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Madeleine Beckett is a born and bred Hoosier who still lives in Indy with her hunky high school sweetheart, gorgeous son, and house full of yapping dogs.
Maddie’s love of books came at an early age. Her parents were evil and deprived her of a television; therefore, books became her obsession. She found that she could curl up with someone’s words and be exported to another world; places dreamed up from the most creative imaginations. She could be a princess, ride a broom, jettison to the moon. Anything was possible when she held a collection of words in her hands.
As a child, she dreamed of becoming a famous author. She secretly hid a notebook under her twin bed and every night, she would put ink to paper, wishing desperately to write stories of fairies and far away lands with perfect Prince Charming’s and never-ending happily ever afters. But all she ended up with were doodles scribbled across a page.
Many years later, that old desire resurrected itself again and one day she touched fingertips to a keyboard and a story was born. She found her love and passion that day and has typed so many words since then that she’s blown up three laptops and has smoke coming out of her fourth.
Maddie loves laughing, hot pink lipstick, and Krispy Kreme donuts. She once, on a dare, ate an entire dozen in one sitting.
If you want to blab with her or get hints at what she’s typing next, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog.
on Aug. 02, 2014 :
My love for this series could not be more profound. Thank you Madeleine for writing such and amazing, thrilling, joyous series.
The Color of Forgiveness gave me insight into how the lives of Myra and Dylan panned out, as well as the rest of the beautifully written characters. Being able to watch the love form not only between Myra and Dylan, but all of the characters as they come together was truly magical.
Watching Dylan's family take Myra under their wings, watching as Myra receives the love of a family again after losing so much, makes your heart feel like its growing too large for your chest.
And watching their family grow, and grow closer together and help heal both Myra, Dylan, and even Sabrina in the process, is enough to make you cry.
This series has grown so close to my heart, and I know I gush, but never could enough good things be said. I didn't want it to end.
*Disclaimer, I received this novel for free in return for an honest review.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on July 12, 2013 :
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Madeleine Beckett.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Color’ series, and kicks off where book 1 ‘Color of Loneliness’ left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Color of Loneliness’.**
After discovering Dylan’s ex-wife Sabrina at Dylan’s house, dressed only in a shirt, Myra is angry and upset. After demanding an explanation, and not really getting one, Myra goes home, only to get a call telling her that her best friend’s father has unexpectedly died.
Rushing off to Philadelphia to be with her friend, Myra leaves Dylan with no explanation for her disappearance, and no address either.
Can Myra forgive Dylan? Does he have a believable reason for what Myra witnessed? Are things really over between Dylan and his ex-wife? And can Myra and Dylan really make a go of things?
This was a good second part to this contemporary romance duology.
Myra was understandably upset and cross with Dylan in this book, which isn’t hard to imagine having found him practically naked with his ex! Myra once again ran away though. Even if her best friend hadn’t needed her, I think she would have probably left anyway, because unfortunately that seems to be her way of coping with things.
We definitely got more of Dylan in this book, and his dirty talk and potty mouth certainly haven’t improved! We also got more from Myra’s best friend Susie and her random names for things like ‘custard-catcher’, and ‘the scoots’.
This book certainly held some surprises, not only do we get a major, life-changing confession out of Dylan – a secret that he has been hiding from Myra, but we also get major, life-changing things happening to Myra too, and a gun-fight!! This book is a bit of a tear-jerker too, if you like an emotional read, you’ll probably like this!
There was some sex again in this book, quite a lot more than in the first book, and it was quite graphic in places, although there wasn’t any weird stuff involved. There was also some dirty talk and bad language; if I searched this book and did a count of the number of times the f word was used it would be a pretty large number.
This was the second half of this story though, and so we actually got a proper ending this time, and a totally satisfying and happy one!
Overall; These two books are great contemporary romance reads, with some great lead characters, and a happy ending!
7 out of 10.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 02, 2013 :
This was a great book.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
on June 13, 2013 :
Color of Forgiveness is the continuing love story of Myra and Dylan from 'Color of Loneliness'.
This book was longer than the first and I thought it was much better. The story has a lot of love, humour and drama to keep the pages turning without slowing down.
