New Release With Review: The Lovely Return by Carian Cole

December 11, 2023


The Lovely Return by Carian Cole is now live!

They say be careful what you wish for. But on December 5th, Alex Fox makes a wish in the midst of a devastating tragedy. Little did he know, that wish would come true.
Six years after that fateful day, a little girl wanders into Alex's studio. With her quirky personality, endless questions, and adorable smile, Penny Rose becomes an enchanting, yet bittersweet, distraction.
Penny Rose was an odd girl—at least, that's what her parents said. Penny herself didn't feel particularly odd; she simply felt misplaced. As if somehow, in some way, she was living in the wrong place. In the wrong life.
As the years pass, Alex and Penny develop a friendship. But it becomes harder and harder for them to ignore their undeniable chemistry, no matter how forbidden it is.
Alex believed he'd never find love again, let alone fall for a girl half his age. But Penny is everything he could ever want or need. Not only is she caring, witty, and beautiful, but she accepts the past that haunts him.
Penny couldn't be happier. She's been head over heels for sexy, brooding artist Alex Fox since she was six years old. But when her childhood dreams start resurfacing again—dreams of a life with Alex way before they ever met—she starts to think they're not dreams at all.
They're memories.
Penny's revelation to Alex threatens to tear them apart, making them question the impossible and unbelievable.
Can love truly transcend time and death, giving them a second chance at their happily ever after? Or is Penny battling a broken mind that has led her down a path of heartbreaking delusion?

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This book put me through it. I was sad, frustrated, happy and angry. My lows were my lows but for those fleeting moments when I had my highs, they were beautiful and I never wanted to let go of that feeling. These characters truly puts you in their orbit and I have to say that despite a few things I didn't agree with this story, I had a really hard time letting go of these characters because they really stayed with me.


They say grief has no expiration date and for Alex Fox, those words couldn't be any more true. For years he's been going through different stages of it but he's now become a shell of the man that he once was. How do you move on when the worst day of your entire life took away your reason for living? Going through the motions as the years pass, a little girl shows up one day and changes everything.

It's no secret that I'm a huge forbidden romance fan and I was literally chomping at the bit to get to this one. It looked haunting and I knew in my bones that certain things were going to hurt me but I was ready to embrace it. The issue that I had with this story was not only the plot, but I felt like it was a bit forced on the main character. I just wanted certain things to be different because it felt like there was more than an internal battle. I understood why it was done because that was the plot of the story but I just wished that some things were different.


Now aside from that, I fell in love with these characters and I truly felt their pain. When I tell you my heart was aching, I felt like I was experiencing my own grief. Despite the age difference, Alex and Penny solidified their place in each other's lives without ever knowing it and as time passed, you not only saw their friendship progressing, but you saw the possibility of more. You knew it was coming and you felt the shift in the air and you held your breath because as much as you know that it's going to be Beautiful, it's going to come with some heartache.

This was a complex haunting love story that spanned decades. If you’re a fan of this author, then I recommend giving this one a try.

Meet Carian Cole

Carian Cole has a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles, and of course, the sweet girls who try to tame them and win their hearts.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, Carian now resides in beautiful New Hampshire with her husband and their multitude of furry pets. She spends most of her time writing, reading, and vacuuming.


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  1. Not sure I'm ready for having my heart torn out, but I'm in love with your review, Sonya!! <3

    1. 🀣🀣 thank you so much Nat!! Maybe you should wait a little bit thenπŸ˜‰❤️xoxo