All of Me
Series: Covington Cove #2
By Kelly Moran
ISBN: 0425276880 (ISBN13: 9780425276884)
Author’s Website: http://www.authorkellymoran.com
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For ten months, bestselling novelist Alec Winston hasn’t been able to type a single word, and he’s coming dangerously close to breaching his publishing contract. An invitation from his brother to spend the summer in Wilmington Beach might be just the thing to blast through his writer’s block. Yet Alec discovers more than a spark of inspiration on the sunny sands. He meets an amber-eyed muse who makes him think about much more than books .
Faith Armstrong has finally gathered the courage to leave her past behind and accepted a job as a private tutor, hoping for a fresh start on the North Carolina coast. This is the home she’s always longed for—not just a place, but a state of mind. She’s felt invisible her whole life, so the host of new friends and the attention of a sexy author have her head spinning.
But Alec has a secret that could prove this isn’t the life Faith dreamed of after all . . .
I am very pleased to say that this second book, All of Me, in the Covington Cove series is just as engaging, exciting and full of good ole fashioned love as the first book in the series, Return to Me. And let us not forget….the HOT factor. That was certainly present. From the beginning, I wanted to delve into the life of Alec and as I was introduced to Faith, her life as well! It certainly bode well that I was engaged so quickly.
The writing was so descriptive that at times I felt like I was there with Faith…visualizing seeing Alex on the beach. Seeing that hunky looking writer….sigh:
“Alec wasn’t standing in the sand any longer, but she could all but feel him still in front of her. There was a quiet, humming presence about him that his novels’ back cover photos didn’t portray….”
The intercommunications between Alec and Faith when they were just starting out really hit the “sweet and cute” chord for me:
She sighed and halted. “Mia thinks something’s going on between us.” She paused, then added, “NASA doesn’t need to be informed.”
Ha. Humor. He liked that. First, time to backtrack. “What does she think is going on?” Apparently he wasn’t above playing coy either.
One eyebrow lifted as her lips twisted in the cutest Oh, please expression. “You’re a writer. Figure it out.”
Frequently passages were written that demonstrated the total “shy” part of Faith’s personality and inexperience with the opposite sex:
She looked at Alec only to find him staring at her feet. A muscle ticked in his jaw. “What’s wrong?” she asked. “Forgot you said you painted your toenails. It’s a turn-on.” She looked down at her toes peeking out of her flip-flops, polished the pretty iridescent blue. A turn-on? Alec couldn’t possibly be flirting with her, could he? He really knew how to shut a girl up. Or knock her over.
Standard with love stories…there is baggage to deal with before there can be a happily ever after (we hope) and All of Me is no exception. Without giving away too much, I found Alec’s story very moving and compelling! WOW. It always amazes me when we as humans take on responsibility for actions which are truly not of our own doing…and this was captured so well in Alec’s storyline. And lest we forget, Faith has her own baggage she must attend to. The journey is hard and rocky…and a compelling read. The depth of story, along with the flirty aspects kept my interest throughout.
While this is book 2 in the series, it certainly can be read as a stand-alone title. I look forward to the continuing journey of Covington Cove….should there be more books on the horizon in this series! In the meantime, I plan to pick up another series by Ms. Moran, the first book in her Phantoms series, Ghost of a Promise.