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Tough Love

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  400 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried …

Eight years ago, Amelia Harris had her life ripped out from underneath her. Being the centre of the town gossip was hard enough, but when the boy who promised her forever left without so much as a goodbye, he took her ability to love with him.

After family tragedy brings Evan North back into her life, the secrets of her past have ne
Published May 23rd 2017 by Max Henry
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DNF @ 52%

I don't know how I made it this far to be honest, and I apologize if this gets a little ranty...

I LOVE second chance romances when they are done well. If you follow my reviews, you know that I have certain things that I need in order for these type stories to work for me -- and the BIGGEST one is that I need the reason for their separation to be understandable. Unfortunately, it just wasn't in this book for me.

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May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Review of Tough Love on La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books

*** I received this arc by the author in exchanged for an honest review. Thank you so much to Max Henry for giving me the opportunity too read and review Tough Love! ***

I don't know where too start with this review about Tough Love, this book was an amazing book that I absolutely love and enjoy. I just had one problem with it and that was when Amelia Harris kept repeating that she was so cold hearted
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
Life's tough so is love.

This is my first debut to Max Henry's books and now I so understand what my friends raved about. Her words twist at your heart and soul and consume you in so many ways.

It's characters are hauntingly perfect and you just crave for a miracle to pull them through their darkest of days. Even through all the scandal and secrets both characters displayed, I still loved every pain staking heartbeat, every raw emotion, every twinkle of love.

The storyline just flows perfectly w
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tough Love
Max Henry
4 stars

Amelia has found herself sitting in a hospital waiting room with her sister fighting for her life. A sister she hasn't known for years. The past broke them apart -- in fact it broke them into pieces. Being there now is unnerving to say the least but when an old flame shows up things start to get complicated and the past floats back in. Not only does the past float back in but its staring her right in the face. How can you feel for someone so much and hate who they are f
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Woah! This book!! I've just devoured this book in one day, I seriously couldn't put it down! It is so well written, I couldn't help but be consumed with the emotions pouring out of every page. It was heartbreaking, heartwarming, suspenseful and a real page turner. It's my first read by Max Henry but now I'm off to look up every book she has written. Thank you for such a brilliant read. I highly recommend :) ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Second chance romance.

You can't help but be drawn into Amelia's story right from the beginning when she receives a call that her sister has been in a car accident, her estranged sister she hasn't seen in 7 years, Amelia is down as next of kin and although she shut her sister out of her life goes to the hospital anyway.

A sad, heartfelt and tearjerker of a beginning as Amelia discovers she also has a nephew she knew nothing about.

Events reunite her not only with a person from her past she h
She's a Lip Biter
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Multiple Reviews Below

Heartbreaking scenes at the beginning, in the middle and the end! All to create one fabulous story by this author who continues to mix things up and create wonderfully entertaining and thought provoking books.

Amelia is such a refreshingly honest lead female character who hasn't had an easy life. Evan is a teenage flame who re-enters her life again after many years. This is their story but oh so much more!

Gradual unravelling of the story puzzle pieces helps readers understan
Lindsey King
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Angst 3
Tears 3
Value 5
Storyline 5
Panty Scorching 4
Overall Rating 5

Wow! Just freakin wow! This is completely different from Max's other books. Not that its a bad thing at all. This was an action packed read with so so much going on. I didn't know whether to cry or scream some of the time. But one thing Max does is keep me sucked in until shes ready to let me go.

Evan. Just when I thought he won me over he surprised me. I really wanted to punch him in the throat at one point. Then..... he changed t
Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
WOW what an amazing book!!! I have read a few books by Max Henry in the past but after reading this book I am now a loyal fan. I will NEVER miss a book again! The writing in this book is stellar and I can tell that Max's writing has grown so much that I see great things in the future coming. This book brought out so many emotions in me that I didn't know which one I was going to feel next. So much has happened to Amelia in the past and just when you think you know how everything is going to play ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abuse, romance, rape
Tough Love is a heart rendering story and it's also full of love and new beginnings that are thought impossible to be hold by the characters in the story.
Amelia's past has not been easy, a scandal caused a problem between her sister and herself, and now she'll take every chance she can to make up for that.
A family tragedy brings Evan her ex. on the scene. He's guilty of breaking her heart when the scandal wrecked their relationship. Will they reunite, or will the past repeat itself.
A very emoti
Gloria: Little Shop of Readers
Amelia is the strongest heroine I have read. She has to deal with her sisters death and discovers she has a nephew. Evan left Amelia at a time when she needed him but he had no control. They meet each other after many years and discover they always loved each other. There are things in Mimi's past that she has to deal with to connect with Evan. Max Henry writes characters that are so flawed but they find a way to connect and find love again. Her characters are real, deep, dark, and I can relate ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was my first read by Max I straight away connected with Amelia. I loved the story and the journey it took me on it's filled with a lot of mixed emotions and kept me captivated throughout. I will be definitely looking for more books by Max Henry. It is a very emotional read and I personally recommend you check out Tough Love. ...more
Jessica Alcazar
This isn't my first rodeo with Max Henry so I was prepared for the punch. However, I wasn't prepared for the feelings this story stirred up inside my own head. It's one thing to be heartbroken or happy or sad for a couple in a book, but it's another when a couple's life journey leaves you in awe because you really don't know how they're getting thru it. Yes, the words are there. The story is there. But I just can't with it all .....

To say that this story was an intense second chance love story i
JoAnna G
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read this author before and I will be reading more of her books soon. The pace and the flow are good, the plot sucked me in. We are kept in somewhat suspense in seeing what happened years ago. I couldn’t and wouldn't put this book down. I read it in one go. There is drama and I also felt outraged at times. My heart broke for Amelia. There are flashback chapters that give you a little bit of background. Just to keep you dangling and hanging on by the edge of your seat. You will want ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully Brutal!