The point of view again switches between Myra and Dylan, and captures their feelings beautifully and draws you into their story.
Myra and Dylan's relationship progresses in this part of the story only to take a backwards step as Dylan's fears end up affecting the connection they have. Throw a stalker into the mix and that makes the bond they have stronger without them even realising it at the time.
We get to see 8 months and then 8 years into the future for Myra and Dylan and I feel that the author has given this story a worthy ending.
As with the first book my negative criticisms are with the amount of swearing and then the crudeness from Susie, Myra's best friend. However, these are toned down the more the book progresses.
Again, this is a lovely read, however, you need to read 'Color of Loneliness' to be able to understand this continuation of Myra and Dylan's story. So go ahead and check them out!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on April 18, 2013 :
Let me just take a moment and breathe!! This book seriously was one hell of an emotional ride. PHEW!! I didn't think I would survive that at all. My heart was forever jumping out of my chest and I for a time I wanted to throttle my kindle until it shook some sense into Dylan but thank fudge I didn't...that's all I have to say. Madeleine Beckett really stepped it up here, with all the suspense and the drama, and the emotions and the sexiness. Talk about RAWR and RAWR! Dylan is such a caveman and I don't think I would have wanted him any other way...sigh!! He can grunt and growl and pound on me any day of the week...oh shoot, did I just say that out loud...never mind!! LOL
Okay, I better try and make sense of this review, otherwise I'll be writing RAWR and NOM NOM and MUNCH MUNCH throughout the whole thing...though those things are all fun and good, there was so much more going on than some ultimate sexy time between Dylan and Myra. Let's just say that Color of Forgiveness picks up exactly where Color of Loneliness left off...that mother of a cliffhanger. I could not go on another second without diving into the sequel and trying to make sense of it all. And what did I get, an emotional kick to the gut. We get to read how much pain and suffering Dylan had been going through for the last three years of his life and let me tell you, this man has been through the ringer and back, and it's a wonder why he didn't really lose his marbles in the process. It was a devastation that ruined not only his life, but his families and the slow progress that he made with Myra is just the tiniest step into the right direction. But other things begin to unravel around, including Myra's stalker and some shocking news that they both did not expect. At this point, I completely understood and was guttered for Dylan, but after a while, even though I sympathised with him, I wanted to shake the living doo doo out of him. I swear, he had me livid. Don't get me wrong, the man is a fine specimen who can thrust me up a wall anytime, but good God almighty, he needed to be slapped silly. But, I managed to work through it with him and thank God for that...otherwise I would of damaged my kindle, and we can't have that. I felt completely and utterly sorry for Myra at this point, but through it all she never wavered or faltered. She loved Dylan with all her heart and soul and stood by him no matter what and forever how long it would take for him to heal. I admired her strength, because that takes all kinds of balls to do that, putting someone else's needs above your own is such a kind act of love. I really loved that about her!
As always, we had the comic relief from Susie. Geez that woman never stops with her sexual innuendo's and constant scheming and joking around. She really is funny as ever and a constant support to Myra. Jackie, on the other hand, annoyed the crapper out of me. I don't know why, but like Dylan, I wanted to grunt at her to go away LOL. I guess she is harmless but she just bugged me.
I love how much we got to see Dylan's family, who welcomed Myra with such open arms, and she of course, having no one, fell in love with them straight away and was taken back by how much she wanted a family to call her own. I guess that the underlying message in this book. Without love and the support of family, then what's the point of it all. I really loved this series, and Madeleine Beckett has cemented herself as one of those authors who will forever be on your love list. Thank you Madeleine for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review and I am so forever grateful that I got to read them and fall in love with Dylan and Myra, and the rest of the gang.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
on April 10, 2013 :
Such a great sequel! Some authors have a hard time writing sequels and getting them right, but not Madeleine! I was so excited for this book after reading the first one and I am so incredibly happy with the way it turned out. Everything felt right. I can't wait to what else she writes.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 09, 2013 :
Loved it so much, was very excited to read this one with the way the first ended, but trusted that Dylan would explain everything, was glad that Myra continued to trust Dylan even when he was being an idiot, but she understood that he was hurting but in the end he came through and they got their happy ending. Loved it great story...
