Monday, January 20, 2014

Tough To Love

Title:  Tough To Love
Author:  Marie Rochelle
Publisher:  Phaze Books
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-60659-767-5
Genre:  {M/F} Interracial, Contemporary
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amethyst Nymph

Sage Nicole is a confident woman who works hard to get the things she wants from life.  Life threw her for some major changes as a child but in the end, she was stronger for it all.  Only one person could shake Sage up and have her acting like a love struck teenager.  Rally is the only man Sage has ever wanted.  No matter how hard she tries to move on and open her heart to a new romantic interest, Sage can’t give up hope that Rally will see her as something more than a burden on his family.

When it comes to Sage, Rally Teveare feels a sense of duty and a lot of guilt.  Each passing day makes it more difficult to keep from acting on the infatuation he tries to mask.  An aloof attitude is one thing, but now Rally realizes he might have gone too far and pushed Sage away forever.  Now that he’s ready to explore a real relationship with Sage, he might have pushed her into the arms of another man.

Sage and Rally have a strained relationship because of the sexual tension between them.  Rally does everything he can think of to distance himself from Sage, even dating.  His girlfriend is good company most times, but she isn’t the woman he wants.  He thinks she’s the type of woman he should be with, but he has no idea how wrong he is.  There are moments when Rally is unnecessarily cruel to Sage because of his girlfriend and I got so angry with him.  I wanted him to treat Sage with a bit more tact than he did.  Sage took a lot because she was so in love, but when she’d had enough, she let him know. I was happy when Sage stood up for herself.  Thank God for her best friend and Rally’s brother.  I was thankful for them in Sage’s life and how they always looked out for her.  

Marie Rochelle gives you the happily-ever-after ending you hope for with Sage and Rally in Tough To Love.  With the kind of history these two have, it would be unnatural if they didn’t wind up together.  The heart wants what it wants and in the end, nothing else matters.  It made all the turmoil worth it and left me hopeful for some of the other characters.  If you enjoy a good read that makes you feel personally involved and wanting more, then here you go.

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