly, allows him to take care of her.

This is a story that pulled my heartstrings as I felt as if I’m watching my own love story. A hard headed woman meets a man who doesn’t care how stubborn she is, he pushes to love her regardless. I wish there was a sequel! Definitely a recommended book to all!

Mended by Kayla Marie

Mended by Kayla Marie
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (349 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Bougainvillea

he aches for what she lost.
Four years after her husband’s tragic and traumatic end, Ashley remains heartbroken and yearning for the man who left her behind. Desperate for healing and to break her teenage son’s newfound cycle of crime, she leaves the city for a small, sleepy town in southern Alabama hoping for a fresh start. There, she finds Wade, the charming, ever-genuine contractor who’s more than she bargained for.

He is haunted by failure.
Plagued by guilt when his younger brother goes to prison, Wade is consumed by his brother’s bleak future and his own personal demons. There’s no room for love and happiness in his world. That is, until the beautiful widow with sad eyes and a troubled teenage son moves to town.

If only her heart didn’t belong to her past.
If only his past didn’t torment him.

One great love can transform their lives.
They need only to open their hearts.

Witty and heartfelt with just enough suspense and sizzle, Mended is a story of hope amongst tragedy and love’s amazing ability to heal the deepest of wounds.

Ashley is running from her past while trying to save her teenage son from his own. Full of grief from her husband’s untimely death and fear for her son, who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, Ashley packs up their life as they know it and moves cross country in hopes of finding whatever will make things right again. Ashley is a character I believe we have all met in our lifetimes. Ashley represents the girl who had it all, and then hit rock bottom. I found myself respecting her greatly as you see her fight for her son first, neglecting herself and her own desires in order to make things right for him.

Wade is living in past regret of decisions far beyond his control. An independent contractor with a drunken father and a convict brother, Wade finds himself in a position to repair anything around him, including people. When he failed to keep his brother on the straight and narrow path, due to his addiction, Wade straightened up to prove to himself, and others, that he was capable. That he was worthy. His pursuit of Ashley’s son’s friendship, followed by Ashley’s friendship made him someone I knew I wanted to see win the girl in the end. His sweet, southern, hospitality and romantic attempts towards Ashley showed the heart of gold he had hiding under his rugged exterior.

This story was a relatable romance that kept me in its clutches until the last page. In the small town of Mason, Alabama Ashley and Wade’s world collide in a meant-to-be romance of a man who wishes to right his wrongs and a woman whose heart is waiting for the one to mend the broken pieces. Mended is a sweet story of the redemptive power of love and how it truly can set us free! I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend readers to put it on their “to-read” list!