As a disabled person I was drawn to this story and its sentimental yet intense connection between two very different people. Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Healed by Love by Ami Lecoeur and Elle Dawson, along with my impressions of it, and then add it to your bookshelf!
How well do you ever REALLY know another person? Their secrets? Their fears? Their doubts?
Meet Thompson. The real Thompson. Underneath this polite chauffeur's exterior beats the heart of a warrior. A warrior who has been through hell and back. A warrior trying desperately to deal with the demons of his past. Trying desperately to bury the disappointments of his life, his actions, his failures.
Meet Maria. Sweet. Creative. Funny. With a heart of gold. Even confined to a wheelchair because of an accident, no one could define her as disabled. She longs for all the things any young woman longs for: love, connection, maybe a family. But for now, she's put that aside.
In the best-selling series, High Stakes Seduction, you got a glimpse of Thompson and Maria... the parts of themselves they normally show to the world. Now, come discover the private sides of two people struggling to leave their pasts behind. Two people fighting the limitations others have imposed on them. Two people whose lives and souls can only be Healed by Love.
Don’t miss this sexy and intense first book in the High Stakes Seduction spin-off series, Healed by LOVE by best-selling authors, Ami LeCoeur and Elle Dawson.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
As a disabled person I was immediately drawn to the premise of this story as Maria is one of those wonderful and unique characters you can't help but be drawn to. She's sweet but strong-willed and protective of those she loves. Thompson's a man haunted by his past with his time in Afghanistan and having PTSD weighing heavily on him. Though there is some brightness in his life courtesy of his daughter and Maria, there are moments where the darkness overtakes him and he wonders how much longer Maria will support him. Seeing these two characters in a previous book left me wanting more and in this series starter they definitely get put through the wringer. Just when it looks like they might be getting closer fate intervenes to keep them apart in a storyline full of suspense, grief, and forgiveness. Thompson and Maria may seem to be opposites but their connection runs deep and they ultimately balance each other out. Their connection is heartfelt and non-judgemental with sensual interludes sprinkled throughout the story. From start to finish this was a decadently delightful read with an admirable heroine and heartbreaking hero who wears his heart on his sleeve. Together they're a formidable match as they support each other unconditionally. Their burgeoning relationship is wonderful to see but their HEA isn't yet guaranteed as numerous events leave their ending in jeopardy and me excited for the next installment.
My rating for this is an A-
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honesty.
Like most romance writers, Ami LeCoeur is a romantic at heart, but in her heart it's the classic Romanticism of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
She is also a painter, glass artist, and award winning poet, as well as a writer.
When she isn't traveling, she lives on California's Redwood Coast with her husband and two kitties. She loves her wonderful ocean view, and when the fog comes in - as it always does - she's either curled up with a good book, or busy writing.
If you like Ami's stories, please let your friends know.
Sharing ones thoughts on paper is an intimate experience, and should not be taken lightly. Some days I fear this process, as my mind can be a scary place to dwell. Other days I realize I'm not alone in this journey, and although the very action of expelling ones deepest thoughts onto paper is intensely personal, it is deeply healing. Funny how that works.
The ideas for this book, and the ones that will follow, came at a time when I was hurting, and needed a release that only writing can bring. As a romance lover, I couldn't make myself write of new love, when it is easy to be in love, easy to be mad for each other, easy to have sex every night. Instead, I found a need inside me to re-connect couples, to shine a light of inspiration into a bedroom that has grown cold.
So I will continue to write as Elle Dawson, and be a mom, sister, daughter and friend in my real life. And read books that take me away or speed up my heart.