Pretty Pink Ribbons by K.L. Grayson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative
Photographer: Tomasz Zienkiewicz
Dying . . .
Dead . . .
Deceased . . .
It doesn’t matter how many times I say it or how many different names I give it, it still means the same thing. One of these days I’ll be nothing but a passing memory, a familiar face in a forgotten photo. But there’s three things I need before this life of mine ends . . .
I need to tell him I love him more than life itself.
I need to feel the strength of his arms wrapped around me just one more night.
Most of all, I need him to forgive me.
Eight years ago I broke the heart of the only man I’ve ever loved and today I’m moving home in hopes that he’ll let me put it back together. I’m not sure how many breaths I have left, but I’ll use each and every last one fighting for what I destroyed.
My name is Laney Jacobs and this is my journey.
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“I wish it was someone else,” she croaks, swallowing hard. “There are thousands of bad people in the world, but it happened to you.” I watch her eyes fill with tears and then I look away. It’s pathetic of me really; that I’m unable to look my best friend in the face when it’s obvious that she is struggling with this almost as much as I am. But I’ve cried my fair share of tears and although I’m certain my tear ducts have yet to dry up, I don’t want to cry tonight. Somehow I know that if I watch Mia break, then I’ll shatter right along with her.
“I’m glad it’s me.” She gasps, startled by my words, and I rush to try and explain. “If it wasn’t me, it would be someone else, and I would never wish this upon someone else. You know that saying that God will only give you what you can handle?”
“Sometimes I tell myself that he just thinks I’m really strong and I can handle it, whereas someone else couldn’t.”
“Does that help?” she asks. “Does that make you feel better about it?”
“No, but it eases my mind. Sometimes when I’m having a good day, it brings me peace, however temporary it may be. But no, it doesn’t make me feel better.”
“Peace,” she whispers, seemingly trying the word on for size. “I want you to have peace.”
Whitney’s 4.5 Star Review
I knew going in this story would not be easy to read. I think we all have known someone who has either passed away from breast cancer or is a breast cancer survivor. Sadly, most of us probably know both.
K.L. Grayson has dedicated this book to her sister, a breast cancer survivor, and the detail and emotion in this book are spot on. Laney’s character is amazingly strong for herself and the others around her.
After many years apart from her first love, Laney comes back home to try and win Levi back. After all, she doesn’t know how much time she has left. She only knows she wants Levi to be part of it. It’s not an easy task as Levi is bitter and still angry over the way she left him years ago.
I won’t ruin any details of the plot but I promise you will fall in love with Laney as she goes through her journey with breast cancer. And of course Levi is just as amazing as he was in Where We Belong. We get a few glimpses of Harley and Tyson as well as several other great side characters.
I have a feeling this book is going to be deeply personal for many people. It can be read as a stand alone but it is a spin-off of Where We Belong. My only criticism is that the end of the story seemed a bit rushed. However, I am sure the author was trying to close things up and not drag this into a 3 book series. It was still a great experience though and I highly recommend it.
P.S. to the author: I wouldn’t mind reading a story about Mia and Benny. Hint hint.
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About The Author
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.