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Mallory & Duke will stay in your heart— Farlow's best yet.
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2019
I wore my fingers out messaging all my friends that they have to READ THIS STORY!
Best of Me is an emotional rollercoaster of desire and discovery, steeped in a crushing small town bubble of love and loss. Mallory and Duke will stay with you long after you finish. It’s so damn good.
Best of Me is a page turner, with the right kind of angst, starring deeply wounded lovers that upends the usual second chance small town hero tropes. It’s all because LK Farlow has a knack for writing ordinary people dealing with extraordinary loss and insecurities. I already knew that, but this book, it's a huge leap. Farlow is a talented romance writer. The more I read the more I love.
I won't rehash the blurb, it says it all. However Duke and Mallory are wonderful. I choked up so many times reading this. They want to be together, but they hurt each other and soothe each other in ways no one else could understand.
A skittish passionate young woman, Mallory—a great lead with enough backstory to feed several books—has so much to give, love, friendship, wisdom (even fashion tips) but no one to give herself to. She's lived a life in the shadows, and she hides her unearned shame well. I love her, she's an amazing invention. Mallory is dark and keeps to herself, going so far as to dress for battle, to ward people away. The isolation makes sense because she’s written as a complicated woman, not least of all because her family history holds her back. Sigh, she moved me, so much. Of course Duke feels an immediate connection. However, in a great twist, Mallory is the exact opposite of everything that Duke lost. Duke has his own demons, and every step toward Mallory reopens old wounds, and Farlow doesn't look away. She lets him hurt and I hurt right along with him. I love this story. Love it!
If you’ve read her other awesome romances, you already know that Farlow writes characters that make you feel. These two, they break your heart, and mend it at the same time. This is an angsty road to their HEAs and I could not look away.
The story is exactly what the title says, it might be a confession from both Duke and Mallory: 'Here is the Best of Me, take it, but don’t hurt me.' And everything unfolds in such pretty language, deep and emotional turns. There are family and friends, and a rich charm to the atmosphere. And I believe she’s carved out a unique quirky southern ladies clatch, and I can’t wait to read more of it.
All the stars, Farlow's best yet.