Lovers Restored

Lovers Restored

by Kelsie Leverich

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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...


So much need. So much desire...


It's been exactly ten years since Halle Morgan last set foot in her tiny hometown. Now she's back, but only long enough to honor the memory of her best friend and try to leave the past behind her. But with one look at Cooper Bale, Halle knows there is no escape from the past-or from the man she wants like no other.


Cooper can't let go of his painful memories, or the guilt that tore him and Halle apart. And try as he might, he can't forget the bittersweet night they once shared. Even now, longing sizzles between them, potent and insatiable. Though blissful nights spent in Halle's arms heal the bitterness in Cooper's heart, they know they have no future...until they let go of the past that brought them together.

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ISBN-13: 9781503168282
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2014
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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Lovers Restored (Entangled Brazen) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No thanks. One thing I can't stand is a weak heroine. Cooper treats her like crap and she takes it. Again and again. He's an ass*ole that doesn't deserve the girl in the end. Don't bother with this one.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Rcvd an ARC at cost to author..(netgalley) This book was hard for me, I liked Halle and I felt for her she lost everything in one night. She lost her love Cooper, her best friend Peyton and her family because they were her family so for ten years she can't move on even though she tried and still feels guilt but of course she is going to feel pain and hurt and guilt Cooper blamed her why? cause he was an idiot. He so annoyed I get it you lost your sister but he was cruel to Halle and really wished she could have found someone because supposedly he couldn't move on from her either, well dude your fault..
SaraOxo More than 1 year ago
Lovers Restored by Kelsie Leverich a four-star read that will restore your faith. This was my first read by this author and it’s the first book in the Lovers redeemed series and I for one can’t wait for the next book in the series. This was a great read, about passion and loss and love, it will make you pull your hair out in places and it may break your heart in places but it will also make you turn each page quicker than the last.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
One of those stories that stays with you. When Halle returns to her hometown for the first time in ten years, her world grinds to a halt before she can get that first scoop of ice cream in her mouth; standing behind her in the diner her best friends brother, Cooper. Cooper isn't happy. Cooper is angry. Halle is only here to keep a promise she made to her best friend Peyton when they buried their memory box when they graduated from high school. To dig it back up 10 years from the date. The date her best friend died. The day her tiny world came to an end. She lost the only family she knew after losing her own father. Cooper, who had made his feeling known to Halle, even though he was going to college. Cooper turned his back on her the day of the funeral and never looked back. Halle left town, made a new life for herself. Finished school and had her own successful catering business. She'd only dig up the box and leave. Keeping her promise. Then Cooper keeps showing up and oh how Halle's body betrays her mind. Cooper isn't easy to like, throughout the book he's angry, throws out accusations while he has his hand down her pants, he's overbearing and flat out mean. His friends are nice to Halle, which bothers him too. Halle has dug up the box and goes to see Peytons Mom. Cooper had to quit college to come home and look after his mother because she fell apart after Peyton died. She's still not together. Until she spends a little time with Halle. Now Cooper wants her to stay because in his tiny little mind, Halle has some magic wand she's going to wave to make his Mom all better. The guy drove me nuts. I read this book twice and yes, he was just as annoying the second time around. I felt for Halle too but there were times when I wanted to flick her nose and tell her to wake the heck up. Cooper's answer to everything was sex, then he'd push her away. Halle stays a short time and is enough to get Peytons Mom back on track a little. Cooper constantly leaves Halle just as he did the day of his sisters funeral. He ran. Right after telling Halle it was all her fault. So the tables get turned and this time it's Halle who leaves. She said what she needed to say and left. She was done. The story doesn't end there. Cooper's kick in the pants comes from his Mom. Maybe it will work. It's all up to Cooper. It's a good read angsty, twisty, steam all over the place, emotion packed and you'll keep reading and won't put it down until the end. It's just one of those kind of books. *arc from NetGalley and Entangled for an honest review* Second read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This had it all! THANK YOU!!!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
First off, if you have not read a book by Kelsie Leverich you are totally missing out!! Her books contain the type of stories that reach in and grabbed ahold of your heart and soul and hold on for dear life. They invade your thoughts and the characters linger with you long after the last page is turned. She is a master at writing romantic & emotionally charged stories! Cooper and Halle's story was beautifully written, their storyline was very engaging and literally left me breathless a few times. My heart broke for Halle and Cooper frustrated me at times, but with that being said I totally got wrapped up into the story and felt the emotions behind every word on the page. Their relationship was very intense at times, & because of their inner demons they struggled to find their way to one another, but it defintely did not lack in passion. This one was defintely a emotional roller coaster for me...but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the ride!
