Brielle Parker has her life in front of her; she just does not know how to live it. After years of not being enough for her parents, or the dreams she once had, how did one man Colby James show her she was actually more than enough?
Raised by her grandparents with her three siblings, Brielle was loved, no doubt. However, her grandparents were taken too soon, and she was left with her older sibling to try to raise her younger ones. She couldn’t help but let the doubts take over her life. Would she ever be enough? Then Colby walked in and changed everything, and just when she was facing her fears and falling in love for the first time, Colby ripped her heart out.
Will they be able to get past their mistakes to live the life they both want? Did Colby finally break Brielle when all he wanted to do was protect and love her? You can rebound from some mistakes, but some you just have to learn from and walk away. The love they have is true and pure, but will they finally be enough for each other?
**** This is the first book of the four book series Parker Siblings Series******
**Due to strong language and sexual content not recommended for under the age of 18**
“Colby, I don't have a lot to give you, I am not going to be enough, and I won't recover from you, but damn it I am ready to give you everything I can."
Leigh Ann Lunsford has painted such a profound picture with her words that I felt like Brielle, Colby, Addison, Tyler, Dustin, and Cambree, were old family friends that I had known my whole life. In “Not Enough “ You’ll Meet the family and gain some insight into the whole family dynamic. This first book focuses on that and on the growing relationship between Brielle and Colby.
Circumstance (you’ll learn about the specifics when you read the book) brings Siblings Addison, Brielle, Cambree, and Dustin Parker to live with their grandparents on the ranch and after Grandma and Grandpa pass away, Addison and Brielle choose to stay on the ranch and raise Cambree and Dustin away from the fours bureaucratic parents.
After finishing College a year early, Brielle Parker heads home to her siblings to help. But unbeknownst to her siblings, She’s hiding a secret, the real reason their grandfather showed up one morning toting a gun to whisk them all away from their parents home.
This secret has Brielle, like many women, perceiving that she is not, and will never be enough, whether that enough is Pretty, smart, competent, loving, or responsible, she feels she can’t be it for her family and definitely not for any man.
When I was reading about Brielle I instantly fell in love with her! This woman, she loves passionately! Right from the start, her Love for her family is evident by the sacrifices she makes for her siblings. She has a smart mouth, huge personality, is always instigating, and loves fiercely with every fiber of her being.
After meeting the handsome new physical therapist Colby, at the gym the Parkers own Brielle realizes that Tyler’s cousin may be the one thing in this life that can break her.
There is quite a connection between Brielle and Colby! Instead of the author rushing things though, it was a breath of fresh air to watch this couple build their relationship. Throughout the book you get a chance to see the walls around Brielle’s heart come down brick by brick with the help of Colby and the rest of the Parker clan.
"Thank you Colby, for knowing what I needed before I did. Thank you for not giving up on me."
"Never, pretty girl, will I ever give up on us. I will always try and give you what you need. I will always be here."
And when things take a turn for the worst (they always do! Lol it wouldn’t be a good book if they didn’t) Instead of Brielle wallowing in her own self pity she picks herself up, dusts herself off and decides she needs to learn to be enough for herself before she can be enough for anyone else! The seriousness with which these delicate situations were written amazed me and had me in awe! Miss Lunsford took what most would consider “taboo” subjects and shed light on them in a way that was far from clinical and allowed the reader to empathize with the characters.
As a survivor, I I can say that I am even more proud to use that word now than ever before because of the way It was used in the book! Thank you so much for that!
I Love this book for so many reasons! The story, the characters, the writing style, but most of all the message that I believe Miss Lunford was trying to get across. What I got from this book was so much more than I ever expected! This book screams at the reader to believe in yourself, to remember who you are; remember that you and you alone have the power to say “I am ENOUGH!”
If you know of someone who is being abused please don’t be silent! Be their light in the darkness!
“There is a moment in our healing journey when our denial crumbles; we realize our experience and it's continued effects on us won't "just go away". That's our breakthrough moment. It's the sun coming out to warm the seeds of hope so they can grow our personal garden of empowerment ~ Jeanne McElvaney”
Addison Parker has loved one boy all her life, Tyler James. She met him the first day of school after moving to Tennessee to live with her grandparents. Through death, raising her younger siblings, betrayal, and heartbreak, he has been there. She has forgiven him for many things, but this time when he leaves, she decides he is not her future anymore.
