Thursday, March 5, 2015

[Blog Tour] Review & Giveaway: Almost Loved by Mira Toria


Almost Loved
by Mira Toria 
Release Date: 03/06/15
Summary from Goodreads:
Falling in love is easy.

After Bradley, Lyris is convinced that love is temporary and the repercussions are permanent, but everything changes when she meets Hale. Falling in love with him begins as something tumultuous and unexpectedly effortless despite her resistance.

Lyris loves him.
Hale loves her.
Staying in love is hard.

As their pasts start to surface, how hard will they fight to stay together? Her ex holds a piece of her heart and he won’t give up without a fight – but that might not be necessary. Hale has a secret of his own that is enough to threaten everything before it even begins.

This isn't just a love story.
This is their story. 


I really loved the cover. It fits especially when I finished reading the book.

I kind of like how there's like a lesson in this story. Lyris wasn't herself and was reluctant to try and be in another relationship after her trip from London due to experiences because of her ex. When she meets Hale. the beautiful (her words not mine) bartender it's the first time she feels something but is hesistant, so they flirted and all but nothing happened. She chanced it to fate which in a roundabout way, the term, "it's a small word", fitted perfectly not once but twice but I'll leave that for later.

Thanks to the support of her friends especially Evey, things were okay between her and Hale until her ex showed up and told her something about Hale's past which he never mentioned.

I actually felt for Lyris especially what she've been through because of her ex. Her hesitation was understandable but I probably would opted for her to talk to someone professional if this kept on being a nuisance to her life. Although Hale was a good medicine and she probably needed to overcome this herself.

I hated Bradley so much. I hated him more when he caused a strife between Hale and Ly. Just when everything seemed to be in place he had to mess him up. He really is a calculating b*st*rd. Hopefully, he gets whatever is coming to him, He's a liar especially when he said he changed. I'm glad that Hale persevered in what he was doing. I find the letters and flowers sweet even if the letter itself wasn't romantic. I liked how how they do their romance gestures differently. I only hated that it took them a while to be together again and if it wasn't for that surgeon planting those seeds, it probably would have turned out differently. I'm so glad she finally came to her senses. It may took a while but I'm quit content it was closer than what I've from other books which is in years.

I really like the supporting characters especially Evey. I liked how she's blunt especially when she gives her pep talks/advices to Lyris because she has the guts to say things that Ly denies within herself. I wished there was a short story how West and Evey came to be. It's just my cup of tea how friends become lovers. I liked how the author wrote their histories although not elaborated enough.

I loved how it ended despite the fact Hale made an *ss of himself in their reunion. Although there is no closure regarding Hale's past. It seemed it was dropped after their fallout.

About the Author
Mira Toria is a a bit of a romantic even though she flat out denies it. She daydreams more often than she would like to admit and often times she can be found scribbling story ideas onto any writeable surface because a clean napkin comes to mind before her phone.

She is also 1/5th of MALICE Authors, a group of authors that have banded together with their love of story telling to bring together an array of stories.

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