Elizabeth E Neal
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**Disclaimer: I highly recommend reading this trilogy in order as we, of course, meet Murphy in the first book, Love Restored, and Tessa in book two, Passion Restored.**
Murphy has literally fought for his life...twice. He beat cancer, though he lost his childhood, as well as his parents, both he blames on his illness. Thankfully, his health is greatly improved, his brothers have found love, and his flirty banter filled friendship with Tessa is great.
Tessa has perfected the art of looking forward, not back. It's called self-preservation. She has a good job, her best friend and roommate, Liz, has fallen in love and is expecting, and Tessa has grown very close, with Murphy, Liz's fiance, Owen's brother. Plus, they're the only singles left and both prefer it that way.
As Tessa spends a lot of time at Owen's, being friends with Liz and their neighbor, Murphy sees her quite often, and though he knows their roles are established as friends, he can't help his body's instinctual reaction to her. They do flirt, both pretending it's innocent, but neither has crossed that line...yet.
"Like the fact that she was sort of dating a guy that wasn't him." - Murphy
However, focusing on something else quickly becomes urgent, and devastating, as Tessa notices injuries on Murphy that shouldn't be there. Unfortunately, Murphy instantly, regretfully, knows what it means, especially as he adds up other instances from the past few weeks...and the third time is not a charm.
As if Murphy isn't dealing with enough right now, the hits keep coming as his landlord is moving, therefore, Murphy needs to find a new place within two weeks.
Ironically enough, okay, it's weird, Tessa's whatever he is, offers up a solution when Murphy stops to see her for advice upon discovering Owen and Liz aren't home. Tessa will have to tighten her budget now that she's paying the mortgage by herself, and Murphy needs a new residence, which happens to be next door to one of his older brothers...man, Brent really is a nice guy, dang it.
As Murphy and Tessa adjust, quite easily, to being roommates, Murphy also begins his treatments. Tessa, on the other hand, has decided relationships aren't for her, even with a nice guy, as evidenced by Brent dumping her, something she's actually relieved about.
As the days go by, Murphy and Tessa start growing closer, and their connection changes more by the day. When both are brought face to face with their pasts, the reunions aren't all cause for happiness though, and have different impacts on their future. One of those being a reminder that life can, unfortunately, be short, and if you find someone, that makes you happy, you need to take that chance. Murphy takes that to heart, literally, and he and Tessa both realize they need to, want to, explore what's between them as they know it already is something special.
"Just you and me, baby. That's all we need." - Murphy
Murphy and Tessa realize they're falling for one another, and embrace it, however, not everyone is happy for them, as evidenced by the little incidents that begin occurring, culminating in a situation neither saw coming.
Will Murphy triumph once again? Will the family be supportive of Murphy and Tessa's relationship? Will Murphy's illness be something they can overcome together? How will Tessa react when she witnesses the reality of the danger Murphy is facing? Will she and Murphy grow stronger because of it? Who is behind the things happening to the couple? Will Murphy, already fighting for his life, have to fight for Tessa's too? Is there a HEA for them?
One-click now and follow along as two friends finally succumb to their mutual attraction and discover an everlasting love. I'm so thankful we're given a glimpse into what the future holds for the Gallaghers and their spouses, including Jake who found his happiness in the Montgomery Ink series with Border and Maya.
On a purely personal note, I find it icky that Murphy's now sister-in-law, Blake, unsure if she was so when it was done, pierced a certain lower part of Murphy. Eww. Yes, I know it was completely professional, but I would not want another woman, especially one that was now related to my man, to have seen such a private area on the love of my life.
**I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**