Consolation (The Consolation Duet, Book #1)
BXTCHES Gotta Warn: THIS BOOK CONTAINS A DOOZY OF A CLIFFHANGER. BOOK #2 WILL BE RELEASED ON MAY 27, 2015. I SAY THIS BECAUSE, IF YOU ARE THE READER WHO NEEDS TO READ BACK TO BACK, THEN JUST WAIT. BUT TRUST ME, THIS BOOK WILL STAY WITH YOU UNTIL THE NEXT ONE IS RELEASED. WARNING OVER.
Usually when I finish a book, it takes me a couple of days to get my thoughts in line before I sit down and put a review together. I am not joking when I tell you that I finished this book five minutes ago, oh and, I started this book yesterday. I could probably end the review right there and you would know just how good this book was, but I will go ahead and dazzle you with what I actually thought about this story. FYI: This story is told from POV of both Lee and Liam (but mostly Lee).
This book will introduce us to Natalie (Lee), who from the very first page you will find yourself carving out some room in your heart for. She is the wife of an ex-Navy SEAL, is pregnant with their first child and she has just received the news that he has been killed. All of this happens within the first pages of the book and will have you wiping away tears. Aaron (the hubby) was on assignment overseas for his job when his life was cut short. He and Natalie were high school sweethearts and to say that the news of his death rocked her to her soul, would be an understatement. She does give birth to their daughter, Aarabelle, which is helping heal her heart at the same time that it continues to break, because she knows that not only will Aaron not be around to see the growth of his daughter, but her daughter will never know the man her father was.
Liam is Aaron’s best friend, fellow Navy SEAL, and all around brother. He shows up when Lee needs him the most, although she doesn’t know it at the time. His main purpose is to just really start to tie up loose ends that were left when Aaron died, that Lee continues to put off. However, his constant presence in her life is starting to make her feel again. Not only her, but Liam is feeling things towards Lee that is causing an internal struggle for him. Wives are supposed to be off-limits, there is a code, but he can’t change the way he feels about her.
Lee is being encouraged by her BFF, Rae, to go for it. She has the permission from Aaron to fall in love again (through his “If you’re reading this” letter, which you should have tissue ready for), but moving on is a war she is constantly battling. She does eventually decide that she wants to move on and Liam is the one she is falling for. Their relationship will move at a very slow pace and about halfway through this book, an event will rock Lee’s world and will force her to either shut down again or let it set her free. That’s all I can give you for now, so let’s talk about it.
I actually came across this book on my Facebook feed. I always try to at least check out books that come across my page, although, I may not always be pulled to them. This is the second book that has come across my feed that has absolutely blown me away, the first was Normal (Danielle Pearl). Not only blown me away, but has been written by an author that I have yet to experience. If an author can have you shedding tears almost immediately, before you have even invested in the characters, then that’s pretty special. I’m not in the military, nor do I have any experience with the military, so I only know how the story made me feel and I think that the way Ms. Michaels wrote the role of a SEAL wife, was with compassion, strength, grit, honesty, and pain. I’m usually not one for death when I read, not that I am here either, I just think while reading this story play out, I had so much sympathy for Lee. The pain she experienced from his death, the pain of having his daughter without him there, the pain of not knowing how to move on, it was very tangible. So well done.
There was some development with supporting characters. More so with Lee’s BFF, Rae. I adored her. She played a very pivotal role in the beginnings of “Liam and Lee”. She was definitely an “I’m going to tell it like it is, even though you may not want to hear” kind of friend, which is the exact kind that Lee needed. After getting the news of Aaron’s death and having her world fall apart, it was so good to see that she had someone to lean on. There was some interaction with Aaron’s group. Lee does go to work for the same security company that Aaron worked for. And when those men make appearances in the book, they are a strong presence, they just don’t show up often.
You will fall for Liam. Everything about how he was written was spot on. Almost flawless. It was written in a manner that you will root for him, even with him being the best friend who is falling for his “brothers” wife. And if your imagination is anything like mine, forget hot, this guy is off the charts, fan-fucking-tastic! Here’s what I love about how the author wrote him. She didn’t add any unnecessary drama with him. Usually when the heroine is going through so much, some authors create more drama for her with the hero, which is sometimes overwhelming for the reader. Here, Ms. Michaels wrote a character that eased the pain for Lee and it fit perfectly.
There, of course, is sex here. My personal opinion is that the sexual tension/foreplay scenes were written better than the actual sex. Don’t worry, it’s done well. Liam is sex on legs, so there isn’t going to be any want to be desired, the flame was there, just not burned as much.
Everything about this book will have you glued to the page. It’s a very tragic story that will teach us that maybe, just maybe the way things are, are the way they were supposed to be. You just have to get through all the suffering, so you can get your HAPPY.