micharch More than 1 year ago
Halle and Cooper have a lot of baggage to work through at the beginning of this story.  Halle hasn't been back to her hometown in 10 years, actually since Cooper's younger sister Peyton died on the night of their high school graduation.  Each has guilt over her death and though Cooper and Halle loved each other, Cooper drove her from town and Halle has been struggling with the guilt ever since.  Halle feels responsible for her best friend's death and Cooper is hiding his own secret about that night.  Through glimpses back, we find out the whole story and it is a sad tale.  Cooper and his mom have struggled and not really moved on in the 10 years since Peyton's death and Halle begins to allow his mother to heal.  They each learn that they have to deal with the past (the good and the bad) in order to move forward with their lives.  Although they do have stumbling blocks throughout the book, Cooper and Halle wind up being what each other needs in order to live with that horrendous night.  Overall a good read and pretty well done. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Lovers Restored was a unique storyline for me.  I knew after reading the beginning it would be quite emotional.  This was a bittersweet story of up and down emotions.  Poor Halle and Cooper having to deal with such a hard blow to their lives at such a young age.  I cannot imagine going through what they went through and not feel the same.  Halle was such a nice character with a huge heart.  I wanted to give her a hug from moment one and throughout the story.  She wanted to make amends and I loved how she interacted with Cooper's mom.  So loving.   Then there was Cooper.  I am still not quite sure how I feel about him.  The push and pull he had when being near Halle was nervewracking.  It was truly making me crazy, but I had to think outside my normal feelings and kinda put myself in his shoes.  Then he was a little more tolerable.   I did like the overall ending but would have liked a little more for Cooper's revelation.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
Quick and easy read: 4 stars--LOVERS RESTORED is a contemporary, adult, romantic second chance storyline by Kelsie Leverich focusing on caterer Halle Morgan and mechanic Cooper Bale.  Ten years earlier, Halle was pushed out of Glenley, Indiana by the only man she would every love.  It has been ten years since Halle lost her best friend.  Guilt ridden and heartbroken, Halle ran and never looked back when Cooper Bale laid into Halle and destroyed what was left of her world. Now with a successful catering business three hours away, Halle never forgot the first boy that she loved but returning to Glenley brought back too many memories and too much pain. Halle made a promise to her best friend and she knew she would have to face her past-one way or another. Hoping to get in and get out of town fast, Halle is not prepared for the wave of emotions upon seeing Cooper-once again. The relationship between Halle and Cooper is a friends to lovers/second chance storyline. Cooper has never forgotten or forgiven Halle for that fateful night a decade earlier and her reappearance after ten years brings back the loss and memories not only the loss but of the woman who had stolen his heart. As Cooper and Halle begin their dance around one another, pent up anger and grief make for some uncomfortable moments and hurtful words said in anger. Cooper’s personality left much to be desired especially when he used emotional blackmail to keep Halle near by. The secondary characters include Cooper’s best friend Abel; his grieving mother Kathryn; and some of the home town people that were once a part of Halle’s life. There are moments of heartbreak and sorrow for everyone involved. LOVERS RESTORED is a quick and easy read where people must overcome the past in order to move forward. Displaced anger and blame will continue to fuel the fire, but acceptance is the only way to smother the painful flames of grief and loss. Kelsie Leverich writes a romantic and passionate tale of painful loss that culminates in a happily ever after for two people meant to be together.
KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
Halle returns to her hometown after 10 years to open the box she and her best friend buried. The night of graduation Halle was in a car accident with her best friend...Halle walked away but her best friend didn't. Halle is trying her best to avoid everyone in town but her first love and her best friend's brother finds out she's back. He hates her but still loves her. This is a heart wrenching but steamy read with a great HEA.
