My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What do you do when your soul mate marries your
If you're Kate Evans, you keep your friend Rachel, bond with her kids, and bury your feelings for her husband. The fact that Shane's in the military and away for long periods helps-but when tragedy strikes, everything changes.
After Rachel, pregnant with her fourth child, dies in a car accident and the baby miraculously survives, Kate upends her entire life to share parenting duties. Then on the first anniversary of Rachel's death, Kate and Shane take comfort in each other in a night that they both soon regret.
Shane's been angry for a year, and now he feels guilty too - for sleeping with his wife's best friend and liking it . . . liking her. Kate's ability to read him like a book may have once sent Shane running, but their lives are forever entwined and they are growing closer.
Now with Shane deployed for seven months, Kate is on her own and struggling with being a single parent. Shane is loving and supportive from thousands of miles away, but his homecoming brings a betrayal Kate never saw coming. So Kate's only choice is to fight for the future she deserves - with or without Shane. .
*arc provided by the publisher for an honest review*
Let me tell you this, those stars down there for my rating, I feel like they should be cracked down the middle. They need to reflect the heartbreak Nicole delivers in this book. And not just once, MULTIPLE times . I don't mean it was just sad. I mean I cried, and I'm not normally one to cry from a book. This one pulled emotions out of me. I feel like I can't find a better word for it, but it really was just such an emotional, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching (at times), story. I still feel so raw after reading this. I feel like Nicole ripped out my heart during this story. I just feel so heartbroken. Still, even now after it's over, I still feel the hurt she delivered in this story.
Nicole delivers so many different definitions of heartbreak or loss. It's not always a breakup or a death, and she really delves into that. She also cuts open the word family. It's almost like a blooming flower. With the right amount of love and care, it opens, develops, gros and is so damn beautiful. Kind of like flowers have so many different names, varieties, looks, etc, so does the word family. Nicole took time to show us different versions of the word family here.
It's always hard to find a book that can break your heart so good, but then put your heart back together twice as well. I feel like Nicole could've gone an easy route to resolve the storyline , but she didn't. She made them work for the happily ever after. This makes me so happy. The easy-to-forgive storyline is every where in the book world, but Nicole made both our characters break, fight and work for the happily ever after. She didn't make it easy for them. She surely didn't make it easy on us, and in doing this in the plotline, I think she made this one of the best heart break-second chance love stories I've ever read.
I'm writing this review at 3am. I started this book last night and just couldn't put it down. Not when she ripped my heart out. Not when he was being a dick. Not when the struggle of being a mom was all too real. Nothing. This storyline was just ... yes. heartbreakingly beautiful.
This was a solid 5 star book for me.
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