#Free #Throwback #Review #SecondChanceLove #FriendsToLovers – Love Realized (Real Love #1) by Melanie Codina

Love Realized (Real Love, #1)

For Jake, it’s always been Gillian

It’s been her since that day she unknowingly stole a piece of his heart…..when he watched her fall for one of his best friends. Resolved to the fate that she couldn’t be his, he locked up the deeper emotions he felt for her and loved her as a friend. As friends, they went through it all together. Marriages, births, divorces and even death. But when a shameful secret Gillan has kept from her friends is revealed, Jake realizes that she needs him more than ever. He knew what it was like to go through heartbreak and he wasn’t about to stand back and watch her endure it alone. He also knew she would turn to him for support. What he wasn’t prepared for was the return of the emotions he had long ago locked away. Could he control these emotions again and did he even want to? Could he make her realize his love for her was real, or would she slip through his fingers again?


I received this book from the author.

Now if you are a follower of my blog you know we are not the most traditional bloggers sooooo with that stated I must start this by saying I have a bit of a girlie crush on the author …yup I sure do. She is an amazing , giving and caring person so I was honored and thrilled when she asked me to read this book for her.

The story starts out with Gillian looking around at her friends and family and thinking what a great, kickass life she has. She is happily attending to her sons birthday guest when her co-worker enters the house with………..the Home Wrecking Whore……. the woman who her husband had (as in past tense) been sleeping with. Welp guess what? Logan lied and all kinds of hell breaks lose for Gillian. Her life spins out of control and she finds herself confronting her husband in front of family and JAKE about what he has done.

Jake…..dreamy sigh…….Swooning……licking my lips in breathless anticipation for him to come to my door…oh wait better get back to the review…..So Jake takes a stand and comforts Gillian through this emotional time. Hey guess what Peps? Jake has been in total and desperate love with Gillian since they were 17!!! He didn’t ball up and admit it so Logan got the girl.

Well Gillian decides to get out and start dating with the help Super Bitch Allie. Well Jake doesn’t take this news very well because he has decided that he will get Gillian this time. I felt so bad for Jake at the scene when he sees “his future” leaving with another man. I was totally broken for Jake because DAMN IT I want Jake!!!

Well since this is a romance book…..you kinda guessed it, Jake and Gillian get to hitting the sheets, Couch, Bed, shower stall, etc. The scene that sets all the sexing in motion is when Jake says “Can I have you Gillian?” I was on the floor and screaming “ANSWER HIM ALREADY!!!!!! and it better damn well be a YES!!!”

Well the couple in this book area great start to this series. I loved the side plot of someone vandalizing Logan’s vehicle and wondered who it was. I was pretty stunned when the person was revealed. I didn’t see it coming but then again i was really only reading the book for the Jake/Gillian sex scenes at that point…JK!!!! I loved the other little surprise the author gives us for Jake and Gillian…wanna know??? Well get our “one click” finger busy and down load it from amazon already!!!!

Melanie is an amazing mother of four, an awesome and tolerant wife to one, and nurse to many. If you don’t believe her, just ask anyone in her family, they know what to say. She is also a devoted chauffer, the keeper of missing socks, a genius according to a six year old, the coolest soccer uniform coordinator according to a twelve year old, and the best damn ‘mac-n-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dog maker in the whole world. Well that last title isn’t really official, but it’s still pretty cool to be called it.

When not being ordered around by any of the kids, you can find her with her nose in a book or on the sideline of a soccer game cheering on one team or another. But that’s mostly because she has a thing for the coach. When she is not doing all of the above, you can find her obsessed with a group of fictional characters all vying for a spot on the page of whatever she’s working on. It’s a fun and crazy life to lead, but wouldn’t have it any other way.


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