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on April 06, 2013 :
Loved both books..this one was definately worth the wait! Especially loved the double epilogues!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on April 05, 2013 :
4.5 stars. The story of Dylan and Myra continues with lots of angst, terror and plenty of humor! Still being stalked by an unknown person, both Dylan and Myra try to come to grips with their unique relationship. Living on the edge doesn't help but only adds to the ongoing uncertainty of what both seem to be avoiding.....love.
It was nice to see Dylan come full circle in his life with the realization that he could possibly be happy again. Myra too, comes into her own while writing her first Western novel. Together they find they need each other. Her reserved nature after a bad relationship and having no family and his from a previous marriage and great loss, they find the strength they both need from each other to move forward.
Chad, Dylan's older brother lends the comic relief in this story and his humor had me laughing out loud! Even Susie, Myra's best friend is funny (no longer annoying but funny as hell) and definitely added her own brand of humor.
I enjoyed this story very much even though it did seem to drag in a few parts. Overall I think this book was a truly great read and I look forward to more from Madeleine Beckett, the author.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on March 23, 2013 :
4.5-5 out of 5 Stars
Let me just say, I worried about Dylan and how he left things in the last book with Myra. I did not know if he could redeem his self in my eyes or Myra's. Therefore, when Madeleine asked me if I was ready for book 2 I was wicked excited and very very nervous. I figured Dylan could only go up from here right? Well...Dylan blew my mind with his story. He had so much more to tell, although I will not be sharing all of it in my review since there are some twists and turns. I don’t want to ruin those for you.
Color of Forgiveness starts exactly where Color of Loneliness left off, right outside Dylan’s house. From this point on make sure you have some tissues and something to throw because you will want and need both. Their story is not an easy one and you’ll find out why Dylan demonstrates the behavior he does. After you read about what had broken him, your heart will melt for our lost and damaged contractor, and you will find yourself forgiving him. Madeleine told me she was going to redeem Dylan, she definitely did that, and I can't even be upset over his treatment of Myra. He was such an a** (although not as much as he was in the first), but as Susie says, he is a sweet a**. In my opinion with this book, he was so venerable and protective even when he couldn’t be with Myra. As a reader, I got a peek under the surface to a “different” Dylan. Their relationship in this book resembles a carnival ride. Someone is always running. Your emotions are whipped all over the place. The ride was worth it though. I was satisfied at the end when I had to get off.
“But I just need you to know that I’m all in with you. I’m giving you all of myself. I know I can be a real a**hole, and I guarantee you that I’m going to **** things up along the way. Possibly in the next five minutes…and I know I’ll probably drive you up the ******* wall.”
“You’re putting all my broken shit back together again.”
I will say it again, just as I did in my first review, I WANT Susie as my BFF!! She is so freaking hilarious, and she definitely keeps you entertained throughout the book. You never ever know what will leave her mouth. She has a very bad case of “open mouth insert foot.” Kindred hearts we are. She is a PERFECT addition to Myra.
“You’re killing me, Myra. You know I act all mean and tough on the outside with my expert verbal Kung Fu skills and all, but inside I’m really just squishy and filled with marshmallows and yellow peeps and creamy nougat.”
I totally loved this book more than the first, which is saying a lot because I am a huge fan of Dylan and his jacka** attitude in Color of Loneliness. Wicked glad he got the perfect ending! I don’t think Madeleine could of wrote it any better, she gave Dylan exactly what he needed to mend his broken mind and heart. I hope that we get to see Myra and Dylan again in future books with updates, but I think their story ended exactly how it should.
Thank you to Madeleine Beckett for allowing me the awesome opportunity to follow Dylan and Myra’s journey. I received a copy of the ARC for my honest opinion.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 19, 2013 :
I just started reading it and I love it! You feel the love, pain, frustration in this story in the first pages. I read the first and now the sequel! I'm soo excited!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 19, 2013 :
I just love how you get right away in Myra mind set in this book, beside the jerk tendencies of Dylan you just get how damage? mmm... no, how hurt and broken he is and you just want to hold him and help him but as in real life you can not help those who just don't want to be helped-
(reviewed the day of purchase)