New chance (divorced/widowed)
OK today’s topic is new chance. We even get the divorced or widowed instruction. Well I love new chances. It means you can make mistakes or have drama in your life but there is still light and hope at the end of the tunnel.
I know I’m all positive but that’s just how I think in life.
So let’s dive in Ladies and Gents!
Kacey and Theo in All In by Emma Scott
Here is a small excerpt of what I wrote about their relationship plus some quote:
I loved Jonah, he was such a selfless and talented guy but Theo broke my heart. He’s always been in Jonah’s shadow but never jealous. He was a rock, shouldering everyone’s burden, putting up walls to protect him. Outwardly gruff inside he had a gentle soul. He had to be strong but when would he grieve? It was so heavy. I wanted to take him in my arms and tell him: “It’s ok, you can break, I’ve got you.”
He had feelings for Kacey for a very long time and made a promise to his brother. But he is torn. Kacey is Jonah’s. What will his parents and friends think? She’s not ready. Maybe she would be with him just to honor her promise? What is he doing? What is he thinking?
”Instead she was mine, my body absorbing her peace like a sponge soaked up water. Part of me felt like a fraud. Like a con man. A consolation prize. The other part of me felt like I was home.”
Liam and Natalie in Consolation by Corinne Michaels
Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.
But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.
One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.
“My heart is yours, my love is yours, my days and all my nights are yours. I’ll hold you up, stand by you, and give you everything I have.”
Cole and Summer in Hollywood dirt
Cole is getting divorced when he meets Summer
Here is what I wrote about them:
“When Cole Masten, in the middle of a very pubic divorce comes in Quincy and meets Summer for the first time, he gives her his megawatt Hollywood smile and… will be thrown out of Summer’s home. Condescending with no proper manners in Summer’s eyes, she’ll teach the hotshot actor some etiquette.
”Get out. I mean it. Get out, or I swear to God I’ll shoot you.” … “She means it. She has guns in her coat closet.”
From that moment on, Cole Masten wants Summer to play Ida, the female lead, a Coca-Cola secretary with attitude. Summer will agree as she desperately needs money but they’ll fight constantly, like a long and very hot foreplay.
I loved reading about the town, the community. I loved Summer’s attitude. She is a strong girl with an iron backbone and she’ll tame the Hollywood Golden Boy. I loved their battles, their foreplay. I loved Cole’s evolution from superficial jackass, used to have everyone at his beck and call, into a “real” man, enjoying simple pleasures, not afraid to get wrinkles in the sun. I loved Cocky, I loved Summer’s original and unexpected welcoming gift. I loved Brad De Luca, the sexy and commanding attorney (I’ve just bought “Blindfolded Innocence”), I loved … everything.
I inhaled this book like a heady perfume, drunk on its words only.”
“You are not a man, I thought. A man doesn’t drink sparkling water; he chugs tap water from a hose after changing his oil.”
Rachel and Drew in Enticed by Ginger Voight
Drew is widowed and Rachel comes to help him with his son Jonathan.
Rachel Dennehy had a crazy thought. If she could just start over somewhere else, she could forget about all the ghosts that chased her. When an email landed in her inbox, to tutor a difficult student whose father just happened to be a prominent businessman, the apple was a bit too enticing for Rachel to refuse. She moves to Beverly Hills, where she is tasked with turning around young Jonathan Fullerton’s bad attitude, one that stems directly from his parents’ ugly divorce and even uglier custody battle.
That Drew Fullerton is one of the handsomest and most eligible bachelors in the world means nothing to Rachel. Drew’s brother, Alex, however, assumes otherwise. This sets the two immediately at odds, though they both have young Jonathan’s best interest at heart. Unfortunately the more he tries to warn her away from Drew, the closer he ultimately propels her toward her charming boss.
Rachel stays solely to protect young Jonathan, trapping her into this sticky web despite her own history of loss and betrayal. How long will she last? More importantly, what will she be required to give to save these Fullerton men who continually tug her in three different directions?
“So it was all a lie?” “At first,” he answered. “But I swear to God that it changed. Every day I spent with you, I couldn’t help fall in love with you.” “How convenient,” I sneered.”
Nik and Fiona in Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott (yes, again!)
Fiona is hiding from her husband.
Here is an excerpt of what I wrote about the book quotes included:
“As usual Emma Scott writes heroes somehow battered by life. The kind of heroes you can’t help but fall madly and completely in love or in like with.
