Review: To Live, To Love by Esther E. Schmidt




Published May 2019

Blurb: To Live is to grab hold of your dreams and take the next step that will get you there.


Earle has been housesitting for his brother, Roscoe, for years. He never expected to take out the trash one day and find a gem bright enough to light his heart.


Savvy is fleeing from danger to another country. With her life in turmoil, a series of events finds her tumbling from royalty to penniless and in hiding.


Can these two from worlds apart find a unity driven by reality and shared goals? Or will Savvy’s roots force a wedge too big for love to cross?

To Love is to take a chance with your heart, and with eyes wide open, find the essential element to make your life complete.


Roscoe dedicated his life to his job in law enforcement. Undercover work has carved him into the man he is today; hard, damaged, and with a deep realization, he lost himself and his family along the way.


Febe’s been committed to solving cases and doing the right thing all her life. When her best friend, Savvy, asks Febe to find her brother-in-law, Roscoe, she doesn’t think twice and accepts the challenge.


Though going undercover wasn’t at all what Febe expected, will it be worth risking her heart or even her own life? Will Roscoe turn his back on his family and the whole world as well? Or will Febe and Roscoe have a fighting chance to support each other while recovering from unhealed wounds life has inflicted?

To Live, To Love can be read as a standalone. The Swamp Head Series; a seven book novella series based on a family born and raised in the swamp. Each sibling will get their own INSTAlove story told (each a different genre) and even though it is a series, each book is a standalone.

Cyrus (Billionaire Romance)

Claiming Elsie (Romantic comedy)

Chester (Single Mom Romance)

Loving Mae (Office Romance)

Cross Ties (Romantic Suspense)

To Live (Royal Romance)

To Love (a hint of MC Romance)


May be spoilers:

To Live, To Love is the 6th in the Swamp Heads series. I do recommend reading in order. This book has 2 stories in one.

To Live has 11 chapters and is about Savvy and Earle.

Roscoe, Earle’s brother gives Savvy Earle’s address so that he can keep her safe. They meet when she’s digging through the garbage and it’s insta love for Earle. He’s all in from the beginning, he just worries he’s not good enough for her.

Lots of steam. They’re head over heels for the other. I loved this one. No real drama other than at the end when they are on a plane to keep her sister out of trouble. So at the end of this one, they are engaged and Earle has asked Febe to find Roscoe and deliver a message. I thought this was a great story. I loved it.

No cheating, no ow/om drama, no separations, no virgins. Great part of the story. Now on to the end:


To Love has 10 chapters and an epilogue and is about Roscoe and Febe. This one starts about 3 weeks later.

Febe, a PI and Savvy’s best friend, has been asked by Earle to find Roscoe. We know from previous stories that Roscoe has been undercover for years and he’s been away from his family for quite a while too. He thinks he’s broken.

Febe goes undercover to get to him and when they cross paths, you can definitely feel the sparks flying. Everything moves quickly. She’s there to help pull him out safely. They definitely want the other. They are apart for a few weeks while he gets things handled.

Little steamy. No cheating, no ow/om drama, no virgins.

This was a great read for me, both stories. Perfect writing. Absolutely loved it. I rarely comment on the cover, but this one was just beautiful.

The only negative is that I wish the epilogue was further out and we could see where both couples are, but still a great read. I loved it. Great writing. I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Thanks for reading. Hope you check it out.

Goodreads shelves: faithful-since-meeting, fast-read, favorite-author, great-read, hfn, instalove-lust, no-cheating-between-mcs, no-ow-om-drama, no-sex-scenes-with-ow-om, no-virgins, push-pull, read, safe-for-me, steamy

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