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One Hundred Excuses

(Aspen Cove #5)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Author Kelly Collins takes you back to Aspen Cove where life is sweet, the tea is sweeter, and love is the sweetest of all.

Marina Caswell didn’t expect to find herself broken and alone with a four-year-old daughter. She could offer a hundred excuses as to why her marriage failed, but the truth was she’d chosen poorly. After a painful marriage and an ugly divorce, she fle
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published November 1st 2018
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DJ Sakata
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

I’ve found few things grow without care—not a garden and not friendship. Anything worth having is worth cultivating.

He’d stood there staring at the drinks for minutes until the owner, Marge, asked him what the problem was. He explained that he didn’t know what a four-year-old liked. She handed him a six-pack of fruit punch and told him he couldn’t go wrong with sugar and red dye. Two things all kids seemed to love.

She leaned into Sage and whispered, “She doesn’t talk.” Sage smil
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
[I received a digital ARC for an honest review]

This is my second Kelly Collins novel and I enjoyed it as much as the first. One Hundred Excuses is seriously the sweetest most heart-warming story I have read in a while.

Marina has escaped from a horrible situation and has decided to place roots in Aspen Cove. She has decided that she will no longer be a victim but a victor and will protect her daughter no matter what. Her daughter Kellyn is the sweetest little girl in the world. She is skittish an
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One Hundred Excuses by Kelly Collins

I was given a e arc of this story a little whiles ago. This was my first Kelly Collins story I have read and I found it to be sweet and heart warming.

This story is set in the Aspen Cove series, I enjoyed the writing and the characters, would love to check out the authors other work.

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Sallie Page
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it

I am really enjoying this series of books so far. I loved Aiden in this story, and Marina who both did so much for a scared little girl.
Kay Daniels (Kay Daniels Romance)
With October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month it seems appropriate to read a book with a central theme revolving around this very topic.

One Hundred Excuses had in tears multiple times . The story of Marina and Kellyn and the strong man, Aiden, who saw beyond the brokenness that these two were was incredibly touching. Aiden didn't plow into their lives, but instead by agreeing with Marina's "Victor not the Victim" motto he gentled and eased a kindness around them that neither had
Ann-Maree Howarth
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am stepping back into Aspen Cove after reading book 6 last week to book 5 after missing this book in my kindle. I am loving this series so much I can’t believe I missed one along the way, and what a book to miss. Both the hero and the heroine were strong and endearing character’s that had you fighting for them to find there HEA together. If you have followed any of my review you could not I just love small town romance and Kelly Collins always gives us her all in her stories, with so much more ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One Hundred Excuses is the fifth book in the Aspen Cove Romance series, but reads completely as a stand-alone. Marina and her four year old daughter, Kellyn, have been through hell and survived. Now they’re looking forward to their new life in Aspen Cove! Aiden, her neighbor, is the Sheriff, a genuinely good guy, and wants only to brighten the days of the ladies living next to him. As their attraction and trust grows, Kellyn gets more comfortable, and Marina makes a real home for herself. But wh ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

One Hundred Reasons(Book 1) was a 5-star story but somehow the Aspen Cove series just keeps getting better. Marina had cameos in previous books and all we knew was she was a victim of domestic abuse. In One Hundred Excuses, we finally learn her story and find out she has gone from victim to victor. She is a momma bear who will do whatever it takes to protect Kellyn and give her the life she deserves. Aiden is the perfect man for Marina. He is calm, not easily provoked, caring, compassionate, and
Sharon Grow
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, the “Aspen Cove” series by Kelly Collins is a must-read series! I don’t know how she does it, but each book gets better than the one before (and they are all so GREAT!). We met Marina in two of the previous books as she briefly visited Aspen Cove after being abused by her husband. Marina is now free of her ex and she and her four-year old daughter, Kellyn, have moved to Aspen Cove. Both Marina and Kellyn, who refuses to speak, are suffering the after effects of abuse. The home the ...more
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5 Stars

Aiden and Marina are not your typical couple. Marina is a single mom in an atypical situation and Aiden is her next door neighbor. As the sheriff Aiden is curious as to her story, he can tell something is up but he isn’t sure what. What starts out as the interaction between two friendly neighbors turns into a strong and needed friendship. Kellyn, Marina’s daughter, is sweet, adorable and struggling with something that happened to her yet no one knows for sure the details. What continues t
Cara Ross
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One Hundred Excuses is the next installment in the Aspen Cove series by Kelly Collins, and it’s the most heartbreaking story I have ever read!

