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A standalone romance

Around my neck lays a wedding ring.

In my right hand I hold a hotel room key.

Which one do I pick?

The marriage? The key?

Everything is not as it seems in room one-forty-three
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Laramie Briscoe

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Profile Image for Dilek VT.
1,544 reviews1,439 followers
October 6, 2019
I expected this book to be something and it turned out to be something else.

The heroine Caroline has a best friend named Taylor, who works as an escort as her mother is sick and she needs the money.

Taylor one day asks Caroline to take her place and act as an escort when there is an emergency about her mother. She doesn't want to lose the money. "The man is a widower", she says, "all he will want to do will be talking about his ex". And "Caroline the idiot" agrees to do it.

Then, she goes to the hotel room, prepares herself as sexy as possible and then, reads the profile of the man who is going to come. She sees that Nash is a young and handsome man and she decides that she may want to have sex with him.

Caroline also feels sorry for Nash because he lost his wife at such a young age but they never talk about his sad life that night. When Nash comes to the hotel room, all they do is to have sex. He has sex with her, thinking she is an escort.

Yeap, applause for Caroline for putting herself in a real hooker position!

Caroline is new in this town and has a new job and when she goes to work on her first day on Monday, she sees that the boss is Nash, the man in the hotel room... Oh, what a shock and what a coincidence!!!!

First, he is pissed and asks her to tell who she really is and then, he lets her work there. She slowly persuades him to go out with her. (Yeap, she asks him out).


The escort idea wasn't Nash's own idea. It was his brothers'. They saw that he couldn't move on for 5 years after his wife's death in an accident. His wife was pregnant when she died. So he lost both his wife and his unborn child. Seeing he still lived in misery, they arranged a night with an escort for him.


After Caroline enters his life, Nash slowly learns to move on but there are unbearable scenes like the one in which he takes Caroline to his dead wife's grave and cries there like a baby, saying he is forgetting her because Caroline is taking her place. Caroline, the saint or the idiot she is, tries to explain that it is not forgetting her. He still loves her but he is opening a new place for a new love in his heart. Then he stops crying. Oh God, I personally couldn't stand the guy. The heroine was also not my type of heroine, constantly serving herself to him on a gold plate.

Scenes like that made me want to pull my hair...

The writing didn't make me feel as it was too superficial and too shallow. It was really the "not good enough writing" that made everything worse than it really is. If you are looking for a "good-quality book", this is not it.


When I saw that the book wasn't one that deserved my time, I skimmed most of it to see the end. I don't know why I did that - why I didn't drop it immediately. I understood what kind of a book it was so I should have dropped it at the stupid hotel scene.


- 160 pages - a length I don't even call "a novel", more like a novella
- Dual point of view
- No cheating


* Writer added to my "avoid" list.
Shelved as 'maybe-maybe-not'
October 5, 2019
Well I honestly thought this was a cheating book. I peeked at the sample on amazon.

Hero is still in love with his dead wife. I get it she was his first, last and only. He has only been with her and now the heroine. Even when he tried to have a ONS after she died he just couldn’t go through with it. Heroine has been celibate for 5 years, same as hero. She takes her friend’s place as an escort. And has sex with hero the same night she meets him.
In order for the author to made the reader believe the heroine was something special to the hero, he said something around the lines how his sex life with his dead wife was just comfortable, they didn’t get kinky enough or at all. I actually don’t mind dead spouses books anymore but in order for me to enjoy reading these types of books I need for the heroes to want to move on. And this one felt like he was cheating on his wife even after 5 years of being dead. Oh he also lost his unborn baby when he lost her.
Profile Image for Dora  Koutsoukou.
1,872 reviews430 followers
October 7, 2019
2,5 ❤️🥴🌟s

An emotional love story, with likeable characters, fast paced and dual pov.
Regardless, within the last few weeks this is the third story I read where the widower can not get over with his wife’s death and I was almost send over the edge. In this story, gratefully, the drama was on a very low level.
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7,013 reviews835 followers
October 7, 2019
4.5 stars

Laramine Briscoe does a great job bringing an emotionally broken character back to the living. Both main characters were well written and likeable. I feel like this book could have gone wrong with miscues and unnecessary misunderstandings but they handled issues like adults.

