Title: Love Me Like You Do
Author: Aimee Brown
Page Length: 336
Publication Date: Sept. 17, 2020
Synopsis: A runaway bride. A handsome stranger. Two pasts to put behind them.
Parker is ready to marry the man of her dreams. But he isn’t ready to marry her. It would be helpful if he didn’t choose their wedding day to tell her this. But as she flees from the travesty behind her, she literally runs into the arms of a handsome stranger. The southern drawl, the dreamy eyes, she can’t fall for another man after being left at the altar – can she?
When Liam agreed to go to go on a date he didn’t expect to leave with the bride. Nor did he expect to take her the emergency room. Immediately he’s drawn to her fiery spirit, her kind heart and beautiful smile. Liam’s got a whole host of problems and a past that keeps coming back, now can’t be the time to fall in love, but Parker might just be the one to break down his barriers and let him live a little – if she’ll let him in.
Will these two strangers allow serendipity to put them together, or will their fears keep them apart?
From the bestselling author of The Lucky Dress comes a story about love, finding yourself and living your dreams.
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Love Me Like You Do is a charming romantic comedy about a man and woman who meet by chance. It begins as Parker flees her wedding after her fiancee calls it off. Liam saves Parker, helps her to the hospital, and an instant connection forms. However, Parker and Liam are both romantically damaged and must put their past failures behind them before they can fully commit to each other. Can Parker trust again after her humiliating rejection at the alter? Will Liam admit that he wants to be more than friends?
Liam is a great character. A bit of a knight-in-shining-armor, he enters Parker’s life at just the right moment. His irresistible charm and deep feelings contrast with the shallow and selfish man Parker almost married. Parker is a dedicated sister, daughter, and nurse who has an inner strength that I find admirable. She’s smart and fiesty, and I love how involved she is with her nieces. Parker’s dedication to her family is both sweet and heart-warming.
The romance between Parker and Liam is fantastic. Though they have an instant connection, neither is looking for romantic entanglements. Parker is still dealing with the end of her relationship, and Liam still hasn’t recovered from the hurt of being rejected by the woman he loved. I enjoyed watching this pair heal and grow together.
A funny and fast-paced romance, the heart of Love Me Like You Do focuses on relationships – the strength of family, the importance of friends, the pain of rejection, the excitement of new love, and more. The novel also addresses issues like mental illness, abandonment, and the long-term effects of alcoholism, which adds depth and realism to the story. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Aria for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
The romance! I love Parker and Liam!
The secondary characters. Parker’s family, Liam’s friends, and Liam’s sibling are all interesting and dynamic.
If you like contemporary rom-coms, then Love Me Like You Do might be for you!