Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Second Chances
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Noah Ryan and Jules Doucette spent every moment together, first as best friends and later as young lovers. The two had planned a life together—until one unspeakable decision tore them apart for good.
Twenty-six years later, Jules is still carefully living the life her mother planned out for her. She’s running her mother’s store, living in her mother’s house, following her mother’s rules, and keeping the secrets her mother made her bury.
Then Noah comes home and any sense of an ordered life flies out the window. Noah’s return does more than just stir up old memories—it forces Jules to see her life in a whole new way and uncovers secrets even she didn’t know were buried. Secrets that could easily destroy her world once more.
First of, I will admit I tend to gravitate to romances where people are in their 20s-30s, closer to my age group I suppose, so I’m not sure why this book stood out to me, but it did and I had to give it a read, and I am so glad that I did. Sharla Lovelace has a great writing style that had me just falling into her book, she had such a great tone that reading the book felt more like a conversation with the characters then reading words off a page.
So Jules lives in small town Texas, she’s divorced, is a single mom of a somewhat rebellious teenager, and she has a secret from her teenage years, a child she gave up for adoption when she was just 17. Adoption is one of those topics that’s hits home with me because I myself am adopted, and I have to first and foremost say that I felt the topic was handled really well. So Jules is pretty much blindsided when her first love shows up after 20+ years, and suddenly she has to deal with that reality. And of course he seems to be everywhere she goes. Oh and not to mention he has a pregnant fiancé with him. Jules has a great personality, sure she’s still be stifled by her dead mother, but she’s just such a likable character. She wants to do what is best for everyone, and she has such a good heart. I found myself laughing out loud at some points and wanting to cry with her at others.
Noah is back home for the first time in a long time, and he is a hardened military guy. So it’s a little bit difficult to get to know him at first, but you can always tell that there is more going on under the surface, plus you can tell her wants to do right by Jules, telling her things that might be difficult to hear from other people himself, checking up on her when it’s clear she’s not in a good place. And the interaction with Jules is just great, there are still sparks between them, but they both have so much anger and hurt about the past. But even with all that the only times you get a real glimpse into who Noah is is when he is with Jules, somehow she just breaks down all his walls.
The secondary characters cast is awesome. Becca is everything you would expect a teenage girl to be. Hayden, Jules ex-husband is such a good character, he comes in just at the right moments. Seth, is just, well fantastic. Noah’s dad, is the perfect example of grumpy old man. I even liked Noah’s love interest he came home with. I like when the secondary characters all come together to make a great story.
I would hands down recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romances and the idea of second chance.