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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Release Day Launch: The Hardest Goodbyes (The McLendon Family Saga #5) by D.L. Roan + 5* review

Title: The Hardest Goodbyes
Series: The McLendon Family Sage #5
Author: D.L. Roan
Genre: M/M Romance, Gay Romance, Family Sagas 
Release Date: June 1, 2016


Some goodbyes are cathartic—a good riddance to those things that hold us back. Some are bitter-sweet. It hurts to say the words, but we know the pain is only temporary, and we’ll soon be reunited.

Some goodbyes are forever. Those are the hardest to say.

At the height of the Cold War, a soldier and a spy begin a forbidden, unlikely affair that leads to a lifetime of love and loss, triumph and tragedy. Daniel and Cade’s ageless passion has forged an extraordinary family, and healed the hearts of those they love, but their journey was never easy.

From their first goodbye to their last, this is their story.

Get your hands on Daniel and Cade now!

Andrea's Review
*ARC received in return for an honest review

This book rocked my world, I FREAKIN' loved it!!! Be prepared for a HUGE book hangover.

I've NEVER been so turned on by a love scene between two men until now. Holy sh*t!!!

I've only read a few m/m stories and that was because they were part of a series where I was following a supporting character's development and needing them to have their own story.
And that's one of the reasons why I read The Hardest Goodbyes  and the other, because the author is D.L. Roan whose writing I absolutely adore.

I have laughed, swooned and cried my way through this book, finally finishing with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. I love everything this author has ever written but this has to be the best so far. I was hooked from the first page until the very last, I didn't want it to end.
The author has done a wonderful job in bringing Daniel & Cade's story to life. You'd never guess that this is her first m/m book. It's raw, hot and sexy but beautiful, sensitive and heartbreakingly moving.

Daniel Gregory & Cade Candelle first made a brief appearance in The Heart of Falcon Ridge (The McLendons Family Saga #1) and have kind of stayed on the sidelines of each book in the series but creeping further and further into forefront until they demanded their own story. And boy, what a story!! 
I never realised just how much this couple had crept in to my heart until now and I was totally unprepared as to how I would feel afterwards...bereft. 

I fell in love with Cade because he is such a devil and a charmer, the way he had fun teasing Daniel made me chuckle but Daniel...I ADORE him! My heart hurt so bad for him and what he endured over the years. Never in my wildest dreams, when reading the previous books did I guess what he went through. I just wanted to put my arms around him and hug him tight.
Chapter ten, O.M.G!! That's all I will say. When you get to it then you will know and your heart will break too.

I can honestly say that this is the most beautiful and emotional story I could ever hope to read about the love between two men. Their love is enduring, unbreakable and everlasting, surviving the trials and test of time. Their love is ultimate.
If you've never read an m/m romance before then take a chance on Daniel & Cade and make them your first. Trust me, you won't regret it because this isn't a story about romance. It's a story about life and love.
I can't recommend it highly enough. Go 1-click NOW!!!

***Although The Hardest Goodbyes is the fifth book in The McLendon Family Saga it can be read as a standalone without the need to read any of the others in the series. However, I strongly recommend that you read them first, along with Surviving Redemption (Survivor's Justice #1) to give you a better understanding of the characters and their back stories. And because they are both awesome series and you'd be crazy not to!!

Andrea gives this a rating of...

Recommended reading order

The Heart of Falcon Ridge (The McLendon Family Saga #1)
Surviving Redemption (Survivor's Justice #1)
A McLendon Christmas (The McLendon Family Saga #2)
Rock Star Cowboys (The McLendon Family Saga #3)
Rock Star Cowboys: The Honeymoon (The McLendon Family Saga #3.5)
The Hardest Goodbyes (The McLendon Family Saga #5)

About the Author

D.L. Roan loves combining fantasy with the real world, giving her readers more than just a book or romance, but a true adventure in love. Her characters are always real to her and she genuinely enjoys bringing them to life for her readers.

She's a native Floridian, a rare breed in a land of snow birds. Scuba diving and hunting for shark's teeth on the beach are two of her favorite things. Oh! And building sand castles instead of snowmen in December and sending pictures of them to all her snowbound friends. She loves rainy days, thunderstorms and is an avid dog lover. Yes, size matters. She hopes to one day add a big ol' floppy Great Dane to her family of hounds.

Check out the links in the back of her books for details about her secret fan group where she hangs out with her fans who get first dibs on all her sexy stories! 

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  1. WOW! I LOVE this review!!! Thank you so much.

    1. Thank you!! I spoke from my heart <3

  2. Fabulous review and the book was fantastic!

    1. Thank you <3
      And yes, I totally agree it was fantastic!!