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Review: Love Required (Real Love #3) by Melanie Codina

Posted on 19 April, 2014 by in Melanie Codina, Review / 2 comments

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SynopsisJason Michaels knows second chances are very much a part of “happy ever after.” He’s seen it firsthand, more than once. So when will it be his turn? He has a great group of friends and family to share his life with, but he knows there is one thing still missing. Love isn’t something he’s been avoiding, he just hasn’t found it yet… or has he?

Tori Peterson has made mistakes in her life, but they all pale in comparison to her marriage. Luckily, she’s a woman who quickly learned from her mistakes. Doing everything in her power to escape the man who promised to cherish her, she builds herself a life she can be proud of. Never again will she be fooled into being with a man who she might love. She knows she has too much to lose.

Her hope? That she will recognize real love when she finds it. Her fear? That her past will catch her before she has a chance to find the love she deserves, the love that is required … So what happens when her hopes and fears catch up to her at the same time?


 Denise’s 4 STAR Review!

Love Required is the story of Jason Micheals; Jake’s brother from book 1 Love Realized.

The wedding of Jake and Gillian brings Jason into the orbit of Tori Peterson; a single Mom working hard to provide for her daughter, Alexa.

I do want to stress for a second and say the opening of this book allows the reader to see pure evil and provides an early glimpse at some of the things that brings Tori to this point in her life.

The connection Jason feels for Tori is tangible to the reader, their second encounter, the meeting that involves getting her phone number was set up really well.  It used Jason’s nephews as well as Tori’s situation to create an encounter that was believable and adorable. It also allows the reader to catch-up with the characters as Jason relays who is who to Tori; all really well done.

I adored Jason’s interaction with Alexa, Tori’s daughter; he was a man falling in love with not just Tori but her daughter as well.  It’s very clear from the beginning that Jason understands these two ladies are a package deal and that endeared Jason to my heart.

I thoroughly enjoyed the use of the secondary characters in this book; they allowed the reader to see how different this experience with Tori was for Jason. The secondary characters who added to the story, they showed how easily Tori folded into Jason’s life and in the end also reminds that reader that often family is not about blood but about who is there for you when it counts most.

Tori is a single mom with a past the reader sees as the book opens.  This past is one that not only affected her present but could endanger her future.

Love Required much like Love Realized brings an element of danger and suspense into the storyline.  This added to the read and I truly think will have the reader rooting for Jason and Tori to find a way to their happy.

I am not going to tell you how it ends but I will say hold on for the ride.


AboutTheAuthorMelanie is an amazing mother of four, an awesome and tolerant wife to one, and nurse to many. If you don’t believe her, just ask anyone in her family, they know what to say. She is also a devoted chauffeur, the keeper of missing socks, a genius according to a six year old, the coolest soccer uniform coordinator according to a twelve year old, and the best damn ‘mac-n-cheese-with-cut-up-hot-dog maker in the whole world. Well that last title isn’t really official, but it’s still pretty cool to be called it.

When not being ordered around by any of the kids, you can find her with her nose in a book or on the sideline of a soccer game cheering on one team or another. But that’s mostly because she has a thing for the coach. When she is not doing all of the above, you can find her obsessed with a group of fictional characters all vying for a spot on the page of whatever she’s working on. It’s a fun and crazy life to lead, but wouldn’t have it any other way.


Series Reading Order
Book 1 – Love Realized

Book 2 – Love Resisted

Book 3 – Love Required

2 Responses to “Review: Love Required (Real Love #3) by Melanie Codina”

  1. Stephanie Shipley

    This book sounds amazing! I just added the series to my wishlist 🙂

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