Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Healing Luke
Author: Beth Cornelison
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day/Destin FL
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content Rating: None
Beth's Website: www.bethcornelison.com
He was handsome and carefree. At the snap of his fingers he could have any woman he wanted. His business interests were diversified and successful. But in the span of seconds, Luke Morgan’s life is drastically, permanently changed. He has deep and lasting external scars that rival his long-suppressed internal scars. His life is over; he has nothing to look forward to except days filled with self-loathing and pain. Until she breezes into his life…
Alone on her honeymoon Abby Stanford is determined to heal her broken heart, yet it’s a painful process trying to understand why her fiancé cheated on her. Dwelling on supposition and fears continues to shatter her self-confidence. She’s pretty sure the odds are she’ll never understand what’s so unlovable about her, and she’s quite sure she will never love again. At least until he snarls his way into her life…
As an OT she normally helps other people heal, but when she first meets Luke and then his brother Aaron and father Bart, she’s prepared to run. There would be no healing for her here. Only more pain, deeper and sharper than her fiancé’s actions brought her. However, when the opportunity to help Luke heal presents itself she can’t walk away. She sees his anguish. She wants to be the one to help him. Even if it costs her everything.
He’s hurt and angry and wants everyone to know it. He has a right to lash out and keep his family and Abby at arm’s length. He’ll never be "normal" again. He’ll always be a freak. So why should he care about anything or anyone? Yet as Abby gets under his skin, he finds that he does care more than he should. He wants to heal, he wants to live a full life. He wants Abby, but she continues to tell him she doesn’t want to be with him. And he thought his accident was painful.
Metaphorically speaking, Luke and Abby are struck blind and dumb when they met each other. Neither can see nor feel past their emotional wounds to glimpse what’s possible.
A domino effect engulfs Abby and Luke. Through pain there comes hope. With the promise of hope comes second-guessing and doubt. As doubt seeps in it blossoms into fear. Fear has them making assumptions based on past experiences. This and more is what keep the reader absorbing every word.
Ms. Cornelison has written a multi-layered story of fear, passion, and risks. Her characters, the story, the romance itself are memorable with a captivating combination of tragedy, turbulent emotions, painful decisions, and searing tension. Healing Luke is a heart-felt, heart-breaking romance.
P.S. I’m sure there will be many readers who agree with me…Aaron should have his own story. Love shouldn’t come easy to him with his playboy attitude, though. The love of his life ought to be a woman that will knock his socks off and send him "bang, zoom," to the moon and then some. Don’t you think?
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