For the past couple of weeks I have been reading like a maniac. This is relatively normal for me, but what’s not normal is reading amazing books back to back to back. Embracing the Dawn is one of those fabulous reads. The book is captivating right from the beginning. The story and its characters are in one word, wonderful. This is what every great romance strives for.

Michelle “Jinx” Tanner has a heart of gold. This ex-felon helps her community in any ways she can, in a way making a penance for the wrongs she did as a teen drug-addicted runaway. As a young child she was horribly mentally abused by her step-mother. Hidden away like a piece of trash, paying the price for her father’s momentary indiscretion with her mother.  As teen she decided life on the streets would be better than farmed out to a private boarding school. Addicted to drugs, Jinx turned to crime to get her next fix, and that landed her twenty years in prison.

E.J. Bastian came to town for her son’s wedding. She probably didn’t expect to meet someone who is as captivating as Jinx. A one night stand, that’s all it should have been between them. You see E.J. can’t be herself to her grown children. She is terrified old wounds will reopen and she just isn’t willing to risk it, even for love. It just happens to turnout that Jinx is the aunt of the bride, complicating everything even more.

What I really liked about this book is the depth of the characters. E.J. is struggling to find her footing in a new relationship and Jinx the steady ship to E.J.’s storm. There is the right amount of tension and angst without ever becoming melodramatic. You really cared about the characters and their journey to each other. I wanted more than anything for these two ladies to find happiness. Normally, I am not a fan of book where the hookup happens at the beginning, in this is not only works it is completely necessary. This is a fantastic heart-pulling novel, a really great read. I highly recommend this book.

4.5 out of 5 stars

I was given his book by Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.

Embracing the Dawn
by Jeannie Levig

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