Title: La Vie en Rose (Life in Pink)
Author: Lydia Michaels
Source: e-Book ( Kindle Edition )
Emma Sanders has always dreamt of being a bride, wearing fancy gowns, pretty pearls, and—of course—falling madly in love. Then life happened. Finding herself one fiancé short of her happily ever after, she leaves the fairytales behind. Some days are simply too perilous for pink gowns and pearls.
Riley Lockhart is the sort of man who can make a woman lower her gaze with only a smile. That he doesn’t realize his charm makes him all the more enchanting. Determined to save Emma the pain of her breakup, he steps in as a friend, but soon finds himself wanting more.
She was just a girl, but she somehow winds up being the strongest woman he’s ever known. Losing her is not an option and when life can’t be tied neatly in a pretty little bow, he holds tight to all that he loves—his Emma. His hero.
Sometimes the greatest scars are worn on the inside.
I cried while reading this book. I’m not talking about tears in my eyes, more like full on fat tears rolling down my face. I’m not even ashamed to admit that because I feel as if this book deserves tears. Unlike other books that have made me cry this one instance was slightly different. All those other times I cried because of what was happening in the book, the characters were going through a tough time or something sad was happening to them. This time I cried because while the sad things may be happening in the book the same things are happening in reality. I cried for Emma and Riley ( Main Characters) but I also cried for all the people going through the same pain and live with it. This was a first for me. It was painfully real. That parallel with reality makes it painful but also important.
When disease or sickness is part of a book often times the details isn’t always discussed. I’m not sure if this is true for all books but from the books I’ve read this is true. All too often authors don’t give us details of what is happening during sickness or just very little detail. More specifically the changes that occur when someone is sick, the ugly and real details. Maybe for all those other books sickness was just another subplot but for Life in Pink it plays such a humungous role. Here you can read all about what is happening to her psychically, emotionally and mentally before, during and after her sickness. Not only that but we read how this is affecting the other important people in her life. Lydia writes about the terrifying and mentally exhausting time before knowing that your sick, what happens during said sickness, what happens when you do recover and how do you live on with the consequences of surviving through an illness. It discusses so many other things as well concerning the methods of treatment but sickness isn’t the most important aspect in this book.
Love is the most important. Not just romantic love but the love of a friend and the love of family. It tackles how this love is tested over and over when someone you love is going through something painful and life threatening. I’m not saying they didn’t love each other before hand but that the love they share is strengthened.
Emma and Riley’s romance was wonderful. It wasn’t rushed nor did it feel forced, it was just the right amount of sweet, passion and friendship. Some would say that it is only a physical relationship, it is not Love but I say differently. Their relationship may have started out because of physical intimacy but the foundations of their relationship is friendship and companionship. It was a typical friends turned into lovers turned into true love. Even though it is typical their individual personalities prevents from being boring and just another love story.
Emma is usually a positive, happy and pink woman but due to some unforseen circumstances she is heart-broken and insecure. She had her life all planned and she was about to have her fairytale wedding when the douche fiancé ( Not Riley) breaks up with her weeks before the wedding date. Emma is devastated and in a coma-like state but she quickly learns that she was never in love. She was only fascinated and captivated by the prospect of finally getting her dream wedding, dress and all. At the beginning she is sceptical about her “relationship” with Riley. She is constantly telling herself not to expect much but when she realises her own and Riley’s feelings, she is bubbly, witty, accepting and complements Riley. Her love for Riley knew no bounds. Of course, the person who helped her through all the heart break was both unlikely and surprising (to Emma anyway) and that was Riley, her bestfriends older brother.
Now Riley, he’s a playboy but he always treats women right and has enough charm for all the women in the US of A. He has never really hang out with Emma before but he knows that this comatose, heart-broken state she is in is not normal for her. To be honest he never meant to help her with the break up, its just that she ate all his ice cream… Riley is my favourite character from this book (but Emma and Rarity are also my favourites too!) mostly because he breaks the stereotype or the mould or the trope of guys in chick-lit. That is that: HE was insecure about HIS role in their relationship. HE was afraid that his personality and quirks were getting annoying. Riley was insecure about himself in their relationship. Afraid that HE would wreck it. What a wonderful change! I’m not sure why but it always seems to be the girls or the women who have these thoughts or issues. ( Correct me if I’m wrong) If that wasn’t enough to make you love him the fact that he was pretty much the “Perfect” (in quotation marks because everyone’s perfect is different) boyfriend. Attentive, loving, caring, considerate, funny, intelligent, loyal and wasn’t afraid to talk about their relationship. Most importantly he loved Emma unconditionally.
All these positive traits and individual personality that Emma and Riley had made for a relationship where they were true to themselves, happy, comfortable with each other and very intimate. But all of this was tested over and over throughout their journey. It is credit to them for coming out stronger and probably more in love than they were in the beginning of their relationship.
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