Marina Caswell has finally escaped from the monster of an ex-husband, and has managed to take her step-daughter with her! How? By blackmail! And now Kellyn and her and her daughter have finally found a safe place in Aspen Cove, living next door to Aspens sheriff Aiden Cooper! And despite the initial attraction, there is so much damage there, especially to
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Once again a heart-warming love story straight from Aspen Cove.

Marina was an outstanding woman, a great female lead character. She had such a great love for her daughter she even suffered abuse by her husband for years before finally getting away.
She appeared in Aspen Cove a few times in the past during her lowest times and immediately found helpful companions so it was right to go there again to start her new life.
Typically in Aspen Cove fashion the people welcomed her little family of two with
Jessica Wannamaker
4.5 stars from me :)
Moving to a new place is always a big change and a bit of anxiety. For Marina and her daughter it was a new life, new hope and an escape from the nightmare they had been living. Moving beside Sheriff Aiden Cooper would turn out to be the best move possible.

Aiden had one terrible relationship a few years back and really hasn't dated since then- certainly nothing substantial. But having a new neighbor with an adorable four year old is the setting for a beautiful garden to plan
Juliana Ignácio
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I have read all the books in this series and loved the stories, this book has a special place in my heart, since I fell in love with little Kellyn and Marina's force in defending her.
After escaping an abusive relationship, Marina and her daughter, Kellyn, stop at Aspen Cove. They will live next to Sheriff Aiden Cooper's house, who from the beginning takes an interest in them and does everything to make them feel welcome in the city. From small gestures of respect to surprises in the mid
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so glad to find out that in One Hundred Excuses we were gonna find out more about Marina and her story. Once again author Kelly Collins has giving me a book that I could get lost in what I would like to call my vacation time to Aspen Cove. We were able to reconnect with some of the other characters we have met in the previous stories. Even with all the characters Kelly is able to give a fresh new story with a different twist for each couple. I love how there are some serious topics that ar ...more
Reading Addict
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read every on of the Aspen Cove books and One Hundred Excuses is another good addition. Sherrif Aiden Cooper has watched everyone around he become lucky in love but now it looks like his turn has finally come. The woman that has caught his eye is single mother Marina Caswell. She and her adorable daughter Kellyn have recently moved in next door. Marina is a divorcee and is rightfully wary of men. She was in an abusive marriage for years, finally found the courage to break free and just wa ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I knew of some place in real life that has the same sense of community spirit as Aspen Cove does in this book. I think I’d move there in a heart beat. It’s probably no surprise that I’m a sucker for a man in uniform, which makes Aiden one of my favorite heroes in this series. He’s just the sweetest, most lovable, big ol’ teddy bear. But don’t let that sweetness fool you. When the safety of the people he’s responsible for protecting is threatened, Aiden’s one hundred percent angry grizzly. ...more
Margaret Watkins
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this warm-hearted romance with some suspense, Marina hides away in Aspen Cove with her four-year-old daughter. Finding that the local sheriff is her new neighbour doesn't exactly fill her with optimism as she knows better than to trust those in authority. However, when Aiden first lays eyes on Marina and Kellyn, his protective instincts are aroused and he vows to do whatever he can to shield and keep the mother and daughter safe. Aspen Cove takes care of its own and Marina and Kellyn begin to ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you have read any of the books so far in this series
You will no how things work in Aspen cove.
In this book we do see most of the characters from
all the books before this one.
Marina move to Aspen Cove with her four year old daughter
who hasn’t spoken in years.
Marina has just arrived in Aspen cove after she left her ex who abused
her. She had stuf on her ex which gave her the upper hand in getting
full custody of her stepdaughter.
Not long after they arrive she met her next door neighbor who is
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful story that touches on an issue that many women face but few address domestic abuse. Marina is a divorced single mother and that within itself is special. She has a heart of gold and lives to protect and make sure her little girl will have a bright life. Aiden is the town sheriff and has a story of his own. When he meets his new neighbor he sees nothing but hurt and sadness in her eyes and would like to bring her happiness. As these two venture on a journey that will take their ...more
Denise Van plew
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time in reading this author and even though this one was in a series it was still easily read. After reading it though it did get me interested in the others. Not knowing what to expect it was like entering in slowly so not to miss anything. Marina and Kellyn capture your attention right away with you looking closely. When Aiden enters the picture you know he has a challenge. As this progresses and you feel disgust for the ex you are captured or at least I was by Kellyn. I deli ...more
Christine Garza
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming and suspenseful story about Marina a young woman fighting to keep her and her daughter safe from her ex husband and Aiden the town sheriff who finds the one woman he wants to make a home with. Kelly Collins draws her readers into a small town Colorado town where everyone knows everyone and neighbors become family. Filled with flirtatious banter, heartache, healing, fear, domestic and child abuse, gaining strength and courage from friends, a stalker of an ex, laughter, and finding ...more
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This story was so good I had to take my time reading it I wanted to know what happens quick but then I did nothing t want it to end the heroine is a true survivor after being in an abusive relationship with a husband whom chose to hit her and scare his young daughter, she was so scared of him she quit talking.

