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Preview — Friends and Lovers by Tara Mills
Friends and Lovers
Two couples on a dangerous collision course.
Lauren McKay and Wes Dunlop saw their moment slip away when he left for college. Now, fifteen years later, Detective Dunlop just walked into the domestic violence shelter Lauren runs and the sparks fly, reminding her why she never got over him.
Sylvia Coulter knows if she could go back and give her younger self some hard-earned ad...more
Abuse is a word very often never said simply because it involves too much hurt, anger, embarrassment, betrayal and for those reasons many prefer to rather look the other way.
But if you take the time to stop and think what a huge impact it has on the lives of the victims and their families, you will find that just like you they hurt and will give anything to find help before it is too late. What if it was your daughter, sister or mother taking physical abuse over and over, would you turn your ba ...more
By Stephanie Freeman
Friends and Lover’s is a book that simply must be read. On many levels, it is a love story and yet, there is a cautionary tale expertly woven throughout the book. From the moment I started reading the book until the very end I was enthralled. The characters were so beautifully drawn that I felt like I knew them.
The male and female leads were perfect. Lauren’s grief over the loss of her sister was palpable. Wes was the quintessential cop: stron ...more
Lauren and Wes were friends in high school and when Lauren's sister is killed by her abusive boyfriend, she closes down. Wes and his sister swoop in and help Lauren and show he ...more
Lauren had the biggest crush on Wes, even though he went after anything in a skirt and her best friend was his little sister, Sherry. She knew about every girl he dated which was more than she liked but she loved him just the same. No one knew how she felt. She kept her feelings to herself, not even telling Sherry. Wes left for college and moved on, but Lauren still pined for him and knew she loved him. Then her older sister was murdered and Lauren wi ...more
I thought this was a cute read about friends to lovers and the finally finding out if the 'What if' can be as great as it is in your heart and mind.
I thought there was going to be bigger revelations instead of just unrequited love but it worked for the story and it worked for Lauren and Wes.
I thought the part of the story that focused on domestic abuse was well done and more people should be made aware of the horror that is hidden closer to home then we think. The fear is gripping wit ...more
The story is addicting and I really like the author's writing style. It's has a nice mix of suspense and romance. I actually prefer the mysteries over the romance bits. Not because the romance aren't good enough -- far from it actually -- bu ...more
Lauren McKay is a woman in a rut. She's an intelligent, responsible woman with a fulfilling job that gives her personal satisfaction and helps others. What more could she want?
Enter Wes Dunlop, her teen heart-throb. He was a good-looking guy that most other high-school guys would have wanted to hang with and be like. And very popular with the girls. And someone that Lauren had briefly run into in the past. A cool guy that gave her a little consideration and who ...more
I think most of us can relate in some way to Lauren. She severed her relationship with her best friend because she was in love with her brother. Later in life, she has the chance to renew that friendship and she is so unsure of herself and that friendship, that you can feel her trepidation while reading. Now ...more
Their love story is believable and charming. Even though the premise of both being halfway in love when they were teenagers seemed to be quite typical then the author took us in a trip of discovering who are them as adults, which I really liked.
Lauren works in a woman ...more
I was provided an ARC by the author, w ...more
Overall Rating 3.00 out of 5 Stars
Back in high school, Lauren fell hard and fast for the resident bad boy and brother of her best friend when she realized that the dangerous exterior hid a truly noble and nice heart. Her love and crush for Wes Dunlop stayed hidden in her heart. After all, you don’t go after your best friend’s brother, right?
Fast forward a few decades, and Lauren is working at a battered women’s shelter to help her exercise her own family demons, and in walks Wes, now a c ...more
Wes was the guy everyone wanted in high school, Lauren was best friends with his sister . They both had feelings for each other but didn't act on it, fifteen years later the two of them find themselves together again and Wes has to not only keep her safe but find a way to fight the demons of her past. This was a really good book, Laurens past was heart breaking and I felt for the woman. Wes was a good man and protec ...more
ETA: Writing, dialogue, and story got better in the second half of the book. Seriously better. I ended up really liking Lauren and Wes, they were totally unrecognizable from the L&W of Act I. Unrecognizable to the point that they felt like different characters entirely. So I guess while I liked them, I'm going to have to fault the author on the loss of continuity.
I feel that the second half w ...more