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Love’s Journey Home by Julie Coulter Bellon was a great book I enjoyed reading. Here’s the blurb, and my review below. Enjoy getting to know her better…and don’t forget to enter her drawing!
Olivia Dalton has a reputation in the DA’s office—tough, thorough, and fierce when she’s closing a case. Those skills are essential in the courtroom, but not in the relationship department—until Mick Donovan crosses her path. Everyone thinks he’s a player, but when an unexpected situation arises, she glimpses an honorable man instead. Olivia is drawn to him, but he pushes her away, unable to shake the past that still haunts him.
Mick Donovan learned at a young age never to let anyone close because those you love never stay. Keeping people at arms-length has never been hard for him—until he meets Olivia Dalton. Mick is caught up in a case she’s prosecuting, and he can’t deny his attraction to her, but when she uncovers the past he’s kept carefully hidden, he’s sure she’ll turn away. Yet, even with all his secrets in the open, Olivia reaches out. Can he let his guard down long enough to let her in and take a chance on love?
This is a fun journey between Olivia and Mick. Olivia is a tough as nails attorney for the district attorney’s office, and a workaholic. She is devoted to getting criminals off the street, and has a soft spot for children in bad circumstances, and wants to do the best by them. When she runs into Mick at a restaurant, and sees him talking to a girl who she has a warrant out for her arrest on drug charges, she goes after her. When she escapes in Mick’s car, she confronts him and the little boy by his side, who he claims as his own. But something doesn’t add up with his story. She is determined to keep her eye on him. But she never expected to give up her heart in the process.
I rated this a 5 on both Amazon and Goodreads, and a 4 on my more critical Sweet Scale that rates solid reads even more finely. It is a delicious read that I wouldn’t mind reading again in the future. I really enjoyed getting to delve into Olivia’s and Mick’s lives. Olivia seems tough, but she has a soft heart. Mick seems like a player, but that’s only to cover up the scars from his abusive past. As the two characters connect, the romantic tension is great. Sparks, ya know what I mean? The small town setting near Park City, Utah, is fun too. I was so happy that some of the side characters in this one were main characters in her past book—Tori and Drew, Olivia’s brother. It was fun to see how they interacted. It was also fulfilling to see the heartwarming story of how seven-year-old Will’s life changes for the better through love and acceptance. The pacing was great, and kept me turning pages and not getting bored. The emotional appeal was super good too. I felt teary at times, and loved how the author handled the sensitive topic of childhood abuse throughout this story. It’s just an all-around great book that I highly recommend.
Sometimes helping out a friend didn’t give the warm fuzzy feelings everyone talked about.
“Sometimes, it just happens. It’s as if the wood knows what it wants to be shaped into.” – Mick
She moved closer and slipped her arm around him, holding his carving up to the light. “I can see what you mean about a part of you in every piece that you make. And I hope that one of those hearts in this carving is mine.” – Olivia
That was everything he’d never hoped for and didn’t want to lose.
About the Author
Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of more than a dozen novels—all with some romance in them, some with suspense, too. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense. Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she’s visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She loves to read, write,teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order. Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog ldswritermom.blogspot.com You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website juliebellon.com
Giveaway & Prizes
Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win one of 3 separate PRIZES Julie is giving away.
- $25 Amazon gift card
- A VIP Readers Box with everything a book lover will need for a night in with their favorite book (3 of her favorite books, a warm, soft blanket, gourmet treats, hot chocolate, and some amazing bath bombs…U.S. addresses only)
- Autographed copy of Love’s Journey Home
Good luck! And may you have an enjoyable journey through many good books.