Return To Me by Kelly Moran (Covington Cove #1)

Return To Me by Kelly MoranAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

With every beat of the heart comes a memory of what could have been… Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted—including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what’s waiting for him…

At the urging of Cole’s sister, Mia has returned to the Covington family’s coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn’t have the luxury of saying no to the job. And she soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She’ll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for.

An enjoyable emotional story about second chances, unresolved issues and healing. I love the characters, Ms. Moran delights her readers with an amazing love story.

Cole Covington survived an IED explosion while serving in the army, the two buddies that were with him did not survive and he is suffering both physically and emotionally. He is now home and has isolated himself in his large home refusing to take care of himself and running off several of the caregivers his sister has hired.

Mia is a RN who needs a job. She takes care of her sister Ginny, who has down syndrome and is in a special school. When Lacey calls with an offer of employment she is torn, the history between Cole and herself is painful yet she wants to help him, not to mention the money is needed. She agrees to the job and begins the long process to help him overcome his injuries but the feelings they had for each other ten years ago are not as deeply buried as the two thought.

An extremely emotional story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Mia and Cole have gone through so much both together and apart and they are perfect for each other.

I adore Mia, she has not had it easy in life, her mother was not a great role model, she is taking care of her sister Ginny who she loves but needs special care and she is currently out of work. When Lacey, a friend from her past wants to hire her to help her brother, she has a hard time turning her down even though it brings up a painful past. I really like Mia’s attitude, she was hurt ten years ago by Cole and probably could have said no to Lacey but she wants to help. And I like that she does not take any crap from him, he tries to make her leave but she is stubborn.

Cole is not in a good place, he suffers from his experience in the war and does not want to do anything, he has not even been out of his room since he was discharged, he just wants to wallow in his grief and when Mia comes into his room he is angry and does not want her there. Not only does he need help to heal from his injuries and his PTSD but the two have some unfinished business to deal with. It actually does not take her long to break through his tough exterior and I am sure it is because the feelings they had for each other years ago have never gone away. The chemistry between them is apparent and I like how their feelings come back so soon. Mia suggests he write his experiences down, a type of memoir and when he begins he does not start with his time in the army, he starts his book the day he meets her, so sweet.

Secondary characters play important roles but the majority of the story focuses around Cole and Mia, I do like his sister Lacey, she really cares about Cole and you can feel the love between them. And of course Mia’s sister Ginny is cute and brings humor into the story. Ms. Moran uses flashbacks throughout the book to the time when they first met and I enjoy learning about the years they were together and what prompted the split. We also find out about Cole’s brother and the tragedy that tore many lives apart and left emotional scars on all.

The pace is fairly fast and the story easy to read, although very emotional. There are several truths revealed that helped shed light on the past and there were still some hurtles to go through before the happy ending. This is the start to a new series that I am looking forward to, as Ms. Moran writes wonderful romances that tear at your heartstrings.

I give Return to Me by Kelly Moran 4 stars!

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