La Vie en Rose (Life in Pink) by Lydia Michaels
Publisher & Release: Self-Published, April 12, 2016
Time and setting: Present day, NYC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 380 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 5 Gold Crowns
Emma Sanders has always dreamt of being a bride, wearing fancy gowns, pretty pearls, and—of course—falling madly in love. Then life happened. Finding herself one fiancé short of her happily ever after, she leaves the fairy tales behind. Some days are simply too perilous for pink gowns and pearls.
Riley Lockhart is the sort of man who can make a woman lower her gaze with only a smile. That he doesn’t realize his charm makes him all the more enchanting. Determined to save Emma the pain of her breakup, he steps in as a friend but soon finds himself wanting more.
She was just a girl, but she somehow winds up being the strongest woman he’s ever known. Losing her is not an option and when life can’t be tied neatly in a pretty little bow, he holds tight to all that he loves most in this world—his Emma. His hero.
Sometimes the greatest scars are worn on the inside.
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When I received a request from Ms. Michaels to read La Vie en Rose in exchange for an honest review, at first, I was not sure it would be a book I would enjoy since women’s fiction is not my first choice, but am I thrilled I accepted. This book resonated with me on a deeper level than I usually experience. I truly believe this is a story that all women need to read.
The book is fast-paced and enthralling. This story is much more than a romance, even though, love is the central theme of this book. It’s much more a story of friendship, loyalty, and true affection. Not just between Emma and Riley, but between a brother and sister and true friendship between Emma and Riley’s sister, Rarity. It’s a story of triumphing over extreme adversity and coming out an even stronger person than Emma was before her horrifying, life-threatening experience.
I’m being vague on purpose because I do not want to give anything away. La Vie en Rose is a book you will not want to miss, and you need to have the full benefit of the twists and turns of this amazing book.
Emma starts out as a bit of an air-head, even somewhat shallow, but when she is faced with a devastating situation, she finds out that she is made of steel under all her girlish ways. She’s a character that will have you laughing so hard, tears will roll down your face, but then when the unimaginable happens, she will have you crying just hard. I felt the full gambit of emotions with this unforgettable character.
Riley Lockhart has it all. He’s hilarious, endearing, loyal and determined. His character is a true delight. When he is faced with Emma’s situation, he swiftly changes gears and gives Emma all the support and love she needs to get through her ordeal. Riley loves Emma the way every woman wants to be loved!
I am truly grateful I had a chance to read this incredible book. If you enjoy a story with deep emotion that will pull at your heartstrings, yet one that has too many humorous moments to count, along with a multitude of issues presented with supreme tact and compassion, then you will absolutely want to read this book. If I could give it more than 5 Gold Crowns I would give it 10! This story may very well be the best book I read this year. It is definitely one I will read again and again. Happy reading!