Title: A Measure of Love
Series: A Pound of Flesh #3
Author: Sophie Jackson
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: June 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Life in New York for ex-con Riley Moore is pretty damn good, until a call from his mother shatters the calm: his father has suffered his second heart attack in two years and is in a critical condition. Leaving everything behind, Riley flies home to Michigan for the first time in five years to support his mother and do his best to make amends with his father. He also tries not to think about Lexie Pierce, the only girl he ever truly cared about, and who broke his heart.
When they inevitably meet, memories of their love make Riley yearn to reconnect, despite the pain they both suffered. Though she’s wary, and has a secret she’s hidden from him for five years, Lexie has little willpower when it comes to Riley and she agrees. Besides, after all that has gone before, she owes it to both of them to find out if they can love each other again.
Can they both overcome their sorrow and secrets and finally share their life together?
A powerful new voice in modern romance, Sophie Jackson has crafted a passionate love story with unforgettable characters that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
You had me a second chance romance♥
A Measure of Love is intensely emotional dealing with grief and loss, crippling depression, guilt, regret and redemption.
We have already met Riley in A Pound of Flesh from his time with Carter in Kill to pay for a stupid mistake that he now has to carry with him for he rest of his life. Riley has distanced himself from his family since his incarceration. He feels unworthy of their love and forgiveness and can’t face the disappointment he has caused his father. He has always loved Lexie from a young age but when she loses her father suddenly she becomes buried under a blanket of grief resulting in a deep depression. Unable to control her emotions the negativity keeps piling up on Lexie creating more problems which lead to her breaking both her own heart and Riley’s. It was far too easy to relate to Lexie’s feelings of unworthiness and her defense mechanism of pushing people away who were only trying to help her.
Returning to his hometown when his father’s health is called into question, brings all of the past back to confront Riley, along with a few of Lexie’s secrets. The past between Riley and Lexie is mixed sporadically through the narrative providing insight into their relationship as well as the events that have led to where they are today.
I really liked how Lexie was able to turn her life around and recover from her crippling encounter with depression. I adored her quirky personality, especially the way in which she embraces the idea of self-love; inspiring others to see the best in themselves along the way.
I did feel as if the story would have been better if told from a first person perspective as opposed to the third person; I felt like an outside observer at times and felt this may have prevented a deeper connection with the characters.