Sunday, October 30, 2016

Review...Black & White Flowers by: Rachel Robinson


Carina Painter lives a life she created in between the pages of her bestselling novel. At least, that’s what she outwardly portrays. A heart-rending childhood followed by an abusive engagement leaves her broken in all ways possible. A chance encounter provides the fork in the road she so desperately desires.

Navy SEAL Smith Eppington is fighting the war of his lifetime. One that isn’t fought with weapons and highly sought intelligence. It’s a battle to remember his past. The accident that scarred seventy five percent of his body, and stole the life of his best friend also seized parts and pieces of his memory. When an author asks to interview him for a fiction novel, he’s ready to pour his heart out no matter the cost.

The friendship that blossoms between Smith and Carina is something extraordinary. It’s a living, breathing love story about finding yourself, change that is out of your control, grasping what you can, and letting go of everything else.

In a twist of kismet, remembering could destroy everything, but fiction may be what saves the day. A friendship built on new truths and a relationship torn apart by old lies collide in a poignant novel by International Bestselling Author, Rachel Robinson.

My Review: (ARC provided)
5 stars!

If you are familiar with Rachel, you know she can write the heck out of a Seal romance. I fell in love with Crazy Good a few years ago and continued to read all the books she’s published after that. Well, she has written a new Seal romance and it doesn’t disappoint, I can tell in her writing that this is a subject close to her heart. She poured her heart into this novel, she had my emotions on every level possible, I found myself messaging my friend as we were reading and asking her where she was in the book because holy shit, there is this part that will tear you up, you may even need to put down the book for a minute to regroup. I didn’t set it down for long though because I needed to know what was going to happen.

“He’s my morphine, the solitary reason my heart beats fast and slow in any single moment.”

This was so beautifully written and Rachel always adds her humor in which makes it that much more real and what draws me to her as an author. If you follow her and are familiar with her she adds little things in the book you may catch that made me chuckle. I had made a comment when the cover was revealed on how much I loved the cover, well after reading this book It all clicked and I loved it that much more.

This is my kind of book, a love triangle of sorts, likable characters, hard times and even the anticipation of the characters getting together, like pulling my hair out wondering when they would just “do it” already. ;)

“And right before my eyes, one kiss tilted the Earth.”

I had high expectations for this book and Rachel surpassed them. This is a sad story, it is a “real” story, it is a story you need to read. It will tug at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more of Carina (h) and Smith (H).

Not every hero and heroine has to be perfect and this book is a wonderful example of that. This is “a real Seal novel.”

“I can’t fix you, Care. I can’t. I’m flattered you think I can, but I know for a fact that only you can fix you.”

“Maybe I fixed me. Because of you.”

I highly recommend!
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