Nash had found love once but unfortunately the life as he knew it was torn apart. He has his family, friends and his business to keep him occupied and moving forward dailey. His family shakes things up and offers him an escape for just one night. Nash faced the challenge head on and decided to let go of reality of the night.

Caroline has her own issues but knew she was done with corporate America. She needs to slow down and thinks small town living is for her. I love my friends but would definitely draw the line if they asked me to work for them especially if they worked as an escort. It’s a good thing that Caroline is such a sweetheart and willing to help her friend.

Nash and Caroline complemented each other and worked together perfectly. I liked that she challenged him. She was also willing to wait for him and made sure he comfortable in their relationship. I’m thankful the author didn’t fill this book angst and drama just for the sake of it.

I did have issues with the secondary a story-line. It may be a set up for a future book but I didn’t understand how her friend Taylor knew his brother and their relationship. This was a small town and I would have assumed that Taylor knew Nash and vice versa.
Despite this minor hang up, I enjoyed the book and characters!

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
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2,814 reviews157 followers
September 30, 2019
I so enjoyed reading this wonderfully written, unpredictable book. It kept me glued to the pages late into the night. This story flowed beautifully; it was sweet, romantic, angsty and, in my opinion, really just perfect.

This is a second chance romance but not between the same couple. We have Nash and Caroline who meet in room 143. Both come with baggage especially Nash and many times my heartstrings were tugged hard for this man and what he was going through. With Caroline wanting a fresh start away from the city, this small town is offering her a place to contemplate her thoughts and getting her head together, to start afresh with her life.

The story and both lead characters were very easy to relate to and I really did enjoy reading about them both. Nash was a very closed off man with a broken heart whereas Caroline was a free spirit and a breath of fresh air and much more open about her feelings and what she wanted. Reading Nash's character was like watching a chrysalis turn into a butterfly which was awesome and made my heart swell with the love I felt for both these people.

With some enigmatic secondary characters that, in the future, I would love to read more about. This is a recommended read without a doubt.
Profile Image for Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog.
3,742 reviews116 followers
October 5, 2019
5 Stars!

Talk about breaking your heart and shattering it into a million pieces... all the tears, all the feels, all the everything.... only to put it back, even better than before.

I'll admit I paused for about a half a second when I read the synopsis for this all-new romance from one of my favorite go-to authors but I knew that if anyone could pull this off in such a flawless fashion it would be Laramie that nailed it and man did she.

All the flutters and all the swoon. Y'all seriously aren't prepared for what this book is or the beautifulness it holds. Laramie Briscoe wrote an emotional, beautiful, intense, second chance romance that stole a big chunk of my heart in ROOM 143. The broken but mendable Nash and sweet Caroline captivated me from the very first moment that they met in that room and holy wow, what followed on the pages for them was unstoppable, undeniable, unputdownable, raw, real, and completely unforgettable in every single moment they shared.

I cried. I smiled. I swooned. I got all hot and bothered. I rooted for them. I had tears leaking just a wee bit more. Nash made me bleed in moments yet I couldn't look away or get enough or hoping he could have it again and Caroline, well I was pretty obsessed with her right from the start and that sweet heart she had when it came to handling and loving and accepting Nash.

I'm not going to spoil this and I don't want to give too much away. Room 143 rocked me at times and left my heart so damn full of happiness and love and joy.

Don't pass this book because you think you know. Trust Laramie to do it good and do it right and do it in the most unforgettable ways. And here's to hoping 🤞 the brothers get a book too.

I highly recommend this book.

Reviewed for Renee Entress's Blog.
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1,096 reviews48 followers
September 28, 2019
Where do I even begin to explain just how perfect this book is. It is a story about losing everything you have ever known, and learning to live life to the fullest. This is a sweet and spicy story where two souls find just what they each need to live....
Nash has lost everything he has ever loved. For years he just goes through the motions of day to day tasks. Afraid of moving on for fear of forgetting he is just barely living. Help from some meddling siblings and friends send his life into a tailspin. When meeting Caroline he decided he needs to start living again. The burning question is can he do that? Can he learn to live life to the fullest again? Caroline is burned out and is ready for something different in her life. She decides to take a huge leap and move to start over. Helping a friend out turns out to be the best thing that could have happened for her. When sparks fly and the chemistry is undeniable these two people are lucky enough to find just what they need to live and if course love......
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235 reviews
October 5, 2019
What a beautiful story about grief and love. Right of the bat we meet Nash and my heart just shatters for what this young man has been through. For 5 years he has been holding on by a string. His brothers step in and try a unique way to get him back in the saddle.

