Author: Kate Squires
Series: When Love #2
Release date: March 30, 2017
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
“My arms find their way around her, as I hold on for dear life.”
In their continuing story, Logan and Elora’s relationship is tested, yet again, in the much-anticipated sequel to When Love Breaks.
Elora has never thought of Logan’s physical disability as a problem. She’s been nothing but supportive and has always tried to reassure him that she loves him just the way he is. So, when his attitude toward her begins to change, she can't help but rethink her role in his life.
After getting a job as a nurse at a local hospital, she meets a handsome doctor, who seems very fond of her. When Logan’s interpretation of her coworker’s affections is opposite of hers, a rift is formed between them, and their strong connection begins to crumble.
Logan, who is beginning his career as a Physical Therapist, struggles with his insecurities, and a panic sets in when he realizes another man could easily lure away the love of his life. As self-doubt replaces reason, he tries everything he can think of in his attempt to hold onto her, but will it be enough? Add in several other obstacles, and you have a recipe for the perfect storm.
Can their love survive this ultimate test? Can Logan get past his fears enough to let her love him? Will Elora be able to overlook his seemingly unjustified jealousy, or will love really walk away for good?
Do you ever wonder what happens to a book couple after they have their Happily Ever After? When Love Walks is a follow-up to When Love Breaks, and takes the reader back to Elora and Logan. While I really like the author’s writing, sadly I’m not so sure about the story itself. It’s realistic yes, but I don’t like the decisions the couple makes. After all they went through already in the first book, the author sure put them through the ringer in this story.
“Am I the one?” he says, as he kisses my neck. I pause before giving my answer and he stills. I want to make him sweat, but I’m not that good an actress, so my broad grin leaves gaping holes in my plan. “I’m still debating. I’ll let you know.”
Elora and Logan are in love, living together and just happy. Of course, they still have the normal issues every couple has, but they work through it like we all do. Elora is starting her first job as a nurse, something she has worked very hard for. Logan is a different man from the previous book; he has found a purpose and uses his own experiences with his disability to become a physical therapist. But while they happily start their new life, Logan’s old insecurities about his prosthetic legs and the life he can offer Elora come back.
“I feel so helpless right now. I don’t know what to do or say to make him understand he’s wrong. Why does he feel this way? Is it me? Is it something I’m inadvertently doing that I’m unaware of?”
Elora loves her work as a nurse in the hospital, and likes the team she’s working with. She’s friendly with the other nurses and goes out with them, and the handsome doctor working on the same floor is always nice to her. Too nice in the eyes of Logan, who walks around in the same hospital, training to become a physical therapist. The couple is hiding their relationship from their coworkers for obvious reasons, and slowly little bursts start to appear in their happy life. After a huge blowup Elora and Logan are both left confused and hurt, and without each other. They do get back together, but it’s a bumpy, painful road.
Like I already said I like this author’s writing, but sadly I’m not so happy with some parts of this story. Logan and Elora were good at the end of the first book, and a second book about them could only mean one thing: trouble in paradise. And boy, did they get that. At the beginning of the story we see the Elora and Logan from the first book, but when both start their new career, their personalities start to change, and in my opinion not for the better.
I don’t like Logan’s insecurities and how he handles things, but my main problem with this book is the heroine, Elora. For some reason she brushes off Logan’s idea about the hot doctor being interested in her, but she does listen to other people when it comes to her relationship and the man she loves. People who – in my opinion as a reader – didn’t necessarily have her and Logan’s best interests at heart. Yes, there are some nasty, interfering villains, but I feel all drama could have been prevented if Elora and Logan just had talked.
“I want us to have a family, and then, I want to grow old with you. I want to sit on a porch somewhere and rock, until the sun sets on the horizon. I want all this, and I want this with you, because I love you, and no one on this earth can love me the way you do.”
I like this angst-y story, but due to my issues with Elora I give When Love Breaks 3.5 stars.