Circle of Friends Book IV: Mike by L. Diane Wolfe
Thanks to L. Diane Wolfe for having this book sent to me!
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Description from Dancing Lemur Press: Mike Taylor is the epitome of stability. His family is proud of his academic and athletic achievements at Georgia Tech, and despite the temptations of college life, he has maintained his moral standards.
Yet beneath the peaceful surface, Mike is consumed with guilt, fearing condemnation and rejection. A former girlfriend’s abortion and the intense love he feels for his roommate’s wife constantly remind Mike of his failures. Unable to forget and full of shame, he refuses to forgive himself.
When Danielle enters his life, he realizes he can no longer hide the past. Will she be able to reach him or is Mike past the point of redemption?
This is probably my favorite of the 3 Circle of Friends books I’ve read. Mike was my favorite character since I read Sarah’s book and I was so excited to find out he was getting his own book. The story did live up to my expectations except for the end. The beginning was a lot of the same as in Sarah’s book just from Mike’s point of view. We finally get to see how he met his girlfriend Danielle and see their relationship progress. The story moved along at a great pace, not too slow and not too rushed. The main thing I did not care for was the ending. I actually found myself seriously disliking Mike and even though he changed his attitude at the very end I still found it hard to forgive him. I’m sure Mike’s reactions to the situation are realistic for some but it just rubbed me the wrong way. Overall, still a great book though.