by Loni Flowers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you’re looking for a contemporary romance filled with all the trappings that make your heart flutter, Painted Memories by Loni Flowers deserves to be at the top of your MUST Read list! Lily Morgan’s life has been a nightmare after the death of her brother, between her own guilt and grief and the brutal blame placed on her by her overachieving, over-controlling father. To start fresh and with the hopes of healing, she moves far from home to start life over with a clean slate. While not looking for love, she finds herself falling for two amazingly hot guys who are as different as night and day. Tyler is a personal trainer who initially lights a flame of excitement in Lily with his self-confidence and flash. Drew, well Lily literally fell for Drew, right into a muddy pond! He is more the strong and silent type, who also has a painful past he has turned from. Drew is able to create beauty on canvas as an artist with an amazing talent to bring his art to life and a desire to make a name for himself and gain his own father’s approval. When Lily’s choice becomes apparent and romance slowly blooms, her guilt returns, because her brother will never know the joy of love, so she erects obstacles around her heart that are almost insurmountable. Can Lily learn to forgive herself and accept that she deserves the kind of love with a happy ending? Can she even recognize when someone is offering her real love with no strings attached? Will her family dynamics chase her back into her own private Hell or will she find the strength to finally face down the demons and reunite a family divided for too long? It’s just too much turmoil for one person to handle alone.
I know, it all sounds so serious, and this character-driven plot IS full of drama, but Loni Flowers has brought her characters to life with moments of humor and lightness that make you smile, moments of tenderness that make you sigh and moments of personal strength that make you cheer! I even shook my head a couple of times in disbelief and had to keep reminding myself, this is just a story, you are not really a fly on the wall! The dialogue is amazing, real enough to hear each word and how it was spoken, as well as how it was taken! Ms. Flowers has created her own work of art through her words that will touch your heart in the best way!
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