Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"A Love Like Ours" by Becky Wade

About this book:

  “Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
  When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.
  Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?”

Series: Book #3 in the “Porter Family” series. (I have not read Book #1, but I have read and reviewed number two, “Meant to Be Mine”.)

Spiritual Content- Jeremiah 29:11 at the end; Prayers; Talks about God & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Bible reading & A few Scriptures are quoted; Mentions of Church going; Witnessing to Jake; Jake lost his faith *Spoiler* but near the end goes back to God. *End of Spoiler*.
            *Note: a mention of “very zen people”; a “you look like hell.” and a “give him hell”.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blasted’, a ‘bull’, a ‘crap’, a ‘drat’, a ‘geez’, a ‘heck’, a ‘idiot’, a ‘sheesh’, two ‘dumb’s, two ‘oh my gosh’s, two ‘screwed up’s, two ‘shoot’s, six forms of ‘stupid’; Jake swears inwardly (said, but not written); Jake has nightmares from when he was a Marine in Iraq and people dying (semi-detailed); Injured animals and hurt people (semi-detailed); Mentions of drinking; Jake compares Lyndie’s eye color to Jack Daniels; Mentions of nightclubs and bars.

Sexual Content- two Barely-above-not-detailed kisses, three Semi-detailed kisses, two Detailed kisses and two Very-detailed kisses (one which almost leads to the bedroom); Palm/Head kisses; Wanting to kiss and staring at lips; A code for wanting to kiss; Married couples kiss; Touches, Nearness & Warmth (semi-detailed to detailed); Noticing & Staring (semi-detailed); Lyndie wishes (once) that Jake would take off his shirt so she could check out his body; Amber is stunned over Ty’s good looks every time she sees him (even though he’s married); two ‘babe’s; Men are called delicious and gorgeous; A mention of a woman’s figures; Mentions of tight clothes; Noticing & imaging clothes and skin (but it’s cut off before anything really sexual); Mentions of testosterone; Many mentions of dating; Amber is a bit desperate for a date; Mentions of single/unwed mothers; Amber says she knows a lot about sexual attraction and had boyfriend after boyfriend when she was younger (which eventually causes her to end up pregnant); A mention of not wanting to “sleep with people just for the heck of it.”; In Jake’s P.O.V. “Since the Marines, he’d lived a simple life. He’d ruthlessly avoided alcohol and drugs and s*x, knowing that he wasn’t strong enough to deal with any of them.” A mention of purity and a man who wants to hold his wife’s hand for the first time on their wedding night (not Jake); Lyndie says “More honestly she wanted to kiss him, marry him, and take him to bed.”; Love, trying not to fall in love, falling in love & the emotions. (2x); *Spoiler* In the Epilogue, they are married and in their bed together; nothing sexual, but a mention of nearness, warmth and his bare chest. *End of Spoiler*

-Lyndie James
-Jake Porter
                                         P.O.V. switches between them, Amber & Will
                                                        352 pages


Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
(and a half)
Older High School Teens- 
My personal Rating-
(and a half)

Hmmm. Interesting. Sadly, I disliked more than I liked. :( I liked Lyndie’s faith, Mollie and I’m now really looking forward to reading Dru’s story. But all the Sexual Content made the ratings way lower and not appropriate for teen girls under 16. I wasn’t a big fan of Amber (but I probably would have liked her more had I read, book #1 in this series, where she’s introduced.) which added even more Sexual Content. :(
All that said, I most likely will try the author’s next book which I’m hoping is Dru’s story. Because girls with guns? Oh yes. ;)

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this review.

1 comment:

  1. I was interested in hearing your view of this because within a few days two friends (one married, one single in her twenties) told me I wouldn't like the content. I trust their opinions but was interested in seeing if the details were as explicit as they referred. Thanks for such detailed info so a reader knows exactly why they wouldn't want to get involved with the book.

    "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." Romans 13:14