About the Author & Links:
Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).
When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.
Synopsis of So Many Reasons Why (So Many Reasons, Book 1):
Twenty year old Emma hasn’t left the house since she was attacked as a child. Now, with the impending release of her attacker from prison, Emma knows it’s more important than ever for her to regain control of her life. From her unrelenting nightmares, to her strained relationships, to her crippling agoraphobia, Emma feels as though her life is spiraling out of control.
When her professor, Simon Anderson enters her life, Emma must deal with feelings she has never experienced before.
Though both she and Simon know their relationship is bordering on inappropriate, neither of them are able to ignore the intense chemistry that is quickly developing between them.
What was supposed to keep her mind off the attack has left her more confused than ever. When there are so many reasons why you shouldn’t be together, is simply being in love really enough?
This is book one in a two book series.
**This book has been reviewed previously. See review here
DON’T READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU’VE NOT READ BOOK 1
Six months pregnant, engaged and reconnecting with her family, from the outside things look good for Emma Mancelli, but things are rarely as they seem. The lives of Emma and Simon are about to change and just how much is something neither of them would have ever expected.
For Emma, her agoraphobia has always been her little piece of certainty, something she can control in a world full of uncertainties. Falling pregnant is something Emma never dreamed possible after a vicious assault as a child let her with horrendous injuries, but its kind of hard to relax when you’re told the chances of both her and the baby surviving the pregnancy are less than twenty percent.
As Emma struggles to cope with the unknown, she begins to doubt her relationship with Simon as well as his unusually close relationship with his ex wife, Claire. Emma is tearing herself apart, with her anxieties and insecurities slowly consuming her.
Simon desperately wants to help Emma, but how can he when she wont open up to him? When tragedy strikes, Simon will be left to make some heartbreaking decisions. Wrought with guilt and overcome with emotion, can Simon be the rock Emma needs?
Book 2 starts out with Emma being about 6-7 months pregnant. Her and Simon are living together and have settled into a routine nicely. She has made strides with her agoraphobia, but she is still crippled by it and it affects her every day life. She suffers panic attacks and mood swings and not all of it can be blamed on the baby. She is seeing a new therapist and he’s helping somewhat, but she doesn’t feel she can follow his advice to talk to Simon about what is bothering her. The “what” is Simon’s ex, Claire. Emma just does not like her but has no reason to not like her. She doesn’t trust her, but she trusts Simon so what is her problem? It doesn’t help when Simon asks Claire to check up on Emma while she is home alone and he is at work. A medical crisis puts both Emma and the baby lives in jeopardy and Simon is freaking out. Simon wonders if there are things the he missed, signs that he should’ve paid attention to or if Emma just wouldn’t let him in. Simon needs to take care of Emma and the baby, but is he strong enough? Does he have the skills, the patience and the love?
I asked Missy Johnson if I could help beta read this book since I loved the first one so much and she left me hanging. She gladly accepted my offer and I got to experience the book as it grew. I really, really love Missy Johnson’s style of writing and her character development. I started caring about these characters in the first book and I keep on caring through this one. The tragedy and heartbreak and torment that Emma and Simon go through are so gut-wrenching that my heart aches when reading the story. I freak out when something happens and it feels as though it is personally happening to a friend of mine and not just some character in a book. I don’t generally read romance, but Missy Johnson hooked me with her writing in the first book and it’s not your typical romance (at least in my book). I have Missy’s other books on my TBR and will be reviewing them as soon as I get to them! Stay tuned.
5 lucky winners will receive both So Many Reasons Why AND Incredible Beauty!!