Tyler James loves Addison Parker. He has made mistakes, but his love is always constant. He wants to be with her, but through lies and misunderstandings it doesn’t seem possible anymore. When a single moment changes his future, will he be able to come back and pick up the pieces of their relationship, or did he finally break all of her faith in him?
Book 2 In the Parker Sibling series focuses on the Relationship between the oldest Parker sister Addison and her long time boyfriend Tyler.
The characters leapt from the page right into my heart just like when I read Not enough! The love, adoration, understanding, and raw sexual chemistry between Addy and Tyler had me thanking Miss Lunsford in one second and cursing her name the next!
“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping... waiting... and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us... guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love... the clarity of hatred... the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we'd be truly dead.”
― Joss Whedon
The Passion these 2 have for each other is palpable! I was blushing at times because I kind of felt like a peeping Tom. It isn’t all romantic though, Both Addy and Tyler have made some BIG mistakes, mistakes that most couples wouldn’t be able to come back from.
Of course, Miss Lunsford treats these situations with the utmost respect, and for that, I commend her.
We are also introduced to someone we had met briefly in “Not Enough”, Mitch and his Little brother Max. These two bring even more secrets and drama to the table.
I loved that Tyler and Addison are forced to start over from the beginning. They even go so far as to tear down their relationship in order to build it back up even stronger! The strength these two show is amazing!
As Tyler and Addison are repairing their relationship, Dustin starts Man whoring around and Cambree continues to junk punch him, while Colby and Brielle settle into Married life. Brielle is still meddling in everyone’s affairs, and using music as inspiration!
The part in the book where the girls (no spoilers here go read the book! Lol) are getting their shots and Tyler is having a full blown meltdown, where I actually went to my husband and asked if he felt better knowing that he wasn’t the only big baby when it came to that stuff? He of course did not find it amusing!
The big bad is still quite prevalent in this book, but for other reasons. It’s not drawn out but is a necessary evil in order to bring the right people together. It also has a way of shining the light on to another serious subject, suicide. Again, the seriousness of this subject was definitely pointed out, as well as the impact that suicide can have on others that are left behind. Miss Lunsford has such a delicate way of writing about these subjects.
I can honestly tell you that throughout this book, I laughed, I cried, I yelled, Took deep breaths, sat with my jaw hanging open, and finally I found myself just hoping. Hoping that this family could continue to fight through the hard times, hoping they didn’t have to. Hoping the bastard responsible for their pain would be held accountable. Maybe I wasn’t hoping for all of the right things, but just like Brielle, Colby, Addison, and Tyler, I had hope!
Cambree Parker has finally flown the nest and headed off to college in a different state, truly alone for the first time. Trying to escape from her sisters shadows, she runs from the lies and deceit that have plagued her family for years, and from the boy who stole her heart and shredded it in the process. Once there, she realizes her freedom is not all she hoped it would be. She misses her family, thinks of Max daily, and when she decides she wants to take control, she is attacked, leaving her family to fear for their safety. Can she protect her heart and remain safe when the source of her heartache has taken up permanent residence by her side?
Max Baird knew he messed up. His guilt over Cambree being attacked makes him doubt if he is good enough for her. He just knows he can’t walk away. She has told him she hates the lies, but the one he is keeping can blow her family apart, and he doesn’t know if she will ever forgive him. He has seen his share of sorrow and heartbreak, but he refuses to allow Cambree to suffer at his hands anymore. He will prove to her they can work. Hopefully he isn’t too late.
*** This is the third book in series, you do need to read in order; Not Enough, Not Leaving, and Not Hiding***
*****This is 3rd installment in Parker Siblings Series, and you need to read Not Enough and Not Leaving prior to this book******
***Due to strong language and sexual content not suitable for readers under 18***
"We are stubborn and fierce. We love hard, fight hard, but above all, we are family in every sense of the word. You wrong one of us; you hurt all of us. And that is not a pleasant place to be."~Brielle
After tragedy strikes, she comes home and certain truths come out that could rip the family apart or bring them closer together.
If you’ve gotten to know the Parker family as I have then you know they will band together to protect their own.
With Dustin at their parents mercy, everyone has to tread lightly when it comes to fighting the big bad ( again no spoilers from me…. READ THE BOOKS!)
Once certain secrets are out in the open Cambree has to decide whether Max’s feeling for her are really what they seem to be or are they just a reaction to circumstance?
Mitch and Kaleigh have a MUCH bigger role in this book. We also get a small glimpse of a woman that could change everything for the Parkers, Teryn.