Caroline is new in town and is ready enjoy the change of pace from a big city it this small town. As a favor to her friend Taylor she is thrust into the path of Nash. It is a favor that changes both Nash and Caroline lives forever.

This story just pulled at my heart strings. It was so authentic. Although the story centered around overcoming grief it has a ton of funny moments as well. Nash’s Bailey girl (his dog) is a character on her own. I adored the way he was with her and the comfort she gave him as well as how Caroline interacted with her.

I am hoping that Jameson (Nash’s brother) and Taylor (Caroline BFF) get their own story cause they certainly have some explanation to do!!
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1,137 reviews9 followers
October 3, 2019
What an amazingly beautiful story! It just flows wonderfully and it is a quick but awesome read.

I understood completely where Nash was coming from as a widower. It is hard to get back into the now and not keep holding onto what you lost. Also love his brothers so much! They give him the push he needs at the right time and it thankfully goes right but could have gone oh so wrong.

Our female lead is beautiful, understanding, kind and so loving. She has a strong head on her shoulders and knows what she wants.

Bailey is just the icing on the already delicious story cake that is within the cover of this read. We need more Baileys!
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2,168 reviews
October 5, 2019
Absolutely loved this one! Caroline is on my list of absolute favorite characters and she’s written in a way that makes you want to be her bestie lol. And Nash was equally likable. She is starting over and he’s just trying to keep his head above water and not drowning from the grief that consumes him daily when he is basically forced by his brothers who just want to see him smile again into a set up so to speak. Neither him or Caroline knew what was going to happen when that door was opened but what did was sweet, emotional and beautiful to read!

I voluntarily reviewed a advanced readers copy of this book
Profile Image for Latifa Morrisette.
2,405 reviews51 followers
October 5, 2019
This book is about loss and finding a second chance at love. Nash lost his first and only live and their child in a tragic accident. Give years later a chance encounter in Room 143 will change the course of his future. This is a emotional journey to healing and love and I loved this book so much.
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450 reviews14 followers
October 6, 2019
It was an enjoyable read once I stopped rolling my eyes at the « hey friend, can you fill in for me at my escort job? The guy will probably just wanna talk » thing...
Like who would say « oh yay right telle me where/when and I will be waiting for this stranger to do me for money » 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️
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1,640 reviews63 followers
October 4, 2019
This book was nothing like I was expecting. I read the blurb and knew I needed to read this story and it was everything I didn’t know I wanted. The characters are fantastic. They drew me to them from the start. The often conflicting thoughts, the need to move on, the want to stay in the past, the emotions, they all helped me to really connect with the characters.

This is a vague review but this is definitely a book that should be read knowing as little as possible. The less you know the more of an impact you’ll feel. I admit I was caught if guard. I wasn’t expecting the turn the story took, I made the mistake of going in thinking I knew what I was getting. What I did get was so much better. I adored these characters. They are so easy to like and relate to. Their story is heartbreaking, it’s emotional but it’s so sweet and touching that I was completely engrossed and I really didn’t want it to end.

This is one of my favourite books from Ms Briscoe and I definitely recommend it. If you’ve read the blurb and you’re half as intrigued as I was, READ IT! I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
85 reviews
October 4, 2019
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. The way the characters were introduced, the way the moved together throughout the book was incredible.
You feel for them, their loss, their pain, their needs.
Caroline and Nash met under very strange circumstances and that is just the beginning...or is it?
Can they have the one night...day and walk away from each other to never see each other again?
Have you ever heard the saying...never burn your bridges because you never know who you will run into? Exactly what this book is all about.
A must read. The writing is great as is the story line.
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965 reviews1 follower
September 28, 2019
What a beautiful story of love, loss and second chances. The way Nash griefs for his deceased wife just grips your heart and makes you hope to be loved this profoundly. The stars align for him and he meets Caroline, through some very unique circumstances she enters his life. What ensues is a beautiful journey of acceptance that will lead this couple to their HEA.

