Saturday, December 27, 2014

Release and Review for Never Forgotten Love by S.M. Stryker


Title: Never Forgotten Love ~ A Story of Second Chances
Release Date: 27th December 2014
Cover Design: Stephanie Tkach Page Weaving Covers

Beckett was smaller than most boys his age, having little to no self-esteem or confidence because of the verbally and physical abuse he faced at the hands of his mother, the one person who should love him unconditionally,  because of this he was an easy target for other kids to pick on him.
 His best friend is Harlow. Not only was she beautiful, she was tough too. She was always there for him from the first day in first grade. They spent every minute of their time together as young children that was allowed, he even helped her with her interest in cupcakes.
 As they grew older, they started spending a lot of time at the local park talking about their dreams for the future. That is until Beckett had to move and leave Harlow behind he was thirteen and devastated. They promised to stay in touch; Harlow gave him a bracelet with a half of a heart medallion. Beckett's mother took away his computer and phone which had all of Harlow's information in it.
 In high school, he was still the little guy, and subject of bullying, so he started to take Krav Mega classes to learn to protect himself and regain his self-esteem and confidence.
 After graduating high school, he finally grew. Even after ten years, Beckett never went a day without thinking of Harlow, every decision he ever made, was made with her in mind.
 He began working for Richard in high school in his computer software upstart. After college, Richard talked Beckett into hiring a private investigator to look for Harlow, but she was off the grid. Will Beckett find Harlow? Moreover, if he does will she forgive him for breaking their promise? Or maybe she is married already, and what demons does she carry?
 This story is about lost loves, best friends and second chances.
This book is a series. You won't have to read the first one to understand the following. However, it will cross over.


3.5 stars

Beckett had a rough childhood.  The one person that is suppose to love you more than life itself, really couldn't be bothered by him.  His mom, left him at home, alone, even at the age of 5 and younger.  She abused him both physically and mentally.  Beat him and called him names.  He was always smaller than everyone else at school, so he did get picked on a lot.  Until Harlow became his friend.

Harlow was his best friend, from the age of 5.  They were inseparable, until his mom moved them to Oregon from WA when he was around 12.  Harlow would stand up to the bullies for him, she was his little protector.  A strong little girl, that other kids didn't mess with.  Beckett's mom took everything from him, so he lost contact with Harlow.

Both Harlow and Beckett have been through a lot.  He finally decides to hire a PI to help find her.  Little does he know that she will be coming back into his life sooner than that though.  A chance stop at a local bakery and everything changes for both of them.

Now it's his turn to protect Harlow from an abusive and violent ex boyfriend.  

This was a good read.  I did feel like the story line was rushed though.  I felt that sometimes there was too much detail and others I felt like there should have been more.  Harlow was such a strong little girl, and I understand what she went through with her ex and all, but, I felt like she should have stood up for herself a little bit more when she saw Beckett again.  She was spitting mad, but gave in so easy to him.  There are quiet a few 5 star reviews for this book, so I'm not in the norm.  I would say give it a chance and read it though.  It's a good read and is enjoyable.  



Haunted by her years of abuse, Parker Dane tries to leave her past behind her to start a new life in a new city. She meets Ian Blake; actually, she runs into him multiple times, but always runs away before learning his name. Ian can't get Parker out of his mind and he doesn't even know her name.
Ian finally gets his opportunity to meet Parker, and he will do anything in his power to keep her from running away from him again. Parker has years of demons and fears bottled up inside her; she knows that if Ian finds out her secrets, she will lose him forever; no one wants damaged goods. Will Ian make her run away again or will her past catch up to her trying to pull her back?
Will Ian be the man to stand by Parker or will he turn his back on her

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