Marina moved to Aspen Cove for a new beginning if only her ex would leave her alone.
She meets this great guy her next door neighbor the town’s sheriff he is almost too good to be true and p
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One Hundred Excuses - This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it immensely. Well written with good storylines and characters that are likable and decent people. I didn't realize this is part of series because other people and previous history were mentioned in passing as if introduced in another book. BUT this did not diminish my enjoyment of this delightful, heartwarming story.

I had fun with Mrs. Beasley (from Family Affair), I remember when she hit the store shelves in the late 60s
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not believe it when I saw Kelly Collins on Booksprout it was a must get for me. I have been a fan since reading her second chance series. Her books are so real and with some great true to life events in the books. This one is an example of what I mean. An abused woman fights back and in the end gains a precious gift. It is uphill every day for her and her daughter, but with the help of a cool character, things get better. In this one there is murder a little blackmail, and a whole lot of ...more
Debbie Caswell
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another well written book from this extremely talented author somehow she has you living and breathing with her characters they become friends and once again w are meeting friends in Aspen Cove

This is the story of Marina Caswell a single mum who has fled from her abusive marriage she has sworn that she will never trust again. What she didn't expect was to find a man who may make her change her mind Sheriff Aiden Cooper is drawn to his new neighbour and her little girl but with a bad breakup behi
Penny Ellgass
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marina and her daughter Kellyn have just moved to town. They left behind everything as there was nothing they wanted to remember of their past.
Aidan owns the house next door to where they are renting, he is the town Sheriff, one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.
As they get to know the town and it's people they relive they are in the right place. Everyone makes them feel welcome, and don't make a big deal over Kellyn not talking.
Take this journey in learning to trust, with Marina and Kellyn.

Marie Bourgery
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marina Caswell would do anything to protect her step daughter Kellyn after all that they experienced at the hands of Kellyn’s selfish sadistic father. She escapes with her to Aspen Cove finding it a haven after her visits there. Her new next door neighbor Sheriff Aiden Cooper goes out of his way to make them feel welcoming, planting flowers, and planning special outings. He is even extra careful and thoughtful with mute traumatized Kellyn. Mariana is one tough lady and Aiden is so sexy and sweet ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aiden Cooper was the town Sheriff, lived alone, planted a garden and quickly admired his new neighbor, Marina Caswell. Most of all, a favorite in this story, is little Kellyn, a four-year old doll. This book has a great story-line and one that will remain in your mind for quite some time. Fleeing from years of abuse, freshly divorced, toting a little daughter, Marina is looking for peace and freedom. She doesn’t have much but yet she has everything with the love of her little girl. I highly reco ...more
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International bestselling author of over 30 novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again.

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