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Striving For Normal | Review

4 Stars
HEA & Stand-Alone

Book Blurb
The most intimate relationship Drew Clayborn had with a man in the last four years has been with her therapist. With a past that has left her broken and scarred, she tries to piece herself back together enough to make it through each day. Whether she’s ready or not, life brings her back among the living, and Drew needs to learn quickly how to deal with her troubled past. When the perfect opportunity presents itself to pursue her dream career, it also provides Drew her first encounter with a compelling man since her devastating breakup with the last one.

Carl Williamson is rich, powerful, and gorgeous. The desire she feels when he’s near makes it impossible not to melt into his arms. He wants Drew and will stop at nothing to have her. Carl promises to be her protector, but he brings familiar concerns to the surface.

Dennis Brooks is a nice guy her best friend thinks would be her perfect match. He’s strong, honest, and sexy as hell, and he makes her smile in a way no one else can. Drew feels safe and secure with him, but she isn’t certain he is strong enough to handle Drew and give her what she thinks she needs in a relationship.

When Drew’s demanding, controlling ex comes back to stake his claim on her, the carefully crafted world she built for herself is turned upside down. Does she need a powerful man like Carl to help her? Will Dennis step up and be the man she needs? Or does she finally become strong enough to deal with her past on her own? Who is the true hero in her quest of striving for normal?

Author Bio:
B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do—she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she’s made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up just fine.

If I had to pick the one thing that I like most about this book, it would be that the author keeps you guessing. We know that Drew has a past, and she is very timid when it comes to men, but we don't know exactly what the past is about. The author sucks you in at the very beginning making you wonder exactly what happened at the party.
Through sessions with Drew's therapist, we begin to learn about her past, what she has been through and relating to her situation. Drew has flashbacks during her sessions and I can almost feel the pain she is feeling. I understand her reasoning and finding myself not judging her for her decisions. 
As the story progressing, Drew has found a man that is willing to give her the time and love that she needs. He's willing to wait for her to be ready, both physically and emotionally. However, even though she has such a sweet guy that will take things at her place, another man named Carl has set his sights on Drew. He manipulates her, praying on a weakness he doesn't know about, telling her that she needs a strong man and sucking her back into a world that she has tried so desperately to escape. Drew finds herself torn between two men, but knows exactly who she wants. Can she fight her body and mind to choose the right one?
There are a couple of shocking twists and turns during this book that you don't really see coming. The foreshadowing is slightly there, but definitely not obvious. A surprise you won't see coming.

About the Author:
B.L. lives in the Midwest and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read.

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