Sticks and Stones by Susie Tate

sas st bookcover.jpgFor Lou it was always Dylan.
She loved him from the moment they first met across a cadaver in the dissection room at medical school. The most gorgeous man she’d ever laid eyes on, with more Welsh charm than you could shake a stick at; she was a goner.

But Lou, despite her beauty, was just too extrovert to interest Dylan, who was convinced that a quiet, shy girl, like Lou’s best friend Frankie, was much more his style.

‘Have at it mate but I’ve got two words for you: high maintenance.’
‘Don’t think I’d mind putting in the hard yards maintaining that piece of arse,’ one of Dylan’s more disgusting rugby mates replied.
‘Well good luck to you,’ Dylan returned, looking completely relaxed now that they were discussing Lou and not his precious Frankie. ‘I like mine heavy on the sweet and light on the ball-breaking bitch, but each to his own.’

After overhearing that exchange, Lou buries her pain and pines for him in private, but she can’t give up their friendship. One night, eleven years later, she finally gets what she has been longing for, but the next morning realizes he was too drunk to even remember.

For Dylan it was always anyone but Lou.
A born surgeon, Dylan resents having to down his orthopaedic power tools for a six-month spell in Elderly Care. He thought that at least working with Lou would make his skiving easier; after all she’s always helped him out before. And so what if he’s been having these weird dreams about her since he woke up in her flat? It’s not like he’d ever actually go there.

So when he mistakenly believes that she’s put his career in jeopardy he loses control and his vicious insults, publicly made, cut Lou to the bone. It’s only after he loses Lou’s warm smiles, dry wit, boundless energy and outrageous banter from his life that he realizes the extent of his stupidity.

Maybe sticks and stones can break bones, and that’s something Dylan’s surgical skills can deal with. But when it’s a heart he’s broken…

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

I thought the chemistry between Lou and Dylan’s was better in the first book than this one but overall I did enjoy reading this book, I liked how Lou was strong and Dylan was just clueless and I couldn’t really understand why she could have still loved him when years before she heard him comparing her to their other best friend in a not so nice way and watched him throughout the years having one night stands with most of the women and through all this was still his best friend.
I didn’t really like how Dylan who preferred the quiet type chose an outgoing woman just like Lou and flaunted her without knowing in front of Lou’s face and then humiliate her when after she helped him and he also had a hand in ruining her career and I was happy when she left for Africa and I was happy when she told him straight about not wanting to know him when she returned, I didn’t think he grovelled enough though when he found out the truth about what she did for him.
I did like towards the end though when he was there for her after what happened to her and I liked how Lou spoke up about her feelings and about what happened that night they got together when he couldn’t remember, I liked how Dylan became persistent on showing how much he now loved her and how he stuck up for her for when it came to her parents.
I did think the ending was too quick and I thought Dylan could have grovelled a little more but I did like the epilogue.

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Enzo by Shyla Colt

E sc bookcoverNeglected, abandoned by a heroin-addicted mother, and placed in foster care at ten, Enzo Jordan has learned one thing…love hurts. At thirty-five, he has a successful tattoo shop and his choice of women. The one-night stands are getting old, and the love he holds for his best friend, Aibhlinn is impossible to hide. When the attraction between them reaches a boiling point, he’s forced to choose between facing his fears and walking away.

Aibhlinn Leahy has been in love with her best friend for years. The Irish-born comic book artist has poured time, energy, and love into the wounded man. His choice to walk away breaks her heart but frees her to explore a new future.

Life is a cruel and amazing thing. An abandoned baby brings the two back together, and they’re forced to examine the love that has long existed between them. This is a story of pain, scars, and fear. We all have demons to battle.

The real decision is who’s in control…us or them..

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the angst between the two main characters Enzo and Aibhlinn and the sections about both their pasts and how it molded them to be what they are today, Enzo was a manwhore and was secretly in love with Aibhlinn but he though he would ruin their friendship if they ever did anything due to his bad past and Aibhlinn loved him but was too scared to tell him, I liked how Enzo broke down and told Aibhlinn all about his mother and her drug use and how Aibhlinn reacted but my heart broke when Enzo left her to seek help and Aibhlinn moved on and it was interesting to see how Aibhlinn’s childhood turned out and about what happened to her.
I liked the abandoned baby plot and like most baby themed stories that I’ve read I basically thought that it was a secret pregnancy storyline to do with one of Enzo’s one night stands but I was pleasantly surprised despite how the baby came to be found, I liked how Enzo and Aibhlinn basically stood up to become parents of the baby and I loved the ending.