Genres: Animals, Contemporary Romance, Cowboys, Friendship, Romance, Second Chances, Small Town Romance
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It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.
That was seventeen years ago.
I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.
Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.
This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .
Man I was in no way shape or form ready for the way this book started, I mean seriously, it seems like just an ordinary day in the day of a woman who could be just about anyone, and than WHAM, the unthinkable happens. I mean I was in shock. I was also really happy with how well the whole thing was written, it felt authentic, it felt painful, and it was exactly what the subject matter needed it to be.
So Presley is our heroine, and man oh man, do I feel for her right from chapter one. The unthinkable happens to her, and basically her whole life blows up. I can’t imagine what it would be like going through your day thinking you have such a great life, great kids, great business, great friends, great husband, and then in an instant it all just blows away. I mean could you imagine? Picking up the disarray of her life means taking her twin boys back to where she grew up, because she had no other options. With debt piling up and basically being homeless, she had no other choice. As if dealing with what had happened wasn’t hard enough, it turns out the reason why she hadn’t returned back home was because she was avoiding a very painful memory for her, in the form of an ex, Zach.
Now Zach, I liked him. I will say him and his brother Wyatt are a little bit pushy when it comes to Presley, and there were moments in the book where I wished they wouldn’t push her quite so much, after all her life had just come crashing down all around her, but to be fair, its not like she really told anyone the truth of the situation. Zach is a nice, you can tell right from the beginning, and you can also tell that he feels the same way about Presley as he did 17 years ago.
These two had a lot of overcome, they have their past, Zach has a girlfriend, Presley has the loss of her husband and trying to make sure her twin boys are taken care of. I mean the odds were really stacked against these two. But you couldn’t help but the pull for them. I loved the scenes with the kids, especially when the kids are around Zach, it’s really quite sweet. This book had a great steady pace, and was just the length that I love. This was one of those heart wrenching romances that I just can’t help but enjoy.
“Hey.” Zach peers at me as I shake off my thoughts. “I figured you’d be asleep.” He climbs the steps slowly as I get to my feet.
“I figured you’d be gone.”
I walk toward him, unsure of why he’s here. “I left for a bit, but wanted to come check on you.”
He snickers. “I couldn’t sleep.”
“Me either.” He’s close enough that I can smell his cologne. Even after a long night, being in the woods, he smells like home.
I take another step.
I’m so close I have to tilt my head to look into his eyes.
I breathe him in, feel his heat, and I can’t stop myself. I want him. I need him. I grip his neck and yank his mouth to mine. I kiss him. I kiss him and give in to everything I’ve been feeling. He doesn’t waste a second. His arms wrap around me, holding my body against his. My fingers grip his neck, keeping him exactly where I need him. This kiss is frantic, but God it feels good.