Friday, March 13, 2015

Review: Be Mine (Love & Trust #2) by Shannon Guymon

Be Mine (Love and Trust Trilogy, #2) 

Be Mine: Book 2 in the Love and Trust Trilogy by Shannon Guymon
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published February 16th 2014 
Description: Men are terrifying to Bailey Downing. Not that she wants anyone to know that, but with her mom insisting she fall in love and Kam Matafeo pushing her to feel things she doesn't want to feel, Bailey is determined to make a nice, safe choice. Dean Hogan is the perfect man for her. Smart, wealthy, charming and best of all, safe. But when her romance begins to unravel with Dean, she's faced with a choice: open her heart, or stay safe, cold and lonely. Kam is determined to help Bailey no matter what it takes and with the support of her sister Taryn and her brother Rob, she makes the decision to be brave. But Kam's ex-girlfriend Meredith isn't shy about wanting him back. Bailey will have to learn to fight for what she really wants. The question is, would she rather be safe or would she rather be loved.
My Review: I love the way each story in the series builds upon each other, showing the reader familiar characters and places, yet delving deeper into the lives of a specific couple. 

In Be Mine, we get to fall in love with Kam, a big Samoan rugby player, who works as a chef. Kam is very protective of those he loves, yet he is very sensitive to the feelings of those around him. He's gentle, yet tough; kind, yet firm; scary at times, yet utterly adorable...and he's very clear about his feelings towards Bailey. He's a man who knows what he wants and won't stop until he gets it (her).

Bailey had an incident in her past that really affected her and she just can't let herself get close to anyone because she has her heart to protect. She's a journalist and is used to uncovering a story, but there are some stories that she just can't reveal. She's insecure, but it felt realistic to me. She's beautiful and sweet, but has a little violent streak when circumstances arise to provoke her. When things come to a head with her job and a story she's covering, she is amazed at all of the love and support she finds.

There were many moments that had me laughing and many that tugged at my heart. This love story is beautiful and shows that love can really overcome all when a couple is willing to have faith and trust in one another, put in some hard work, and act on those sparks of chemistry. This one is a favorite so far and I look forward to the rest of the series!
Content: Clean romance (kissing, talk of abuse--tastefully done without details); mild romance (mention of prayer); no language; mild violence (a cat fight between two girls that was pretty funny and not graphic)  

About the Author:  
Shannon Guymon 
In the fourth grade, Shannon Guymon wandered into the school library and figuratively never came out again. She decided one day to take her love affair with the written word once step further and wrote her first novel, Never Letting Go of Hope.
Shannon grew up all across the United States but has finally found her home in Utah, where she lives with her six children. She enjoys the mountains, gardening, being with her family, and, of course, writing.

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