Letters to Love by Soraya Lane
Published by Montlake Romance on October 27th 2015
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When her sister Lila and brother-in-law Gray are killed in a tragic accident, Bella is named as guardian to her two young nephews. Then she discovers that she’s expected to co-parent with Gray’s best friend, and grief turns to shock. Noah has always driven her crazy, and Bella’s sure the arrogant, handsome Navy SEAL is the last person she wants to share a life with.
Just as it seems they’ll never see eye to eye, letters from Lila start to arrive—letters she wrote in case they ever ended up in this situation. And so the reluctant couple follows her instructions, spending ever more time together as part of their unexpected, unconventional family.
Forced into an impossible situation, will these letters from the past bring them together?
Life as We Know It meets P.S. I Love You in this heartwarming story of loss, grief, family and love.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
This is a hard to review book. This story is very emotional as it deals with the death of family members.
Letters to Love tells the story of Bella and Noah and their way to finding love and becoming guardians and parents to 4 and 6-year-old, Will and Cooper.
Bella’s sister Lila and Noah’s best friend Gray had been killed in a car accident and had named them co-guardians of their kids, entrusting them to their care. Bella, an interior designer, immediately gives everything up and moves in to take care of them. Noah, being a Navy SEAL and being in the middle of a deployment will have to square away some things before being able to get there but he’s 100% in it too. The catch? Bella and Noah can’t tolerate each other. He just rubs her the wrong way, and when she is being a bitch because of it he can’t stand her. Unless you’re taking into account that one time kiss… which they aren’t.
There’s obviously great chemistry between them, they’re just too stubborn and closed off to admit it. Both of them have heavy issues with relationships which doesn’t really help their case. But co-habitation and two very sad little boys will push them together and make them confront their inner demons, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll get the reward of a lifetime…true love.
Now, see… This is when it gets tricky for me: at first Bella is a complete effing bitch to Noah. I understand where she was coming from but seriously, it was too much. I wanted to scold her and firmly put her on her place repeatedly throughout the first few chapters. Noah had the I’m-not-worthy-of-them thing going on that really bugs me too, and he was so closed off emotionally that at times I wanted to pry him open with a crowbar… Fortunately, they ease up on the hating and the baiting each other, but when feelings start to get real, they start this back and forth that drove me crazy. Again.
All throughout the book, Bella and Noah get letters from Lila, that she had written on the off chance that both her and Gray were killed in action (both were in the military) forcing them to spend time together and getting to know the other. It was this more than anything that put things in motion romantically for them.
While this is not written in an angsty way it is very emotional. The first couple of chapters are extremely heartbreaking as you have to see all of them accepting their tragic loss. See two little boys struggle with understanding how everything has change for them. And then we have to stand for Bella and Noah not only getting over that same loss but overcoming their personal issues. There are some very sweet family moments, some hot and steamy kisses but mostly the loving happens behind closed doors. We get to see them grow together as a family as secrets get out explaining their issues.
What I struggled with is that at first neither Bella nor Noah were very likable, they come off strongly as a bitchy control freak and a careless jerk… and while I eventually got into their relationship, I can’t honestly say they’ll ever be my favorite characters of all time.
Well written, Letters to Love is a story of unconditional love and learning to cope with incomprehensible loss. It has an easy flow and it left me satisfied with the way things worked out.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5/4 Stars
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