O M G….every time Lani Lynn Vale delivers a story that hooks me in and never lets go. I have been waiting patiently for this book and boy did it deliver!
Being the Sixth book in the series, you would expect for some repetition in themes and characters, but I can say, hand on heart that LLV delivers a different story with each and everyone of her books.
If You Say So is a second chance romance that doesn’t appear to be until you start reading the book, while not wanting to give too much away I will say that the story is centred around Frankie and the returning POW Malachi.
Our heroine Frankie is trying to move on with her live after learning that her fiancé will never return from war. Each day she deals with her grief, hoping that maybe the military got it wrong. Resigning herself to an average life, she knows that her heart will never be healed, she settles for just being ok. That is until a stranger reappears in her life and suddenly her body and heart are betraying her.
Frankie is such a strong character and so resilient that my heart ached for this character. Although, life has dealt her a harsh blow, she continues to live on with the constant pain, and at times it was hard to see this character not realise that she can move on. As the story develops and new characters emerge, you can see a change in Frankie. A battle of her heart takes places and you see her question everything about her life but underneath it all, she just wants to have the love she once lost return.
The return of Malachi certainly shacks a few things up. Heavily scarred from his time as a POW and with no memories of who he was before going off to war, Malachi has to learn to adapt to this life and the people around him. But there is something about him that just doesn’t fit and this new attraction he feels towards Frankie is making things even more difficult to handle but his soul knows Frankie is meant to be his.
Throughout the story you see Malachi question and wonder if he will ever have the life he once knew off, will he remember his friends, family and will he find love. He is constantly battling his guilt and attraction towards Frankie certainly pulled at my heart strings. He was a true warrior and probably one of my favourite heroes.
LLV was written a beautiful love story, it’s a story that shows not all love journeys are easy, they come in all shapes and sizes but ultimately once you have found your soulmate you know that the love will stand the test of time. Each and every time LLV brings a new element to her stories and I am always left wanting more. This is a fantastic story filled with love, laughter and hope.