Title: Pretty Pink Ribbons
Author: K.L. Grayson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Photographer: Tomasz Zienkiewicz Photography
Dying . . .
Dead . . .
Deceased . . .
It doesn’t matter how many times I say it or how many different names I give it, it still means the same thing. One of these days I’ll be nothing but a passing memory, a familiar face in a forgotten photo. But there’s three things I need before this life of mine ends . . .
I need to tell him I love him more than life itself.
I need to feel the strength of his arms wrapped around me just one more night.
Most of all, I need him to forgive me.
Eight years ago I broke the heart of the only man I’ve ever loved and today I’m moving home in hopes that he’ll let me put it back together. I’m not sure how many breaths I have left, but I’ll use each and every last one fighting for what I destroyed.
My name is Laney Jacobs and this is my journey.
“I wish it was someone else,” she croaks, swallowing hard. “There are thousands of bad people in the world, but it happened to you.” I watch her eyes fill with tears and then I look away. It’s pathetic of me really; that I’m unable to look my best friend in the face when it’s obvious that she is struggling with this almost as much as I am. But I’ve cried my fair share of tears and although I’m certain my tear ducts have yet to dry up, I don’t want to cry tonight. Somehow I know that if I watch Mia break, then I’ll shatter right along with her.
“I’m glad it’s me.” She gasps, startled by my words, and I rush to try and explain. “If it wasn’t me, it would be someone else, and I would never wish this upon someone else. You know that saying that God will only give you what you can handle?”
“Sometimes I tell myself that he just thinks I’m really strong and I can handle it, whereas someone else couldn’t.”
“Does that help?” she asks. “Does that make you feel better about it?”
“No, but it eases my mind. Sometimes when I’m having a good day, it brings me peace, however temporary it may be. But no, it doesn’t make me feel better.”
“Peace,” she whispers, seemingly trying the word on for size. “I want you to have peace.”
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*
4 “I love you” stars!
I agreed to review Pretty Pink Ribbons because of its title, and didn’t put together that I had actually read the first book in this series, a few weeks ago. Pretty Pink Ribbons can be read as a stand-alone, but it was a nice surprise to me, at about 15 or 20%, when I figured out I knew all these characters from a previous read….silly me!!! LOL
“There’s that word again. Time. If only I knew how much time I have left.”
Pretty Pink Ribbons is Laney and Levi’s emotional story. This one touched me because this story discusses something that a lot of people are familiar with or touched by. The prologue will make your heart ache, and there are so many more emotional scenes to it. In the beginning Laney is forced to make one of the hardest decisions of her life. And it would be so easy to judge her for the choice she made, but I personally was happy with her decision. My opinion is what’s meant to be will be, and in this case it’s true.
“You’ve got his undies so twisted up he can’t fucking see straight.”
Levi, on the other hand, was not a new character to me, as I was introduced to him in Where We Belong. I really enjoyed and respected him in Where We Belong, so I was happy to see where this story took him. And it was great to find out what happened to him to cause his no-relationship rule. But, 8 years!!! That sure is a long time to deny yourself love. And then when that cause literally falls at his feet, after 8 years, she is coming back for more reasons than just him.
“You should hate me, because I hate myself. So until we work through those feelings, you’re not ready to know why I’m home.”
All the characters in this story are enjoyable. I would love to know more about so many more of them. So far, I have loved how both stories have given just enough about the secondary characters to make you wonder about their stories and hope for more about them. Plus, they were a great support system for Levi and Laney. I enjoyed how there was not a lot of tension…only a few funny moments with Luke (Laney’s brother), Levi, and Laney. Yes, in between the sadness, there are many romantic, funny, and smile worthy moments to get you through the tough stuff.
“You know your alpha tendencies aren’t nearly as cute as they used to be.”
Hopefully I have given you all enough info to prove that I truly enjoyed this story and recommend it to others. And don’t forget that it is a stand-alone, but I think it is more enjoyable if you have read Where We Belong first 🙂 Happy Reading!!!
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.