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