Sunday, January 24, 2021

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Until It Was, by Melissa Brodsky {ends 1/31}

Guest review by: Becki Bayley


I had never missed having a sibling because of how immersed in Donna’s family I had been. Her family would invite mine for the holidays, so we were never left alone and I was always with Donna, who had become more than a sister to me.

I missed her. More and more, the further we got from each other. I was stubborn, but then again, I was not the one who needed to apologize for the horrible words. That was on her, as was the distance between us. I didn’t know if I could ever fully pardon her from her sins, but I wasn’t confident I could find a way to move on.

Lance was snoring softly, and I was wide awake. I wanted to discuss Donna with him, get his thoughts on what I should do. I sighed loudly in hopes it would get him to open his eyes.

Vanessa, Lance, and Donna have been inseparable since their high school days. Now in their early 50s, is it too late for Vanessa and Lance to admit they’ve always wanted more?

Official synopsis:
Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Until It Was, by Melissa Brodsky {ends 1/31}
Single mom Vanessa Wilson is finally free. After eighteen tumultuous years, she can take a breath and focus on what matters most, her thirteen-year-old daughter, Sophia. Vanessa will do anything to protect her child, even if it means running from Lance, a love she had waited a lifetime for.

Lance Taylor has his exit plan. He’s ready to embrace life and live it to its fullest down in the Florida Keys. He’s commitment-free and sworn off any entanglements that may sway his bachelor’s heart—until Vanessa.

Best friends since high school, their undeniable attraction takes root and blossoms. When Vanessa’s ex-husband uses Sophia as an agent for revenge, Lance whisks them off to his bachelor pad in the Florida Keys. Flames ignite, and their relationship shifts on its axis. But, as things intensify, doubt erupts.

When a devastating secret is revealed that threatens to destroy the relationship they waited so long for, Vanessa and Lance must find a way back to each other. Or, any hope for a future together will remain forever in their dreams.

Vanessa married her ex-husband because it was time for her to get married. All of her friends were married, and dating wasn’t much fun. Without planning to, she ended up pregnant a few years later. Her daughter, Sophia, is the one bright spot from a bad marriage that still carried on for 13 more years. Vanessa is ready to move on from her marriage and make a good life for herself and Sophia.

But sometimes moving forward means moving back. Now spending all of her free time with her best friends from high school, Vanessa and Lance confess their long-held feelings for each other. Life is never as simple as we want it to be. Most of the story is the tumultuous path of Vanessa and Lance learning that sometimes telling the truth about feelings is the easy part—they still need to fight for themselves and their relationship with each other.

Overall, I’d give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was an interesting contemporary romance with a few twists and turns along the way. Without spoiling too much, Vanessa and Lance do get their happy ending.

{click here to purchase - currently free for Kindle Unlimited!}

Becki Bayley likes quiet, cozy nights with a warm blanket and a good book. Sometimes she takes a minute to share her contentment on Instagram as PoshBecki.


The author (a local metro Detroiter!) will be giving away TWO copies of this one to my lucky readers. Winners can choose Kindle copy (through Amazon) or a finished copy of the book.

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Sunday, January 31st, at 11:59pm EST, and winners will be notified via email the next day, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner(s) will be published.

Open to international for this one, since it's a Kindle giveaway! (if you'd like a finished copy, you must be in the U.S., though)

Good luck!

Until It Was, by Melissa Brodsky


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