Redeeming Lottie, by Melissa Ellen is NOW LIVE!
With fun and feisty characters and its story laced with small-town charm, I enjoyed everything about this incredibly sweet and passionate second-chance romance!
by Melissa Ellen
Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Things I never planned on happening in my life: Getting married, being a mother to a house full of kids, and returning to my small hometown of Billingsley, Texas.
I especially never planned on seeing Tucker Monroe again.
Sexy smile. Country charm.
A man and a life I left behind for a reason.
The only plan I had for myself was my career.
A buyer for one of the largest high end department stores was the only commitment I had time for. The only one I was willing to make.
Now, being left with no choice but to return to Billingsley, I’m finding it hard to remember why I left in the first place. Because all that’s on my mind is Tucker.
He is just as sexy. Just as charming.
Just as dangerous as he used to be…
Redeeming Lottie was a true delight and was one of the sweetest stories that I’ve come across in quite a while. It was such a feel-good read! I’m talking about the type that leaves you all mushy at the end thinking ‘Oh my gosh, that was so sweet’ and wanting to share with everyone. With fun and feisty characters and its story laced with small-town charm, I enjoyed everything about this incredibly sweet and passionate second-chance romance!
The characters really gave me the full gamut of emotions throughout this story. Where I was swooning over Tucker in one corner, I seriously wanted to kill Lottie in the other!
Lottie definitely had the feisty and stubborn nature that one might expect from a redhead, and initially I really enjoyed her personality and charisma. However, as more of her character and past were revealed, I began to think she was selfish and heartless. From then on, Lottie definitely needed to ‘redeem’ herself in my eyes, and in the end, she totally did! I understood all of the conflicting emotions of her past that she carried deep down, and I was actually in awe of her strength and admired her courage!
‘She wasn’t the homecoming queen or the head cheerleader, like most would’ve expected. But she was his.’
I don’t think that Tucker Monroe could have been any more amazing! He was the TOTAL package. Sweet, caring, honest, hard-working, determined, loyal… I could go on all day with what a truly stand-up guy Tucker was. Then there was Lily… the love that he had and what he would do for that little girl was incredibly touching! At the end of the day, Tucker was the type of man that a woman would have to be crazy to let get away… and Lottie did.
‘Someday, Lottie, you’ll stop running from me. From what we have. For now, I know you’re still a hopeless heart just passing through.’
Lottie and Tucker’s relationship really melted my heart! With twelve years of distance since last seeing or speaking with one another, I figured the animosity between them would be too large to overcome, but they had such a solid foundation of friendship from their history of growing up together that couldn’t keep Lottie and Tucker apart. With all of the pain from their past, there was still so much hope for them being together again. They couldn’t even be in the same room without sparks flying, and they were still so playful and fun together. There was just such a genuine and passionate connection between Lottie and Tucker that I just knew they were meant to be and truly hoped there wouldn’t be a repeat of their past!
Melissa Ellen’s writing was fantastic, and she did an amazing job in the execution of the story. The storyline itself was fun and enjoyable, very well-developed, and unique in how it conveyed and elicited so much feeling. Lottie and Tucker’s past and present alone really drew on all of my emotions, and their dual point of views also gave a better understanding to each of their personalities and character. There was a nice and steady flow to the story, and where it wasn’t overly complex, it had the perfect amount of depth and twists along the way to capture my attention and keep me intrigued. I also really liked that Ellen didn’t overdo it with angst and only gave it the perfect amount to keep the overall feeling light-hearted and the focus on the sweetness of Tucker and Lottie’s story.
‘WELCOME TO BILLINGSLEY
Whether acres or inches, size matters.
The perfect place to plant your seed.’
The quaint and ‘small town feel’ of both the people and the town of Billingsley, Texas were the best! I loved that it had so much character and a charm of its own, and it was a place that just felt like home.
The secondary characters were also very well-developed and a lot of fun as well! I wonder if there might be a follow up? Maybe? I would love to know if there is a story between Billy and Hannah… I think there definitely might be one there!
Redeeming Lottie delivered just what the doctor ordered giving me all kinds of warm, happy, and fuzzy feelings, and I highly recommend it!
ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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About Melissa Ellen: I’m the author of The Blackwood Series. I grew up as a book worm, reading anything and everything and still try to read at least a book a week. I’ve always had an active imagination. Luckily, I now have time to put it to good use into stories that are constantly swarming around in my head.
When I’m not writing, you can find me working on architecture projects, buried in a book with a glass of wine (or coffee), playing with my adorable son (I’m not partial at all…his adorableness is a fact), laughing with my hot husband (another fact), or tackling my latest DIY project (and by that I mean putting my hot husband to work).
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