Series: Madison Square #2
Published by Limitless Publishing on September 20th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Madison BuchananÔÇÖs life has implodedÔÇª
Her husband left her for his nineteen-year-old intern, leaving her alone and faced with starting over in her forties. With the help of her feisty best friend, Madison reinvents herself, armed with a new look and open to new possibilities.
Sean Taylor is gorgeous, fun, and youngÔÇövery youngÔÇª
He hasnÔÇÖt had the best of luck. SeanÔÇÖs track record with women is less than stellar, but when he walks into The Den one day, he just canÔÇÖt help but be captivated by a dark haired beauty with the sad eyes and killer legs. SheÔÇÖs a little older, but he doesnÔÇÖt discriminate. More than anything, he wants to be the one to make her smile.
Sean personifies the only thing that has eluded Madison all of her lifeÔÇöjoyÔÇª
It was meant to be a fling, something fun, with no strings and zero drama, but Sean wants something more, and Madison is just not ready. SheÔÇÖs lived by the rules her family, her friends, even her boss have laid out for her, but her new life is not what she expected. Being with Sean opens feelings she never thought sheÔÇÖd experience.
The demands of her family and her job throw her boring, simple life into chaos, and Sean is no exceptionÔÇª
Madison is left with a choice. Give in to the expectations of the world around herÔÇöor choose to follow her heart and be happy.
But choosing happy is so much harder than it seems.
I chose to read this story because I love the concept. You can ÔÇ£Choose to be ___ÔÇØ ( fill in the blank). Unfortunately for Madison Buchanan, she knows very little about making choices for herself which becomes the core of this story line. The very premise of this is how Madison gets to a place where she knows what makes her happy and where she is brave enough to make a decision that will lead her there.
Madison is a very likable character, in fact I liked her immensely and itÔÇÖs easy to sympathize with her situation. When the story opens sheÔÇÖs actually hit her breaking point and decides she is going to make changes that will help her to finally get over her ex husband. This brings the younger and delightful man that is Sean into her life. From here on out we see Madison conflicted by her identity and who she is. SheÔÇÖs been conditioned to play a ÔÇ£roleÔÇØ and even her friends seem to tell her how to feel.
We get the story from both Madison and Sean’s point of view, but with Madison itÔÇÖs her life we see, and with Sean itÔÇÖs his time with and without Madison (thinking about Madison). This man is smitten from the go and unaware what heÔÇÖll be facing. Sean is the change agent Madison so desperately needs.
Harris does a great job putting Madison in various situations where she is tested and even throws in a twist (or two) that I didnÔÇÖt see coming at all. There’s a plethora of secondary characters affecting the possibility of Madison and Sean, interfering and creating chaos and conflict that drive Madison to find her way. At times it makes for an heartwarming read and at other times I wanted to throttle Madison and her naivete. Again though, I did like her immensely and understood that breaking lifelong habits and expectations as to who you are, what you believe are hard after so many years of conditioning. Harris completely tapped into the emotional state of a woman facing change but not being prepared for it. Madison must be brave. She must make decisions that make her heart happy no matter what anyone else thinks.
HarrisÔÇÖ writing is fluid, letting the characters develop through the story line. It made this an effortless read and I tore through the book wanting to see how Madison and Sean would fair. I deem this a 4 and a half Star read and I recommend this in contemporary romance/chick lit genre.
~Review by Cyndi
ÔÇ£You are a mess,ÔÇØ I repeated, ÔÇ£but so am I. Life is messy.ÔÇØ I pressed my forehead against hers and exhaled. ÔÇ£The mess isnÔÇÖt the problem. I can deal with messy. The problem is you wonÔÇÖt let me.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£We make absolutely no sense. I get that, but I canÔÇÖt explain it and I shouldnÔÇÖt have to. We are so alike in some ways and completely different in others. SheÔÇÖs frustrating and overwhelming and I know that I should be running for the hills, but I love her. Why canÔÇÖt that be enough?
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