Published Oct. 2019
The allure of sharing my life with that one special woman is tempting but not the thought of falling in love again or having children.
Ten years ago, I lost everything that mattered – the love of my life, what should have been my daughter and the courage to go after all those dreams I once wanted. Instead, I threw myself into my job as a detective and my role at the Wounded Souls as a patched member. My life consisted of staying busy, keeping my niece out of trouble and not falling in love.
Love hurt, love meant loss. And without my permission, love was heading my way in the shape of a red-headed stunner with an independent streak a mile long. Kelsey tempted me, taunted my protective nature and damn if she didn’t make me want things I promised never to go after ever again.
Jason Johnston was the main attraction of my best dreams, well he featured in every single one of them. The handsome and annoyingly bossy man was finally seeing me. Me. The girl from across the street, now a woman with a tormented past, and scars that ran deep.
He didn’t care about any of that; he cared about me, protected me, one could even say he doted on me.
I could live with the fact he couldn’t love me. Right?
Does love really have the power to heal two people so right for each other?
May be spoilers:
I received an ARC for an honest review. I’m a huge fan of this author. I’m always hesitant to read a story with a dead spouse, especially one that is very much loved, but I love Leah Sharelle and somehow, even if you start off not liking the hero, she turns it around and makes you love them, so I knew going in it was going to be good.
Love Heals is the 2nd in The Love duet. This story has 23 chapters with an epilogue and is about Jason and Kelsey.
I do recommend reading in order. I also recommend that after you read Love Hurts, if you haven’t already done so, read both the Wounded Souls and the Firemen Do It Better series as Jason is in most of those and you can see how he is through the years after losing Zoe.
Even before starting this series, we know that he was a jerk mostly, but through the stories, you can see how much he is hurting. With Love Hurts, he loved Zoe very much and it broke him to lose her. You could see how much he loved her, and it was heartbreaking.
Thankfully, this story starts 10 years after losing Zoe.
I absolutely love being able to see beloved characters from her other stories. The crossovers are so seamless, it’s perfect. Love all the characters from the other series. Shiloh? Awesome.
Jason is a cop and he’s now a patched member of the Wounded Souls. I love that, cause we know from the other series, he had a pretty good hate going for them and Deck. We get to see a new Jason in this one. One that, from the very first page, sucks you in. Emotional, yet funny in places.
Kelsey, she’s had a rough life too. She was mistreated for years by her mother and then 10 years ago her mother hurt her on the same night he lost Zoe. We saw that part in the first story.
Kelsey and Jason have known each other for years as they were neighbors growing up. She’s been in love with him just as long, but she thinks nothing will ever happen as he’s still in love with Zoe and with her scar, she doesn’t think she’s good enough. She’s a virgin.
They have been friends for years and she takes care of him. He knows how she feels about him and that she watches him, but he knows she wants forever and he thinks he can’t love.
I love their friendship. He cares for her and it shows in everything that he does, he just doesn’t want love.
Lots of emotions in this one and you can definitely feel each one. They both care about the other. I love that he’s honest with her about what he wants.
He does mess up once and calls her Zoe, but he definitely makes up for it and feels like crap for hurting her. I love that she’s understanding.
Even with dealing with his love for Zoe, I never felt like Kelsey was second best. He loved Zoe, yes, but I love how Leah writes to where we can feel the difference. I love that there was no real push and pull, just a split second cause he got scared.
It was just them changing from friendship to more. It’s emotional in parts. Finding out why he was hesitant to love her, well it was understandable.
I just loved them together. They are so sweet together.
Little drama when their pasts catch up, but it was over quickly. They are apart for a few hours, but even that was done well.
I loved it to be honest. Such a great read. Leah is one awesome author. She just makes her worlds come alive. I say worlds, because it’s not just one story, all the series kind of go back and forth with each other. We see characters crossing over just like in real life, which is pretty great.
I love the dual pov, makes it easier to read when we know how they are really feeling.
Great read. I loved seeing everyone from the Wounded Souls, just to see where everyone is and how far they have come was pretty great.
No cheating, no real ow drama-split second of someone flirting, no om drama, few hours separation, lots of steam.
Epilogue is a few months later. They are happily married and she’s just given birth to their son.
I couldn’t have asked for a better story. Absolutely loved it and can’t wait to see what is next from this fabulous author. Being able to feel the characters feelings makes for a great read.
No way could I give this less than 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. It was that perfect. Thanks for reading.
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