Title: Loving Ellie
Author: Lindsy Brookes
Ellie Sanders is pregnant and alone. Carrying a child she’d conceived the one and only time she’d lain with her closest friend, Jarrett Tanner. A man she’d agreed to marry for the sake of their child. A man she’d loved, but not as he’d deserved. And now he was gone.
Lucas Tanner returns home to settle his younger brother Jarrett’s estate only to discover his brother left behind a very pregnant fiancée. Having lost his own wife and their baby she’d been carrying years before, he’s bound and determined to stick around and make sure Ellie’s child makes it safely into the world. Even if it means facing the ghosts of his past.
Struggling financially and emotionally, Ellie is torn between keeping her baby and giving it up for adoption. She wants to give her child the chance she never had - to be raised by two loving parents. If only she could make Lucas understand. And, if only she wasn’t falling for a man with no heart left to give.
Lucas finds himself wanting more. Wanting Ellie. But what if he gives in to his deepening feelings and loses her, too?
One fears abandonment. The other fears loss. Can Ellie and Lucas put their painful pasts behind them and finally find true happiness? Or are the emotional walls they’ve built up around their hearts too strong to tear down?
When I saw this book on Netgalley I thought it looked really interesting and something I would like to read. I have read one other of this author's books and did a review of it on my other blog. I may have to put that review on here also since I am thoroughly enjoying her books. The other book of Lindsey Brookes I read was Kidnapped Cowboy. So this book just seemed a little different than that one and I thought I would give it a chance.
Right off the bat this book caught my attention and knew that it was going to be touching and emotional.
Both of the main character's Ellie and Lucas had a ton of baggage with them.
I fell in love with Lucas's character right away. It was obvious that Lucas carried the weight of his wife and child's death on his shoulders, and his younger brother . Even though I don't really think he should have felt guilty about anything. Lucas was obviously a loyal and stand up guy. And I fell more in love with him for wanting to step up and take care of his brothers child.
I liked Ellie's character I think she was a strong and independent character. Especially since what she went through as a child. But I also think those experiences made her a little jaded and stubborn. And Ellie's stubbornness frustrated me at times in the story.
I definitely liked the way this story flowed and how it was written. Lindsey Brookes wrote some real life issues tastefully and in such a way that made the characters emotions so much more real.
I would definitely give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it. I can't wait to read more from Lindsey Brookes.