This book is pure gold, it's so well written and a real tear jerker to read! It will break you and then put you back together again. But what I appreciated the most was how truly realistic the theme is. It could happen to anyone at any time and more than likely someone you know has experienced this.
Amelia is surviving but not truly living and not truly happy. Her sister comes back into her life under horrible circumstances, unfortunately they don't get to bury the past before
Tania's Book Blog
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow..... a little bit of second chance romance, forgiveness, suspense, anger, emotions, and angst all wrapped in one.

Amelia suffered a traumatic incident while growing up that put a wedge between her and her family. She walked away and never looked back. Seven years later she's called because she's listed as the next of kin for her estranged sister. Going back opens up old wounds, face to face with the love of her life and with more questions than answers. She tries very, very hard to let bygon
Tersia Eloff
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Tough Love, it was well written and grabbed me right from the first paragraph, I couldn't put it down! It was uplifting, even due to the dark themes it covered, I still felt the hope and believe that everything will be ok. I loved the way Max Henry portrayed Amelia, her strength in coping with what happened to her, her acceptance of the mistakes she made, and how she is trying and succeeding to be the best guardian for Blair.

The only bit op criticism I have, is that I would have
May 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Yes, I see that almost all the reviews of
this book are much higher than mine.
I just could not finish this book. I didn't
even make it to 50%.

My problem was with Ameila in the sense
that she was so bitter. She has not spoke
with her sister in 7 yrs. Returns home to
find out that her sister was in a horrible
car wreck and actually dies. Her sister had
a child that her family did not tell her about
and the father of said child was Amelia's
rapist, who her sister dated. So we have all
that and I hated the
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Wow! This is the first Max Henry book I have read- and I can officially say I have discovered a new favourite author!!

This book had me hooked from the first page. It's not only an amazing story but it's also thought provoking- how did they choose that mint green colour scheme for hospitals? Family is a birthright- Yep We all do need a mother and a father to be born! I love the quote "Time becomes irrelevant" I really connected with this book! Some of it- a little too closely.... I cried a lot!!
Payne’s Bookworm Reviews (Samantha Payne)
I just could not put this book down, Max you owe me a good nights sleep. This book had me intranced from the moment I opened it. The strength that Amelia has to be able to overcome her demons from her past to be able to move on with her life not only for herself but for Briar is astonishing. The love between Mimi and Evan has been able to withstand not only time but heartache and it shows that true love can not be forgotten. I am really hoping that there will be more in the future for Evan and A ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautifully written story! Amelia and Evan have loved and lost each other once before but this is no ordinary second chance love story. Their journey has some deeply painful roadblocks that must be overcome or demolished in order for them to have their HEA. In doing so as a team they are able to deal with the issues/monsters from their past that rear their ugly heads and it makes them stronger. Some awfully hard things happen in this book but the love that you feel throughout is very powe ...more
Lisa  Hershaw
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author.

Amelia has been estranged from her sister for 8 years, so when her life is flipped upside down sitting at her sister bedside after an accident, finding out she has a nephew, she realise how much she did not know her sister.

Not only is Amelia dealing with her own issues and her families too she's brought face to face with Evan, the guy who broke heart many years ago. Evan who is now a cop, but for me I didn't really like him too much, whereas Amelia I like an
Robyn Corcoran
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Heartbreaking scenes at the beginning, in the middle and the end! All to create one fabulous story by this author who continues to mix things up and create wonderfully entertaining and thought provoking books.

Amelia is such a refreshingly honest lead female character who hasn't had an easy life. Evan is a teenage flame who re-enters her life again after many years. This is their story but oh so much more!

Gradual unraveling of the story puzzle pieces help readers understand Amelia and her situati
Kit Chepesiuk
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read of Max and it was amazing!!! If I didn't require sleep I would have finished in one day. What a roller coaster. Have your tissues close by and you delve into the life of Mimi and Evan, the raw emotion is flowing throughout this entire book! 💙 ...more
Tracy *To the point Reviews*
So so so boring...

skimmed. Barely finished.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My first book from this author and now I need more!! A totally original storyline with strong, believable characters. This book is amazing! I devoured it in one sitting!!
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This one took me a bit to connect with and was totally different than I thought it was going to be, just by the cover glance. It was deeper and more heart wrenching than I was expecting. My only fault in the story is the lack of character and background development for the two leads. I felt Amelia and Evan's past was glossed over in the sense of how deep they ran before he left, and the why he left...but the main reason for their past was brutal and you wanted so much for Mimi to find
Donna Parrott
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried, but that isn't always the case. For Amelia Harris eight years ago her life changed and it wasn't for the better. Being the center of town gossip and having your family not believe was hard enough, but when the one man she thought she would spend the rest of her life with leaves without so much as a goodbye, it's almost too much to deal with. He also took her ability to love. Now with a new tragedy Evan North is back into her life. Everything about her pa
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I've been a huge fan of Max Henry for a long time, devouring every book as soon as it is released, but 'Tough Love' quickly became my favourite book of hers so far. We meet Amelia, due to a family tragedy she runs into her high school sweetheart Evan under stressful circumstances. Evan was the only one to shatter her already broken world and with his presence after all this time, its bringing up confusing feelings and unanswered questions. Throughout her orde
Tough Love is a gut wrenching, heart breaking story about second chances. This was my first time reading a novel by Max Henry and I assure you that it won't be my last. I read this in one sitting. I simpy couldn't put it down. It tore at my heart strings and definitely had some wow moments! The author did an amazing job of describing things in a way that you could just really connect with all these characters.

One day at a time. One tragedy at a time. One heartache at a time.

My heart broke for Am
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