Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Not Alone by Amber Nation

Emmalynne Morgan thought that getting married to her High School sweetheart and starting a family was all she wanted in life. Everything was perfect until circumstances change and devastating blows occur.

Fast forward five years, Emmalynne thinks she is broken, not only emotionally but physically as well, so her confidence was severely lacking.

Being a single mother to her son, Tucker, as well as an owner of a small town Bookstore, she does everything she can to keep men at arms-length, not thinking she is worthy anymore with her plus-sized body and scars.

Taking it upon themselves, Emmalynne's best friends, Toby and Tessa make it their mission to bring her out of her tight-knitted comfort zone.

That is when she locks eyes on the male perfection that is Grady.

Grady Finnegan was the gorgeous new guy in town. Recently injured and discharged from the Army, Grady comes to his Uncle’s aid in helping manage the family bar. Not being anywhere near innocent when it comes to women, Grady meets Emmalynne and he knows one thing, that he wants her.

Sparks fly and passion ignites, but will that be enough? Not ready to lay her heart on the line, Emmalynne guards it as best she can and ultimately fails. When chaos erupts and Grady's past comes back to haunt him, it leaves Emmalynne's already broken heart, shattered.

Will past circumstances prevent Emmalynne from having the future she deserves? Or can Grady help her follow her heart and show her that she is Not Alone


Emmalynne turned around, fiddling with the bottom edge of her shirt. She looked up at me with her bottom lip tucked between her teeth, her eyes wary. She was nervous again, but seeing her nibble on her lip made me want to take her, here and now. “Thank you for bringing me home, Grady. And for coming to my rescue, I appreciate it.”

“Don’t worry about it. I’ll see you tomorrow, yeah?” I had to get out of there and fast.

“Oh yeah, right, for our date.” She stepped towards me and closed her eyes, her tongue darting out to lick her lips then puckering them. She wanted to kiss me. That made my pants grow even tighter and I wanted nothing more than to explore every inch of that amazing mouth.

Those lips were all pouty and sexy, but she wasn’t totally coherent. And as much as I wanted to, and Lord did I want to, I wasn’t going to take advantage of her like that. So I leaned into her and kissed her forehead, the smell of her shampoo hitting me like a brick, Vanilla and Mint. I
exhaled as I took a step back and, she immediately opened her eyes, her expression pained.


Not Alone is the debut novel by Amber Nation. It has heartbreak, angst, swoon worthy moments and of course a super hot man that is the full package. For being her debut novel I think Amber did a really good job. She sucked me in from the very first page.

Emmalynne was dealt hand that no one should have to deal with. Her douchebag husband, Bryce, treated her like crap. He berated her constantly and wasn't the man she thought he was. Luckily, she didn't have to deal with him anymore and could focus on her son Tucker and her bookstore. Emmalynne isn't your typical model thin lead character. She has curves and her self esteem is shot. She feels that she isn't worthy of love and isn't good enough for anyone. At times, she drove me CRAZY. I wanted to reach through my kindle and smack some sense into her. It got old hearing her say over and over how she wasn't good enough even though EVERYONE told her differently.

Enter Grady Finnegan. Ex-military and new to Brown County. He came to town to take over his uncle's bar because he is retiring. Grady oh Grady. He is smoking hot, sweet, sensitive, and he cooks! HE COOKS! I love that he gave Emmalynne a run for her money in the cooking department. Grady had thought he knew love, he didn't, not until he met Emmy Lou as he affectionately calls her. Emmy is everything to him and loved his ways of showing it.

It wasn't insta-love between these two but it was really close. They did have great chemistry though and watching Emmalynne start to open up to him was nice. Grady also has a great relationship with Tucker which I loved. I love that he realizes that Emmy is a package deal and Tucker comes with her. Emmalynne is a great mother and her relationship with Tucker was awesome. It had been just the two of them for so long they relied on one another and Amber did a great job of showing their relationship.

I can't forget about the secondary characters in this book because they played such a huge part in the story. I love love love Toby and Tessa, Emmy's best friends. Tobey has a flare that is all his own. Tessa is the type of girl that everyone wants to have as a best friend. They both are there for Emma through everything that happens in this book and they are also there to tell her to get her crap together and stop feeling sorry for herself.

There are multiple moments that happened in this book that I didn't see coming at all. It is not all roses and rainbows and I liked that it added some angst to the story to help break it up. I liked that we get to see both sides of the story and get to see what Grady and Emmalynne are thinking. There were times that Not Alone was predictable and it felt like I read this story before but all in all it was a good read and left me with that warm fuzzy feeling at the end of it.

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I am a wife, mother of two beautiful girlies, an avid reader, and a new Romance and New Adult author.

I was born and raised in Southern Indiana, but resided in Texas for five years while my husband was in the US Army. It was definitely a journey, but I am so glad to be back in my home state.

Whenever I'm not doing my motherly duties or at the soccer field I absolutely love to read whenever I have a moment to spare. My kindle is never far from my side.

My love of reading increased about a year ago and due to my love of books I decided to try my hand at writing. Already having a set of characters screaming to get out, my story took over and came to life.

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