“I Voluntarily Received and Reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book”.
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748 reviews59 followers
October 5, 2019

Adult Contemporary Romance

First Person, dual-POV

In the years I've been alone, I've used working out as a substitution for physical touch and affection. CrossFit became my wife, lifting weights became my sex, and running miles became my church.

by Nash

Addictiveness: 5/5  This book hooked me from the beginning until the end. After that crazy beginning I kept wondering how would this work.  As addictive as chocolate!!!

Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 5/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Characters were multidimensional, with interesting layers to them. They have shown personal growth throughout the story and it felt very real.

Nash was a young widower that hasn't been able to move on since tragedy destroyed the life he taught he would have. His personal growth during this book was huge and really believable. He become a perfect book hero because he was gorgeous, hardworking, loved his family and a very hot, loving boyfriend.

Caroline was a courageous woman that left a great salary with an established job to a small town, simpler job, but less stressful and more fulfilling. She took a leap of faith at life and was rewarded. She was very caring and patient. A great friend, wonderful girlfriend and worker.

So many interesting characters… even though this says standalone, I believe the other Gilbert's brothers deserve their own book.

Villains… there are no villains or antagonists here, only life and the road blocks that come with it.

All characters were easy to love, connect and understand.

Cover: art 3.5/5, title 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5  I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. I have to say this art is pretty but very generic. It could be the cover of many other stories. The couple is gorgeous and hot, but are they Nash and Caroline? I don't know. It was never mentioned they had piercing and head tattoos. At the same time, this title was so perfect and creative that I couldn't say I didn't like this cover. The moment that I found out the true meaning of the title I've become obsessed with it. I would buy this book by its cover probably without needing to read the blurb!

Freshness: 4/5 This was a contemporary romance based on a great plot concept. It felt fresh and original. As fresh as ice cream.

Plot: believable 5/5, conflict 2/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 4/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 5/5, pace 5/5, setting 4/5, subplots 3/5, twists 3/5  Extraordinaire opening and a great ending. Great dialogues with perfect pace that made the story believable. A bit of a lack of a conflict, with no major twist or creative subplots. Very high level of enjoyment!

I have to say, the lack of a major conflict made this story more believable, this felt a lot more like real life than if some crazy twist was added. But, personally, I've missed a BOOM. I've missed a moment of uncertainty.

Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 4/5, development 5/5, steam 3/5  This is a love story. The couple met and had a one night stand. Life threw them together, they become friends until more. It grew accordingly, it felt believable. It was beautiful. The steam was good, with great description.

Writing Style: 4/5 Crafty writing! Good plot with incredible characters. Believable romance with mouth-watering beginning. Clean, cohesive writing without any major loopholes.

Plot: I believe this plot needed a bigger conflict. Something to wow the reader. Maybe a plot twist somewhere. I don't know. Their journey was beautiful, but I was always expecting the uncertainty.

The author was very crafty writing this book. She started with the BOOM, and from there created her plot. She made a believable love story with easy to love characters that you wanted be friends with.

Even though is a standalone, I would love to read books of the other Gilbert brothers.

30.5/35 STARS –  4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)

Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4 Freshness: 4  Plot: 4 Romance: 4.5 Writing Style: 4

Action 0/5

Angst 2/5

Darkness 0/5

Humor 0/5

Romance 5/5

Suspense/Mystery 0/5

Would I recommend? Sure. If you enjoy love stories.

Would I re-read this book/series? I think so.

Would I read more from the author? Yes. I like the author.

You may read this because you like the author; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy great characters; you MUST read this for an amazing love story!!!

105 reviews3 followers
October 6, 2019
I’m a huge fan of Laramie Briscoe. I love her series, both Rockin’ Country and the two Moonshine Task Force! Her previous standalone books have also been amazing, so I was excited to try a new book by her.

Man, this blurb doesn’t give much up, does it?! I had a few extra glimpses as I belong to Ms. Briscoe’s reader groups, but even then, it wasn’t enough to get a full picture of the plot. I knew this would be a book full of redemption and life choices and changes and growth. Ms. Briscoe did not disappoint, and I read enjoyed this book in one sitting!

