Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BLOG TOUR + REVIEW.... Pretty Pink Ribbons by K.L. Grayson

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Title: Pretty Pink Ribbons
Author: K.L. Grayson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2015

Dying . . . Dead . . . Deceased . . .
It doesn’t matter how many times I say it or how many different names I give it, it still means the same thing. One of these days I’ll be nothing but a passing memory, a familiar face in a forgotten photo. But there's three things I need before this life of mine ends . . . I need to tell him I love him more than life itself. I need to feel the strength of his arms wrapped around me just one more night. Most of all, I need him to forgive me. Eight years ago I broke the heart of the only man I’ve ever loved and today I’m moving home in hopes that he’ll let me put it back together. I’m not sure how many breaths I have left, but I’ll use each and every last one fighting for what I destroyed. My name is Laney Jacobs and this is my journey.

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“I wish it was someone else,” she croaks, swallowing hard. “There are thousands of bad people in the world, but it happened to you.” I watch her eyes fill with tears and then I look away. It’s pathetic of me really; that I’m unable to look my best friend in the face when it’s obvious that she is struggling with this almost as much as I am. But I’ve cried my fair share of tears and although I’m certain my tear ducts have yet to dry up, I don’t want to cry tonight. Somehow I know that if I watch Mia break, then I’ll shatter right along with her. “I’m glad it’s me.” She gasps, startled by my words, and I rush to try and explain. “If it wasn’t me, it would be someone else, and I would never wish this upon someone else. You know that saying that God will only give you what you can handle?” She nods. “Sometimes I tell myself that he just thinks I’m really strong and I can handle it, whereas someone else couldn’t.” “Does that help?” she asks. “Does that make you feel better about it?” “No, but it eases my mind. Sometimes when I’m having a good day, it brings me peace, however temporary it may be. But no, it doesn’t make me feel better.” “Peace,” she whispers, seemingly trying the word on for size. “I want you to have peace.”    

*I received a copy of this book for participation in this blog tour*

This Book Nerd Says: 

First let me just say that I had to take some time between reading this book and writing this review. I've made it pretty clear that I am an emotional reader, and I could guess from the blurb alone that this would probably be an emotional one for me. Still I didn't quite anticipate the fullness of how I would feel...
Telling us the story of Laney and Levi, Pretty Pink Ribbons is the second book by K.L. Grayson that I've read, the first being Where We Fell. While you get a small glimpse of Levi in that book it's not necessary to read that book before, PPR is definitely a fantastic standalone. 
The story opens with Laney and Levi, young and in love. When Laney breaks the news that she is moving away to pursue her dreams, she also inadvertently breaks Levi's heart. In the heat of the moment, intense words are spoken and they find themselves breaking up. 
Eight years later Laney is back home... to fight. 
She's fighting for the heart of the man who has remained the love of her life. 
She's fighting for love. 
She's fighting for life... 

Levi was the reason I was fighting. He was the one thing I wanted if I survived... 

Aside from the emotional plot, I found some of my favorite things in this story. Strong, independent females, some spectacular guys with great character, and fantastic secondary characters. Told in a dual POV, Grayson does a phenomenal job of giving us both perspectives of both Levi's journey to forgiveness and Laney's fight. 

I think most people will have some degree of an emotional connection to a story like this. Sadly almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, so in just that simple way Laney becomes a bit more real for us... for me. So yes I totally swooned over Levi but it's Laney that stole my heart...
Why do I love Laney? 
Her spirit is endearing, her bravery is inspiring, and her fear is human. 
Why do I love Laney?
Because... Laney is the embodiment of several women near and dear to my heart. 
You see I don't know if I can fully explain my feelings about this book if I don't get a little personal here, so please bear with me for two seconds. Laney's fight is a fight that I've personally had to witness... a fight that I may very well have to fight one day. So yes, for me.... Laney was very real. 
This love story is full of love, and the fear of losing it. But it's also full of hope... and the dare to love despite the fears. What I LOVED the most is that it wasn't only about Laney and Levi and how they deal with everything, because in most situations similar to this, it usually isn't. It's also about the sibling , the friend, the care givers... those are also love stories and I love that Grayson included them in the book. She gave us the not so pretty reality but she also gave incredible hope. 
I really couldn't be sure of the outcome of this book and I think I held my breath for the last few pages...

I am giving Pretty Pink Ribbons... 4 Beautiful Pink Stars.

I totally recommend this one and hope you check it out!!

About The Author

K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.

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