Thursday, 6 May 2021

Happy Release Day to THE BRIGHTON EFFECT by CM Albert - including review...

The Brighton Effect by C.M. Albert is now live!

*Please read to the end of the post for my review*

When it comes to love, nothing is off limits.

Brighton Kerrington

Olivia North was everything I always wanted. From the moment I laid eyes on her, I knew nothing would stop me from having her. Not even her husband, Ryan. In the end, I got her. Maybe it wasn't all to myself, but Olivia was worth every sacrifice I made to be with her.

What started as a chance to help Olivia heal from the loss of her babies, ended up changing us all forever. Because there wasn't anything Ryan and I wouldn't do to make her happy--including sharing her love. Forgiveness and healing are strange bedfellows, but when it comes to love, nothing is off limits.

But everything comes at a cost, and there are key moments that end up changing our lives forever--altering the trajectory we were once on. Before all is said and done, the three of us end up paying more than we ever bargained for. Could our unorthodox love survive the hands of fate, or was it all just the beginning of the end?

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Meet C.M. Albert

USA Today bestselling author C.M. Albert writes heartwarming romances that are "sexy and flirty, sweet and dirty!" Her writing infuses a healthy blend of humor, high-heat romance, and most of all--hope. When not writing, or kid-wrangling with her handsome hubby, she's either meditating, kayaking, reading, hugging a tree, or asleep. But first, coffee. #TonyStarkForever 
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My Review:

A bittersweet tale of love, loss, heartache and grief. But also one of pure, unadulterated joy, bliss, true happiness and filled with more love than anything. 

The Brighton Effect was a wonderful end to The Truth About Love Duet. There was a major twist that was unforeseen and heartbreaking. But for all the tears I shed, I am beyond glad that I read it. 

I’m sat here wondering how to word a review of this story when I am floundering for the words to do it justice. My answer is that words will never do it justice. You’ll have to read it yourself to see what I mean. But, I can tell you a few things on my mind right now...

Olivia North Wells is one of the strongest female lead characters I’ve read in a long time. She was lost, she was broken, she was encompassed by more grief than anyone should ever have to endure. But it was amazing how she made it through to the other side. She had her wonderful husband Ryan and the man who changed everything that Ry and Liv ever thought about love; Brighton Kerrington. 
Olivia underwent so much, more than anyone ever should, and because of those two men loving her back to life, she managed to steer her way through the fog of her grief and learn to love again. She deserved every ounce of joy that Ryan and Brighton brought into her life. 

Ryan Wells was a wonderful man who had an incredible wife and found love where he least expected it. He went through so much grief with Liv, but he did something unexpected in order to bring her back to him. He opened his mind and his heart to Brighton, the man who helped heal Olivia. Ryan was formidable. He was steadfast in his love for Olivia. He went through so much himself, yet he was selfless in his aim to bring Olivia out of the fog of her grief. He did things many a man would not be able to do. He was one of the best male lead characters I’ve read in a long while, all because of his selflessness, his love, his strength and his ability to cope with everything life threw at him. 

Brighton Kerrington was someone I thought would tear everything Olivia and Ryan ever knew asunder. And he did just that. But not in a bad way. Not at all. He was a breath of fresh air. He had lost much in his own life, yet he was more concerned with Olivia and Ryan. He helped them through their pain, their heartache, and their losses, until they came out the other side. The three of them were so much stronger for ever having known each other. 
This man was a constant surprise, a steadfast, loyal friend, a man who you knew you could rely on. He had the biggest heart and the kindest soul. At first, I worried that meeting him would change everything in a bad way. But the more I got to know him over the course of the two books of this duet, the more I realised that whilst he would change everything and challenge perceptions, he did so with love in his heart and Olivia and Ryan were truly blessed for having known him. Had he not come into their lives when he did, I’m not sure how the story would have played out. 
At first I was mad at CM Albert for bringing him into The Truth Pact, but gradually I opened my heart and my mind to him and I am truly glad that I did. He changed my perceptions and he challenged what I thought I knew, but he did so in a good way. 

This story is beautifully written and expertly told from the first word to the last. It’s a story I know I shall not soon forget. 
When we read, we read to escape reality. We want to be transported somewhere else, if only for a little while. And this duet did that for me in a way I never realised I wanted or needed. 
Though ground in the reality of their losses, this story transported me to the pages to live right alongside this extraordinary trio. I felt like I truly knew Olivia’s, Ryan’s and Brighton’s hearts. They brought an unexpected realism and an unprecedented amount of love with them. They were characters I could carry on reading about forever and never tire of them. 
Through so much grief, loss and heartache, there was so much more to experience. Joy, true happiness and an abundance of love. Their story touched my heart deeply and for that, I am grateful to CM Albert for giving me these selfless, incredible characters and their story. 
Three lives intertwined in such an emotional roller coaster. I experienced a myriad of feelings from the first moment to the last. 
In my opinion, these two may be the best books CM Albert has written to date. They tugged on my heartstrings more than I thought possible. 
I finished the book with tears burning my eyes and racing each other down my cheeks. But would I go back and not read them? Absolutely not.

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