Our main characters are Nash and Caroline. I loved how we got the backstory on each character in ways that really made us relate to each of the characters, even if we haven’t experienced the same situations. The way the story moves each of them through the natural progression of emotions and life was breathtaking.

We can guess from the little blurb that some steamy scenes are up ahead. And in true Laramie Briscoe fashion, they are hot, they are romantic, they are brazen and bold. These two have chemistry to spare, but have to work through a host of hangups to feel safe in the chemistry.

I got totally sucked into this book! Some books the title or blurb are super obvious for the plot, but not this one. You had to keep reading to see what the connection and importance was. The backstory was perfectly given and timed. All the emotions were strikingly written and pulled the reader into the swirling whirlwind of feelings.

I loved how this book ended, and the epilogue made my heart soar. I would heartily encourage readers to choose this book. I do hope that while this had been intended as a standalone, we can see Taylor’s story as well some time. She suffered so much, I hope she can find her happy ending in a future book.

Favorite Quotes:
“The woman standing in front of me has the body of a vixen and the eyes of an innocent. I can’t wait to see which personality she uses to seduce me, because I’m not walking out of this room without getting what I came here for.”
“I decide in that moment, I always want to be the person who brings this smile to her face.”

Star Ratings:
Plot = 5/5 Characters = 5/5 Heat = 5/5 Writing Style = 5/5 Overall Rating = 5/5
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308 reviews
October 4, 2019
First off, I have to say I really enjoyed this story. I really liked the main characters Nash and Caroline. Nash was a grieving widow who after five years was finally ready to get out there, and took a chance on something he wouldn’t normally do that his brothers had suggested and set up for him.. Caroline was new to the small town she was now living in and was reluctantly helping out her best friend for the evening. It was a case of “meant to be” or “stars aligning” when these two met. They had spent a wonderful weekend together not thinking they would see each other again, but of course, another twist of fate made that impossible. I liked how Caroline brought Nash slowly out of his shell of grief and helped him realize that maybe it was finally time after so many years to move on and find love again. I would have to say one negative about the book is all of the giggling. I don’t think I have giggled since high school, maybe middle school. Laughed sure, but using the word giggle so much just kind of makes my eye twitch and wonder how old these characters are supposed to be. Other than that, this was another hit from Laramie for me. I love all of her books and can’t wait for the next one. I am definitely hoping to read a book about Jameson and Taylor at some point because there is definitely a story there!!
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1,071 reviews6 followers
October 7, 2019
Let me start by saying this is NOT a cheating romance! I know people by feel that way from the blurb but it’s not the case.

Nash is a man tormented by his past life. His meddling brothers think they can help which is where Room 143 comes into play.

Caroline is trying to start her life over with her best friend. Said best friend needs help so Caroline steps in which is where Room 143 comes into play.

Nash and Caroline are immediately attracted to each other. They have no idea once they leave Room 143 that they will see each other again. They think it’s over.

Well they both have a surprise coming in the near future.

Once Nash made his decision on living in his past or moving onto the future was made I fell head over heels in love with him.

Their chemistry is off the chains from the moment they met but once Nash took the dive it burned like a wild fire.

You will fall in love with this book and I really hope we see more books based off Nash’s brothers and Caroline’s best friend.
October 7, 2019
I love this author so I got the book regardless of any other information I had on it. I read a ton of books. I can say that this meet cute was a first for me. Hero is a widow and his brothers set him up with an escort to try and get him out of a 5 year funk. Heroine is a good friend and agrees to help her escort friend out and takes her place with the widow. Really far out there but it kind of wrks for this story.

Nash and Caroline are both needing a change and needing to heal. Can they end up helping each other? Lots of feels in this one. Heartbreak and the healed heart cracking open again to feel love. Knowing that life moves on after someone is gone and accepting that change are probably the hardest parts of grieving.

The story is kind of short but still felt rounded out to me. Caroline and Nash together had a lot of chemistry. Caroline was way to forgiving of some of Nash's behavior. Given the circumstances, I don't know that I would have hung in there like she did.

Good stand alone story by this author.

