Friday, December 26, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Pierced by Love by Laura L. Walker

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Pierced by Love, by Laura L. Walker
2014, 224p, LDS Clean YA Contemporary Romance
My Rating=3.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Noelle Jensen doesn’t want to like Pierce Logan. After her boyfriend breaks up with her for her sister, Noelle is done with love. Plus Pierce Logan has commitment issues because of his parents’ divorce and a strained relationship with his dad. But as Pierce and Noelle inadvertently help each other to open up their hearts, they also rediscover the importance of family and love.

Noelle Jensen is blindsided when her boyfriend, Chase and her sister, Melody, announce their engagement to her when she thought he was getting ready to propose to her. She is understandably upset and swears off men. Pierce Logan has known Noelle for a couple of years and can't stand to see her hurting so becomes her friend. He dates a lot of different girls and isn't the kind of guy to become serious so he feels safe to her. They're able to help each other through some difficult times and just might end up falling for each other.

I loved both Noelle and Pierce and was glad when they became friends. They got along well and were able to help each other with their tough family situations. Noelle was somewhat fragile at first and I liked watching her growth. Pierce's reputation as a "player" seemed ridiculous to me. I saw nothing wrong with him dating lots of girls and thought it was great that he wasn't leading any of them on. He had his own family drama to deal with and he grew a lot throughout the story as well.

Now a rant about Noelle's family: I thought her parents started out handling the situation pretty well, but within a couple of weeks were basically telling her it was time to get over it, be happy for her sister and not tear their family apart. What?!? Melody was basically telling her the same thing. First of all, Melody's betrayal tore the sisters apart so she's the one they should have been talking to. Also, as a parent, I would not be comfortable with a son-in-law who behaved the way he did. My conversations would have been with Chase and Melody. Chase and Melody could have handled things so much differently where it still would have hurt but not so much. With how quickly the wedding was planned, Noelle's family should have let her decide how much she would be able to participate. There was tons of pressure on her to put on a happy face for everyone else. I certainly believe in forgiveness, but I also believe that people need time to process their feelings and sometimes time and distance are needed to heal from certain situations. Oh, my, I felt so sorry for Noelle. End of rant.

It was obvious that Noelle was better off without Chase as he continued to talk down to her and act like he knew what was best for her. There were so many characters that bothered me in this book that I'm glad I really liked Noelle and Pierce. I really did enjoy their story and am glad they were able to find a happy ending!

One thing I liked about this college-age LDS novel is that the setting was Northern Arizona University rather than BYU. That was refreshing. There are specific LDS references throughout this book but it will still appeal to anyone that enjoys clean contemporary romance.

About the author:

Laura Walker grew up in southern Arizona. She met her husband, Rob, at Northern Arizona University where she earned her bachelor degree in Elementary Education. She and Rob are raising their six children. Her hobbies include water aerobics and sewing. At the end of the day, Laura loves to curl up with a good book or write one of her own. Pierced by Love is her first published novel.


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