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5.0 out of 5 starsSo much more than forbidden love...
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
Maguire and Holland wow what a cliffy book one left us hanging on.... This couldn't have been an easy story to write, but it was perfection...... Was Holland very hesitant ans fighting her feelings?? YES very much so, but who wouldn't in this situation? I try my best to think of every book I read Like Could This Really Happen??? Yes I believe with my whole heart it could. The heart wants what it wants, no matter others opinions, or how hard it may make life... It's a super slow burn, but the chemistry is intense from the beginning.... two broken people healing together , literally breathing life into one another. We don't always get a second chance at love, so when we do Grab it and Don't Ever Let it go....Yes it's a forbidden love story, but IT IS SO MUCH MORE....
This is book two in the Father/Son Duet. You need to read book one Like Father, Like Son before you begin reading this book. This book picks up where the cliffhanger of book one left off. This is a very angsty, emotional and slow-burning story. As someone that really enjoys the forbidden romance trope I was extremely eager to read this series and I enjoyed book one. As for book two, I thought that it was basically a good read. I felt that the story idea was interesting and complex. It is filled with a lot of tension, drama, angst and emotional turmoil. I wish I could have liked and enjoyed it as much as I desperately wanted to. However, this book had me hissy fit frustrated, torn between my heart aching for Maguire and the desire to tell him to "Smarten up and move on", hating Holland with a passion and in the end so emotionally worn out by it all that I was simply almost too tired to care how it all ended. I thought Maguire was a good hearted guy but a pushover. I felt for him and wanted him to be happy. He deserved someone that would love him and be completely comitted to him. I just didn't get that from Holland. What started out as her realistic and heart aching quandary, morphed into what I felt was game playing, manipulation and plain and simple shrewishness. Turns out Maguire has a type and he obviously never learned his lesson from his first go round with it. Holland's actions, thoughts and feelings, in my opinion, reached nerve grating, OTT levels and left me severely in doubt that this couple could ever maintain a successful long term relationship and that is why this ended up being only an OK read for me about a couple I could not believe in.
5.0 out of 5 stars“And this, what we share, will never go away.”
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2019
This is the conclusion to Maguire and Holland’s story. Their story has a very slow burn...Holland is so hesitant to go forward in this relationship but who could blame her? Falling in love again is one thing, but to fall in love with your father in law is another complete issue. Holland fights her feelings for so long and hard. She loves Maguire but feels like she’s disrespecting Scott’s memory. Maguire knows how short life is and refuses to let her go, she’s it for him. He’s finally found his soulmate, even if it was through losing his son. It’s Scott’s final gift to his dad and he’s never letting go. But when Holland finally lets go and decides she can’t fight her feelings anymore, disaster strikes again. Once again her daughter is at risk because of her selfishness (in her opinion). She pushes Maguire away again and this time she vows to let him go. She makes plans to move away taking Scottie with her, destroying Maguire. When an expected gift is given to Holland and sees what’s always been in front she has to make a final choice. The choice...choose love again...
I’m glad this book came out only a week after I read the first one. Had I waited longer for the ending we got with this one, I would have been upset. I was invested in the characters through the end of book one. But this one- it just kept going in circles. The same argument over and over, and neither character grew or changed. The “late letter” that came at the end- was such a cop out in the author’s part.i get it, the heroine was young, and perhaps that’s why she waffled so much, but come on. And Don’t get me started on Christine and her breakdown, followed by Holland just wanting her to get help? Such unnecessary drama, considering there was no character growth from ANY of the characters. There was even a death of a favorite character, and even that didn’t bring people closer together. I just feel like the author could have taken more time, and this could have been so much better. Great story idea, poorly executed in the end. I was left feeling disappointed, and I had high hopes for this one.
I gave the first book the benefit of the doubt. I thought for a romance, maybe Holland and Maguire were in an attraction, yet getting to know you, stage. But the second book was excruciating. SO MANY things rehashed that were covered in the first book, and maybe I’m being too harsh, but the “sex” scenes were almost as bland and fade to black/nondescriptive as I’ve seen in Christian romance.
I liked both characters in the first book, but the second book was just too much waffling and no progression in the relationship of the H and h. Booooooo!!!!
I absolutely loved the first book. Loved the slow progression of Maguire and Holland's relationship, and transition from father-in-law/daughter-in-law to potentially more. I felt that the build up to them almost having sex, then something happening happened way too often, and there were too many situations blown out of proportion. The push-pull of their relationship had me skimming pages. The end was a good sendoff, but the in-between was too hilly for me.
I read Like Father Like Son in 4 short hours. I couldn’t put it down. When I got to the cliff hanger of that book, I realized I had to wait several days for the 8th to come around. I was so glad to get the WHOLE story of Holland & Maguire. Not only do I love their names but holy cow the drama and love these characters had to go through to find their happy ever after, had me going through all the feels. I knew i should have taken up stock with Kleenex!!! i would most definitely give this more stars if I could!! Fantastic job to Leigh Lennon!!! I loved every single word in both books!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2019
I absolutely loved this story the ups and downs the characters and yes I did hate Christine and still do, manipulative is the word that comes to mind, Leigh is a new author to me but I can assure you I will be reading more😉
I must warn you… you’re going to need to read this with tissues close by. There will be tears. But there will also be love, there will be frustration, there will be some steam, and there will be some shock – but most of all there will be answers! Finally, you will be able to read what happens and what the future holds for these very much-loved characters Holland and Maguire. I loved reading this.