Lauren’s Best Book of 2015: Bleeding Love by Harper Sloan
I've loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day.
Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It's that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again.
Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face.
He's on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.
My Original Review
This book is bar none Harper's best novel to date. She took a step back with this story and just let it tell itself without dramatic twists or unnerving action. I knew going in that the fight for Megan's heart would be a rocky road, but I had no idea how emotional raw I would feel after turning the last page. Sloan has taken someone that is broken beyond repair and push her to the limit to raise from the ashes. Losing her husband in the war is a momentous loss in itself, but to find out the details of their relationship nearly killed me. Liam knew he couldn't push her passed her limits or he'd lose her before their love ever got off the ground. Bleeding Love is the most emotionally charged and romantically intense book of 2015. Having experienced the sudden loss of my father earlier in the year, Harper brought all the emotions I felt at his passing flooding back. It took me days to even sit down and write this review. The tears are still flowing as I write this, but I needed my review to be on paper. Harper Sloan, I want to thank you for giving me as a reader such an beautifully broken and emotional read. Liam's words towards the end of the book have profoundly affected me and made me work even harder to preserve my love for my father even if he's no longer here on earth with me. You've given me the strength to move on in my life and re-build my family. For everyone else, this may be a work for fictional brilliance, but to me this allowed me to finally let go of the pain in my heart and finally live again.
Do you want to know why I chose this book as my Best of 2015? It’s honestly very simple. When a book such as Bleeding Love has not only affected my life in a positive way, but also stuck with me throughout the entire year after reading 200+ books, you know it’s one of those rare read finds. Bleeding Love is the kind of book you can sit down on a snowy or rainy day and get lost within its pages all over again. Even thinking about one particular scene in the book and everyone whose read it knows which I am talking about months later, it still brings tears to my tears and makes my heart ache. Yes, this story resonated with me after the loss of my father in February, but just as these characters exhibited even in a fictional tale, the love you feel for a loved one who has passed will never diminish over time. This books gives those suffering from loss hope and that is the reason why I chose Bleeding Love by Harper Sloan as my pick of best book of 2015.