This Love Hurts by Willow Winters #BookReview #ARC

Title:  This Love Hurts

Author: Willow Winters

Release Date:  July 14, 2020

Length:  208 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Some love stories are a slow burn. Others are quick to ignite, scorching and branding your very soul before you’ve taken that first breath. You’re never given a chance to run from it.
That’s how I’d describe what happened to us.

Everything around me blurred and all that existed were his lips, his touch…
The chase and the heat between us became addictive.
Our nights together were a distraction; one we craved to the point of letting the world crumble around us.
We should have paid attention; we should have known that it would come to this.
We both knew it couldn’t last, but that didn’t change what we desired most.
All we wanted was each other…

            **** My Review ****

Every time I read a book by Willow Winters, I feel like it’s Christmas morning. A new present for me, beautifully wrapped, with a great cover, and the surprise is hidden inside between the pages. And if you were delighted by the ‘Merciless’ series, let me say that from this beginning of what promises to be a fantastic series, you will be left breathless and wanting for more.

Her talent as an author is absolutely indisputable. Here, too, she manages to weave a story so heart-gripping and full of intrigue that will captivate from the very beginning.  The characters are so real, yet unique. A magic triangle, three people, the same goal, different approaches and attributes. That’s the story of Delilah and Cody or Delilah and Marcus… ? She is so strong , determined, yet so fragile. She tries to stand up straight and defy the fear that threatens to swallow her, only to realize how much she needs a warm hug, a gentle word, a kiss and hands that will hold her, not allowing her to fall. … But who would give her all that? Who is the right choice? The handsome agent Cody or the mysterious Marcus? Both men seem right somehow, so different, and somehow similar. The past and the present are intertwined, light and darkness mixed in the lines, filled with suspense and mystery … but the question remains whether the real solution is hidden somewhere between the light and darkness?

The author’s style is absolutely fantastic as always, so eloquent, easy to read and so effective at the same time. Like clear water that hides tremendous depths. Willow masterfully pulls the confusion through the readable lines, and as you read, you realize that you do not understand a thing, but you still cannot leave the book, instead as enchanted, you continue to search for meaning in all that nonsense.

And as you slowly begin to get to know the characters and understand their story, you realize that the book is much more than just a romance. What I may have missed a bit is more insight into the other characters, because the focus was primarily on Delilah, but I hope the next book in the series will make it up.

Willow skillfully manages to combine different elements, mixing several genres, like she’s cooking according to a well-known recipe, adding simple ingredients.

To put it simply, if this book were a cheesecake, I would sink my teeth in it, and lick the plate clean.

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