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Violet Ugly by J. Lynn Bailey
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bookshelves: 2018-arc-reads

This book is a second chance romance between childhood friends, Merit & Ryan. I was first introduced to these two in Peony Red, however, you do not need to read that book before Violet Ugly.

There is so much history between Merit & Ryan...Ryan is Merit's younger brother's best friend, and the three of them grew up close together in tough times. While Merit lost her mother at a young age, Ryan suffered abuse from his father and together they formed a bond that was unbreakable...until it did break. Many years later Merit & Ryan find themselves again trying to take care of one another, heal old wounds and confront their undeniable love for each other.

I love Ryan's character - he is known to be a cocky playboy, but he really is this tough, responsible and smart Game Warden. He has no fear, loves fiercely, and is loyal to a fault to those closest to him (which isn't many). He is so selfless that he never wavers to put others ahead of himself, and in the instances that he does in this book - you will fall for him so hard!

Merit has a tough exterior - she is brilliant, motivated, and is a care-taker. But inside she is torn apart. She runs from her past, and does not face her problems and grief until she is forced to. I loved how her character developed in this story as she is able to let go of her past and push forward despite the inner turmoil she experiences.

This is a quick, sexy, and somewhat suspenseful read. You will swoon over Ryan, and want to cheer Merit on. J. Lynn Bailey will make you feel like you are right there in small town Maine with them all, and you can't help but love the small community and closeness of their family. I have loved getting to know these characters! Well done!
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Reading Progress

October 17, 2018 – Started Reading
October 17, 2018 – Shelved
October 17, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-arc-reads
October 19, 2018 – Finished Reading

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