Published by Indie on June 22, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Are second chances possible in a world plagued with devastating loss, difficult obstacles and everyday commitments?
Having a very genuine understanding of death and grief, Ireland O’Brien has been able to put aside her anger and move forward with a career of helping orphaned children – making their lives better, even though she’s kept her own pain deeply buried within her heart.
Architectural engineer J. Bentley Roberts has also experienced his fair share of heartache. Nearly two decades ago, he suffered the loss of his role model and high school sweetheart in the same tragic accident. And, more recently, Bentley said goodbye to his marriage – leaving him to not only dust himself off, but also to help pick up his teenage son in the unsettling process.
As both of their best friends get ready to say their “I dos,” Ireland and Bentley find themselves together again after twenty years apart.
Will they be able to fight their past demons to finally find the love that’s always entwined them?
I’ve read Unwritten by M.C. Decker and I really enjoyed it so I was super exited to jump into another one of her books. Especially since I’ve been on a second chance kick lately.
Ireland O’Brien and Bentley Roberts were high school sweethearts. Unfortunately, fate separated them and forced to move forward without each other. Ireland has focused on her career and Bentley focused on a family and his career. However, his marriage ended in divorce and he’s left to focus on helping his son during this transitional period in their lives. When Ireland and Bentley’s best friends get married, they are re-united after their 20 year separation. Will their connection still be there are has too much time past?
I thought the story was well written and it flowed easily. I really liked both Ireland and Bentley. Ireland is a very strong heroine. She’s likable, loving and loyal. Bentley is super sweet and goes for what he wants. He is not afraid to confront his feelings.
I also enjoyed the little bit of a twist that was thrown in here to give just a bit of angst. My heart was breaking for Ireland during this time, yet she stayed so strong.
The only thing that held me back from this and not fully connecting with them was how fast the re-connection happened. I get that they were high school sweethearts. Soulmates. However, everything that happened after their first time seeing each other in 20 years escalated at an extremely fast pace. Sometimes it was too over the top for me. This is absolutely a personal preference so please do not let this hold you back. I know a lot of people really like that type of story.
Overall, I enjoyed it and I look forward for more from M.C. If you are looking for a sweet second chance romance with just a little bit of a twist to keep you on your toes, then this is the perfect book for you!