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Friday, December 20, 2013

Finding Home by Aine Kelley (Includes reveiw) 4 Stars out of 5

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Synopsis
Can two broken people help each other learn to love again and find their way home? For Samantha Cole, love and relationships have never come easy. Pain and heartbreak have forced her to build a wall around herself. Hoping to start over, Sam leaves Boston behind and moves to Napa with her best friend. Trying to make better choices in love, Sam establishes rules to keep her heart safe. Little does she know that one man will challenge her and change her mind. He has the potential to break down her walls and bring her heart back home. Ben Foster has been dealing with heartache and guilt for the past two years, believing he lost his only chance at love. Pounding guys on the Rugby field and running the family winery get him through the pain. When Sam arrives the fog over his life slowly lifts. He wonders if she is the one who can help his heart find a new way home. Letting go of the past and moving forward is not always easy. Their connection is strong, but their pasts keep getting in the way. Will Sam and Ben's journey tear them apart or help them find a place to call home? Meet the Author I'm a wife, mother, teacher, and now author. Aine Kelley is my pen name for when I take off my 'super mom' cloak and write. I'm a Massachusetts native who resides in a small seaside community outside of Boston. Besides my immense love for my hubby and two girls, I'm a huge lover of the Patriots and Red Sox! I'm a one click addict and love getting lost in a great story. I can be wooed or bought, depending the situation, with wine and chocolate. Like Samantha in my book, I'm a huge 80's movie lover and a music freak! My love of books, beta reading for authors and reviewing for a blog, led me down the writing path. My motto is: Live freely, laugh heartily and love deeply. Social Links
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My Review 4 stars out of 5
I was given this book for an honest review and all I can say is that it is an awesome read. It really is a sad story but you won't be ugly crying. Samantha has had her heart broken three times and each time her boyfriends broke up with her because they cheated on her. She then swore off men and wanted nothing to do with a relationship. I can't blame her. Her self-esteem took quite a few punches but she is a strong woman. She does have her moments where she tries to hide but at the end you see her start standing up for herself. Then you have Ben....oh poor Ben...He lost his the love of his life in a horrible accident. Ben has been grieving for two years and doesn't know how to move on without her. Until he meets Samantha but Ben starts having these feelings that he never expected to have again and it scares the hell out of him. He tries his hardest to push those feelings away because of the guilt he has for his girlfriend that passed away. Samantha and Ben both struggle with their inner turmoil about love and taking a chance at love. I enjoyed it completely. 
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Excerpt 
Reaching down for her bags, I gesture to go inside. “Hey, let’s get your stuff inside. I’ll show you where you’re staying. You’ve got one of the best rooms here at the ranch. Wait ‘til you see the view.”


Cursing myself for sounding like an overexcited tour guide, I walk through the door. She starts to trail behind me, but stops. She turns away from the door and walks back down the porch stairs to a row of grapevines. I put the bags down and feel that pull again to follow her.


“Is everything okay?”


She looks back at me. “Yeah, I just need a minute. I want to remember this moment—this shift.” Her hands roam down her neck while she closes her eyes. “I want to let everything soak in.” I watch her open her eyes. “I want to look at the view and see the grapevines and hills. I want to smell the sweetness of the grapes and wine. I want to hear the rustling of the leaves and the tractor engine purrs. I want to touch the vines, leaves, and grapes.” She looks back at me again, and I’m blown away. I watch a stray hair fall in front of her face. It takes all my will power not to touch her.


“You forgot taste.”


She smiles devilishly. “Yeah, I definitely want to taste. What do you suggest?” She raises her eyebrows, and I can’t keep my hand from delicately placing the strand behind her ear. Her breath hitches from my touch. Oh God, this girl is going to unravel me. It’s been so long since I’ve felt this way- it overwhelms me. The way she’s looking at me like she could devour me whole. There’s no doubt in my mind what I want to taste.
Yep, I’m definitely wrecked.


“How about our merlot? It pairs nicely with some dark chocolate.”


“Sounds perfect. Let’s get my bags in, and then we can have that taste.” Now it’s her turn to wink.


Images of my tongue licking drops of red wine that trickle down her exposed neck and breasts envelop me. All I know is if she says taste one more time, I’ll be taking a shower sooner than I thought.

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