Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Review: Girl of Mine by Taylor Dean

Girl of Mine, by Taylor Dean
2015, 278p, Clean Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received copy from author for an honest review


The year is 2003 and Captain Lucas Graham is at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, about to be deployed to Iraq. A few weeks ago, he broke his engagement with Jillian Barrett, leaving her stunned and heartbroken.

Knowing he can’t leave for war without putting his affairs in order, Luke obtains a four day pass with only one goal in mind: explain his life story to his former fiancĂ©e.

The problem: Jill is now engaged to another man.

But Luke isn’t giving up. He only has four days to gain an audience with Jill, even if he has to resort to drastic measures to do so.

And he will . . .

Taylor Dean is one of my favorite authors so I was excited when she announced her new book, and even more excited when it moved to the top of my TBR pile!

I loved this book! Luke and Jill are the main characters and when the book starts, they're broken up. Luke is on a four day leave from the military and needs to talk to her. She has become engaged to another man, his best friend Troy. Luke needs to tell her the truth about him and Troy and why he broke up with her so abruptly.

The story is told in flashbacks. We get bits and pieces of where Luke and Jill are in the present day, then the story of how they met and fell in love and also the story of Luke and Troy. I enjoyed this because I honestly didn't see what was coming. I loved Luke and Jill's story and was rooting for them and wondered how she could have agreed to marry Troy. As their story unfolded, her reasons became clear but there was a lot of information she was missing.

Luke and Troy were the best of friends until a major event happened when they were twelve. As we learn those details, Luke and Troy's current relationship makes more sense. This book is just as much about their relationship as it is about Luke and Jill's and I enjoyed learning more about all of them. I had a definite opinion of Troy in the beginning and felt differently about him by the end.

This story is an emotional journey that shows the power of forgiveness, love and friendship. It's a clean romance (yay!) and the ending is amazing, even though getting there is rough. I'm already looking forward to Taylor's next book!

Also, I follow Taylor's blog, which I love because she posts a lot of background information and "extras" on her books. Back in February, she shared a post about the tree house that plays a small role in her book. It's amazing and worth checking out! You can learn more about it here.

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense–you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.



Taylor Dean said...

Hi Melanie! Sorry I'm so late in commenting. As you know, we've been on the road! I wanted to stop by and thank you for your wonderful and amazing review. Thanks for all of your support. You're the best! So glad you enjoyed Girl of Mine!

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