Monday, August 25, 2014

~Review: Relinquishing Liberty (Second Chances #1) by Maureen Mayer~

On the outside, Liberty Davis appeared to have it all…a loving family, a tight knit circle of friends, and a bright future ahead of her. Everything was perfect. That is until her brother tragically took his own life, turning her whole world upside down. 

Left to pick up the pieces of her broken family, Liberty is faced with focusing all of her attention on helping her parents cope with the loss of their son, while putting her own life on the back burner. But what no one seems to realize is that she is just as broken inside.

Now, four years later, twenty year old Liberty is taking back the reins of her life. She leaves behind everything she’s ever known, hoping to make a fresh start…one where she isn’t faced with the constant reminder that her brother is nothing more than faded memory. What she didn’t expect to find along the way was Shayne.

Tall, dark and tattooed, Shayne Thompson has developed quite a reputation for being a player. Despite everyone’s negative perception, Liberty still finds herself drawn to him. When she learns that Shayne knows all too well what it feels like to lose someone you love, she finds that they have a lot more in common than just a physical attraction.

When Liberty discovers a secret from Shayne’s past that threatens to tear them apart, she begins to question everything she’s ever felt for him. Will Liberty choose to follow her heart or will she give up the one person who finally made her feel whole again?

**This story contains language and sexual scenes, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.**

Overall Rating:  5 Rockin’ ★★★★

Liberty is running away from her brother’s death caused by his suicide.   He had always been her big brother, protector, best friend and confidant.  Life would never be the same after she found him hanging from the rafters in the garage.  She had been so excited to share her news with BFF about being accepted into a special program and had eagerly hunted through the house calling him. No one had expected or seen signs that he might take his life.  He was always so happy, loving and giving to others. How she ended up in Savannah, Georgia and decided to stay there felt right, like fate had stepped.

Shayne Thompson has grieved for his mother since he was sixteen and had let himself become a man that he knew she would not be proud of.  The suicide death of his best friend had Wade had made him look really hard at his life and the choices he had made. Slowly he had started to return to the man that his mother could be proud of.  That’s when he met Liberty and found the missing pieces of his heart and soul. Life should have been perfect from that point on, but life is never simple or direct.  Things from both of their past continue to surface and cause problems between the two lovers.  Will they be able to keep what they have or lose it to their past?   

Hero –Shayne Thompson: 5 stars
Heroine –Liberty: 5 stars
Steam: 5 stars 
Plot: 5 stars 
Cliffhanger: Yes

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a wonderfully touching story of meeting your true love, finding the other piece of your soul and becoming more because of it.  There is soul wrenching drama with the loss of a loved one to suicide, friends loosing each other and the trials of growing up. 

Would I recommend this author: Yes! Ms. Mayer has her place on my favorite author list.  I plan on reading all of the books in this series.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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