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A New Life

(Loving Again #2)

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New apartment, new job, new love - Ben and Donnie’s life in Atlanta is more than they ever dared to hope for. And when Zac, a baby in need of a home, comes to live with them, their family is complete.

But caring for a little one is hard work, and Donnie’s fragile health soon suffers. And then certain criminal elements from Donnie’s past turn up again. Ben and Donnie are det
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Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published February 22nd 2019
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Cee Brown
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✮ (¸.•´What do you say when book two threatens to overshadow book one's goodness. You keep your fingers crossed that the author quickly gets the next book out and does not kill you with even more wholesome goodness.

I absolutely LOVED this installment and the peaks and turns were kept real and interesting. Book two of the Loving Again Series took off where book one A World Apart left off. Donnie and Ben have now settled in together in Atlanta and are building their relationship. Ben
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Melanie Rawlinson
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These books are going to kill me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love them and they are wonderful but they’re far too well-written so they make me feel all the emotions! This is the second in the series, following Donnie and Ben who met and fell in love in A World Apart (if you haven’t read it, start there and come back to this one). Donnie continues to struggle with the fear and self esteem issues that result from his past, and in this book we get some flashbacks of what it was like to live with his brot
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Kathryn Manzella
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life is looking up for Donnie and Ben. A new apartment for the couple, a new job for Ben and their new love blossoming with the changes. Especially when sad circumstances lead to an adorable baby boy, Zac, landing in their arms.

Raising a baby is hard and starts to take a toll. And it starts to seem that certain parts of their past doesn't want to lay to rest. Ben and Donnie are going to have to fight hard to keep thier sweet little family together.

A New Life by Mel Gough is the second book in
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Sarita Chapdelaine
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is the second book in the Loving Again series and I like this one even more than the first one as most of it is from Donnie's POV as well as having flashbacks to his life when he lived with his brother Floyd. It is well-written, emotional, sweet, intense, heartbreakingly sad, full of hope, has some surprising twists and the characters are amazing. Donnie and Ben are settling into their new lives together but unfortunately Donnie is again plagued by health issues as well as the stress of a n ...more
Maria Vickers
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loving Again by Mel Gough...I don't even know where to start with this one. Word of warning, you will need to read book one before you read this one. This is a continuation of Ben and Donnie's life. Second, have tissues! Emotions run rampant as you read this, and you will be laughing and crying (especially crying) a lot.

Donnie and Ben are solid, but health and other issues haunt them, on top of that they are trying to take care of a child. Nothing is ever easy for these two. You have to read to
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tammy rufo
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
donnie and ben's story keeps getting better, new jobs, new home, same love. this book has all the feels and a baby too! would def recommend!
Pat
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emotional

OMG! How much more can this couple and especially Donnie endure. I loved it. So much emotion, insecurity, past issues coming into play. Can't wait for next book.
Karolina Cebula
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

Ben and Donnie's life together just begins and the happiness they were fighting for blossoms. It may seem that they don't need anything more, that they have everything to fully enjoy every day of their relationship and their every success. However, when Donnie starts to take care of an infant, who immediately conquers his heart, some instincts the young man didn't know he has awaken in him. Ben and Donnie decide to create a new home f
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Lisa
Nothing is ever simple with these guys as we learned in the first book.
But when things are finally starting to fall into place with new jobs for them both and a new home. Things end up going pear shaped all over again.
How will they cope with a completed addition to their still new family.

This series go’s from strength to strength it’s not an easy lovey dovey read but if you want something real with some heart break this is definitely for you.

I can wait to see where these guys go next x
Jenny Wood
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
The story continues with Donnie and Ben, only now it’s a couple of months later and things are settling in with them quite well. They’ve got a new place together, Ben’s got a new job, Ben and his ex are getting along, and he gets to see his daughter, though she doesn’t have much page time in this one either. He’s very much a sometimes dad to her, which sucked in my opinion, because in this one, he and Donnie get a baby and he’s all kinds of a dad to him!

Okay, so I’ll explain. A woman at the she
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Meg
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 🌟 rounded up

This is a continuation of the story of Ben and Donnie. As with the first book, there is a lot of angst, but the story is sweet.

Donnie and Ben are adjusting to their new apartment and Ben's new job pretty well. Donnie is still working at the daycare at the community center, but is still struggling with his insecurities. Arthur, the center's director, and friend to both MCs, is still working to help the homeless and addicts find their way back to a better life. He brings a young ad
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K.R. Phoenix
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3+

This series is heartbreaking but I loved this one! It’ll stay with you!

