Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Firemen, Second Chances, Romance, Small Town Romance
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When I left, I never planned on looking back.
Walking away from the only boy I’d ever loved,
I thought I was making the right decision.
I was wrong.
Now I’m back, and the past is too much.
Tate Corbin is no longer the sweet boy next door,
But rather a man who hates me.
When she left, she took a piece of me.
A piece that had always belonged to her, and I knew—
I knew I’d never get over losing her, never get through the pain alone.
But I moved on—never thought I’d care again,
I was wrong.
Now, Callie Winters is back
And I can’t let go, I can’t step away.
Now only one question remains:
Will our love be rekindled? Or will it go down in flames?
This book was so the best of both world, I love second chance romances, and these two people coming together for the first in years, and I love best friends to lovers romances, and these people used to be best friends. I was so excited about this book, and thankfully I liked it a lot. I really like when characters already have a long history together, and I especially like when characters have issues that have existed for a long time that need to be worked through, makes for great drama.
So Callie is back in town after her life kind of imploded without any warning. She has a daughter to take care of so she has to do what is best for her daughter, which means moving in with her brother while she figures out how to get her life together. I liked her a lot, she a tough woman, who still really young and I know a lot of people her age wouldn’t have handled things as well as she did. Granted she does have help from her brother, a lot of help actually, but they have a good relationship, and it’s obvious that she’s not taking advantage or anything. I really liked how she stood up for herself when she needed to, but she was also just a really nice person who was pretty respectful even in situations where that would have been hard to do. She’s a great mom and just a cool chick, that I liked.
Tate is more interesting to me. Him and Callie used to be best friends, for basically their whole lives, but when he asked for me and she says no and that she is marrying her boyfriend before they go to college, well Tate kind of loses it. Cuts off all contact with Callie, seven years go by, and when the book starts he’s engaged to someone else. Seeing Callie again is not exactly the top priority for him, so when she shows up he really doesn’t handle it all that well. To an extent I understood, first loves are hard to get over, and seeing her again really brought back a lot of memories for him that I’m not sure he was really ready to deal with. I did love the push and pull between them, trying to figure out if they could be friends again, if they wanted more, how to handle everything, it just all played out really perfectly for me.
These two had chemistry right from the beginning but what made it better was the issues they had to get past. They also had a really tragic event in the past that they went through together, that really effected them both. I also have to say I kind of adored Callie’s kid, he was awesome, and Tate was really awesome with him as well. Of course the kids dad had to show up and make thing all kinds of messed up, but hey exes are almost always bad news, and in this case it only made the ending sweeter. All in all it was good read for me.
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