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Friday, July 31, 2015

Kelli Heneghan's Learning to Love Again ❧Review & Character Cast❧



Learning to Love Again
Author: Kelli Heneghan
Series: Currently a Stand Alone with Potential to be the first in a Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: July 2015
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print on Demand via Amazon

Blurb

What do you do if Fate gives you a second chance at the love of your life?   Do you learn from past mistakes, or do you relive them?  Nicole Winters is about to find out.  After suffering severe injuries in a car accident, she is lucky to be alive.  She has to return to her home town to recover, only to discover her family has been withholding information and the doctor on her case is none other than her college sweetheart, Jason Marrow.  The man she dumped right before graduating from law school and leaving Texas.  Once back in her hometown, Nicole realizes that she has allowed the ghosts of her childhood to rule her life.  As she faces her past, and with the help of her family and friends, she realizes the love between her and Jason never faded.  Can they recapture what they had and build on it?  Can she move beyond the past and Learn to Love Again?


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Learning to Love Again was a sweet second chance romance. Kelli wrote some great dynamic characters for this book. Nicole who is so scared to love because of her mother's warnings and laments that it will ruin her life. Jason who was ready to make a life with her and loved her even 10 years later. Jack her best friend and would do anything to make her happy even if it was underhanded. 

I enjoyed the second chance these two had as well as the mystery that she needs to solve so she can move on with her life. She becomes much stronger throughout the book and I like seeing her become this way. Jason is my dream man in that he not only super smart but he is that understanding guy that wants to make her feel loved, appreciated as well as protected and wanted. Together they are so much more than they ever were apart. 

The supportive friends and family to me are what made this book so great. And having it written so that I can feel the closeness is an amazing gift. I recommend this book to all romance lovers and those who love second chance romance. This is a perfect fit for anyone who needs a pick me up and wanting to read a sweet love story. 
**My rating system is different from Amazon where this will be a 4✰. See my rating chart to the right. 



Excerpts
Jack left the hospital and sat in his silent pickup truck, watching the traffic as it sped by.  There was a reason he’d elected not to practice law in a big city and traffic had been at the top of the list.  The constant backstabbing he’d seen as everyone tried to get ahead in the private practices hadn’t made him a fan of working in the city, either.  There was also the added benefit of being his own boss and getting to pick and choose his clients.  Small town law was where he belonged.
He hit the button on his phone, allowing it to dial the number he’d pulled up.
“Did you talk to her?”  Jason’s voice demanded to know as soon as he answered.
“And hello to you, too.”  Jack spat out a wry rebuttal.
“Sorry.  Hello.  How’s life?  Mine sucks.  Now, did you talk to Nicole?”  Jason repeated.
“God, Jason, are we still in junior high?  Should I try and pass her a note between classes next?”  Jack was kind of enjoying torturing his friend.  He’d never seen him this uptight about a woman before.  The fact that it was Nicole, well, he wasn’t sure how he felt about that quite yet.  After all, they had been raised as close as any other siblings, and they knew more secrets about each other than most best friends.
“Jack!  Are you listening?”  His friend’s impatient voice yelled in his ear.
“Yeah, sorry…zoned out for a minute.”  Jack smothered a yawn.  “Yes, Jason, I talked to Nicole.  She’s upset that decisions are being made about her life without any input from her, but for now she’s agreed to come back to Waketon.”  He heard a rush of breath that was released and almost chuckled.  “You need to start setting up the rehab for her and whatever else she’ll need.  I plan to stick around here for another day-or-so, and then I’ll head home.  That way I can get the ranch ready for her, have Maria set things up there.”
“And then maybe I can figure out what the hell happened ten years ago and why she kicked me to the curb.”  There was a resigned sigh over the line.  “Dude, I start call tomorrow, so if anything comes up, text me.  The way my luck has been running, every orthopedic emergency in ninety-seven counties will happen in the next seventy-two hours.
Jack chuckled and hung up the phone, shaking his head over the knots Nicole still had that poor guy in.



Character Cast
Nicole Winters:  Grew up in Waketon, Texas, a small town in the Hill Country; her paerents were killed when she was a teenager and she moved in with her aunt and uncle.  She left Waketon to attend the University of Texas at Austin, then attended law school.  She’s only loved one man in her life, but she left him behind because she didn’t want to make the mistakes her mother made.  But now, after surviving a horrific car accident, she has to return home to Waketon to recuperate.  And the love of her youth is now her doctor.

Jason Morrow:  Fell in love with Nicole when they were both in Austin, while she was attending college and he was finishing up his residency program as an orthopedic doctor.  She was the cousin of his best friend and he knew she was it for him, but she left as soon as her degree was in hand, never looking back.  When the opportunity came for him to move to her hometown, he took it, always hoping that someday she’d return.

Jack Williams:  One of Nicole’s best friends since childhood, and he probably knows her better than anyone.  His uncle is married to her aunt, and along with their mutual cousin Mitch, they grew up together in Waketon.  Jack is also an attorney, and other than the time he was away for college and active duty in the Army, he has spent his whole life in Waketon.  He owns his own law practice there now, too.  Jack is the one Nicole tends to run to when she needs a shoulder to lean on.

Mitch Williams:  Nicole’s and Jack’s mutual cousin; married to Carly; Mitch was the one who introduced Jason and Nicole back in their college days.  He and Jack have been instrumental in helping to get them back together.

Carly Williams: married to Mitch; born and raised in Waketon, attended a local community college, so she has truly never left.  She has always been there for Nicole if she needed a girlfriend to talk to.  She also helps push Jason and Nicole back together.

Aunt Helen:  Nicole’s aunt, her mother’s sister; Mitch’s mom
 
Uncle Steve:  married to Helen, Mitch’s dad


Author Information
Kelli grew up all over the East Coast but her family finally settled in Cincinnati long enough for her to finish high school and college.  She has always loved to read books and write her own stories.  In high school, she used to pass around the latest chapter of the story she was writing for her friends to read.  There is more than one high school teacher out there that can probably remember telling her to put the book down and pay attention to the lectures.
Graduating from the University of Cincinnati with her BS in Nursing, she left Ohio for Texas and the U.S. Army.  She received a medical discharge for a knee injury, but was able to meet the man she'd one day call her husband first--thanks to some mutual friends who insisted they would perfect together.  And what do you know--they are! 
She continued to read books by the dozens and write her own stories.  And then one day, a friend dared her to enter a contest.  She didn’t win, but the feedback she received from the judges convinced her that maybe people were interested in the stories she wanted to tell.
She still lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two children and 2 dogs. 

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