Title: Pretty Pink Ribbons
Author: K.L. Grayson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Creative Covers
Photographer: Tomasz Zienkiewicz Photography
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.
“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?”
“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.”
Pretty Pink Ribbons is a touching, and at times a heartbreaking story about having a second chance at your first and only love. Eight years ago Laney broke Levi’s heart when he gave her an ultimatum, her dream of culinary school in California or him. Now she is back home, with her friends and family and willing to fight for the man she never stopped loving. But that’s not the only fight she must battle.
I am a sucker for second chance love stories so when I saw this one I couldn’t wait to check it out. Laney and Levi’s story was one of true young love that ended too soon. But it never really ended even with years and thousands of miles separating them. I will say that I did enjoy the story and liked the characters but in saying that I will add that I found I struggled to connect with both. I found the story falling flat, it was good but I was left wanting more from it; more emotion and more connection between them cause I just wasn’t feeling it.
Laney was such a great strong character and I truly admired all that she had to go through and how for the most part she fought it, keeping very outgoing and optimistic on her situation. She had her moments of breakdown, but anyone in that situation would. I liked Levi’s character and really loved how he was with Laney and how he reacted to her telling her truth, how he stood beside her and gave her the support she needed, but I wanted to love him and there was just something about him that held me back from loving him.
It is a great story of these two characters finding their way back to each other as she had her own battle but I had issues with the writing of the story. At times throughout the book, it would flash back to the past, sometimes 8 years ago and sometimes a few days ago. I found the transition from the present to past and then back to be rough, it didn’t flow well for me and found myself being pulled me out of the story when it transitioned. Although the font style changed, to show the change in time but still found the change to be choppy. Also for the flash back to the past that was current time, I would have rather seen those parts as they happen, rather than have the story jump past them and then have the character daydream back to them.
Overall it was a good read, I enjoyed their story and seeing them come back together, I just think I would have enjoyed it much more if I could have built a connection with the characters.
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.