Thursday, November 6

For The Love Of A Lush by Selena Laurence

Six months ago, Walsh Clark was the drummer of America’s hottest rock sensation, Lush. Now he’s living at the Double A Ranch in north Texas, home to cows, cowboys, and lushes—like him. He’s survived alcoholism, rehab, and the breakup of his band. But the one thing Walsh might not survive is the return of his ex fiancée Tammy DiLorenzo. 

Tammy and Walsh met at fourteen, and she was with him on every step to fame and fortune—until one fateful night when she betrayed him. Now she’s back, begging for forgiveness and ready to fight for her man. But some betrayals are too painful to forget, some mistakes can’t be repaired, and Walsh is certain that he and Tammy can’t ever be together again. 

But DiLorenzo women don’t back down, and Tammy always gets what she wants. In the wake of the lies and losses, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes for a second chance. She’ll give it all—for the love of a lush.

When I fell in love with this series, I knew it included getting down with the dirtier side of all that was shiny and pretty in this series. When I finished reading the first book, I did not expect how I would react to this second one because my shallow self had started to form my own biases.

I am thankful though for the dual POV because I thought it was more than important that we know the two sides of this story equally. Tammy and her conscious decision to do what she did to betray her fiance; Walsh and his coming to terms with the bigger picture, of his indirect role in Tammy's betrayal.  But most importantly, how does one take responsibility of her actions? Or better himself after years and years of self-destruction?

Infidelity isn't my favourite book conflict but sadly, that was what got thrown into the mix in this series. More like its pivotal moment, really. For me, it will be very hard to fix a relationship after it happens, if at all. And yet somehow, it became slightly easier to read as I realized how Tammy dealt with it--the initial guilt and then eventually owning up to the deed and being responsible for her actions. She had to give her all to show how much her actions in the past had changed her, how much she wanted to keep Walsh in her life. This was a painful but necessary part to the story.

And there was Walsh, the wronged party. Who wouldn't understand his pain? But after all the fingers had been pointed to two other people, it was still easy to arrive at the conclusion that yes, he did a play a part in the turn of events, no matter how indirectly. And he was the bigger man for not just wanting to fix the immediate concern but by trying to heal himself to the core from an addiction that was his downfall. It was a lengthy, painful process but the end result? It was well worth the effort.

If infidelity leaves a bad taste on your mouth, period, then this isn't the book for you. But if people trying to better themselves after the lowest of lows and to triumph over a painful past, if forgiveness of one's self, and deciding that keeping the people you love is more important than keeping the hurt they have caused you, This. Is. Your. Book. Trust me.

Get this, read this. You will not regret it. Also, the next book is just around the corner. Ohhh, be still my heart.

Final verdict: 12/10. Great, what-are-you-still-doing-reading-this-review, must-read.

Lush series reviews:
A Lush Betrayal


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