RJ1970 More than 1 year ago
ARC kindly received from× Publishing in exchange for an honest review. First book I have read by this author but I will certainly read more. Kelsie can certainly write a steamy love story. This involves hunky× Cooper and Halle who bump into one another on× Halle's return to the town she grew up in after 10 years. They have a history and both are riddled with guilt over events that happened all those years ago. It was certainly a rollercoaster ride... so many emotions I went through with these two, heartbreak, euphoria, hot sex scenes...and rooting for× Cooper and Halle to realise they were meant to be together.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Lovers Restored is a classic Gothic novel. It has a spunky heroine, Halle who has overcome a tragic past to confront and returned to her hometown to fulfill a promise to her dead best friend. Cooper, the hero, has lost his sister, been abandon by his father, and dropped out of school to care for his depressed mother. Halle and Cooper dated in high school, but broke up after graduation resulted in tragedy. Hallie leaves town after the funeral and stays away for 10 years. They meet again and their dormant feels return. This book wasn't my cup of tea, I agree with other reviewers the hero Cooper was difficult to relate to. It felt much more like an angst fill new adult story, than a contemporary romance novel. I have read other stories written by this author that I enjoy. I was given a arc copy for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gay s.x here
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
So much need. So much desire…  It's been exactly ten years since Halle Morgan last set foot in her tiny hometown. Now she's back, but only long enough to honor the memory of her best friend and try to leave the past behind her. But with one look at Cooper Bale, Halle knows there is no escape from the past—or from the man she wants like no other.  Cooper can't let go of his painful memories, or the guilt that tore him and Halle apart. And try as he might, he can't forget the bittersweet night they once shared. Even now, longing sizzles between them, potent and insatiable. Though blissful nights spent in Halle's arms heal the bitterness in Cooper's heart, they know they have no future…until they let go of the past that brought them together. Review: WOW, this is not what I expected when I picked up this book for review.  It maybe from the Brazen line and it is definitely sexy, but there is so much depth to this story. There were times that I wanted to cry with Halle not just for her frustration, but because of all that she had lost.  In one stupid moment 10 years earlier Halle and her best friend Peyton got in a car with a drunk driver and Peyton lost her life and Halle lost the lover of her life, Cooper (Peyton's brother) and her second family.  Now, all these years later she has come back to fulfill a promise to Peyton and of course the first person she runs into is Cooper.   The rest of the story revolves around the undeniable attraction and love that Halle and Cooper have for each other and the hurt and guilt they must work through to get their HEA.  I liked that this story was different in it was not all hearts and flowers, but had real issues that damaged so many people. I have not read this author before, but would love to read more of her work. 4.5Stars
artfullee More than 1 year ago
I love a romance with real emotions and struggles, I love second chance romances and I love a romance that you can sink your teeth into while watching a couple find their much needed peace with themselves. Lovers Restored gave me all that and more. It was a touching story of two people connected by their shared grief, although both harbouring guilt for different reasons. Cooper and Halle shared a special bond, the loss of a sister and best friend. A loss that resulted in Halle moving out of their home town while Cooper stayed and became carer for his heartbroken mother. Fast forward 10 years and they were still struggling with letting the demons of the past go, struggling to overcome their feelings of guilt and pain. Understandably, Halle shouldered an enormous amount of guilt for her best friends death and, although she still loves Cooper, understands why he doesn't want to be near her. Cooper feels the responsibility for his sisters death so deeply and completely, he feels that seeing Halle will be too painful. But the magnetism Halle and Cooper felt as teenagers still is as strong as ever and though they fight it, they cannot stay away from each other. Their love is irrefutable but the ultimate question is whether they can move forward after all they had been through. These two characters grabbed me by the emotional throat and didn't let go, both going through their own growth, each a balm for the others soul. The chemistry between Halle and Cooper was obvious, their emotional ties to each other undeniable. I felt their loss and pain and I felt the raw emotion of their seemingly impossible future together. While Cooper was frustrating in his indecision, I could feel his inner torment and totally understood why he ended up in a push-pull situation with Halle. He needed to face his past and put those ghosts to rest and Halle was the only one strong enough to help him do that. I loved her strength when it became a case of self-preservation of her heart. Her decisions made in those moments made me respect her even more. Overall it was thoroughly satisfying read for me, with an engaging storyline that offered angst, forgiveness and love, as well as strong, appealing characters. I haven't read anything by this author before but I really enjoyed her style of writing and look forward to reading more of her works.
