In the Books featuring Brushed by Fate by Laura Deluca

Good morning and welcome to this week’s In the Books, featuring Brushed by Fate (Jersey Girl #3) by Laura Deluca.

Brushed by fate

About the Book: Elisa Manna gave up on romance after a string of abusive relationships. She comes off as a brusque biker, but beneath her rough exterior she longs for something more.

Scott Heron is a Marine veteran trying to cope with the residual effects of war. His art is his only refuge from the dark memories that haunt him.

When fate nudges them together, they can’t deny there’s chemistry, but Elisa is terrified of commitment and Scott’s physical and emotional scars make him abrasive and unpredictable. Can these two wounded warriors overcome their damaged past and paint a new future together?

My Review: This is a heartwarming story, as well as hilarious. Not all pain is physical, and it can be difficult to demonstrate the internal pain people suffer while matching it to their actions and the world around them. It’s a line that can easily be tripped over, and it’s awesome that the author walked it perfectly. It helped add three dimensions to the characters as their relationship grew while they helped one another.

Even more impressive was how the comedic moments were woven in at just the right time to give more weight to the difficult times or lighten them afterwards, as evidenced by Eliza’s friends. While also three dimensional beings, Eliza and Scott’s friends add another layer beneath the one we’re reading. My personal favorite was Scott’s friend and former sergeant (I so envisioned R. Lee Ermery in this role as well as a friend of mine) who continues initiating communication between them and helps Scott through some difficult times.

The story itself flows smooth and fast as the personal moments were described so well they make you keep reading. We move from scene to scene flawlessly, taking us into the characters’ minds and understanding their good-intentioned, yet often misguided attempts to help the other or themselves. One thing that is certain is this is a read you don’t want to miss.

With that in mind, I’m reading this series back to front. Don’t ask, I have no clue why; it just worked out this way. Lol While that offers the opportunity for spoilers for previous relationships and events, I’m confident that won’t be a problem. One thing I will say is, I’m not going to share any spoilers with you all.

Have a great one, everyone. 🙂

About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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2 Responses to In the Books featuring Brushed by Fate by Laura Deluca

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks so much for the great review!

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