Review of Tied by Carian Cole

Where do I possibly start with this review? This was a very beautiful story, but also heartbreakingly tragic. It takes a lot for me to cry while reading a book, but this one, gah, it had the tears welling up in my eyes. The last book that caused me to cry was My Life as a Country Album by LJ Evans (, which I always recommend that everyone read or listen to the audiobook.

This is the story of Holly, a young woman who was abducted by a monster as a very young child and held hostage for 11 years, and Tyler, a man with a tragic past. Tyler finds Holly in a hole in the forest and saves Holly from an absolute monster who inflicted physical and emotional abuse on Holly and the chain of events that are set in motion are, I think, fate. However, the very painful path they both need to travel is harrowing at times. Holly has so much therapy to go through and she’s very stagnated in a sense that the world is not a place she is comfortable functioning in and the author does a good job describing the roadblocks of Holly’s recovery.

Sadly, Holly’s parents really struggle with Holly being back in their lives and that was a particularly sad part of Holly’s story. As a parent this broke my heart so much because Holly was so fragile and needed gentleness and acceptance. Holly’s brother and his fiancé were Holly’s anchors as well as Holly’s roomate later.

Holly spends time after her rescue thinking about Tyler as her Prince, because when she was abducted she had a backpack full of fairytale books that she read over and over during her captivity and they helped her cope but also gave her hope of finding her prince and living happily ever after. After she is rescued, Holly still carries the backpack and her books as they are a comfort and coping item for her. They are what she turns to when she is stressed.

Tyler himself bears scars both outside and inside and many things in his past cause him regrets. Because of these regrets and his appearance, he has distanced himself from society and his family. While he still has a relationship with his brothers, he hasn’t seen his Mom or sister in several years. His story is entwined to Holly’s and we do find out there are more twists to everything that happens in both of their lives. Undeniably, they are meant to be together. The way that Holly finds Tyler is unique and they form a friendship and become companions. Tyler, for his checkered past, is extremely gentle with Holly and it’s absolutely heart melting.

This book has a lot of complex characters but is simply written and brimming with emotions and heart. This is a 5 star read and I recommend my recommendation is to purchase or borrow from Kindle Unlimited. #BackList #TBRpile

My review of Not the Marrying Kind by Kathryn Nolan

Slow Burn!

I’m so excited to offer you my review of Not the Marrying Kind by Kathryn Nolan as my very first romance novel review.

This book was hard to put down. It has all the feels, all the love and two adults who bare their souls and hearts to each other.

Fiona was raised in a free thinking, punk rock family. She loves her family but she craves organization and predictability. She becomes a lawyer and continues to feel odd within her family; she knows her parents and sister love her, she just isn’t sure of her parents support.

Enter Max Devlin, he’s a transient mechanic who has been traveling the country, picking up jobs and never putting down roots. He lives day to day, never really maintaining relationships with anyone, including those he left behind in New York. Max’s Dad, affectionately know as Pop to everyone, calls Max home to help him with a business problem. Max is told by Pop that his Punk Rock establishment, The Red Room, is in danger of closing; Pop owes back rent and it’s due in only 2 weeks. Max visits old friends and lots of revelations hit him and he begins to question his lifestyle; a lifestyle adopted from his Mother who left Max and Pop when Max was 10 years old and she never looked back. She was a cursory parent at best and this is a real challenge for Max in the book.

Max has a surprise meet cute with Fiona on the fire escape of The Red Room when Fiona’s parent’s band is playing there and while sparks fly, they are clear about what they are looking for; Fiona wants a husband and home, Max wants a one night stand. So, moving on, Fiona agrees to help Pop with his rent issue and further agrees to plan a benefit to raise funds.

I highly recommend this novel, the story is relatable and feel good, the secondary character add so much richness to the story and this book is just overflowing with all kinds of love; couples, family and community. This author has given us a beautiful, imperfect hero who isn’t afraid to cry.

I laughed, I cried, I cheered and I yelled (mostly at Max) and at the end, it was a great big YES GIRL to Fiona. This book will have you thinking about your own family, friend and community ties, because this is such a beautiful community to spend some time and we can all use that about now.

Reviewed from an ARC.