Release Day Post, Review, and Giveaway: Lovers Restored: Kelsie Leverich

Lovers Restored
Kelsie Leverich
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Expected November 17, 2014

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint... 

So much need. So much desire… 

It's been exactly ten years since Halle Morgan last set foot in her tiny hometown. Now she's back, but only long enough to honor the memory of her best friend and try to leave the past behind her. But with one look at Cooper Bale, Halle knows there is no escape from the past—or from the man she wants like no other.

Cooper can't let go of his painful memories, or the guilt that tore him and Halle apart. And try as he might, he can't forget the bittersweet night they once shared. Even now, longing sizzles between them, potent andinsatiable. Though blissful nights spent in Halle's arms heal the bitterness in Cooper's heart, they know they have no future…until they let go of the past that brought them together.

For the last decade he'd been her "reason." the reason she'd moved away, the reason she'd never came back, and the reason she'd never fallen in love again. 

Halle Morgan is returning to her small  hometown ten years after leaving in order to honor a promise to a friend. And she comes face to face with the man she hoped to avoid, Cooper Bale. And she is the last person he expected to see. Their lives were shattered ten years ago and both were left heartbroken and angry. And they were unprepared for their lives to crash back into each other. 

He'd spent the last decade between hoping he'd never have to see Halle again and wanting her. Desperately.

Their reunion is volatile and full of tension, anger, passion and raw need. But the painful memories and hurt feelings also invade their thoughts and overshadow their longing. They are at odds with their own wants, needs, and personal demons that will not be quieted. 

The only emotion bringing them together now was raw, merciless passion, and it was fueled with ten years' worth of anger and resentment.

Cooper has layers of guilt, pain, and resentment bearing down on him and also regrets for his own past decisions. He has lived his recent life in relative numbness. But now he is tortured by wanting her, but has fear of hurting her again or getting hurt himself. He can't fully face their past and cannot seem to believe in a future. It was heartbreaking to see his longing, pain, and feelings of hopelessness. He runs hot and cold, and the push and pull between them is downright painful.  But he has his own secrets and deep remorse he keeps hidden, and feelings of unworthiness. So he is good at walking away. 

Her very presence shifted the ground beneath his feet. He'd thought he was done with the past. With her. But the past wasn't done with him, and neither was she. 

She is also  affected by guilt, regret, and loss. She has stayed away for self preservation, but now has to face the repercussions of what she left behind. And the guilt of  what happened to those she left behind eats at her. There are things that they do not both know and opening up old wounds is overwhelming. But she can't stop her feelings for Cooper from resurrecting any more than he can. 

But before they can face the future, they have to face their past.  But will that bring them together or break them apart again?

This was an intense, emotional, sexy read. I liked the characters even though my heart broke for them and I got frustrated with their actions. They definitely had emotional baggage that was challenging, painful, and hard to overcome. This might have been a shorter length book, but it packed an emotional punch and made an impact. It was well written in both points of view, had depth, and intensity.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Kelsie Leverich 

New York Times bestselling author Kelsie Leverich lives in Indiana with her husband, two pretty adorable monsters—who are better known as her kids—and her three little fur babies. Whether she is reading it or writing it, Kelsie is a sucker for romance. Add some toe-curling passion and she’s done for. When not writing, she can usually be found behind the chair at the salon, or out on the lake with friends and family.

Kelsie is a lipstick junkie, nail polish hoarder, and lover of words. She is most definitely not a morning person, has a soft spot for animals, loves musicals, hates seafood, and thinks laundry is the source of all evil.

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