For the Love of a Lush (Lush #2) by Selena Laurence

Six months ago, Walsh Clark was the drummer of America’s hottest rock sensation, Lush. Now he’s living at the Double A Ranch in north Texas, home to cows, cowboys, and lushes—like him. He’s survived alcoholism, rehab, and the breakup of his band. But the one thing Walsh might not survive is the return of his ex fiancée Tammy DiLorenzo.

Tammy and Walsh met at fourteen, and she was with him on every step to fame and fortune—until one fateful night when she betrayed him. Now she’s back, begging for forgiveness and ready to fight for her man. But some betrayals are too painful to forget, some mistakes can’t be repaired, and Walsh is certain that he and Tammy can’t ever be together again.

But DiLorenzo women don’t back down, and Tammy always gets what she wants. In the wake of the lies and losses, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes for a second chance. She’ll give it all—for the love of a lush.

My Thoughts:

At the end of A Lush Betrayal I was firmly in the Tammy DiLorenzo is a skank and I hate her camp. I was determined not to like her in For the Love of a Lush and kept that promise until about 85% in the story where Tammy won me over and I began to cheer for her getting a happily ever after.

For the Love of a Lush was hard to read at times because the sweet and affable Walsh we saw in A Lush Betrayal didn’t exist in this book. He was angry, frustrated, and dark. I loved it! But, I missed seeing my super sweet Walsh. Although we saw brief glimpses of that Walsh, the Walsh in this story was dealing with the betrayal of his best friend and girlfriend while trying to stay sober. I loved how the story felt “real”. It contained real life issues that people deal with every day — especially the alcoholism. Walsh’s struggle was a palpable thing which was only exacerbated by his heartbreak. At the end of A Lush Betrayal, he leaves Tammy in the hospital and leaves Joss bloody after his bandmate and friend, Mike, spills the beans about the one-time affair between Joss and Tammy. Wanting nothing to do with any of them, Walsh leaves Portland and leaves basically all of his worldly possessions and income to happy. He hates her for what she did to him. But, he loves her still.

Walsh ends up at the Double A ranch, a place for recovering alcoholics to heal and develop a semblance of a normal life. After six months on the Double A, Walsh’s anger and hurt is renewed when Ms. Tammy shows up and throws his world in a tailspin. See! Skank, right? She broke his heart and then wrecks his world. But, I digress *LOL* But, Tammy is determined to get Walsh back. The two have been together since they were fourteen years old and they have imprinted themselves on the other. However, toxic would describe their relationship. They were too dependent on each other and the breakup allows them to see that…slowly. As the reader travels through For the Love of a Lush, they are able to see the faults, failings, and strengths of Walsh and Tammy. I still wasn’t convinced that Tammy deserved redemption. But my heart went out to her at the aforementioned 85% in the story. She was utterly defeated and heartbroken. See, through all of this, it just never felt like Tammy was heartbroken. Sure, she was sad and depressed but never heartbroken like Walsh. Her default was to blame Joss for what happened between them. Even after she accepted that they were both at fault for the affair she never suffered like Walsh. I needed to feel her suffer for what she did to Walsh *sniffle*. And, at 85%, I got it. Tammy FELT heartbroken and my heart actually went out to her and I wanted to see her and Walsh get back together.

This story was definitely put my emotions through a roller-coaster ride. Redemption came slowly but oh so sweetly for both characters in this one. And, I love the little surprise that Laurence threw in there at the end. So sweet.

I also appreciated that we get to see glimpses into what is to come for both Mike (Michael – *LOL*) and Colin.

Fantastic series for those needing a rocker fix.

Ratings Detail:

Rating for male protagonists: 5★ Rating for female protagonist: 5★ Rating for secondary characters: 5★ Plot Viability: 5★ General Storyline: 5★ Story Ending: 5★ Ease of Reading: 5★ Heat Level: 5★Cliffhanger: No
Continue the Series: Yes

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