For Jake, it’s always been Gillian. It’s been her since that day she unknowingly stole a piece of his heart...when he watched her fall for one of his best friends. Resolved to the fate that she couldn't be his, he locked up the deeper emotions he felt for her and loved her as a friend.
He also knew she would turn to him for support. What he wasn't prepared for was the return of the emotions he had long ago locked away. Could he control those emotions again and did he even want to? Could he make her realize his love for her was real, or would she slip through his fingers again?
Have you ever had a book on your e-reader that you didn't read immediately once you downloaded it, then when you finally read it, you are like OH MY GOD.... Why did I wait to read this?? Well, LOVE REALIZED is one of those books. I absolutely LOVED it. I could not put this book down and I fell in love with the characters.
Gillian Baxter married her high school sweetheart, Logan Baxter and had three children, Jonathan, Madison and Dylan. For many years, Gillian and Logan had the perfect marriage until Gillian realized that Logan was unfaithful in their marriage. Gillian locked those skeletons away in the closet and did not tell anyone about them because of shame and embarrassment. At her son, Dylan's 8th birthday party, Gillian's life was about to change and change very drastically. Gillian turned to her best friends, Allie Baxter and Jake Michaels for support and comfort.
Allie Baxter is Gillian's best friend and sister-in-law. I absolutely LOVED Allie. She had be cracking up every time she opened her mouth. She pulled no punches and said exactly what was on her mind. Every girl needs a best friend like Allie and Gillian knew she was lucky to have her in her life.
Then there is Jake Michaels... Oh Jake Michaels, where do I begin. Jake was 6'2, broad shoulders, and handsome with his chocolate brown hair and his light brown eyes. Jake has been in love with Gillian since he was 17 years old. While in high school, the opportunity of being with Gillian slipped through his fingertips as he watched Gillian get into Logan's car and drive away, taking a piece of Jake's heart with her. Through the years, Jake buried his feelings for Gillian and continued to stay in the "best friend" status. All of that changed in one night and Jake vowed that he lost Gillian once, he was not going to allow it to happen again. The only questions were: Will Gillian see Jake as more than just a "friend"? Will Jake tell Gillian his true feelings? Will Jake make Gillian realize that she has always had is heart, that is has always been her?
"Well, the Gillian you know is a pathetic chump!" "And the same Gillian is so tired of trying to be strong and protecting everyone else, when apparently she was the one that needed the protecting!" "The Gillian you know is spineless and weak. She is just a useless housewife, completely devoid of anything remotely attractive or sexy." ~ Gillian Baxter
"There is only one Gillian in my world. there is no person who fits the description you just gave me. There is only one Gillian and she is one of the strongest women I know, and I admire everything about her. She is vibrant determined, and full of love. She is n no way pathetic, and she is definitely not a chump." ~ Jake Michaels
Jake was always there to reassure Gillian that she did nothing wrong and she should never feel ashamed of what had happened. Jake was Gillian's rock, her shoulder to lean on. Gillian always knew that Jake would never hurt her, never disappoint her. Gillian begins to realize that she is seeing Jake a little differently then she did before. She is attracted to Jake. Could it be possible that Gillian was beginning to develop feelings for Jake? Gillian wondered if it was possible if Jake could feel the same way about her.
Love Realized was very refreshing. It was great to actually read a book where the female lead character had a backbone and was not spineless and let everyone walk all over her. Gillian spoke her mind and stood her ground and I loved it. The chemistry between Gillian and Jake is evident and you feel the emotions that they two of them are feeling. I fell in love with Jake immediately. Jake should be cloned, he was that perfect. Jake is a total panty melter and loved Gilliam unconditionally. I recommend this book to everyone. It was a GREAT read and I look forward to reading more from this series. I tip my hat to Melanie, you definitely knocked the ball out of the park with this book. I will end my review with this quote from Jake...
"You would be much more than "just enough for me Gillian." ~ Jake Michaels
I received an ARC for an honest review.
This review was prepared by Heather.
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