5 out of 5 Stars
*I was provided an ARC of A Lush Reunion in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
After the breakup of his band, Lush, Colin Douglas doesn’t know what to do with himself. All he knows is that he’s done with smoking weed after using it to keep himself in a haze for the past ten years. When he runs into his high school love, Marsha, he realizes his love for her never died. Now he has a purpose in life—to win Marsha back.
Marsha O’Neill has had a rough life, made even worse when Colin left her ten years ago. Now on her own with a six-year-old son, Marsha works as a waitress to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. When her one true love walks back into her life, she’ll have to decide if what they had as teenagers is still there and worth risking her heart over, but she’ll also have to deal with the complications Colin brings to the table.
A Lush Reunion is the fourth book in the Lush series, and it’s another awesome addition. Although the stories follow the same group of characters—the members of the Lush band—you do not have to read all of the books to enjoy each one individually. Each story is able to stand on its own. A Lush Reunion focuses on Colin, the bassist for the band, who finds his high school sweetheart when and where he least expects to. The other band members are nicely incorporated, giving a little information on what has happened in their lives and some updates on where they are now.
The story starts off with some intrigue over what happened between Colin and Marsha ten years ago, and it hooks you in to want to know more. Bit by bit, it is revealed that Marsha got pregnant, but the couple split up over a difference of opinion. Marsha has had to make tough decisions in her life, and I love her character’s strength. She continues to show strength as she deals with not only Colin, but also her ex-husband and his best friend and being a single mother struggling to make ends meet. She’s reluctant to accept help from anyone, but eventually learns that sometimes it’s okay to lean on others for support.
The author is able to make you feel each character’s heartbreak, both ten years ago and now, keeping you fully engaged in their relationship. Colin and Marsha’s current relationship progresses at a nice pace. It’s not too fast or slow, allowing for a realistic feel. And when the pair finally does get together, the sparks jump right off the page.
A Lush Reunion is a must read for contemporary romance fans, especially if you like sexy musicians. I happen to love them, and this story did not disappoint!
You can find my review of A Lush Betrayal (Lush Book 1) by selecting Selena Laurence from the Author Spotlight tab. I’ll be back with more information on the Lush series tomorrow.
A Lush Reunion
Ten years ago Lush bassist Colin Douglas met the love of his life. Then she broke his heart. Now, in a small Texas town, in the midst of the breakup of his band, Colin has found Marsha, and he has no idea what to do with her.
Marsha O’Neill hasn’t had it easy. Since losing Colin nothing’s gone right for this east Texas waitress—except for Sean, her six-year-old son. She’s worked hard to give Sean what he needs—the best of her. Then a hot bass player walks into her bar and she knows the world isn’t done screwing with her yet.
What happens when life gives you a second chance? Can you learn to trust again, live again, love again? Colin and Marsha are about to find out that second chances don’t come easy.
She looks down, fiddling with her bracelet, taking a deep breath. “It’s hard I guess. Imagining you with other people. All these years you’ve sort of been stuck in my imagination as my boyfriend. I never saw you with other people, didn’t have to go through that, so when you showed up here it was like being tossed back ten years. I don’t know who you were after you weren’t mine anymore.”
“Yea, that’s a good way of describing it. Like all those years never passed. The feelings are all still there. I guess we never dealt with them, did we?”
She shakes her head. “Have you forgiven me?”
“Excuse me?” I ask, thinking I heard her wrong.
“Have you forgiven me? Or do you think you ever will? I’ve wondered all these years if you ever forgave me. And if you did, could we be friends or something. And now you’re here, and we’re talking like civilized adults, and I just wonder if that means you’ve forgiven me?”
About the Author
Selena Laurence is the Barnes and Noble Bestselling author of what she likes to call Edgy Contemporary Romance. Her books have been Amazon Top 10 bestsellers in multiple categories including Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Fiction, Urban Fiction, Military Romance, and Romantic Suspense. Her New Adult romance, Hidden, won the 2014 Reader’s Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the year.
Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a hell of a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she or Mr. Laurence know what to do with.
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