Release Blitz and review by Lynda for the amazing new story by M.E. Montgomery
Author: M.E. Montgomery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2016
If growing up in her home wasn’t enough to shatter Madelyn Stone’s illusions of happily ever after, then serving several years behind bars certainly was. Her crime? Believing in family and growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. She’s learned the hard way that there is no such thing as a prince in shining armor.Between a career in the Marines and plans to marry his childhood sweetheart, Holten Andrews had his future all mapped out…until life took an unexpected, heart-ripping turn. Now he’s moved on with a new career in law and vows to confine women to one of three categories: family, professional, and f*ckable. No blurring the lines. Ever.
Love is the last thing on Maddy’s mind as she attempts to forge a new path out of the wreckage of her life. Holt’s sense of loyalty is rocked when he’s blindsided by feelings for a woman he would normally condemn. When revelations from Maddy’s past threaten her, Maddy has to put her faith in Holt, while Holt fights not to lose the one woman who blurred all of his lines. Every choice they make will figure into whether or not they can make yesterday’s dreams still come true tomorrow.
M.E. Montgomery has been an avid reader her entire life, and after falling in love with so many characters created by other authors, a new one began to form in her head. With the support of her family, she decided to to write it.She is the homework queen to her four school aged children who think she is a genius in math, science, history and spelling. Fortunately, her biology and elementary school teaching background help her to keep up the expert façade, at least for now.
Although born and raised in the Washington DC metro area, she has considered many places to be called home since she left to attend college in North Carolina. She is a proud Navy wife, setting up a home wherever the Navy sends her husband. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves to go camping with her family, drink wine on the deck, and be swept off to romantic getaways.
The prologue to this story had me riveted. The questions of what the hek is happening and why rolling through my mind. It instantly addicted me.
This is truly a unique and beautiful story. So many emotions and feelings are wrapped up in this roller coaster. Trying to put it into words is proving difficult. Shame I can’t just say “you need this book in your life” as my review.
Im left smiling with a full heart and a sense of story contentment surrounding me. Well done to M.E Montgomery on creating such an gorgeous story.
The motions, feelings and trials Maddy goes through in her transition from inside to outside life is detailed and emotion charged. I felt like I was right there with her. Feeling what she felt. It was soul crushing at times, the fears and vulnerability were real.
“I stared out the window. “You mean especially someone who would kill a man”. My words were barley above a whisper, yet they echoed off the window and back at me as if confronting me, challenging me to deal with my real identity.
“Madelyn.” His deep voice was tinged with exasperation. “Your projecting again, putting words in my mouth that weren’t there.”
I sighed. He was right. I’m not sure why I reacted this way to him. Maybe because he saw me at my most venerable – leaving prison alone where he, a stranger, had to step in because no one else cared enough to meet me”
There is a bit of repetition when it comes to Maddy’s schooling, how it was for her at school, being the shy girl and not the fun girl boys liked. I get this is something that has a hand in shaping who she is now but it was only integral to her character development once.
Both Maddy and Holt have had life changing events impact them. They’re both very broken but strong characters. Both needing someone to lean on and help them piece their lives back together.
The series of blows Maddy endures after getting out is poignant, but it was coming from somewhere. What was the full story? Why were these things happening? There’s just so much more to the story then I would ever have expected.
“Meanwhile, Holt was bolting down the steps, only to stop when blue shirt swung us around and held his pistol to my temple. I heard the shrieks of women and shouts of men as the steps became abandoned, leaving only Holt on the stairs in front of me.
“Not another step” Blue shirt warned, “or your girlfriend bites it”. Hold held his hands out. His eyes never wavering from the man holding the gun on me. “Okay, let’s just calm down. Let her go.”
“Not until she gives me the information we want”
We learn early on that what Holt as lived through is heart breaking, and we learn even more of his loss further in that brings it all back. A charming charismatic lawyer who’s past is holding back his future. A man who once he discovers the person who will help fix his shattered heart knows how good it will be.
There’s so much I want to say about this book but it would give so much away. It really is one that simply needs to be read for itself.
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