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First published June 15, 2017
She’d assumed time would have diluted the effect he had on her. Neutralized her feelings. Instead it seemed as if it had concentrated everything.
Felicity “Fliss” Knight is pretty satisfied with her life in New York. Together with her twin, Harriet, they have a very successful dog-walker business that is thriving and life is good. Until her ex-husband suddenly starts working as the new vet at their local vet clinic. Seeing a glimpse of him again brings forth all the hurt and pain she’s kept buried since their impulsive marriage ended ten years ago. He’s still just as gorgeous and still way too good for someone like her. In order to escape all the emotions she doesn’t want to feel and the confrontation she doesn’t want, when her grandmother calls for help in the Hamptons she grabs the opportunity with both hands.
Over the past ten years he’d wished a thousand things. He’d wished their relationship hadn’t been so intense, that they’d met later when they were both ready for it, that he’d thought less about his own pain and more about hers. Most of all he’d wished he hadn’t let her walk out of his life.
Seth Carlyle has come to Manhatten with the sole purpose of confronting Fliss and her flee to the Hamptons gives him hope that she still feels their connection. He made a lot of mistakes then years ago, too young to know how to get through to Fliss when she pushed him away, but this time he’s determined to get closure about what happened back then and hopefully convince her that she’s the only one who’s every had his heart.
“Forget novellas, I’m War and Peace meets Game of Thrones, without the dragons and dead people.”
I absolutely ADORED Fliss. She’s such a complex character, so impulsive, feisty, and emotionally guarded and her protectiveness over her twin was amazing. It broke my heart that her bastard of a father made her think so lowly of herself, he made her so broken and I wanted so badly just to hug her and tell her that she was worthy of love, that she was a good person. I loved that she wasn’t perfect, her childhood taught her to keep her emotions tightly locked inside herself, not revealing how she was really feeling to anyone, not even Harry, her twin. My biggest pet peeve about second chance romances are that usually the hero proclaims that the heroine was the love of his life but I always find it hard to believe when he didn’t go after her, they usually meet again per chance. Luckily it wasn’t so in this book. Seth moved back to the Hamptons, helped out in Manhattan with the sole purpose of confronting Fliss, to finally get closure about what happened ten years ago, hoping it would help him get closure, but also knowing that with no other woman had he found what he had with Fliss. She was the only one who had every had his heart and that I loved.
He’d lost her once. He had no intention of losing her again.
I really liked Seth and how he was with Fliss. I loved how determined he was to make them work this time, to get her to trust him and to not let her go again.
He’d given her his heart at the age of twenty-two and he’d never taken it back.
I really enjoyed this second chance romance, their raw and powerful feelings, their sad past and how young they were back then. Too young to know how to fight for what they had when pain and other people forced them to let go of what they had. Both had tried to find what they had back then with other people, but it never worked. Which was another thing I loved about this book that not just the hero had tried to move on, while the heroine kept pining after him for a decade, not having sex with anyone else, like her vagina had gone on a hiatus. No, Fliss had tried to move on as well and that I really appreciated. And from the first moment they meet again, you could see their buried feelings come crashing to the surface, impossible to ignore. And I was so happy that they got another chance at a love that was worth fighting for.
“Who decides what is ‘wrong’? Wrong by whose standards? What is wrong in our culture may be normal somewhere else. And people are never ‘bad’ or ‘good.’ They’re just people. And ‘good’ people are capable of doing bad things and making bad choices.”
I love the emotion this author puts into her books and how it makes you think about people, about life. I also love her secondary characters and I really can’t wait to read Harriet’s book.
It’s not often that I find a second-chance romance I enjoy and Sarah Morgan has added another winner to this series. If you love romances with endearing characters, lots of emotional and sweet romance, then this series is for you.