Tough Love by Melanie A. Smith

Tough Love

Published: 08 Feb 2021

Publisher:  Wicked Dreams Publishing

My Rating: 2 stars


Mia Anderson has been living a life that was chosen for her. But her impending thirtieth birthday is the wake-up call she needed to stop wasting time on all the wrong pursuits. Just as she’s figuring out what she wants to do about it, her beloved grandmother falls ill and Mia drops everything to be with her. What she didn’t expect to find in her grandmother’s tiny mountain town is the courage to quit working for her father, supplied by a little tough love from her Gran. Now faced with an uncertain future, the last thing on her mind is finding love.

Nate Edwards is living a solitary life deep in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. He’s content, or at least he thinks he is — until the granddaughter of a good friend shows up and he starts having feelings he thought he’d never have again. But Mia’s future isn’t in Alpine Ridge, so acting on it would lead to nothing but heartbreak. Still, their connection is undeniable and circumstances continue to push them together, despite their resistance. Will Mia stick to her decision to carve her own path? And if she does, will it be with Nate? Or is he doomed to an isolated life?

My Review:

This is a story about starting over and being true to yourself. This is something that resonated with me and while this was an okay read it was a forgettable read. There was nothing that made it stand out from the crowd which is so disappointing when it had such great potential.

Now the first sex scene is a major issue. I get the author was highlighting the issue of consent and how important that is particularly when someone may be too impaired to give informed consent but she took it too far and made the whole thing feel dirty. In the real world if a situation played out as the author sets out I cant see a relationship growing from that. Nate didn’t realise how drunk Mia was and she was the instigator. He only realized when he found empty wine bottles. Mia the following morning instantly assumed she had been raped. This is such a grey area that gives both sides of a serious incident, both are innocent and guilty at the same time and I don’t feel it was handled properly.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.


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