Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To Forgive & Hold Safe by Carey Decevito

Title:  To Forgive & Hold Safe
Series:  The Broken Men's Club #4
Author:  Carey Decevito
Published:  July 31/14 by Emberlust Press
Length:  292pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Loss, pain, guilt…

Those are the emotions Ben Carpenter feels as the lone survivor of a terrible night, three years before, where fate was so unkind.

On a quest to forget, aware of only one thing—overwhelming misery—he submerses himself into running Fairfax, the pub he and his wife had once planned on opening together, and his side gig as a volunteer firefighter.

Resolved to a life of loneliness, Ben is sideswiped when envy takes hold after he’s asked to stand as Best Man at his best friend’s wedding.

Before he can deal with the idea of opening up to love again, tragedy strikes…just not for Ben this time.

As secrets to his wife’s betrayal come to light, Ben is faced with the reality that an opportunity to heal stares him straight in the face—albeit, in the form of Hannah.

Bonded by their similar losses, Ben begins to wonder.

Is there really such a thing as second chances?

My Review:

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Decevito had me in tears before the end of the first chapter. She built this intensely emotional and extremely evocative novel on an intricate storyline that can’t fail to capture your heart. She paints a beautiful picture of both her characters and their surroundings, allowing you to walk through the story with these characters.

I love how well developed the main characters in this novel are. You really get to know them intimately. You also get to know them in the past and present, with a hint at their future. You can see them as they see themselves, how they see each other, and how the world sees them. The supporting cast is also quite unique. They aren’t overly developed in this novel, depending on their stories in previous novels for this. At the same time, they are developed enough that this could be read as a standalone if you so desired.

This novel left me emotionally raw. Decevito tore me apart and put me back together again. It was fantastically refreshing!

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