It’s been her since that day she unknowingly stole a piece of his heart…..when he watched her fall for one of his best friends. Resolved to the fate that she couldn’t be his, he locked up the deeper emotions he felt for her and loved her as a friend. As friends, they went through it all together. Marriages, births, divorces and even death. But when a shameful secret Gillan has kept from her friends is revealed, Jake realizes that she needs him more than ever. He knew what it was like to go through heartbreak and he wasn’t about to stand back and watch her endure it alone. He also knew she would turn to him for support. What he wasn’t prepared for was the return of the emotions he had long ago locked away. Could he control these emotions again and did he even want to? Could he make her realize his love for her was real, or would she slip through his fingers again?
Love Realized was such a wonderful 4.5 star read for me. It is a completely original story dealing with real life problems. The synopsis had me intrigued and the first few pages had me absolutely hooked.
Gillian is such a relatable character. She juggles being a wife, a mother, a full time worker, a friend, etc. all while trying to be perfect at them all. Aside from a few small blemishes, life has been going perfectly. That is until she comes face to face with her husband’s mistress at her son’s birthday party. Gillian’s life goes spiraling out of control. With her husband throwing around promises at the fear of losing her, she realizes that there is no way she can trust him anymore.
Gillian is surrounded by family and friends as her world comes crashing down. One friend in particular is Jake. Jake is a family friend that Gillian has known since high school. Jake has had a thing for Gillian since the first day he saw her. Unfortunately, Gillian’s husband, Logan got to her first and Jake never got his chance to let her know about his feelings. And he has been fine just being her friend since she seemed happy. But now, everything has changed. Gillian is no longer happy in her marriage and Jake sees his opportunity to do what he wasn’t able to 18 years ago.
I instantly fell in love with Gillian. She was the typical woman, trying to do it all. Unfortunately, she just couldn’t control everything. I found myself going through many of the emotions along side her. Of course, I landed on anger for a while longer than her. I would hope that I could handle myself as well as Gillian, if ever presented with her struggles but I’m just not sure I would be able to control myself. Hell, I had an overwhelmingly strong desire to kick Logan’s ass. So, there is no telling what I would do to my own husband. But Gillian is the definition of class and had her children’s best interest at the top of her priority list at all times.
Jake is another wonderful character. Above just clearly being madly in love with Gillian, he is an amazing friend. And the two of them go through so much in their quest to find one another. Ms. Codina did an amazing job of establishing a tight connection between Gillian and Jake without making the reader feel like they had already crossed a line. Everything about their relationship, from beginning to end, was completely believable and comfortable.
Once again, Love Realized was such an amazing story that was executed perfectly. The flow of the story was spot on, keeping me from putting it down. I became so invested in Gillian and Jake’s story and couldn’t have been happier with how it all came together in the end. This is definitely one to add to you TBR.