Title: The Way You Love Me
Series: Angel Falls
By: Miranda Liasson
ISBN: 1455541826 (ISBN13: 9781455541829)
Author’s Website: https://mirandaliasson.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
A heartwarming story about love, family, and taking risks that matter.
Gabby Langdon has always tried to make people happy. She even went to law school to please her father, and now she’s a highly successful-albeit bored-attorney. But Gabby secretly dreams of being a writer, so for once she does something for herself-she signs up for a writing class taught by best-selling novelist Caden Marshall. There’s only one problem: her brooding, sexy professor is a distraction she can’t afford if she’s finally going to get the life she truly wants.
Recently divorced and suffering from the world’s worst case of writer’s block, Caden is in Angel Falls to get his life back on track. He’s focused on teaching and providing a stable and loving home for his young daughter, Ava. The last thing he needs is to jeopardize his new job, which means keeping plenty of distance between himself and his talented new student-no matter how tempted he is by Gabby’s beauty, kind heart, or the sparks that fly whenever they’re together. (Goodreads)
Miranda Lisasson’s The Way You Love Me is the second book in her Angel Falls series. There is one passage early on that set the tone for me and gave me the impetus to read the book in its entirety…. romantic that I am:
“When Gabby thought of happiness, of the life of her dreams, other things besides money came to mind. Like sitting on a big, old front porch on a hot summer evening, sipping iced tea and holding hands with someone. Kissing while lying on a blanket and making love under the stars, the piney scent of the woods fresh and clean. Having a love like her grandparents had known, which had endured for decades.
She’d never had an experience like that, a soul mate who made her feel that she was exactly where she should be in her life, with the person she was meant to be with. Where she could slow down enough to enjoy a good book and a cup of tea or knit a friend a baby gift or go for a long, cleansing bike ride through the parks just outside of town.”
This passage also made me want a HEA for Gabby. And in order to know whether she gets that or not, I had to read… It was a very pleasant book to read, many interesting characters and the flow of the story was easy to follow and kept my interested throughout.
Gabby is a people pleaser… always has been…always will be (or will she). I think in order for Gabby to truly be happy and FINALLY decide what SHE wants to do with her life (as opposed to doing what she thinks people want her to do – i.e. lawyer) she needs to become a bit more selfish. Become introspective and then fight for what she truly wants.
In Gabby’s role as a people pleaser, she even became a successful (albeit bored) lawyer as that was what was expected of her – not what she wanted to do. Gabby has harboured dreams of becoming a writer. In an effort to further this dream, Gabby has enrolled in a writing class at the university. And as one could guess… the professor is none other than homeboy made good as a successful writer – Caden Marshall. Now this is certainly not good for Gabby as a hunky professor as a distraction is not good… for either of them.
Caden has returned to Angel Falls, Ohio to regroup. He has moved back to town with his young daughter Ava after the break up of his marriage. Caden has secured a professorship at the local university, which is important as he has writer’s block and is unable to produce a follow-up to his highly successful first novel. While getting his life back on track is his only priority… he has one student in his class that he just cannot get out of his mind…. Gabby. And from the moment they met, you could tell the sparks would fly.
One particular passage certainly provided the words that expressed the heat between Caden and Gabby. At this point, Caden is apologizing to Gabby:
“I’m sorry,” he said. “For how I behaved. I was upset about my father, and I took it out on you.”
“Then we’re good,” she said. “You could’ve said that over the phone though.”
“No, I couldn’t have.”
“Because I needed to do this.” And then his mouth was on hers, kissing her deep and hard, not a hello kiss or a you-look-beautiful-kiss, but an I-am-going-to-strip-you-naked-and-kiss-every-inch-of-you-and-have-fabulous-make-up-sex kiss that made every part of her instantly turn to Jell-O. His mouth possessed her, his tongue invaded her mouth, and he made it quite clear that her was very, very sorry.
I really enjoyed the fact that the story had more to it than just the coming together of the main characters. Each had their own baggage that needed to be worked through (both individually and as a potential couple). I got a chuckle numerous times from Caden’s mom…. she was priceless. The love story captured my interest but the other storylines allowed the book to have a greater depth, which turned out to enhance my reading experience. Even a mystery needed to be solved!
Overall, a well rounded love story crafted by Miranda Liasson. The next step for me will be to seek out and read book one of the series, Then There Was You.