{Review} Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae

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{Review} Pillowtalk by Cassie MaePillowtalk by Cassie Mae
Publisher: Loveswept on April 4, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 191

Our Rating

5 Stars

Kennedy Walters used to be lucky in love—until tragedy struck. Now she’s come to the lakeside town of Lyra Valley to finally put the past behind her. But while Kennedy’s staying at a local B&B, she is shocked to find herself undeniably drawn to a sweet-talking hometown heartthrob. Kennedy isn’t sure if she’s ready to move on—and yet one look in Aaron Sheppard’s eyes makes her wish he'd make his move.

Aaron returned to Lyra Valley because he was fed up with the big city and everything he was missing: beautiful, down-to-earth girls like Kennedy. Turns out Aaron has more in common with Kennedy than he realized, and suddenly he wonders if he should give her a little space. But after a power outage strands them together, their innocent flirtation turns to intimate conversation. And over the course of a night that neither will ever forget, Aaron and Kennedy learn just how compatible they could be—if only they’d let themselves fall into each other’s arms.



This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

Pillowtalk by Cassie Mae

The Verdict: I really wasn’t paying a lot of attention when I requested this book, and that turned out to be a really good thing.  You see, the Cassie Mae’s books I’ve read in the past have been both romantic and funny, and while Pillowtalk is certainly a romance, there’s not really anything funny about it.  If I’d based my decision on more than just the author’s name, I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book at all — and that would have been a huge mistake.

In Pillowtalk, Kennedy is still grieving the loss of Jared, the man she probably would have married had he not been diagnosed with a terminal illness.  He’s been gone for a while now, but the pain is still fresh.  Since then, she’s managed to get on with her life in the most basic sense.  She works, she survives, but she can’t seem to let go.  A trip to his home town, where he asked her to spread his ashes, is the next step for her, but she knows it won’t be easy.

Aaron would go back and do things differently if he could.  Just out of high school and both in love with the same girl, Aaron slept with Jared’s girlfriend, putting a permanent rift in their friendship that he never got the chance to make up for.  And like some tragic cosmic joke, the woman Aaron meets and begins to have feelings for turns out to be the last woman Jared loved before he died.

I don’t think my review can do justice to this story.  As angsty as the whole plot seems, somehow Cassie Mae wrote it in a way that didn’t gloss over the burden of grief, yet never felt too heavy to finish.  Every moment that Kennedy missed Jared was explained, every second she was afraid to move on without him was explored, and every bit of shame and regret that Aaron felt was defined.  But through all that sadness and feeling lost, there was always a sense of movement toward hope, a subconscious message that everything the characters were going through was necessary to come out on the other side.  And as intense as their constant emotional battle was, there was still room for undeniable attraction and even some more humorous moments.

Kennedy and Aaron are both so easy to relate to, both flawed but good people who are just trying to put one foot in front of the other.  They’re shaped by the losses they’ve suffered but not defined by them, and watching them wade through their grief and find understanding and love in each other was wonderful.  Pillowtalk is a heartbreaking, beautiful, and ultimately healing story of finding romance when you think that happily ever after is out of reach.

  
The Breakdown
Cover Design
3 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
Characters
5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating
  


About Cassie Mae

Cassie Mae (who sometimes writes as Becca Ann) is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Author: ysar

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