My Review of Harder Than Words By Carrie Ann Ryan

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The Latest in the Montgomery Ink Series
By Carrie Ann Ryan
Fated Desires Publishing – June 2015

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Meghan Montgomery-Warren thought she knew what love was when she’d married young and had two children. After years of being emotionally beaten down, her husband has finally left her and now she’s forced to find her way once again. Somehow she needs to find the person she used to be and figure that the strength she’d thought she’d lost was always there.

Luc Dodd left Denver and his best friend Meghan when he was forced to watch her walk down the aisle with another man. He might have only been her best friend, but he held his true emotions close to the vest. Now he’s back in town and in Meghan’s life. Only he needs to decide if that’s enough for him…and her.

Their journey from friends to lovers is a slow burn of seduction and pain. When Meghan’s past comes back to haunt them both, the two of them will have to stand closer together or be torn apart by their own misgivings forever.

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I love this large family and their devotion to each other. Everyone of them has their obstacles to overcome and at the moment it looks like it is Megan and Alex.

This book is Megan’s. She’s now divorced from Richard and working for Montgomery Inc. the construction and renovation branch of the family. Megan, has been put down over and over throughout her marriage so that she is convinced she has no self worth. Afraid to ask for help as she tries to prove to herself and the world that she is not helpless.

Luc was Megan’s best friend, he loved her as more than that but never found the courage to tell her. He left right before her wedding ceremony unable to face the fact that she would never be his.

Their relationship has many obstacles to overcome, and Richard, of course, has to make things worse.  One thing the Mongomery Clan does well is stand up for and fight for their own.

I loved this book it touches on some very emotional and devastating issues and the effects on those not only personally affected, but those around them.

Have tissues handy, you will definitely need them. I laughed and cried and fanned myself through the sizzling, hot bedroom and not in bedroom scenes.

Bravo, Carrie for bringing the issues of spousal mental abuse to light in an inspirational way.

Five Contented Purrs for this episode of the Montgomery Ink Series.

SummerBlog Excerpt

“Everything okay, Meghan?”
She turned on her heel at the sound of Luc’s voice and stumbled over her own feet. She reached out and tried to grab her truck’s side mirror and missed.

 
Oh, hell…

She did her best to brace herself for the fall to the parking lot asphalt, but just when she figured she’d hit, strong arms wrapped around her waist. Luc’s heart beat against her ear, and his muscled chest should have felt hard and unyielding against her cheek. Instead, it was warm and…inviting?

No. That couldn’t be right.

 She must be lacking oxygen from preparing to fall. Luc’s hands moved down to her hips, and she placed her hands on his chest—was he always so built?

Okay, enough of this.

“Uh, thanks for saving me from making an ass out of myself,” she said then blushed. “Okay, so I still made an ass out of myself, but at least I’m not bleeding.”

Luc smiled down at her. “I’m used to women dropping at my feet. No worries.”

Considering how hot he’d always been, and the fact that he was one gorgeous specimen of a man now, she figured he was probably not exaggerating in the slightest. His dark chocolate skin was flawless over hard muscles, and his face held strong features. His jaw was strong, and every once in a while, he let his beard grow out just enough that it left a nice shadow. He kept his midnight black hair cut close to his head, and sometimes he even shaved it. At least he did when he was younger. She hadn’t seen him shave it in the year since he’d been back.

His honey-colored eyes bored into her, and she pushed at his chest so she could stand away from him. Easier to collect herself when she wasn’t draped over the man like some weak-kneed southern belle.

“Well, thank you for catching me.”

“Why did you swoon?” He smiled as he said it, so she knew he was teasing her, but she still narrowed her eyes.

“Swoon? I don’t swoon. I tripped over my own feet, but I didn’t swoon.”

He held up his hands in mock surrender. “Whatever you say, angel eyes.”

She froze for a moment at the nickname.

Angel eyes.

Hell, he hadn’t called her that since before he left town without a word.

Since her wedding day.
SummerBlog About the Author
Carrie Ann Ryan
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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