Love Sucks Until it doesn’t: The Gift by Elise Marion

 photo ValentinesDayCollectionTourBadgeFeb11-20_zps0f751c09.jpgToday we have one of four books that I will be reviewing as part of this hop, two today and two yesterday.  Be sure to check out the Bottom Drawer Publishing page to see who and what else is in store on this tour.

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2 winners will receive all 4 books featured for this tour, 2 winners will receive 2 of the 4 books featured on the tour, and 5 winners will be chosen to make a choice for one of the books from the collection.   In addition – throughout the length of the tour, you can take an additional 25% off the regular price of the books when you purchase from Bottom Drawer Publications website only and be sure to enter this code at checkout. bdpvdtiaiall01

And now –  for the book

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Title:  The Gift
Author:  Elise Marion
Bottom Drawer Publications
12K words
ISBN:  978-0987400680
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Stars:  5

Book Description:  All film star Avery O’Dea has ever wanted is a normal home life outside of her career. Meeting Dominic Ramsey, albeit not through the best of circumstances, has made that dream a reality. A few months into their marriage, she’s finally living the kind of life she’s always wished for off-screen. So when their first Valentine’s Day comes around, she expects nothing less than what other girls get on the most romantic day of the year: chocolates, flowers, seduction … the works!

When Dominic Ramsay first met his beautiful wife, Avery, he was a struggling photographer and was able to devote much of his time to supporting her demanding career. Track forward twelve months and Dom is now very much in demand after successful showings of his work. He’s been offered the chance of a lifetime to work on a shoot in Paris and accepts the job, even though he’s been away from home a lot in recent times. Valentine’s Day is just commercialism gone mad, he reasons, and he’s sure Avery won’t mind that they celebrate on a different day.

Avery is crushed when the gift she receives from Dom makes her wonder if he knows her at all. Dom starts to wonder if Avery liked him better when he could devote much of his time to her. A chance meeting in an airport and advice from the most unlikely of sources just might make them realize what they have to hold on to and that the best gift of all is right under their noses.

Book Review:

I had read and reviewed The Secret Life of Avery O’Dea by Elise Marion, and really liked it. In The Gift we are treated to a return peek into Avery and Dominic’s life, just about a year later, for their first Valentine’s together.

After several years as a pampered film star with little or no room for a private or personal life, Avery just longs to have the “everywoman’s Valentines celebration”: chocolate, some flowers, dinner out and quiet times in with her love.  Dominic, his career in photography having taken flight, is busy working to earn and provide, and doesn’t see Valentine’s as anything important enough to change plans for, especially for two people who should “understand” career demands.

In a timeless and oft repeated miscommunication: he didn’t realize just how important the holiday is to Avery, and harsh words pass.  All of the questions that readers may have had at the end of reading the first book, are spoken or addressed by the characters – first as accusation, then in reflection.  With vividly described body language, pointed comments and emotionally direct introspection,  you can easily feel the anger and then anguish with each situation.

But, this is all about love: redefining the reasons that you are together, despite the niggling questions and insecurities, and there is a perfectly lovely surprise that bring Avery and Dom back together, depicted with conversation and steamy make-up sex.  For fans of Avery O’Dea, this book also touches back on Ryan, and gives a peek into his life and love.  Written with a breezy style, this short is an engaging read, and will be a nice addition to your bookshelf.

I was provided an eBook ARC from the publisher for purpose of honest review as part of the Love Sucks Until it Doesn’t blog tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:

Elise Marion is a lover of books and has a special place in her heart for sweet and sensual romance. Writing about love across all walks of life is her passion, as is reaching people through the written word. The Army wife and stay-at-home mother of two spends most of her time taking care of her children. Her second job includes writing stories about characters that people can fall in love with. When the Texas native isn’t caring for her family or writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, singing loudly, or cooking up something new in the kitchen. 

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