I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Landslide by Jenn Cooksey
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on January 18, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance
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For Erica and Cole, the bond of friendship was forged in childhood.
Now, torn and broken by grief, that bond will become paramount as two friends look to one another for comfort, strength, and hope in the aftermath of loss. On a journey taken both together and alone, Erica and Cole search for healing and life born anew. Although when mistakes, secrets and betrayal are revealed, the two must each learn to accept that even saints and some angels are human and people aren’t always who they appear to be.
But in the age old struggle to forget and forgive, realization dawns. And with it, so does the understanding that sometimes, the sturdiest foundation for the future lies buried in the dust of the past. Because, for some people…
…love is friendship caught on fire.
I don’t read a lot of Contemporary Romance so I don’t know if that makes my opinion hold more or less weight in your eyes, but I figured I would be up front with that. Most of my romances involve supernatural creatures, and I think that is to help keep me entertained in the story. Well Cooksey didn’t need to have Vampires or Werewolves involved to keep me invested in her story. She wove a tale that required no suspension of belief, no magic, no supernaturals – LANDSLIDE had me hooked from very early on until the end.
I am a very character driven reader. To me, a story requires characters I can connect with – love them or hate them it doesn’t matter but I need to FEEL something for them. (That being said I am not a crier either – so do with that what you will) An ok story with amazing characters will win me over every time. LANDSLIDE was more than an amazing story, it was an experience. I got to live my teenage years with heartbreak I never experienced, and a reunion with a lost love I never had. While the characters certainly did not make the same choices I would have, and sometimes I wanted to bash them on the head with a rock *giggle snort* (if you read it, you’ll probably get why I giggle), I still understood their motivations.
I don’t want to say too much here – there are several twists and turns and I don’t even want to accidentally hint at ANYTHING. I guessed a few, but there were still a few more that had my jaw dropping. It was pretty fantastic. I like to be surprised. If you like contemporary romance you will like this. If you are looking for a gateway drug into contemporary romance, this will be my go to recommendation.