Thursday, 10 March 2016

Tail Lights and Teardrops by Connie L Smith (New Adult, Romance, 10/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

October 2015, Inkspell Publishing, 176 pages, Ebook, Review copy 

Summary from Inkspell
Bruised and battered hearts can keep beating. But can they heal?

Preston and Nick endured the breakup of all breakups when Nick accused her of cheating on him. He insisted, and she denied while the rain pounded against her driveway and thunder roared in the distance. Then they both ran—Preston to a life of Rock & Roll, and Nick to a career in the Army.

Four years later, they’re damaged and broken almost beyond repair. He’s carrying baggage from his military days, and she bears the scars of living a lifestyle she’s grown to hate.

When Preston’s label forces her to take time away from music, their paths cross in a parking lot not twenty-four hours after her hometown return, anger and sparks flying in a confusing blend. But regardless of the feelings neither has been able to shake, too many lies and secrets stand in the way of the one thing they need in order to recover.

Each other.

Nayu's thoughts 
It's a pure delight to have a not filled with constant innuendo and uncomfortable for me scenes in a new adult read. This book is about family. When starting the book I'll forgive you if you look at me as if I have 2 heads because only Preston's brother is kind to her. He is incredible. He married her best friend, and they are incredibly kind, open-minded, generous with love, compassionate-you get the picture, I'll save you from more adjectives.

Anyway, Preston's life is screwed up a bit, so she goes home scared and uncertain to find the most amazing support network she could ever want. I was near tears at the overwhelming love her brother and best friend have for her, which is opposite to the rest of her family's welcome. When I say the book is about family I mean it in both the literal and non literal sense. Preston's friends are her family. She struggles wih the issue of Nick, finding it hard to unwind and figure out her life wih him and her unpleasant family constantly featuring in her life. I promise the end is beautiful, that the hatred which occurs does eventually change. A truly beautiful tale I will reread and keep hoping for an audiobook version.  

Find out more on Connie's website.

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