*Complimentary copy provided for and honest review.
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929 reviews6 followers
October 7, 2019
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Room 143 was everything you would ever need in a story it is a beautiful book that is everything life could throw at you and Nash let the heartache and grief pull him apart for so long that he's a shell of a man he once was! 

Caroline is a breathe of fresh air, shes looking for a new start in life and Harper Valley will hopefully become home for her but the best thing for both Nash and Caroline is Room 143 it holds something so significant for them both and it's the start they both need together.

I loved this book it's very sexy in places and Nash and Caroline know how to light it up in the bedroom and mostly every other available surface, but I love that they mostly just found each other and they both very much deserve each other but it's also a great book with a good family, I hope we get more from Nash's brother Jameson.

Laramie Briscoe definitely delivered with this book and knows how to get your emotions running I love, love loved it! 
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1,199 reviews19 followers
October 2, 2019
Such an unexpected story from Laramie that I got totally obsessed with! After dealing with the ultimate loss in his life, Nash has continued to struggle with survivor’s guilt and moving on with his life. With a push from his brothers, who hired an escort for the night to help Nash quick start him moving on, Nash agrees its time and meets with her. Unbeknownst to Nash, who is supposed to meet with escort Taylor, he actually meets Caroline, who is filling in for her best friend after she has a family emergency. With a twist in the story, Caroline ends up being the newest hire at Nash’s family business, and when they realize they can’t stay away from each other and it’s fate that put them together again, and he decides it’s his chance to really move on in life. With some ups and downs within their newfound relationships, they work through their concerns and struggles as the feelings grow deeper. This was so different than the typical type of story that Laramie writes but I really enjoyed it and hope that she continues in this book world with Taylor’s book and the rest of Nash’s brothers!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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1,176 reviews18 followers
October 2, 2019
I love Laramie Briscoe but to be honest I was hesitant to read this Room 143 because the blurb had me all kinds of confused. I actually reached out to someone who already read it and asked her if there was cheating in this book because that is a hard limit for me. She assured me no and told me I would love it. OMG she was right. This book is nothing like I though it was. It’s a heartbreakingly beautiful story about tragedy, loss and moving on. It’s sad, emotional, SUPER steamy and moving. Nash and Caroline were so good together from the moment they met in the craziest of circumstances. And fate intervened in both their lives. I kept hoping that Nash could finally move forward in life and that Caroline would be able to accept every part of him. He was stuck in the dark and she was his light. .
I would have hated myself if I hadn’t read this book. It was so good and gave me all the feels. Room 143 is an emotional story about the long, hard and sometimes painful journey a person has to be strong enough to make for a second chance at finding love. I highly recommend you read this book when it releases on October 5.
I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
992 reviews18 followers
October 4, 2019
Room 143 is not what the blurb leads you to believe this story could be about so please don't let this deter you from picking up this book. This is a standalone by this author, but am hoping we get a story on the secondary characters. Love the last name thing they do for scoring-too funny! Leaving it at that to avoid spoilers and to allow you to chuckle with us. Nash has a big decision to make. Do you or don't you enter is the question? There is no right or wrong when it comes to healing. Would I be mad at my siblings? Heck Yeah! But it was in good faith that they did this. Caroline you will adore and for whatever reason the stars aligned when you least expect it. Change is good, not always easy, but without setbacks there would be no change or lessons to learn from. Your heart will hurt, melt and heal all in one book. This was a beautiful story and that ending just should how right it was between these two when it comes to keeping memories alive. I highly recommend it. Love what the Room 134 also stands for!
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3,844 reviews49 followers
October 4, 2019
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Around my neck lays a wedding ring. In my right hand I hold a hotel room key. Which one do I pick? The marriage? They Key? Everything is not as it seems in room one-forty-three.

If you want a book that you can't quiet figure out then you need to read this one. I loved every second of it and devoured this book. I loved it so much. It is so different than any other Laramie Briscoe book that I have read. Tis is the story of Nash and Caroline who meet in room 143. There is so much that Nash has been through and he is going to grab your heart and not let go. For Caroline this is the fresh starte she needs and the perfect small town. One is brokenhearted. The other a free spirt. I loved them both equally and like I said devoured this book. Just pick it up and read it. Your going to love it and it will forever be one of my Laramie Briscoe favorites.
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118 reviews40 followers
October 5, 2019
Have you ever read a book that just changed your way of reading? Your way of absorbing the story? I have had the pleasure of that happening to me 4 times prior to this story. So now I can say 5 books.