mischievousreads More than 1 year ago
I never expected this book to be quite an emotional read for me. Obviously with the title, this is a story of a second chance romance, and how I love books with themes like these, especially when the reason behind the break up is something so painful.  The return of Halle Morgan to her small hometown was totally unexpected. The last time she had been in town was ten years ago, when they buried her best friend, and she left. As much as she didn’t want to return, she’d once made a pact with her late best friend to dig up a memory box they’d buried when they were kids. And now she’s back to get that box, then leave. The last thing she needs is coming across her best friend’s older brother and the boy she fell in love years ago, and it’s very obvious Cooper hasn’t forgiven her for what happened to his little sister.  Cooper has never forgotten everything about Halle, especially from the night they spent together, and fell in love with each other. But she doesn’t just bring intimate memories, but also the memories of his late sister. With Halle, there’s always Peyton. They’re literally a package deal, despite one of them already gone. The terrible thing is that, he’s got no idea whether to hate her or love her for coming back. "It should have been me," she said. "I wish it was me." This story kind of touched a nerve when I was reading this, because it revolves around a loss of a loved one, depression and taking responsibilities. I absolutely felt for these two characters, Halle and Cooper, because they’ve had it real bad. With Halle blaming herself for her best friend’s death, and feeling that she’s being hated and doesn’t belong because of what happened, which caused her to hightail right after Peyton’s funeral. And with Cooper, ditching his dreams to becoming a medical student, in order to care for his mother who fell into depression after the death of his sister and his father bailing out on them. These two are terribly broken in their own way; I feel the need to give these two a big hug.  In regards to the brazen feel of this book, which I kind of had mixed feelings towards, I felt it was kind of rushed at the beginning despite their back story. Halle comes in town, Cooper is pissed at her return, and next thing you know, he can’t keep his hands off of her. Then later on, he’s walking away because he can’t handle the ache. Make up your mind, Cooper!!! "I might hate that you’re here – hate the grip that chokes me every single time I look at you.” Moving his hands to the side of her neck, he leaned in close. His words were almost lost to the storm as he whispered, “But that’s all I want to do. I want to look into your eyes until I can no longer breathe." This was also the reason why I kind of disliked his character at the beginning because he was too harsh on Halle, but reading further, I began to appreciate his character and the reasons why he acted that way.  This book shook me a little bit, and I had not expected such intensity from a Brazen imprint, because normally, books like these would be highly sensual, but I truly applaud the author of this book for such an amazing drama input. If you’re into sexy reads and a little bit of intense drama to match, and second chance romances, this book is definitely for you. 
Sophie_Valencia More than 1 year ago
Lovers Restored is a brave contemporary romance offering from Ms. Leverich and Entangled Publishing. This book is from the Brazen imprint of Entangled Publishing so there is a certain degree of expectation that has to be met -- a hot couple whose physical relationship has a high heat factor and pushes the emotional relationship forward. Were all of these expectations met? Absolutely. The emotional story of this book is where I think the author and publisher took a big risk. One that paid off, perhaps in heart-wrenching ways. Halle and Cooper last saw each other at the funeral of Payton, Cooper's sister and Halle's best friend. Although years have past, Cooper and Halle both still feel the pain acutely. I have to admit, because of the intensity of their loss, there were times when I almost didn't want them to be together. Cooper was frozen in time -- older but still stuck in a limbo of the aftermath of his sister's death -- and Halle's presence back in town didn't seem to alleviate his pain, but rather exacerbated it. The physical aspect of the story was also unlike most contemporary romances that I read. There was a desperation in it, but not the kind of desperation to be with the other person. There was almost anguish as they tried to use the familiarity of their physical attraction to get over their pain only to have that temporary relief followed by an incredible sadness from the realization that the the void left by Payton's death was still there. Again, such a difficult, emotional journey. Also, there was a lot of guilt felt by Cooper and Halle in this story. So much self-blame and to a certain extent, self-loathing. It's not easy to get through it. That's really where this book will challenge its readers, I think. (Speaking for myself, it challenged me.) There wasn't a lot escapism in this book, given the premise. The love here didn't come nice and clean. This is the kind of love story follows what Hemingway observed -- the world broke Cooper, Halle, and their love but, hopefully, they will become strong in the broken places. Reviewer's Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All errors and omissions are my own. This review is an excerpt from my book blog.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