Poor Donnie can’t catch a break! When his brother past catches up with him, tragedy strikes again and poor Donnie is left to recover! This story was better than the first one and I found this one to have more hope and heart than the first. Honestly, I found the first a bit depressing but as with the first book of the series, this is such a REAL story! It’s bold, confronting and emotional. Mel d
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Ayla
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, damn-emotions
4.5 stars

Even though I enjoyed the first book in this series, I connected so much more to this one. We get to see Donnie and Ben's established life together and while there are unbelievably sad parts, the dynamic between the two of them was strong. We get very short past passages that run well with the story. I usually detest any sort of time jumps but in this instance, it really worked; it helped build the story and build who Donnie is.

We get Donnie's POV primarily in this book, which is dif
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Jennifer Holmes
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
Heartwarming strength. Mel writes a compelling story with two characters dealing with arduous and often overwhelming circumstances. Mel portrays the plights faced by HIV-positive people and the psychological long term nuances of abuse with equal compassion. The angst, heartbreak and love Donnie and Ben have for each other and their growing family made me emotionally invested in their relationship. I thought the secondary characters were much better integrated into the continuity of the story as ...more
Kyle
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The depth of Ben and Donnie's relationship with Zac is awe-inspiring in the scenes that Gough has written for these characters as they find their way to being a family. Familiar sites of conflict feature prominently between Ben and Donnie, especially on the question of where the baby should sleep. I found these scenes to be most compelling, which is much more rewarding to me as a reader than Donnie trying to cope with aspects of a past that continues to trouble him. I found the second half of th ...more
Modwena
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a continuation of book 1 (A World Apart) and picks up where the previous one left off. Donnie and Ben have just moved to their new house and are settling into their life together.
When a baby that Donnie looks after in daycare suddenly needs a foster family they are the obvious choice.
Health issues continue to plague them, but Donnie and Ben's relationship is better than ever. They are determined that nothing will stop them being a family. Not even when Donnie's brother Floyd's past com
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Ravenclaw Silverstripe
This was a bit better than the previous story, but I did still had some issues with the characters.

I just find it hard to connect with either of these MCs. I do not necessarily like either of them all that much individually, but when they are together I just do not get their relationship.

I liked how this shifted from their first book, yet there was something missing here and Donnie's brother just detracted from their growth for me. I cannot explain why it just felt like the story relied on him
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Terri
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the next installment in the life of Donnie and Ben. This is another very difficult story, but I love the gritty realism of Donnie's emotions regarding his past and his doubts about whether or not he deserves happiness. Ben is sometimes annoyed but always, always supportive of the man he adores. There are new glimpses into the life Donnie lived with his abusive brother, which ties into his current life with Ben. There are some absolutely heartbreaking moments, and my heart hurt for both m ...more
Violet  Marshall
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second book in The Loving Again Series. An interesting book the writing was okay. There were some places that had some problematic writing. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I was left with questions from this book and there were events that weren’t fleshed out. Ben and Donnie are the MC’s of this book. I could see where the author was going but I don’t think that idea was fully realized, however. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an h ...more
Joscelyn Smith
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this second installment in Ben and Donnie's story (A World Apart is book one and really should be read first). This is one hell of an emotional read; from laughter to tears, the author used Ben and Donnie to put me through the emotional wringer and I loved every minute of it. I am so looking forward to book 3.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*
Suzanne
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ben and Donnie start a family

Donnie met Zac as an infant at the Daycare center. After Zac lost his Mom, Ben arranged for them to become foster parents. Donnie continues to have issues with his past and with his health but his love for Zac (and Ben) seem to outweigh the bad times.
Anita
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book two in the Loving Again series and it did not disappoint. Ben and Donnie have new jobs, a new apartment and a new addition. This is told more from Donnie’s POV and we find out more about his life with Floyd. There are hard issues dealt with again but through the hurt comes love stronger every day. This is most definitely worth a read and will tug on your heart in a big way.
Dixiecowgirl
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heartfelt struggles and soul healing experiences create a very touching story. Heartbreaking and yet shows the amazing ability of the human spirit to renew from terrible tragedy.

Ben and Donnie are making their life a happy place but the have some really intense struggles still impacting their lives.

i am looking forward to the next book to see how they find their forever.
Kaila
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
good story.. heartbreaking.. heartwarming.. lots of emotions and angst.. very good story and i enjoyed it
Shirley (Secret Squirrel)
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great catching up with these guys again and getting more backstory into Donnie's past.
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