Sunny Shelly’s Review: Forty Candles, by AM Willard

Release Date: October 3, 2018

Cover Design: Annelle Willard




I’ve always done what was expected of me. I married the man that my family thought I was supposed to. I turned a blind eye when his after work activities weren’t really for work. What I couldn’t look past anymore was how lonely I’d become.

All it took was one night to change my life.

I filed for a separation. 
I moved my teenage daughter and me in with my parents. 
Did I mention that my room should be placed in an 80’s museum? Yes, it’s not changed in decades.

Then my life changed again right before my 40th birthday.

Just when I thought things were going to get back to normal, in walks Lenny Ward. He’s the man your parents warn you about. You know the type… A body like a God, smart, oh and the sex… It’s like a 10.0 earthquake off the charts type of connection.
Even though we have chemistry, I have to protect not only my heart but my daughters.




Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

The last book written by AM Willard before her untimely passing, Forty Candles is a delightful romance between single mom Jules and one of her clients, Lenny.

In the midst of a messy divorce, Jules is reluctant to act on her attraction to Lenny. I love that there is a distant childhood connection between Jules and Lenny; that definitely added to the relationship they both have with Jules’ ex-husband. As much as she pushes Lenny away, he refuses to give up because for the first time since his ex-fiancee, he has found a woman worth fighting for. The relationship he builds with her teenage daughter, Sophia, is a big part of their story as well. It’s not something that was alluded to; the reader gets to see them build their own connection.

It’s a long and twisted journey for both of these characters, but their broken pasts is what brings them to a solid future together! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.


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About the Author


Bestselling Author, A.M. Willard resides in Savannah, Georgia. She joined the Peach State many years ago after leaving the crystal blue waters and sugary white sand behind from the Panhandle of Florida. She’s also known for being a wife, mother, and caretaker for her farm animals. A.M. loves anything sassy, glittery, and is a sucker for the Hallmark Channel. That last one might be the reason she believes in soulmates or it could be because she married her high school sweetheart for twenty years ago. 

After releasing her first novella series back in 2014, A.M. set out on a new goal to bring her readers a broad range of romantic stories from her desk. This includes Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance, and from time to time some Sexy Romance. 

A.M. is an active member of RWA (Romance Writers of America).


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