Bleeding Love (Hope Town Series, Book #2)
BXTCHES Gotta Warn: Okay, I’m pretty sure you know what I’m going to say here. You know, the usual, “make sure you read the first book (Unexpected Fate) in this series before you take on this one, blah, blah, blah” and it’s true you should, but this time it’s not because Bleeding Love can’t really be read as a stand alone, because I think it can be. However, I think you should go in order for a couple of reasons: #1: This isn’t really the 2nd book of the series, it’s more like the 8th book of the series, because you really should start with the Corps Security Series first and only because it lays down the foundation for the Hope Town series (which features the offspring of the Corps Security hotties). #2: There are a lot of characters happening in these books, so much so that it would help to feature a family tree of sorts (I will try to find one and post at the end of review). #3: The most important reason, you will be doing your imagination a disservice by not reading these books, they are fantastic! So, it’s time for some Megan and Liam.
This book will be told through Megan and Liam’s POV. For a bit of a refresher, Liam Beckett is the son of Dee and Beck (book #3 in the Corps Security Series)
If you have read Unexpected Fate (book #1), then you already somewhat know Megan. She is the woman whose husband, Jack, was killed in action and who Cohen was reaching out to. So, this story will pick up at Dani and Cohen’s wedding reception, where Megan finds herself in the throws of passion with one very hot, Liam Beckett. Liam has actually had his eyes on Megan for a while, really ever since “the group” took her and her daughter, Molly, in. He just so happened to seize the opportunity presented to him at the wedding and took every advantage of it. Megan is having a really hard time coming to terms with the fact that her husband Jack, is never coming home. Now, there is certainly an underlying story here, one of which I’m not going to go into too much detail with, but I can let you in on a little.
Megan and Jack grew up living next door to one another and not in great circumstances. They were best friends, all throughout their childhood and going into teenage”hood”. Jack was going to find his way out of their dire situation through football. A scholarship was going to get him out of their small town, but when Megan finds herself pregnant, he does the right thing and steps up. They get married and he enlists to serve his country, never regretting his decision. Now, you can only imagine the type of guilt that Megan lives with, knowing that Jack gave up his dreams for her and Molly. Him dying has forced Megan to stop feeling and Liam is going to do whatever it takes to make her feel again.
Liam has always desired the kind of love he grew up watching displayed with his parents. He knew that when he came across that special one, he would just know. And he knows that he has found that in Megan, unfortunately, Megan is going to be a little slow coming to that realization. He thought that maybe he somewhat convinced her when he gave her the best sex of both of their lives, but soon realized that he was going to have to put in a bit more work. Something scary is going to happen to Megan, and while very unfortunate, it’s almost the catalyst that forces Liam to really stake his claim.
I gotta say, you are going to love Liam Beckett here. He could quite be the epitome of perfection. He and Dani (Axel and Izzy’s daughter) are best friends and together create a “Feeling Alive” list. A check list of sorts that Liam uses to just make Megan feel again. Obviously she does come around and it is a beautiful thing to watch unfold.
We are going to get some of the Corps Security (new and old) in this book and it is wonderful to revisit them, but I think the star of the “cast of support” goes to Molly. She is the 5 year old daughter of Megan and really steals the scenes that she is in. What I love here is how welcome the crew was to Megan and Molly. Almost immediately, Dee and Beck transformed into grandparents and even before that, she was stealing the hearts of Axel, Izzy, and Nate. So, Harper Sloan did a great job developing another character that I can’t wait to see more from. The one surprise for me was Nate. I really enjoyed reading him. He was so funny and so caring and he is the offspring of Axel, so you know he is super hot. But I know that you are going to fall in love with the way he cares for Molly.
Okay, I know that I’ve mentioned it before, but Holy Hot Libido, Harper Sloan wrote some pretty potent sexual greatness in this book. First, the tension that she is able to build between Liam and Megan will have you reading just to get to the actual stuff. I prefer a dirty mouth on the Alpha’s that I read and she did not disappoint with Liam. In fact, I think I could’ve just read the dirty stuff that came out of his mouth without the sex and been satisfied. Just make sure no one is reading over your shoulder for this one.
Oh boy, this one is pretty emotional. In fact, I will warn you to be careful where you are at when reading certain scenes. There is one in particular that will most likely bring tears. I just so happened to be at volleyball for my daughter, WHICH IS IN A PUBLIC PLACE, when I read that scene and it wasn’t until I started to tear up that I realized what a bad idea that was.
I’m not sure how Harper Sloan does it and honestly I don’t really care as long as she keeps doing it. She makes it impossible to put down a book and if you would’ve told me that I could possibly love the next generation of Corps Security even more than the original, I would have said you were crazy. While the jury is still out on that, I do believe it could be happening. I’m not sure who is next in this series, I’m kinda hoping for Nate, but really I know that I am going to be happy with whoever it is that Harper Sloan decides to entertain us with.