Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Because I Love You by Tori Rigby (5 stars)

About Because I Love You

Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: May 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.
Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.

Andi Hamilton is facing a teenage pregnancy, complicated by the father wanting nothing to do with her, much less a baby. Out of fear and need, she finds comfort in the arms of her ex-boyfriend, Neil. 

Will she decide to keep the baby? Will she and Neil beat the odds?

As the mom to three girls, this story really hit home with me. Andi's a well-meaning and pretty straight-laced young woman, but it only takes one mistake to forever change her life. This leaves Andi with a huge decision--what to do about her pregnancy. Her journey to a decision is beautiful, captivating, heart-breaking, and life-affirming. What it isn't is easy.

During such a gut-wrenching time, she begins to fall in love, and not with the Baby Daddy. Nothing about her decision-making process is easy, and she doesn't take a moment of it lightly. And I loved that her mother was part of the journey. Too often we see overly-preachy parents in these situations. 

I adored Because I Love You. It’s an intense emotional journey, and I was sad to say goodbye to these characters. A truly great read.

Rating: 5 stars

About Tori Rigby

Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay at home mom, Tori Rigby grew up with her nose in a book and her fingers on piano keys, always awaiting the day she’d take her own adventure. 

Now, she goes on multiple journeys through her contemporary and historical romances. She longs to live in the Scottish Highlands, and her favorite place in history is Medieval England—she’d even give up her Internet and running water to go back in time! Tori also writes high-concept genre fiction as Vicki Leigh, and when she isn’t writing, she’s kicking butt in krav maga or attending classes to learn how to catch bad guys. 
Note: I served as the Proofreader on this book through Indie Books Gone Wild. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.