Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fragile Bonds by Sloan Johnson BLOG TOUR

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"Without trust, we have nothing."
These are the words which have haunted Melanie Erickson for six years. When she walked out of the house Xavier Ross bought as their forever home, she thought she was closing that door permanently, but fate had other plans.
Xavier Ross tried to keep everyone at a distance until Melanie came into his life. The more he tried to fight his feelings for her, the more he fell in love. One rash decision fractured the trust that was essential to their relationship.
Six years later, she is the last person he expects to see walk through his front door. Will Xavier and Mel be able to learn to trust one another again so they can fulfill a dying woman’s wish?
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Portrait of loving sensuality couple in dark
Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.

As i have never read any Sloan Johnson before i have no comparison with any other books by this author.Fragile Bonds was an engaging read but not an entralling, can`t put down one so it`s a 3 *** for me.

When i started i expected a beautiful but difficult read given the subject matter however the latter half of the book i felt the emotions and character interactions were repetative with little developement so when i finished it was an ok thats it feeling not a wow with ugly tears feeling.

So is it worth a look ? Yes, it`s a good easy chick lit read, is it one that will stay with you , book hungover and talking about, No in my opinion.

* ARC received for an honest opinion * 

I give this book an actual 3.5 stars.

I haven't read a story like this to date, so i give it 4 stars for originality. 

The h is a hospice nurse, who stays the days throughout the end of a persons life. Her latest assignment just so happens to be her past coming back for her. 

I don't know how she does this line of work for as long as she does. 
On top of which, now the position she is in, she has to play it "cool". 
She never expected to end up "feeling" for this family, but she does...and it becomes a very bittersweet story. 

I absolutely ADORED little Jacob, the little 4 year old boy, i think he was a very key piece in this story...without him, we wouldn't have got the story we ended up with. 

This was a "nontraditional" love triangle, as in, there wasn't really any shady business going on during it, just the past connecting with the future. 

The one thing I could have done without, though I understand it, was the back and forth feelings the h had with the H. It felt a little "too much"..but regardless this was a wonderful sad/sweet love story and I am glad to have read it. 

This book was so emotional and touching. I would consider it a love story and a life lessons story. None of the relationship developments were traditional. 

Melanie and Xavier were lovers. Some misunderstandings and silliness happened. Neither one of them were really mature. Anyways, their relationship ended, but it didn't get any closure, just ended. Both were devastated. They always thought of each other as the one that got away. Melanie puts her focus into getting an education. Xavier is just kinda spinning in limbo with his life (because he already had a set career before) and accidentally gets Alyssa pregnant. They end up making a go of it even though his heart belongs to Melanie. Over time, Alyssa develops cancer and Xavier realizes that he loves Alyssa. And the kicker is Melanie is Alyssa's hospice nurse after it gets to the point of no return.

Maybe we were never supposed to be forever. Maybe we were supposed to be a stepping stone to greater things in our lives; the perfect career for her and my beautiful son for me.

You would think with all of these people in the same house, with their histories and connections, sparks of rage or passion would be flying. Instead, everything is set to a slow burn allowing attachments to grow all around. 

The biggest draw for me (maybe because I'm a mother) was the son, Jacob. Knowing Alyssa and Jacob were going to have to let each other go hurt my heart. I cannot imagine another woman raising my child in my absence. I loved all the scenes involving Jacob throughout the entire book.

This story is definitely different than anything I've read, and I'm very glad that I read it. 

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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