Author Anne Conley & My Family’s Heart Book Reviews & Tours present “My Mistake” Book Tour & Reviews
TITLE – My Mistake
SERIES – Stories of Serendipity
AUTHOR – Anne Conley
GENRE – Contemporary Erotic Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – April 10, 2014
LENGTH (Pages/#words) – 70,000 words
PUBLISHER – Anne Conley
COVER ARTIST – Vanessa Booke
Welcome to Serendipity, Texas, where the days are hot and the nights are steamy. Meet real people with real problems, as they live life and find love in a small town.
12 years ago, Brent walked away from his one big love, and has regretted it ever since. He’s done nothing but make mistake after mistake with his life. Now, he’s finally getting his act together, starting up a sanctuary for abused and neglected horses, and staying clean.
Casey had put Brent out of her mind the best way she knew how, by going on with her own life: getting married and trying to have kids. When her marriage ends up being a mistake, she moves back in with her mother in Serendipity to lick her wounds. What she doesn’t expect is Brent, waltzing back into her life.
Can they put their own and each other’s mistakes behind them to move forward together? When Casey’s life is put in danger, Brent steps up, but will it be enough?
My Mistake is book seven in the Stories of Serendipity. You will meet some of the same characters, but they are all stand-alone novels.y
When he came back around to the front of the barn, she was sitting on top of a bale of hay, holding up a brown paper back with a grease stain on the bottom. Mooch, traitor that he was, perched at her feet, looking up at her adoringly, waiting for her to drop the bag.
“Mama sent some chicken and biscuits.”
He grunted an acknowledgment, and pulled his hat lower over his eyes so he didn’t have to see the pain in hers.
She stood, setting the bag down next to her, and sauntered over to the stall where he was spreading fresh straw.
He couldn’t think of the words to say to her. Everything that came to mind was wrong, and Brent knew that there was no way to have this conversation without hurting her. But he had to, or else he would end up hurting her worse in the long run.
As he kicked straw around the floor of the stall, he knew he was being stupid. For the last two weeks, all he’d talked about was how badly he wanted her to stay with him. And now he was about to do this…
He finally stopped when she said, “Brent. You’re scaring me. Is this about me not being able to have kids?”
“No.” Brent brushed past her to go to the feed room. Rattling the bucket brought in the mare, an enormous equine with a shaggy coat and bones showing through loose skin. She followed him into the stall, as he emptied the bucket into her feed trough, and then started pulling the injections from his pockets and preparing them silently.
When he had the first one ready, he finally got the guts to raise his head and look at Casey and deliver the brilliant line he’d spent the past ten minutes coming up with. “I need to think about some stuff.”
Her mouth dropped, and Brent lowered his head to the mare’s shoulder. While she was distracted, eating, he pinched some skin between his gloved fingers and stuck in the needle, pushing the plunger.
Brent had no idea what happened next. All he was aware of was a swift intake of breath, before he saw a wall of brown crush into him, then a jumble of whinnies, a frantic woof, a shrill scream, some clatters, then hoofs aimed at his chest, before blackness took over.
~I give it ♥♥♥♥
Let me begin by saying that I haven’t read any of the other Serendipity novels and could keep with this book just fine. What I loved about this book was that, while it had some themes that are time-honored hits–second chance love and asshole ex-husband that cheats on the heroine–there were some pretty heavy themes in the novel that I did not expect! This book dealt with addiction to alcohol, substance abuse, and a fractured psyche. You got to see a very real response to finding something out about some one you love, and still having to struggle to keep loving them.
Brent and Casey may have loved each other all their lives, but Brent made some mistakes and their lives spiraled out of control in ways that neither of them were prepared for. However, they did meet again, and it was like no time had passed. In the first scene in the book Casey is lusting over a man she can’t even clearly see, but somehow feel is familiar, but can’t place it. It didn’t feel forced or contrived. It felt like she really didn’t expect to come across Brent, but when she did, she couldn’t stop the flood gates from opening.
There were two external obstacles to this love–a villain and another woman who was determined to have Brent. I loved that Brent made it very obvious from the beginning that he only wanted Casey, and yet this woman was still able to put them in some sticky situations. It just felt real to me. The villain (which I won’t expound too much upon for obvious reasons) was planned well and tied up nicely. Part of you didn’t see it coming, even if you thought it in your mind later, as things started happening. But,trust me, you don’t see how they collide, and that is what mattered
Overall this book had a very good feel to me, I read it in one night, and couldn’t seem to put it down, and the ending left me smiling because it gave me, and the characters, exactly what we all wanted!~
Anne Conley lives in a small town in East Texas, with her husband, two kids and numerous goats. She brazenly stole her pseudonym from her great-grandmother, a true pioneer woman who raised seven kids alone: churning butter, plucking chickens, knitting clothes, and putting coal oil on every visible wound. Anne’s Stories of serendipity feature real people, living life and finding love in a small town. She also has a Paranormal Romance series, the Four Winds about archangels “falling” in love and coping with turning into humans Her writing is escapist therapy, and she succumbs to it every chance she gets.
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One winner (US only) will receive an Autographed copy of Hot Mess, a Story of Serendipity
One winner will receive all seven ebooks of the Stories of Serendipity, Neighborly Complications, Dream On, Chef’s Delight, Hot Mess, Falling for Him, Gambling on Love, and My Mistake.
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