One Hundred Excuses by Kelly Collins _ Book Review

Kelly Collins’s popular Aspen Cove series continues with ONE HUNDRED EXCUSES! If you love small-towns and your romance sweet with just a touch of heat, then you don’t want to miss this one. Be sure to grab your copy today!


Author Kelly Collins takes you back to Aspen Cove where life is sweet, the tea is sweeter, and love is the sweetest of all.

Marina Caswell didn’t expect to find herself broken and alone with a four-year-old daughter. She could offer a hundred excuses as to why her marriage failed, but the truth was she’d chosen poorly. After a painful marriage and an ugly divorce, she flees with her little girl to Aspen Cove looking for a place to heal their wounded spirits and mend their shattered hearts. What she doesn’t expect to find in the quirky little town is love in the form of Sheriff Cooper, a man who insists that everything including trust, love, and respect is grown like a garden. All it needs is a bit of attention and care, something Marina has never experienced.

As the local sheriff, Aiden Cooper can recognize trouble at a glance. It usually looks pretty, smells nice, and wears heels. After his last relationship failure, Aiden doesn’t expect love to bloom when single mom Marina Caswell plants roots next door, but when he sees the sadness in her eyes, he makes it his mission to sow seeds of hope and happiness in her heart.

The tiniest kernel of love can grow when the conditions are right, but a weed from Marina’s past threatens to choke out what they’ve cultivated together. Can Aiden and Marina’s love grow and thrive, or will the past seek its revenge, causing their love to wilt and die before it can ever take root?

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International bestselling author of more than thirty novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again.

Kelly lives in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-eight years, their two dogs, and a bird that hates her. She has three amazing children, whom she loves to pieces.

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[I received a digital ARC for an honest review]

This is my second Kelly Collins novel and I enjoyed it as much as the first. One Hundred Excuses is seriously the sweetest most heart-warming story I have read in a while.

Marina has escaped from a horrible situation and has decided to place roots in Aspen Cove. She has decided that she will no longer be a victim but a victor and will protect her daughter no matter what. Her daughter Kellyn is the sweetest little girl in the world. She is skittish and mute because of her traumatic upbringing but when she slowly starts opening up and trusting Aiden it is absolutely heart melting. Her ex has caused her to be more than weary of the opposite sex, and she no plans to involve another man in her and her daughters life. But she can’t resist the pull to her caring new neighbor sheriff Aiden Cooper.

Aiden Cooper is the local sheriff who focuses on his job and helping out his neighborhood. He has been cheated on in the past, so he is not currently looking for love when Marina and Kellyn show up next door. The moment he sees them he instantly wants to know more. He wants to protect them and keep them safe, and he wants to see them smile. The time Aiden, Marina and Kellyn spend together is sweet and adorable. There’s gardening, swing sets, playground trips, picnics and ice cream stops. Also, the one on one time Aiden and Marina spend together is more than just sex, it was loving and passionate.

I’m looking forward to the next installment in the Aspen Cove series. Fingers crossed its Mark and Poppys story!

“Aiden had kissed plenty of woman in his lifetime but none had made his heart twist and tighten in the process. None had made his stomach flip and flop. None had made him wants to climb mountains and slay dragons . That’s exactly what Marinas kiss did to him.”


“Never in her wildest imagination did she think she’d feel the passion course through her veins like it did when Aiden was near.”



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