Nik has a special “gift” or rather he sees it as a curse. He can read other’s emotions and sometimes hear their thoughts. From a young age he’s been rejected by his mom and prodded not kindly at all by doctors.
“What do you want, Nik? If you had one wish?” “I wish Mama would look at me. Touch me. She used to hug me when I was scared. I’m scared all the time…”
He’s spent his life looking after others like him to no avail. He is lonely. So, so, so lonely. And his brain is constantly assaulted by these sensations and emotions it’s just too much.
“So much misery in the world… And all of it shoved down my throat, every waking hour of my life.”
What’s the point in living like that really?
“If something didn’t change quick, I wasn’t going to make it to thirty. Hell, I wasn’t going to make it to twenty-five. “
So now tell Dr Sophie if you don’t want to just hug this man so hard you’ll nearly suffocate him! Right yes?
When he meets Fiona it’s silence.
For the first time ever in his life everything is muted. He can only see her. Really see her. In the “I can’t take my eyes off you so I just have to draw you” kind.
Who is this girl? Why does she ooze hope and warmth so much that Nik is just encompassed in her pink color? He is literally bathing in her glow of happiness.
She is protecting him from all the noise in his head and for the first time in his life Nik can rest.”
And my winners are… A tie!!!!
Aby and Matt in Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor
Here is what I wrote about them with some quotes:
Oh my god, I felt everything!
Pile up tissues, close your door, turn off your phone, take a leave of absence and stock comfort food (ice cream, chocolate, fries… whatever floats your boat).
-Smoldering hot Navy Seal? Check;
-Beautiful and pregnant young widow? Check;
-Touching heroine raised in foster home and always left behind? Check;
-Four (yes four and one mor incoming!) cute kids aged from nearly seven to two? Check;
-Choices to make between the promise to a dying comrade and what could be the love of your life? Check.
This book as all, absolutely all, the ingredients to push on every female’s buttons to make her melt in a puddle of goo. Eyes swelling all the time, mascara running, huge smile with the innocent kid’s reply, this was me reading this very emotional story
I absolutely adored the kids and can’t resist to place a few of their so sweet quotes:
”I wish you were my daddy . What do you fink?” “I think any man who had you for his little girl would be the luckiest man in the world.” “Do you feel wucky?”
”The girls swam over with their Barbies. Annie’s doll had hair issues and Gracie’s was naked. “Her bavin suit is stuck.” “Ah the challenges of clothing a doll with freakishly long arms and legs.”… “You can’t wook at her boobies!” Gracie screamed loud enough so that everyone within twenty feet turned to see who was looking at whose boobies when they shouldn’t be.”
”Are you going to tell me your name?” “Her name’s Mom.”
”Hi, ladybug” “I’m not a wadybug!” “You’re not?” “No, I’m a girl.”
Tristan and Elizabeth in The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
Both are widowed.
Here is what I wrote about the story (condensed version):
This story is about two people, lost in their grief and finding each other, building something together, a new chance at life and happiness. But it’s not a stroll in the park, more a bumpy road with so called friends determined to see you fail.
Tristan lost his wife and his son in a car accident. He is now drifting through life, running from his past, from his loss. He left everything and everyone behind and settled in a new town to grieve. Unkempt, with a long beard, callous and rude to everyone he is seen as the dangerous and wild one in that small town.
Elizabeth is a young widow. She also lost the love of her life but she has a young girl, Emma. She could have drowned in sorrow but she chose to fight for her daughter. Each day, she would wake up, plaster a smile on her face for the sake of her daughter, go out and try to live one more day, to heal one day at a time.
When Elizabeth meets Tristan for the first time, their encounter is brutal and Tristan is a real a**hole to Elizabeth.
Once Tristan learned Elizabeth lost her husband, he opened up slowly.
They shared their realities, talked about their misery: ”Sometimes I think the little memories are worse than the big ones. I can handle remembering his birthday or the day of his death, but remembering the little things like the way he cut the grass, or…”
Soon, they use each other to feel less lonely, pretend his/her loved one is still there.
”I miss having someone to take care of me”…”I’ll help. I’ll help you hold onto him. I’ll help you remember. I’ll take care of you.”
Of course, Tristan and Elizabeth together was a terrible idea. Both broken and lost but they created something hopeful, something healing.
“You know that place between nightmares and dreams? The place where tomorrows never come and yesterdays don’t hurt anymore? The place where your heart beats in sync with mine? The place where time doesn’t exist, and it’s easy to breathe?
I want to live there with you.”
Who is you favorite new chance couple?
Thanks for reading!