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Love Me Like You Mean It by Jamie Russell
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Max Stephens uses his past to avoid relationships in his life.
Only a few that know the truth about what really happened with his biological parents.
Max prefers to go through women without attachments until she needs help.
Reagan Cramer uses her past as a shield to get close to anyone.
Relationships are something she doesn't want or have time for while raising her nephew.
Max and Reagan use their bodies to forget the pain but what happens when the past is front and center and hard to avoid?
This was a new author for me and I will say that I enjoyed it. There were parts that were heart wrenching at times for me though. It begins with a tragedy and goes on to show that love always prevails. Even when people are stubborn and set in their ideas about it. Reagan and her nephew Jonathan love and support one another along with their family Cash, Nic, and Shawn. Reagan has a fear of love leaving her because her past has shown her that’s what happens. Then Max moves into the building and sparks between Max and Reagan fly. Max has issues with relationships as in he doesn’t ever do them. He doesn’t want to let anyone in due to his own past but makes Abby, Aaron, Rob, and Amanda his family.
One of the most important themes of this story is that family is not always blood related but those we create on our own. Both Max and Reagan learn a lot in this book and there were a lot of tears from me. However it was also filled with hope and we see the road that both Max and Reagan take as they learn that our past doesn’t define our futures. It merely gives us and insight so that we don’t make the same mistakes and the knowledge to learn from them.
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