great story, with plenty of heat between the main characters. worth the time to invest in reading. ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**** Lovers lost, lovers reunited. This is the story of love lost and love found- and of the path to redemption. To facing the demons ; demons in the past, present and moving past those into a real future when you let go of those demons. Cooper and Halle have known each other for many years, with Halle being his younger sister’s ,Peyton, best friend. Everything was great between all until Payton died and Halle lost her connection and her friendship-everything when Peyton died. Fast forward 10 years- Halle had moved away from Cooper and the memories he and the town they lived in. Halle is just coming back to keep her promise and then get the heck out of dodge but she runs into Cooper. And its just tearing her up inside- all the memories, all the feelings are back. Cooper sees Halle and he is shell-shocked. He had spent pretty much the 10 yrs shattered after all that happened but deep down he still has feelings for Halle.  Their reunion is so fiery and full of strain, anger, passion and raw craving. Also, the difficult memories and hurt feelings enter their thoughts and overshadow their longing. They are at odds with their own wants, needs, and personal demons that will not be appeased. Halle wants to give them both a chance but Cooper is fighting their being together. But before they can face the future, they have to face their past. But will that bring them together or break them apart again? I really enjoyed this story. It did take me a few chapters to get into the story—because it seemed to drag in some places—but when the story started picking up pace, and action, well. I got into the story, I was there and really enjoying what I was reading. I really enjoyed the ending. It really made up for the beginning of the book. Cant wait to read more this author. My rading: 4.2 stars ****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another fantastic book by Kelsie Leverich. I absolutely fell in love with the intensity between Cooper and Halle and my heart ached for their past and what they've already survived. Their relationship is full of anger and old wounds that haven't yet healed, but their chemistry is palpable through the burning pages on my Kindle. Kelsey Leverich is a master at writing steamy love scenes that are eloquently and beautifully written and Lovers Restored is one of her best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and its characters. It brought real life struggles to the pages. This book made me want to read more from the book to read more about the characters and where they end up. I read this book in 2 hrs bc I couldn't put it down. It brings real raw pain, passion and great scenes that always make my husband happy I'm a reader.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Halle and Cooper story is life happens and it's not always easy but loving someone is worth it
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for a second chance love story and this novel has a couple that have a history spanning pretty much all of their lives. With heartbreaking tragedy bringing young love to an abrupt end, Lovers Restored enticed; I don't always want hearts and flowers, sometimes I need a dose of angst and pain in a romance. “I might hate that you’re here—hate the grip that chokes me every single time I look at you. But that’s all I want to do. I want to look into your eyes until I can no longer breathe.” description So to say I found it average disappoints me. Don't get me wrong, I liked Kelsie Leverich's writing style and the premise of the story - it came down to the hero. Cooper. My instincts wanted to love him; he's suffered a terrible loss and usually I'd be handing my heart on a platter to a man with a vulnerable side. But he frustrated, bouncing between wanting/not wanting Halle a little too much for my liking, plus he basically resorts to emotional blackmail. If I were her, I'd have kicked him to the kerb because he pushed it too far. Halle was likeable; sweet, kind and independent, she too has suffered but will fight back when needed and just when I thought Cooper was becoming the man I wanted him to be with her, he'd blow it (not literally, much of that was left to his digits). “...I’ll lay you in bed, strip you bare, and relive the memory of the first time I had you. The memory that branded us both.” I certainly didn't hate it and I'm pretty certain there'll be plenty of readers who will love Cooper; he just didn't float my boat and although the latter chapters and epilogue redeemed him hugely, it was just a case of too little, too late. However, I did like his best-friend Abel - I'm hoping he gets his story and is more my type of guy. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion .
JaneyC More than 1 year ago
3 groaning stars Halle Morgan finds herself back in her hometown of Glenley, Indiana, where she escaped post haste, post graduation. A devastating incident 10 years ago, had altered her life irreparably and her only option, she felt, was to flee. Cooper Bale had grown up with Halle, her being his little sister’s best friend, and had also had his life changed by this fateful night. Cooper was not happy by Halle’s return, and made it known in his irritated, dismissive, yet conflicted way. Halle was counting down the hours until she could get out of there, until her presence took a positive turn. I have enjoyed previous books by this author, so was excited to dive into this one. I love Kelsie’s writing, and the alternating POV’s are always a favourite to help get inside each of the characters. Halle was regretful, and hopeful, and I loved her character’s journey towards her perceived search for forgiveness. However, I struggled with a connection to Cooper. Whilst semi-understanding his plight, he went about it in an almost bullish way, and what with that personality trait, and his incessant groaning, left me on a total disconnect. ARC kindly received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..