I am so late with this review..this was one of my January MUST READ BOOKS but that this one rolled into February. I have so many on my TBR list that I finally finished this Tuesday night.

24205913AUTHOR SYNOPSIS: Life changes in the span of a heartbeat—one tiny heartbeat.

Blake and Layla have lived through disappointment and regret, only finally finding relief through the powerful love they have for each other. A love they intend to fight to keep. They’ve had to forgive each other, but can they truly move forward without facing the pain of the past?
Layla’s been avoiding the phone calls. Nine months pregnant and exhausted, she doesn’t want the complication. But she can’t run from the truth. Whoever’s calling was there eighteen years ago. Unlike her, he remembers the night that changed the course of her life, and he’s ready to confess.
Blake’s preoccupied with an email, a few simple sentences sent through cyberspace that have the capability to rob him of his sanity, his freedom, and the people he loves most in the world. When he’s called home for a mysterious reason, leaving Layla isn’t ideal, but hope for reconciliation with his father combined with his brother’s secrecy ignites a curiosity he refuses to ignore. Putting the pain behind them is no longer an option.To get the answers they need, they must face the past and open up old wounds that threaten to bleed them dry.

Everyone knows how much I love this series by JB Salsbury!! This is book 5 and I’ve read all 4 of its predecessors and enjoyed them all. But I LOVED Blake and Layla the most. This book picks up where we left them…well not quite where we left them but hell considering Layla was pregnant all we missed was morning sickness so I have no problem with J B skipping us to the end of her pregnancy.

I loved how this book jockeyed from the past to the present. It gives us a more in-depth glimpse at the night Axelle was conceived and sets up for the conflict of this novella. Turns out even though that night was horrific, things didn’t quite go down the way we thought. I also love Blake, although this is not news; the way he loves and protects his girls (Layla and her daughter Axelle) is admirable and makes him one of the greatest book boyfriends. I think my favorite Blake line in this book was when the male OB/GYN came to check out Layla:

“Yeah? Me too, but I didn’t get a fancy degree. You go to school for what? Ten years to study pussy…as a dude? Yeah…no. You’re not getting your fingers or eyes anywhere my woman.”

And he was so serious! I laughed because my hubby told me if I had to have a male GYN make sure he was either gay or so old he had nothing to worry about. Although I’ve never seen or heard of a gay OB/GYN? Any way…we also get a glimpse into Blake’s family life as well something that was a big issue in their book, Fighting to Forgive. One thing I did get the feeling of is that JB is setting up for another book featuring Mason, which I am totally on board for. We also get a visit from some of our regular recurring fighters from the previous novels.

5+ stars for this novella..yeah it was only 169 pages which is the only thing that sucked!

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