I met Laramie with the Heaven Hills Series. Which I LOVED. Then came her contemporary books. And HOLY CRAP. Each book has depth and meaning, and you will leave them wiser and wanting to find your Laramie love too.

Room 143 was no exception. I instantly fell in love with Nash and Caroline’s story. He has lost everything. His world crumbled the day his wife passed. (cue tears) And his family became worried because he was spiraling, and they wanted him back. Enter their plan and Caroline, who herself wasn’t looking for love.

This story is heart shattering, but I promise she puts the pieces back to wonderfully that you will see their cracks (because that’s what makes them now) but the heart is mended. It’s a fantastic story of learning to let go and live again.
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Author 3 books20 followers
October 5, 2019
Room 143 is AMAZING!

Caroline, searching for a more satisfying life, finds herself settling down in Harper Valley where her best friend lives. When her best friend, Taylor's mom is in the hospital, she begs Caroline to fill in for her...as an escort.

Nash, struggling to move on from the loss of his wife and unborn child five years prior, is set up with an escort by his brothers in hopes he'll be able to start living again.

After a very incredible night spent together, Caroline shows up for her first day of work at her new job. Little do either know, Nash is her new boss.

This story has all the feels. The way they find each other may not be traditional, but something beautiful develops. They both find a peace neither expected.

This story has a great flow, some incredibly steamy scenes and amazingly touching moments. I love the slow burn they have for each other. Definitely worth the read!
68 reviews2 followers
October 5, 2019
Nash is a young widower and Caroline is just a girl trying to help out her friend. These two come together in a very very unconventional way but it is explosive.
I loved that this story is kind of a slow burn after the first encounter. It’s instant attraction not instant love which I think was perfect for these characters and their backgrounds. You really feel for both Nash and Caroline throughly this whole story.
Nash loved the wife he lost and you root for him this whole book as he slowly comes to terms with moving on and opening himself up to love again.
Caroline is this great girl who values friends and really wants a family underneath it all. You go on this crazy love adventure with her and you just can’t help but love her.
This is one emotional, hilarious and unconventional love story. Definite must read!
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5,009 reviews411 followers
October 6, 2019
Laramie Briscoe does a fantastic job with Room 143. It's emotional, touching, raw in places and it will hit the reader with all the feelings. I couldn't help but root for both Caroline and Nash. Nash's story was so heartbreakingly sad yet his brothers knew he was ready to start living life again...Caroline had moved to a new town and when her BFF needed a favor, she helped her out- reluctantly. These two lost souls met and what a raw, beautiful, sizzling, intense, emotionally charged, complex, unique, gripping 2nd chance at love romance.
Ms. Briscoe has a way at writing emotionally complex romances, romances with heart yet romances that do require tissues. I enjoyed every moment with my raccoon eyes because Nash and Caroline
made the story! I liked the secondary characters and I hope there will be books written for Nash's brothers..

My Rating: 4.5 stars ****
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2,179 reviews42 followers
October 7, 2019
Simply adored this heartfelt romance. It was exactly sure what to expect when I started reading Room 143 as the reviews I saw told me this differed from Ms. Briscoe’s other book. But I love her writing style so I decided to give it a go. Believe me when I say, I am very glad I did. The storyline deals with powerful issues that will break your heart but the author has written it in such a fun, flirty, romantic way that it will end up melting into your soul.

Nash is a widower who lost his wife and unborn son in a car accident. She was his childhood sweetheart and only love. 5 years later he is still him a curve and a possible 2nd chance at life. Watching Nash deal with the pain, the guilt and the hope of moving forward was simply breathtaking. Especially with happy, upbeat Caroline who is also starting a new life in a new town with a new career. Their journey from page one of Room 143 to the very end is one I HIGHLY RECOMMEND traveling down. You won’t regret it.

2 Thumbs Up and 5 stars for this amazing read. And if I may add, I hope Ms. Briscoe writes more books in this vain as she truly did a remarkable job with Room 143.
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