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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Whole Man by CF Rose (Book Review)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book review tour event for The Whole Man by author C.F. Rose!

Book Review

The Whole Man by CF Rose
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Format: Paperback - 264 pages
               Kindle - 1435 KB
ISBN: 978-0997767636
BNID:  978-0997767636
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book review tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

Evan O’Cleary was in college when she spent a passionate 48 hours with up-and-coming baseball star Jesse Walsh. But after he broke her heart, she vowed to never see him again. So why does her heart leap when she runs into him ten years later?

Jesse not only abandoned Evan, but also his dream of becoming a major league baseball player when his brother died in Iraq. Shattered by the loss, Jesse turns inward. He refuses to commit to more than a one-night stand, until he sets eyes on Evan again, whose body still draws him dangerously near…

Evan knows better than to trust Jesse, but when he protects her against an abusive ex-turned-stalker, one thing leads to another and she finds herself in a delicious encounter on his living room floor. Jesse may not be willing to commit just yet, but maybe Evan can break down the wall. As she gets close, though, Evan uncovers a devastating secret that could destroy their families and drive them apart forever.

My Book Review:

The Whole Man is an emotional contemporary romance story that will tug at the heartstrings and stir the soul.

Author CF Rose weaves a beautifully written debut tale full of pain, angst, drama, humor, and passionate romantic moments that easily draws the reader into Evan and Jesse's story. A passionate one-night stand leaves Evan with a broken heart when Jesse leaves her, but an unexpected reunion ten years later unleashes dormant feelings, and a slow building development of their relationship makes this compelling story worth the read, as their reconnection is put to the test by serious personal issues in their lives. 

You can't help but feel for Jesse as he struggles with his personal issues and the overwhelming loss of his brother, while Evan deals with her own emotional baggage and an abusive ex-turned-stalker. Maybe together they can help each other conquer their issues, heal, and find love and happiness. The author does a wonderful job of interweaving the serious issues that plagued Evan and Jesse with the blossoming of their second chance romance. 

The Whole Man has an intriguing cast of characters who are realistic, flawed, and easy to relate to; witty dialogue and engaging interactions; and a breathtakingly compelling and powerful storyline that will take you on a hauntingly beautiful journey where you will experience the full gamut of emotions. As a baseball fan, I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed the inclusion of baseball in the storyline, two thumbs up! 

If you are looking for a hopeful and heartwarming love story that follows the journey of two broken people who learn to let go of their dark pasts and secrets, and open themselves up to a healing and loving relationship, then The Whole Man is the story for you!


About The Author

CF Rose
is a sportswriter turned romance writer. When she’s away from her laptop, you can find her at the gym or serving as her kids' personal Uber driver. She grew up on the East Coast but survives in too-sunny Southern California with her husband, their three children and two rescued mutts. The Whole Man is her first book.

Author Website
Amazon Author Page

Virtual Book Review Tour

Tour Schedule:

February 7 – Kristin’s Novel CafĂ©
February 8 – Chick Lit Plus
February 9 – The Coffeeholic Bookworm
February 10 – Chick Lit Goddess
February 10 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews

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