Published by B. Love Publications, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on September 20, 2017
Genres: African American, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance
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‘If he loves me… it will have to be unconditionally. Even those unlovable parts of me that the newness of us has made him too blind to see.’ – Cassie
Cassie Armstrong is beautiful, creative and one of the most free-spirited people you’d ever meet. With dreams of becoming an internationally known fashion designer, Cassie is able to see the beauty in everything and everyone but herself. Her fiancé, Quentin Simpson, takes full advantage of her insecurities and further builds upon them.
Matteo Tate has been a fighter all of his life. A protector all of his life. When he meets Cassie, the warrior instinct that he was born with goes into overdrive. He realizes with time that Cassie is a princess who is unaware of her need to be saved. Matteo is stuck with two choices – remove himself from her life to avoid watching her spiral out of control, or risk hurting his own heart to save hers.
Two men. Two vastly different displays of love. One of which isn’t love at all. But which one? Cassie is unsure. All she can do is pray that she chooses correctly because both her heart and her life will depend on it.
*Please note: This is a spinoff from ‘Coffee with a side of You’.
Cassie and Matt got a story!!!
After I read and adored B. Love’s Coffee with a Side of You, I had hoped that we would get a story about the secondary characters Matt and Cassie, imagine my delight when I was scrolling through Amazon and came across If He Loves Me.
If He Loves Me was some sappy shxt, but I love sappy, and over the top, so it worked perfectly for me.
Cassie Armstrong has been looking for love in all the wrong places for most of her adult life. She gave her love freely and wholly to men who never deserved her. When we first meet her, she is in an abusive relationship with her current boyfriend, Quentin.
“Why do I fall in love with every guy that gives me the slightest bit of attention and affection? Maybe it’s because it takes years for me to find someone that I genuinely like. So when I do meet a guy that I can vibe with it’s like I literally pour my soul into him. Break open my heart to allow him entrance.”
Matteo Tate fell in love with Cassie the first time he met her, and even though he absolutely disapproves of her relationship with Quentin and the hell he puts her through, he is respectful of their relationship and has surrendered himself to the fact that they only may be friends. He becomes more than a friend to Cassie though, he becomes an essential part of her life that she needs more than ever.
If He Loves Me is a story of self-love, redemption, and the journey to real, healthy, and fulfilling love. Cassie had to learn that there is real power in loving yourself. Matteo had to steer her in the right direction but also love her enough to let her figure things out on her own. Cassie’s story was traumatic but love (for herself, for others, from Matt, from her family) brought her to the other side.
I loved that Matt and Cassie’s relationship. They were friends first and the balm each other needed to salve their respective pains. This was a relatively short read at 146 pages but it packed a punch. These two went through quite a journey that I won’t spoil, you’ll simply have to take my word for it and read the book.
If He Loves Me serves as a reminder that only when we truly love ourselves can we love others in the way that they (and we) deserve. This novel was a page turner; raw and sensual, sexy, and smooth.
P.S. I may be pushing my luck but can we get stories about Rocco and Matt’s other friends, Usef and Nate? Thanks in advance! 🙂