This Loving Feeling by Miranda Liasson
Publisher & Release: Montlake Romance, July 19, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Mirror Lake
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 290 Pages
Heat Level: 1.5 Flames
Rating: 4 Gold Crowns
Samantha Rushford’s future looks bright: the high school art teacher is getting ready to leave Mirror Lake and move to Boston with her ambitious boyfriend, and she hopes a diamond ring is just around the corner. But her past still has a hold on her—especially the bittersweet memory of her rebellious ex, who kissed her passionately before he left town without a word.
Since then, Lukas Spikonos has parlayed his rebel ways into life as an up-and-coming recording artist. When he shows up for a surprise gig at the high school prom, Sam is more dumbstruck than starstruck—he used the words of a poem she wrote about their breakup to create a number one hit. But Lukas hasn’t returned just to impress students; he’s facing some real-life responsibilities and needs Sam’s help. But she has her own unresolved issues about the life she wants to lead. Will the music—and the pull of true love and family—put their hearts back in harmony?
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I received an email from Montlake with an offer to read This Loving Feeling via Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review. I had read This Thing Called Love, Book 1 of the Mirror Lake series and enjoyed it a great deal, so I eagerly accepted it. I always enjoy stories with children in them and this book has an adorable four-year-old whose life has been a hot mess until Stevie started living with his uncle, Lukas. I’m glad I requested this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
While there are no earth-shattering moments in This Loving Feeling, I enjoyed the romance between Lukas and Samantha. The chemistry between them is strong, and I enjoyed the tastefully-written love scenes a great deal. I always enjoy second chance romances and this one is excellent. It also has a bit of a love triangle in it as well.
The pacing is excellent, and I became engaged in the story from the first page and remained that way until the end, rooting for them to find a solution that would bring them their happily ever after. Ms. Lisson’s writing style is smooth, blending the right amount of narrative with realistic dialogue.
Samantha is an interesting character. She wants desperately to do the right thing by marrying the man she thinks will be accepted by her family and the townspeople. Because she had a troubled senior year and made what she saw as bad choices, she’s afraid to take a chance on true love, preferring to settle for safe and steady, but a man that does not rock her world. I did become a bit frustrated with her because it was so obvious Harris was not the man for her.
Lukas is a great hero. I liked him from the start. His determination to take care of his nephew stole my heart. Lukas has a lot of baggage from his troubled childhood, so it’s no wonder he is hesitant to share the depth of his feelings with Sam, especially when she clings to her old vision of what her life should be. What he is willing to do for her at the end blew me away. I know I’m being vague here, but you will have to read this book and then you will understand!
If you enjoy a character driven romance with intriguing characters and a sweet little boy that is sure to steal your heart, then you will like This Loving Feeling as much as I did. I was really rooting for Lukas and Sam to find their happy ending. Happy reading!