Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: February 11, 2017
Rating: 3.5 STARS
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This book has all the feels that I always look for in second-chance romance: sexy, funny, and not overly angsty. It had me from the very first page; my heart was pounding with excitement and anticipation that I’d rarely experienced in reading second-chance romance. I’m usually very critical on why the main characters were separated in the past and if the reasons aren’t convincing, I rarely enjoy them. In addition to it, I don’t like an overly angsty story when the purpose is sole to make excuses for main characters to break up, fight, or do something stupid like cheating, etc.
What is it about? It is about a young first-grade teacher whose life suddenly in upside down since the man that she loved when she was in college appears in her school with his son attending her class.
At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women. Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy. I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more. They didn’t know about our past. He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.
She is still feeling the pain he caused but the fact that he is now a handsome, hot young father does not help her at all. She knows he purposely chooses her school for his son in order to reunite with her, but what she doesn’t know is that he is planning to win her back… and determined to do everything to fight for her. The problem is she is now happily dating someone who adores and loves her. She finds herself in a very difficult situation, torn between her feelings toward her first love, Mack, who is still in her mind and her now loving boyfriend, Victor.
My eyes returned to meet his when I asked, “How did your son end up in my class?”
“If I told you it was a coincidence, would you believe me?”
“Well, it’s not,” he was quick to admit.
“Why? Why are you doing this? Why didn’t you warn me?”
“Would it have made it any easier?”
“No,” I whispered.
This is my kind of read! I devoured it in one sitting and couldn’t put it down even for a minute. What an addictive story this is. The reason for it was mostly because of Mack. He swept me off my feet with his love for her, for his son and his determination to win her back. I loved everything about him; he was funny and very straightforward on what he was feeling. He made all his intentions to her clear from the very beginning. He was a no-game kind of guy. His efforts to win her heart again was the reason I fell in love with this story. He gave his all without crossing the line.
I took her hand in mine. “You said earlier that I’d never lied to you. That still holds true. I have never loved anyone like I love you. From the moment we met, life just felt different. You brought color into my gray and dismal existence, made me realize what it means to have someone change your entire outlook on life, change your reason for living. I slowly fell in love with my best friend. You were my first love—my only love. I should’ve told you how I really felt back then. Even though life got in the way, even though everything changed in our worlds as we knew it, nothing could take the love I feel for you away. It’s always been there all these years, even though I’ve never actually said those words until now. So, in case there was ever any doubt, I love you, Frankie. Maybe in the end, that’s all I really have to give. Maybe that doesn’t necessarily make me the best on paper. If you choose me, I’m just going to have to love you more, love you harder, so that my love for you trumps everything else. That’s not gonna be hard for me, because I don’t feel like there is a limit to how much I love you.”
The other thing that I loved is that their relationship was not begun with lust, even though the attraction between them was deeper and stronger from the start. They became friends, and both not intentionally looking for anything more than that. So, even though there was a love triangle going on, no cheating initiated in the first place. Their romantic feeling toward each other grew without them even realizing it, to the point when they couldn’t avoid or deny it anymore.
“We all have that one person. It’s not necessarily someone we end up with. But it’s that person who, for whatever reason, gets under your skin and stays there. You can move on, but parts of them are always with you. Sometimes, if things never had a chance to develop, if feelings are still unresolved, that person becomes an even more powerful force in your life, even in absentia.”
However, I always love to connect with the heroine as if I were her, but unfortunately, I didn’t connect with her as much as I did with him which was frustrating me. I wasn’t feeling her, hence, I constantly lost the feel. I would have liked to read her inner conflict more: how she processed things especially in the moments when she had to make the difficult choices.
And in general, I would have liked more details in terms of body languages and facial expressions from all of the characters. I would have loved to know what the other(s) was/were doing or looked like while one was speaking. Those details would not only have made me visualize things better but also connect with the characters.
But overall, I kind of enjoyed this book despite its poor details and my lacking a deep connection with the heroine. It is written from a dual point of view and can be read standalone.