The story of you

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

A brilliantly brave book that reset my thinking.

This is a book about loss. About the most taboo loss there is – the loss of motherhood.  And it’s sad. Dreadfully, dreadfully sad.

Lucy’s loss is twice maybe even three times over. And each so personal and so shunned in our society, it’s hard for her to deal with her grief.  What can she do with it? Where does she put it?

Yet once I’d finished sobbing my heart out, what I’ve taken away is a really uplifting message. The kind of kick in the pants that we all need, every now and again.  Focus on what you have, take joy from who surrounds you.  Sometimes things don’t turn out how you want or expect, look for the sunshine if you can.  Of course it’s bloody hard to do that and the pain never goes away but maybe you can find a new unexpected future.

Ms Prowse says she sees her stories almost like movies in her head, and you can see that in her writing.  She focuses on the story as it unravels to her, and is less fussed about making points.  This is one writer her readers can trust not to tell you what to think. Thank goodness because making your own interpretation, your own story from what she shares is such a rich and wonderful experience.

I have to say I adore the title, anyone who has walked in Lucy’s shoes can relate to it.

I found it painfully uplifting, who knows what you’ll find.  Go read it and find out.

 

netgalley were kind enough to give me an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Protection Needed

Hard to Protect Incy Black (Hard to Series #3)

This is a compelling, gripping and fun book.

I found myself immersed in the way that Ms Black’s two characters were so strong, yet both so damaged having suffered such trauma.  I loved that juxtaposition, especially for her.

Whist clearly Angel is a damaged soul, I loved how she flitted between her personas.  How did Will keep up?  She was the ice queen and dedicated professional, but blink and her inner sex goddess was revealed.  Poor Will’s head was spinning.  Yet, no way was he letting Angel know that.

These two didn’t give an inch or find common ground, as I read it I was really perplexed as to how they might end up together (clue: its a romance they were clearly going to end up together).  I was almost at the stage where it just seemed impossible, but nope.  Ms Black knew what she was doing!  And the ending – wow!  Not saying another word.

But I guarantee this is one author who delivers.

The title interested me – yes of course Angel was hard to protect with everyone gunning for her brother and the web he’d woven around his vaccine creation.  But it seemed to me that Will was just as hard to protect and boy did he need it!  He really was a lost soul, so sad at his core.  He needed protection from himself.

I have to say with the quality (!) of the sex scenes there’s no way that Ms Black isn’t having a small laugh about the use of the word protection!

And a word about Will’s mother – loved loved loved her!

I haven’t read the first of this series so I can totally confirm that this is works really well as a stand alone book.

 

Thank you netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review