While Cambree is trying to find herself, the rest of the Parker clan is growing and I love seeing the different aspects of each of them1 I’m always surprised at what comes out of their mouths. Like when Addy decides to give Cambree a pep talk about her sex life and Brielle about has a break down and decides she needs to start praying and hanging crosses everywhere.
"You know you arent Catholic, right?" Colby
"Well since Addison just told our baby sister it was okay to spread her legs for any Tom , Dick, And Harry as long as she could look at herself in the mirror, I figured we could practice some religion, you know, to atone for her sins?"
Max, has a lot of explaining to do to be able to win back Cambree’s trust, and once all the secret’s are exposed he feels he is finally able to give her all of himself.
"All the secrets are out, you know it all, and finally I can give you all of me, if you still want it. I can tell you what I have felt for months, but haven't been able to say. I love you, Cambree Nikole Parker."
I really felt for Max in this book, he was put in a position where it was absolutely necessary to lie to the person he loves most in the world in order to protect her, and it came back to bite him in the ass.
We don’t see a lot of Dustin in this book, but the glimpses we do get are of a completely different person. I wanted to cry because I felt as though our little boy was turning into quite the man and I was so damn proud of the way he was stepping up to protect his sisters.
In each installment of these books I feel as though I’m walking away with an important life lesson, and “Not hiding” was no exception. Forgiveness is not always about forgiving others, sometimes it’s about forgiving yourself.
Dustin Parker had life and love in his grasp until the moment she disappeared without a good-bye. He has watched his sisters struggle, fall in love, and find a happily ever after. He thought it was his turn, but fate had other plans. Leaving the family again, this time to attend school across the country, he will play soccer, and try to keep her off his mind. All of a sudden in walks someone to occupy his bed but not his heart. Why is he promising her forever?
Teryn Hall has suffered years of abuse, held a prisoner in her home by the one man who should have nurtured and loved her. Her scars run deep, and when her pain bubbles to the surface she can’t control the memories and the anguish. She thought she was doing the right thing when she walked away. She thought he would wait for her. Didn’t he promise her forever? Right when she thinks things are back on track, the news of Dustin moving on could derail her.
Can love really survive anything?
****WARNING... THIS BOOK MAY CONTAIN TRIGGERS FOR VIOLENCE AND ABUSE****
***Not recommended for anyone under 18 due to adult language and situations***
** This is the fourth book and conclusion to the series**
Sadly, this is the final installment of this series. I can tell you though; It goes out with a bang!
Little brother Dustin, has not only helped to bring down the big bad, he has also save Teryn Hall and fallen in love with her.
Teryn has endured a lifetime of abuse, mental, physical, and sexual, all at the hands of her own father and his friends. Kept prisoner in her father’s home for 16 years, she has limited social skills. Dustin is her knight in shining armor and is constantly by her side, even refusing to allow her to be put in protective custody, he defies his sisters and goes with Teryn to a safe house so she does not feel as though she’s being kept prisoner again.
After finally returning home with a scared Teryn, Dustin starts to resent his sisters for trying to help Teryn stand on her own two feet.
When something happens that finally triggers Teryn’s PTSD Brielle finally does what Brielle does best and she tries to protect her family, Teryn included.
Seeing that she is never going to get any better by continuing to lean on Dustin, and wanting to protect the man who saved her, the only man she’s ever loved, Teryn checks herself into a treatment center to work on herself.
"You are my only. The only man I have ever, or will ever love. You have been my shelter from the storms in life, on my darkest day, your memory brought light to my life, hoping you were going to be there at the end helped me get to the other side."
Feeling broken down and angry, Dustin first goes off the rails, after being reined in by the family, chooses to go to college and resume playing soccer.
This book is jam packed with Parker family drama, and I loved every single bit of it! Everyone has hard choices to make especially Colby (read the book!)
And Brielle FINALLY gets a little revenge on Facility! YAY! I was totally cheering her on!
It was a joy and a privilege to watch these characters grow up, to make bad choices, learn from their mistakes and finally when all is said and done get the happily ever afters we all wish for, and that this family so deserves!
As for the lesson in this book, what I took away from “Not over” was that, you have to fight for yourself! It doesn’t matter how many others are fighting for you or with you, if you’re not willing to put the work in you’re just hiding the problems and eventually they will come out to bite you in the ass!
Leigh Ann Lunsford has weaseled her way into my heart and will forever be one of my favorite authors!
As much as I hate that this was the end for the Parker Sibling series, I am completely satisfied by the way that it ended!
Thank you Miss Lunsford for sharing such a beautiful story with all of us!
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