It’s been two years since former engineer Gabriel Ivers lost his wife and accepted a job as a building superintendent to be home with his children. His focus is being both mom and dad to his girls, until the beautiful Amelia Blake moves next door and reminds him he’s a man as well as a dad. Just as he begins to hope that his life can once again hold more than homework, chores, and movie-and-manicure nights with his girls, he discovers the reason for the fragility beneath Lia’s warm smile.
Lia is trying to move on with her life after a miscarriage ends all hope for a baby, and a subsequent betrayal destroys her marriage. She’s charmed by her new neighbor with his sparkling manicure, multi-colored hair clips, and his brood of girls, but disturbed by the sexual tension that sizzles between them. Gabe and his daughters remind her of everything she’s always wanted and it would be so easy to take what he’s offering her. But is she ready to risk her heart again, especially when her heart isn’t the only one in play?
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. Good thing Gabe is a fighter who’s determined to prove to Lia he’s in this for the long haul…the rest of their lives.
Title: Nobody Said It’d Be Easy
Author: Patty Blount
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 14, 2018
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Sometimes I’ll read a story and my heart just melts. Nobody Said It’d Be Easy is that kind of romance, a second chance for a true love for two people who truly believed that love was simply not in the cards for them. Life happens… loved ones die, those we trust with our hearts betray the love we thought was real, healing sometimes comes at a cost… it’s all part of life. But love isn’t something that either Gabe or Lia are looking for at the moment, each is drifting through life, dealing with their own hurts and disappointments, simply getting through the day at some points. For Gabe it’s his daughters that make getting up every single day worth the effort. If not for them he’d be quite content to not have to deal with the world, a world without his true love in it anymore. Lia had thought that she had it all, right up until a miscarriage took everything, every dream, every hope from her. A callous betrayal by her then husband was the last straw for a broken heart. She’s now convinced that she’s unlovable, and not meant for that happy ever after ending with a one true love. She’s not looking for love, but when that possibility lives right next door perhaps it’s time to reconsider.
My recommendation for Nobody Said It’d Be Easy is very simple… read this book. I laughed, cringed, had teary eyes and got mad. Just about every emotion imaginable is here along with a realistic story that will capture your heart. I think the lesson from this romance is not only that love can come into your life more than once… but also that no one is perfect, it doesn’t exist. We love someone knowing they are just as imperfect as we are, and that’s okay. Gabe and Lia work, they fit and add four adorable, boisterous girls and you have a family to love. I loved this story and it is definitely going on my “keeper” shelf for a future reread. Sometimes you just want to know that happy endings do exist, even if they’re not what you expected.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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