For Allie Baxter, love was never something she had to worry about. She was loved by her friends, her family, her husband … until the day it was ripped away. Losing love was the deepest pain Allie had ever endured, and it was an agony she vowed to avoid feeling ever again. Crippled with guilt over her loss, for five years Allie served her self-appointed exile from the daily comforts offered by friends and family, only to return and attempt to fit herself back into their open arms—even if she knew she didn’t deserve it. Mike Lawson was not something Allie expected; the love of a man was not something Allie was prepared to want. The spark of desire that had long ago died inside her suddenly returned, bringing the memories of her pain with it. She swore she would never allow herself to love again … but how long could love be resisted?
So here we are, Book 2 of the Real Love Series. Before I go any further, you really need to read Book 1, Love Realized before you start Resisted. Getting the feel for all the character is a must. (See below for link) Love Realized is one of my favorites, and when I heard Melanie was writing her next book about Allie and Mike, I could NOT wait and was highly anticipating the release. And because I read and LOVED the first book, I am already emotionally attached to all of the characters.
This series for me, is just so different from others. I love that the characters are all in their 30s; who is married with kids, who is divorced, widowed. etc. It just about real life. It’s a serious story and gets you from the prologue.
I tried NOT to count how many times I was going to cry. But low and behold, there I was, finishing up the prologue, tears running down my cheeks. Yep. Great opener. Fucking tears you up from the second you start reading.
We start with Allie Baxter. She was one of my favorite characters in Book 1. She’s funny, and loud, and outspoken, and has no filter. Perfect!! This chick is great!! Little do you know this fun loving woman is hurting on the inside.
She loses her husband, the love of her life, hence the tears. And of course in Melanie fashion, she writes a damn right emotional scene. Allie is just a mess, closed off, heart broken. And now its been 5 years after her loss, and she is still closed off, walls up and not dating. But Allie has an amazing support system. Her best friend Gillian, and her husband Jake, her brother Logan, good friend Jason, and a bunch of nieces of nephews to keep your mind busy and your heart full.
That’s all great, but if you don’t have anybody to share that with….and her friends and family are afraid she is wasting away, and all of her potential to love again….BUT….in comes Mike Lawson.
Mike Lawson is her insanely hot neighbor; McHottness! Mike definitely has the HOTS for Allie, and she knows it. He just down right flirts with her. Its freaking hysterical how hard he tries. He’s relentless. It’s like he’s attached to her. There is so much to love about Mike. He’s not just the hot neighbor. He’s the nice guy. He’s the tender guy. He’s the single father guy, who raised his son Zane alone for the past 8 years, now a widower having lost his wife to breast cancer.
And now he wants Allie.
And Allie just can’t. She can NOT let love in again. Love hurts. She really tries everything she can do to keep Mike at arms length. But Mike is everywhere. Which I love because he puts himself out there and really wants to break her walls down.
What’s great about Mike, is that his healing process is much more evolved. He’s dealt with his grief, for his sons sake. He seems to be taking better to the healing process. Not Allie.
“Love meant pain, and she knew she had to resist”
There is a moment in this book, it was a turning point for Mike and Allie. Can’t say which scene. But let me tell you, its the second time I shed my tears. Mike and Allie share a moment where he helps her through something. And honesty, its not just the intensity of the scene, its the writing. Melanie nails this…
Each turn of their heads, and touch of the hand, and squeeze of the knee, and every tear that falls. For me, it was the most tender scene in the book. Thinking back now, I remember how I felt, my heart was tight. The story just got to me.
And thank god Mike is able to get some of those walls down, because now I am able to enjoy Allie. Let’s see the real Allie, the fun side of her. Mike and Allie really have this electricity between them. Its fucking HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s HOT!!! She’s HOT!!!
“The only thing that will take care of me right now, Mike Lawson, is your cock. I need it, and I want it now.” – Allie
And Mike is just as fucking hot right back…and I tell ya, between these two, my eye balls were glued to my kindle.
“You feel that? That’s me giving you what you need. That’s me claiming you. You’re mine now, Allie Baxter. Don’t even think about running from me again.” – Mike
No sir…I will stay put.
They are great together. Mike is such a gentleman and just loves her to pieces. But Allie still struggles with her loss. She can NOT let him go, the love of her life. His memory lingers. My God, sometimes I just couldn’t believe how emotional I had become reading this.
Melanie brings out this raw emotion to the story, very real feelings and with just words on a page brings it all to life. Breaks my fucking heart honestly.
Allie breaks my heart. She’s battling her own emotions, afraid to jump.
“I could be completely fine, and then you wink at me, or smile, and its like an ignition. I try my hardest to fight it…but its just so hard to do.
Why do you have to fight it?
Because I’ve lost so much, I’m not sure I’d survive another loss like that…and its seems possible that you could cause that kind of pain.”
The book just gets way to emotional from here on in. As engaging as it is, I kinda needed time to process it all. Allie is so broken. She loves this man, Mike, this wonderful man who puts her first above all things.
“Feelings led to love, love led to pain, end of story…Alone was her norm.”
Mike is my hero in this book, he fights for his woman; always showing her the light at the end of the tunnel. Always saying the most beautiful things. Either trying to reassure Allie of how taking a chance on him and just trying is all worth it…or..by absolutely fucking her brains out…But the latter for me is the best parts….
The only way you will know how this story unfolds is just to buy it and read it. Hopefully not cry as much as I did. Truthfully, this book is such a wonderful love story. It touches your heart and is so memorable.
And the best part is, Book 3 comes out next with Jason’s story. Jason is another HOTTIE in this book and this series just keeps getting better and better.
Book 1 – Love Realized
Book 2- Love Resisted
Melanie is an amazing mother of four, an awesome and tolerant wife to one, and nurse to many. If you don’t believe her, just ask anyone in her family, they know what to say. She is also a devoted chauffer, the keeper of missing socks, a genius according to a six year old, the coolest soccer uniform coordinator according to a twelve year old, and the best damn ‘mac-n-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dog maker in the whole world. Well that last title isn’t really official, but it’s still pretty cool to be called it.
When not being ordered around by any of the kids, you can find her with her nose in a book or on the sideline of a soccer game cheering on one team or another. But that’s mostly because she has a thing for the coach. When she is not doing all of the above, you can find her obsessed with a group of fictional characters all vying for a spot on the page of whatever she’s working on. It’s a fun and crazy life to lead, but wouldn’t have it any other way.