Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snowed in with Her Ex by Andrea Laurence & author Guest Post

Love Lessons Learned
with Andrea Laurence
author of

Ian and Bree’s story is a classic second chance romance that plays on all our youthful dreams and expectations, and what happens when life doesn’t turn out the way you plan. They broke up not because they weren’t in love or were incompatible, but because they let their relationship suffer when life’s dramas interfered. When Ian loses his dream of being a musician, he scrambles to find a new dream, and in throwing himself into that, he alienates Bree and becomes the one kind of man she never wanted to date ­– one just like her workaholic father.

When brought back together nine years later, they have to come to terms with the fact that they didn’t handle any of it well and let those past fears and expectations go. Just because he works a lot doesn’t mean he’ll become just like her father. Just because she encouraged his music doesn’t mean she wouldn’t love him if he stopped playing. They also have to find the balance in their relationship and in their lives. He can play music without being a rock star and she can love a man who is passionate about everything in his life, not just his music. In finding that balance, they can find a future together that may not be what they’d envisioned back when they were eighteen, but will be far more sustainable and healthy for them.

I think a lot of couples experience these growing pains, especially when they start dating at a young age. People change, ideals get crushed, dreams fall apart... all that affects who we are as people. If you’re not willing to allow your relationship to evolve and grow as each of you evolve and grow, you’ll end up growing apart. You have to work hard and growing together, and that’s what Ian and Bree learn to do.


About the author:

ANDREA LAURENCE has been devouring books since she learned to read at the age of 3. An old portable typewriter got her started writing in her room at 8 and she's been writing ever since. Her practical nature led her to pursue a master's degree and a career that would pay the bills, but the writing bug continued to bite. She started working ferociously in her spare time to become a published author and has become an active member of her local RWA chapter, Heart of Dixie. After eight years and 11 completed manuscripts, she finally made the leap and got "the call" from Harlequin Desire on May 31, 2011.

A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, Andrea is working on her real-life "happily ever after" with her boyfriend of 10 years and their collection of animals including two cats, two mutts and a Siberian husky that sheds like nobody's business.

Title:  Snowed In With Her Ex
Series:  Brides and Belles #1
Author:  Andrea Laurence
Published:  January 6/15 by Harlequin
Length:  192pgs
Format:   paperback
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Wedding photographer Briana Harper never expected to run into her ex at an engagement shoot and when a blizzard strands them alone in a remote mountain cabin, she knows she's in trouble. She's never forgotten Ian Lawson, but none of the reasons they broke up have changed. He's still a workaholic—and now he's an engaged workaholic. But Ian is also still a man who knows what he wants and what he wants is Briana. Untangling the lies of his current engagement leaves him free to indulge, but proving he's changed may be this music mogul's toughest negotiation yet.

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Laurence tells a unique & captivating second chance romance that kept me on my toes. I found the storyline to be original & very well put together. The plot was about so much more than two people coming together. Change and compromise are essential to this tale, as is life and love. The last few chapters were amazing. I couldn’t put the book down for a second. Laurence’s story went from great to absolutely, unbelievably, unforgettable. But above all, this novel was fun, plain and simple.

This pair of main characters was perfect for the story at hand. Laurence developed them extremely well. Not only did we see how he became a workaholic, but we also understand why she can’t tolerate it. The explosive chemistry between these two contrasted with their separate wants and desires adds to the complex yet completely satisfying relationship between them. Laurence develops these characters’ pasts as well as their present for that in depth view of what it means to be them.

This is my first novel by this author, but it won’t be my last. This was a fantastic, light, yet intricate romance that left me with a smile on my face. Would I recommend it to others? Definitely. Will I be reading the sequel? You can bet your bottom dollar I will.

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