Love Resisted (Part 2 of the Real Love Series)
ebook, First, 264 pages
Published October 19th 2013 by Melanie Codina
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
For Allie Baxter, love was never something she had to worry about. She was loved by her friends, her family, her husband … until the day it was ripped away. Losing love was the deepest pain Allie had ever endured, and it was an agony she vowed to avoid feeling ever again. Crippled with guilt over her loss, for five years Allie served her self-appointed exile from the daily comforts offered by friends and family, only to return and attempt to fit herself back into their open arms—even if she knew she didn’t deserve it. Mike Lawson was not something Allie expected; the love of a man was not something Allie was prepared to want. The spark of desire that had long ago died inside her suddenly returned, bringing the memories of her pain with it. She swore she would never allow herself to love again … but how long could love be resisted?
Considering that a sequel usually comes in a poor second to the original, Love Resisted is thankfully an exception to that awful rule. I had a hard time putting this story down - time flew while reading this. Melanie Codina has set the bar awfully high for the next installment!
Allie is a character I already enjoyed in the first book. The terror she strikes in friends and family coupled with the verbal barbs she exchanges with Jake continues on in this part and makes everything just that more interesting. But I've always held that the snarkiest, bitchiest people always have the most to hide, and Allie definitely seems to top that list! It's mostly a mask for the guilt she feels after her husband died in a car accident. Why that is doesn't make sense, but unfortunately, that's grief. Everything is logically illogical.
Sexy sparks flew between Allie and Mike earlier, despite the fact Mike was originally attracted to Gillian. Good thing Mike has no semblance of an inferiority complex and meets Allie toe to toe with a very smug (and witty!) repartee. I think he's the only man that can stand up to her, considering she has all the other males cowering from her temper and practical jokes. He's been through a lot of grief too (maybe even more than Allie), guides her through her panic attacks, and helps her move on.
What really made me fall in love with these two is the relationship they have with Mike's son Zane. Mike always makes him a priority and Allie accepts it, even encourages it. This boy is so wonderful, I think I need to retrain mine!
There is so much humor to be found in these pages and so much healing as well. Between Nerf guns, donut fights, and impromptu boy bands, I was chuckling like a loon! Pair that with a great playlist that accompanies them around and all that love and patience Mike has for Allie and you have a novel worthy of a second (maybe a fifth or sixth, in my case) read.
Jason the gigantor is next! Funny, I used to call my brother that too! Still do when he can't hear ... LOL! Can't wait!