Monday, January 4, 2016

BLOG TOUR, 4 1/2 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: For the Love of Hockey (For the Love #2) by Taylor Lavati








Lindsay Wilson has spent her entire life protecting her five younger siblings. At eighteen, she knew the man she’d devote her life to, but when he left her, her passion dimmed. Engrossing herself in her small business and jumping from guy to guy could only distract her for so long.

Finn Jacobs chose his dream of playing professional hockey over the girl he loved. Year after year he competed, throwing himself into the game. After an injury that could end his career for good, he begins to question his decision all those years ago.

Six years later, Lindsay and Finn’s paths cross yet again. The reunion is less than ideal, both unhappy and unfulfilled in their personal lives. Lindsay’s barriers begin to crumble as Finn discovers she’s not the same girl he left behind. They try to avoid each other, but sometimes life forces you to face your past mistakes to make them right. Can their love survive a second chance?

In this inspiring tale of true love and loss, Finn and Lindsay discover each other and find their forever.







MY REVIEW

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


I absolutely loved the first book in this series, For the Love of Ash, and in my review I asked for more from the Wilson siblings. And now we have Lindsay's story!  Yay!  


Lindsay and Finn were in love. She was ready to leave her life behind and follow Finn as he became a profession hockey player, but Finn wouldn't let that happen. You see, Lindsay was thrust into the role of caretaker for her younger siblings after it was clear that her parents weren't going to do it. Then add on the fact that her father was a violent man and Lindsay did all she could to protect her brothers and sisters. Knowing this and not wanting her to regret her decision later, Finn left Lindsay behind, without giving her a say in the matter.


Now it is six years later and this book starts from that heartwarming hockey rink scene towards the end of For the Love of Ash. We get it from Lindsay and Finn's point of view and it was from that moment on that I knew this was going to not only be a great read, but also an emotional read. When it becomes known that Finn is going to be around for the next month or so, Lindsay start to spiral emotionally. She never dealt with Finn leaving her the way he did and all those leftover emotions catch up to her. 


Finn. What is about guys named Finn? )Heaven help me if I ever meet one in real life.) But I digress, I just loved him. As much I disagree with the way he handled his break up with Lindsay, I can see why he did it. Throughout the book he says (out loud or in his head), "How can I fix it?" He absolutely regrets the way he handled things and wants to make it right. He even agrees to be "just friends" with Lindsay, especially if that is all he can get from her. He loves her just as much as he did six years ago. 


And as much as I loved this book, Lindsay made me crazy. I understood that she was hesitant to get involved with Finn after what happened, but her stubbornness started to get on my nerves after a while. Finn was doing everything he could to show her that he was willing to make up for the mistake her made all those years ago, but she kept getting in her own way. For so long she wouldn't let herself see it, but when she finally did: 

Finn was my forever love. I knew it in my heart. I wanted it to be true. And I was tired of being slow and trying to do things the right way. We had just begun a relationship after being apart six years. Six years. It hardly felt that long now that he was here in real life. And I wouldn't play into the time we spent apart anymore.
SUCCESS!!! High five to Finn!  ;-) 

This is such a wonderful story and I'm a sucker for a second chance romance. I enjoyed watching Finn trying to win Lindsay back. He was so sweet and I just kept my fingers crossed that things would work out for the best. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. I felt all the emotions!  

Now I can't wait to see what Wilson sibling we will read about next.  Who will it be?????





EXCERPT

"I avoided you for six years, so I can do it again.”

“What if I don’t let you this time?”

“It’s not your choice, Finn. You made yours a long time ago. You left me after I gave you everything. Sorry, I don’t want to be friends. I don’t want to be anything. I want to get through my brother’s wedding and move on. Okay? Do you understand?”

“Yeah, Linds. I understand. I don’t agree, though.”

“Well, I don’t care what you think.”

“Let me be there for you. I won’t push for anything more than friends, but I want to know you again.” I sounded like a baby, but I needed to know her. It was this nagging urge that always lived in the back of my head and now that she was in front of me, my career was shit, and I had more time to think, I seriously regretted ever letting her go. I just wanted to know who she was now. Being a stranger to Lindsay was like not knowing myself. I never really felt complete.

“Finn, stop. Don’t you get that this hurts me, too? Just seeing you makes me feel like I’m going to puke.”

“Stop being dramatic.” I rolled my eyes at her. “I highly doubt that I literally make you sick. I’m not that terrible looking.”

She shot me a glare that I so wanted to see. I had missed the angry looks that weren’t really angry. She was a big faker, a drama queen. I loved getting her a little frazzled just to see how far those buttons could be pushed. She was more honest, and it got her relaxed. She needed to step out of her shell and drop some of her walls.

“You’re pretty bad, though,” she joked.

“Friends, Linds? Is that too much to ask?”

“Yeah, Finn. It is.”





About the Author

Taylor Lavati is a twenty-something year old author residing in a small town in Connecticut with her husband and dog. She writes both Young Adult and New Adult romances with ranging genres from fantasy, A Curse Books trilogy, to dark romance, A Reliant Love. When not writing, she enjoys playing video games, hiking, and spending time with family.

Romance with a bit of CHAOS.



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