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Love Realized
     

Love Realized

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by Melanie Codina
 

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For Jake, it’s always been Gillian. It’s been her since that day she unknowingly stole a piece of his heart, while he watched her fall for one of his best friends. Resolved to the fate that she couldn’t be his, he locked up the deeper emotions he felt for her and loved her as a friend. As friends, they went through it all together. Marriages,

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For Jake, it’s always been Gillian. It’s been her since that day she unknowingly stole a piece of his heart, while he watched her fall for one of his best friends. Resolved to the fate that she couldn’t be his, he locked up the deeper emotions he felt for her and loved her as a friend. As friends, they went through it all together. Marriages, births, divorces and even death. But when a shameful secret Gillian has kept from her friends is revealed, Jake realizes she needs him more than ever. He knew what it was like to go through heartbreak and he wasn't about to stand back and watch her endure it alone. He also knew she would turn to him for support. What he wasn’t prepared for was the return of the emotions he had long ago locked away. Could he control those emotions again and did he even want to? Could he make her realize his love for her was real, or would she slip through his fingers again?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044512078
Publisher:
Melanie Codina
Publication date:
04/29/2013
Series:
Real Love , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
500,017
File size:
372 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Melanie is an amazing mother of four, an awesome and tolerant wife to one, and nurse to many. If you don’t believe her, just ask anyone in her family, they know what to say. She is also a devoted chauffer, the keeper of missing socks, a genius according to a six year old, the coolest soccer uniform coordinator according to a twelve year old, and the best damn ‘mac-n-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dog maker in the whole world. Well that last title isn’t really official, but it’s still pretty cool to be called it. When not being ordered around by any of the kids, you can find her with her nose in a book or on the sideline of a soccer game cheering on one team or another. But that’s mostly because she has a thing for the coach. When she is not doing all of the above, you can find her obsessed with a group of fictional characters all vying for a spot on the page of whatever she’s working on. It’s a fun and crazy life to lead, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Love Realized 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing break for me to be able to read a romance, that is can I say a ROMANCE! The story line of this book was written so amazingly well that I didn’t want to put it down. What I had honestly thought was going to be a long drawn out book, turned out to be much more than that. This book teaches you two very important lessons, the first one is just because something looks perfect, doesn’t always mean that is the truth. Also, sometimes you don’t always see what’s right in front of your face. During the course of this book, you find out that those 2 sayings are very true on many different levels. The different characters in this book are done in a way that you can almost connect with them to a degree. The women who have found out that their marriage is failing, the men who stand on the sidelines watching the woman they love be with another man. All of it was just extremely well done. There was enough of the drama, suspense and romance in this book that the balance was amazing. It leaves you wanting more. And I am left wondering who sent the texts!!! (When you read you will understand) This is the first book that I have read from Melanie Codina, but you can be sure I will be on the lookout for more in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! What can I say about new Indie author, Melanie Codina. She is fresh and innovative. This book is such a fantastic story and full of sweet romance. I loved how every conversation in this book made me feel as if I was the one conversing. The characters were well written. They were strong, sensitive, funny, sensual, emotional, and sexy. The story was so engaging. I was hooked in Chapter one. GILLIAN: Our heroine, I can only pray that I have her strength. After realizing her husband has been cheating on her for a long time, she shows poise and remarkable stamina to muddle through the pain. She never falters the line "her family comes first" Quote: "the fact that he knew he was caught. Clearly you have some explaining to do...but as you pointed out to me, we are supposed to be celebrating our sons birthday. I suggest you suck it up for his sake and put on a happy face. You will not Mar his birthday with your inability to control yourself." JAKE: the ultimate best friend, tragically in love with Gillian since high school. He knows she needs him now but can he get her to fall in love with him. He is perfection. He is always the shoulder you want to put your head on. Jake is smooth and his words will have your heart gasping and make you melt. Don't be surprised if you find yourself wishing your own significant other could be more like Jake. Quote: "The only place you will fall Gillian is right where you are, in these arms, in my life." "Fall Gillian. Go ahead and fall, and I promise I'll catch you." The supporting characters are fantastic and I hope Melanie continues to write about them. Allie is the ultimate best friend who takes no prisoners. Logan is the cheating husband. I must say I was a Logan hater in the beginning but by the end I found myself hoping he finds happiness again someday. Mrs. Codina's writing just captivates you. Love Realized takes you on a realistic romantic journey. I hope everyone experiences this heart-filled adventure. Much success to one of my favorite authors and most importantly friend!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for stories about friends in love and second chances so there was no way that I wasn't going to love this book. I love the story and the characters. The story was very real and relatable. It's about family, friendship, love, forgiveness, and second chances. I love Gillian's strength and no one can help but fall in love with Jake. I also enjoyed the dual POVs. I would love to read a story about Allie. She's hilarious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. It kept your interest thru all the turns. Can't wait to read more from her!
Sweetjenny More than 1 year ago
I was given a sneak peek at this book, and absolutely adored it! Gillian is a wife, Mom, friend, and a strong woman, who knew what happens at a birthday party would change the course of her life forever! Luckily she has a great support system, one in particular that I LOVED was Allie, her spunky sister in law and Best Friend, who isn't afraid to tell it like it is! Now on to the leading man of this story *sigh* Jake Michaels! I can not think of a single woman who wouldn't pounce at a chance with a man like this, supportive, understanding, tender, loving, but also a gorgeous alpha-male, that has been in love with Gillian since High School. This book took a few unexpected twists and turns, that only enhanced the already great love story! Love Realized, is an amazing book, by talented new Indie Writer Melanie Codina. I'm looking forward to reading more from her with the next part of The Real Love Series, and learning more about Allie!! I would highly recommend Love Realized to friends, as I've already gifted it to several of them! Some of my favorite quotes from this book: "The only place you will fall Gillian is right where you are! In these arms, in my life. You are everything to me, and I will do whatever I have to, to prove that to you." "Can I have you Gillian?" "WIll you catch me Jake?" "To feel embarrassed, I would have to be aware of people around me, I can only see you Jake."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked thr characters and writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read. I loved this book, the story it just grips you and keeps you hooked til the end. Gillian is wonderful and strong to have been able to deal with what happened to her and lucky to have such loving friends and family. Jake, wow thats real love. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK ITS REALLY REALLY WORTH IT !!!!!!
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Well written story about second chances. Mature adult relationships. Not much drama. Not too steamy sex either so it is just okay to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book!! Loved it!!
sissie2 More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best book I read . Very Hot!!!!
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