After a devastating tour in Afghanistan, all Spencer Lang wants is for life to return to normal. But when he rides into his hometown on his Harley, he learns that his friends and family have tried to move past their heartbreak since he was reported killed-in-action—and the woman he loved is about to marry his best friend. Now, all he can do is pick up the pieces of his life.
Years ago Melanie Wolfe left town, with no intention of ever coming back. But when her father dies, she reluctantly returns home to salvage the family business. Reuniting with Spencer, her high school crush, complicates the already thorny situation, especially when she begins losing her heart to him all over again.
As Spencer and Melanie work to restore order to her family’s company, two damaged hearts face an unexpected new future that is filled with possibilities…and love.
Spence is believed to have been killed whilst serving in Afghanistan but in reality he was captured and hideously tortured by insurgents. Now he's come back to the only place and person that's ever felt like home to him but it's not the welcome he expected. The girl he always loved is about to get married and what's worse, it's to one of his unit members who left him behind! Spence is angry and confused but what does he do now?
Melanie was the poor little rich girl at school who never really felt she fit in. She remembers the local bad boy, Spence, and still can't quite believe someone so vibrant is dead. Imagine her shock when she sees him standing in the local cemetery by his own grave stone. It's all been a hideous mistake but there's no mistaking the sheer anger coming off him! When Spence seems to lose it, Melanie offers him a place to stay whilst he sorts out what he wants. Sometimes what you want and what you really need are not the same thing. Melanie still has feelings for Spence but it's clear he's totally messed up and not looking for a relationship. Can he ever find peace in Snowberry Creek? Or is Spence going to leave again?
I usually read paranormal romances and previously had only read the Paladin series by Ms Morgan, but I'm glad I read A Reason to Love. It's not the usual sort of contemporary military romance that seems so popular recently, no it's a far deeper tale. Ms Morgan has bravely tackled the subject of post traumatic stress disorder and done a very good job of it. It's not slushy or sentimental in any way, nor does it glorify suffering. This book tries to show that some things will stay with us no matter what and running away is never an option. Spence is an angry young man but he feels he has good reason. He is trying to make sense of his life but everything has changed. Luckily the friends he has made will fight to get back the man they know and love.
This was a poignant read but definitely not sentimental. It's heart warming and written with a genuine sense of humour that animal lovers particularly will recognise! A story showing how forgiveness can truly alter our lives and anger and bitterness will always hold us back. It is a romance but it's slow build feels far more realistic than some I've read. It's not particularly a sexy book as it's the story and characters' journey that matters here. It's not essential to have read the previous books but the same characters do crop up, so if you enjoy this then you really ought to find the time to start at the beginning. A good contemporary romance, tackling real issues, and I'd definitely like to journey back to Snowberry Creek soon!
A Reason to Love is available at B & N for $7.99 for paperback and Nook book. The paperback is $7.19 at Amazon and the Kindle version is $7.99