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5 Flaming Stars for STORM by Michelle Mankin

A childhood best friends to lovers romance.
He wants her, but he can’t have her.
She wants him even though she doesn’t know who he really is.
Storm Hardy left Ocean Beach to pursue a career in the music industry.
Lotus Irving stayed behind, her world rocked by one terrible tragedy after another.
What if all your best memories are behind you? What if you lost the one friend who understood you better than anyone else? What if your greatest wish is to recreate the past instead of imagining a brighter future?
Storm by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Mankin is a novel about never giving up, no matter what life throws at you. It’s about the importance of love and learning to dream again. It’s about looking beyond the wind, rain, and lightning to find the calm. It’s about holding on to the right person who helps you to be strong.

Storm by Michelle Mankin
Published by Self Published on November 5, 2020

Genres: 5 Flames- Erotic Romance XXX, Contemporary Romance

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I received a complimentary ARC from Author in exchange for an honest review.


Storm by Michelle Mankin

Sue thoughts

Storm Hardy and Lotus Irving were best friends starting from the day he rescued her from a bully on the playground when she was 7 and he was 9.  They were inseparable until 6 years later when Storm left because he’d had enough of his dad’s BS and bullying.  He told Lotus to forget about him because he thought her life would be much better without him.

Fast forward nine years… Lotus’s life is not better.  She lost her father and is raising her 17 year old brother with a brain injury herself.  She has to work multiple jobs just to make ends meet.   When one of those jobs takes her to LA to help out Ash the owner of Outside record label, she catches the attention of a guitarist in one of the bands.  Since she is on a break with her boyfriend, she decides to go for it…..something about Journey just draws her in.

When Journey ends up signing on with one of Ash’s local bands, the same one that Lotus’ on and off boyfriend is in, things start to get really fun!  For two people who thought that any thing good in their lives was only things from the past, both Journey and Lotus start to realize that they may have found their happiness after all… least until things from the past come crashing back in.  But, as in all romances, the two best friends find their way back to each other and get their perfect happy ending.

I just love a good friends to lovers story.  I really loved Storm’s “Journey”.  He was such a strong, determined guy.  I really enjoy Lotus, too.  She may have a few abandonment issues but she did finally get her happy ending.  It was also fun catching up with favorites from the Ocean Beach group.  Overall, STORM by Michelle Mankin was a great, fun addition to this series.


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Reviewer:  Sue is a retired IT Computer Programmer who loves to read just about any type of romance….Contemporary, Historical, Comedy,  or Suspense.  She tends to like sassy heroines and hot alpha heroes (although the occasional nerds are fun too!) with lots of fun witty banter.  She lives in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH with her almost perfect husband.  She has three adult daughters who all live nearby, with the oldest being married.


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