Published by JKB Publishing on November 15th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Famous, Second Chance Romance
An all new second chance love story by the
New York Times Bestselling
author of the beloved Driven series.
It all started with the invitation. To my ex-fiance’s new wedding.
I should have ignored it.Thrown it away. Set it afire. But I didn’t. I replied.
With a plus one.
And then my assistant accidentally mailed it.
Enter Hayes Whitley. Mega-movie star. The man who has captured the hearts of millions. But I gave him mine years ago. He was my first love. He was my everything. Right until he up and left to chase his dreams without so much as a simple goodbye.
When he showed up out of the blue ten years later, I should have known to steer clear. I should have rejected his offer to take me to my ex’s wedding. I should have never let him kiss me.
But I didn’t.
And now we’re left wondering if the pieces of the life we once shared still fit together somehow. First loves are hard to forget. The question is, do we want to forget? Or do we risk the chance and see what happens next?
How often do you come across a book where the heroine has been invited to her ex fiancée’s wedding and the RSVP card accidentally gets sent? So of course, she then has to show up to save her pride and show that she’s just as well off. Never, that’s how often. Now add in that the hero who comes to Saylor’s rescue to escort her is none other than Hayes, her first love and childhood sweetheart. And did I forget to mention the fact that he’s an actor and Hollywood’s favourite heartthrob? These two are definitely in for an interesting journey.
“You need help.”
“Says the man who demanded he be called The Captain every time the announcer summoned us to the stage despite everyone knowing you were Hayes Whitley.”
“Says the woman who sang, ‘Might as well face it you’re a dick with a glove.’” His laugh rings out again.
“And what is wrong with that? Look it up. I bet you . . . I don’t know what I bet you.” I slur my words a little bit. “But I assure you those are the correct lyrics that Robert Palmer sings.”
“No. It’s addicted to love, Ships. Addicted to love,” he enunciates while fighting back the laugh. “Not a dick with a glove.”
I’m going to start this review off a little backwards and begin with the epilogue. You know how I’d describe it in one word? PERFECTION! I loved it. It was incredibly sweet and well thought out, it was an excellent choice for the characters and made sense for the story and every motive they had throughout. Now saying this, keep in mind that I usually hate epilogues. Like, if given the chance, I’d skip them every time. But then I’d miss the few hidden gems like this one, so… I don’t know. I just suck it up. But if you’re anything like me, or even if you’re the complete opposite, be sure to read it! This is not an epilogue to miss.
“[…] love is like magic. You can question it—how it happens, when it will happen, why it bowls you over when it does happen, and how you existed before it happened—but you might never get the answer.
Sometimes you just have to believe in it and its process.”
This storyline is definitely out of the box and creative. I loved how cute and fun it could be while still packing in the emotions and making me believe the feelings of the main characters. In this case, K. Bromberg really did make me believe that absence makes the heart grow fonder.
“Hayes.” His name is a sigh of affection on my lips. “No. Shh. I’m the actor, I get to hog the stage right now.”
Considering Hayes and Saylor were not only high school sweethearts but each other’s first love, you know something bad had to have happened between these two for them to just separate and lose contact for a decade. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it! But with this being said, I found the little angst moments really enjoyable. Of course there’s going to be tension when they see each other again. Of course there will be friction and confusion and old emotions resurfacing. But the absolute best part of this for me was that even when the entire story of what happened came out, everything was not instantly better. They didn’t go from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds, despite what Rihanna says. It felt real. You can’t just let go of 10 years worth of hurt and feelings of abandonment overnight and have everything be all hunky dory by morning. Sure, you can forgive, but it does take time to get over those feelings, which is exactly how K. writes it. This I really appreciated.
“[…] he needs to stay right where he is.
In the past.
Because by never looking back, he let me know he didn’t want anything to do with my future.”
Hayes will give you EVERY trait you want in a book boyfriend. He’s sweet, thoughtful, bashful, intelligent, protective and would move the sun and earth just to make Saylor smile. And throw in the ending/last quarter of the book? SWOON!!!!!!!! I swooned so damn hard for this guy it’s insane. He was the freaking cutest and I loved it. Plus, I really liked how the author wrote him to still be genuine and a bit emotional. My heart swelled whenever Hayes would get shy and adorable. Seriously people, it swelled.
“The most important thing I’ve learned from your parents is this: don’t wait for the perfect time to take a chance on your dreams. And you’re my dream, Saylor.”
You know what can make a heroine awesome? When she’s feisty. No wait, that’s not it. When she’s stubborn? Uh… No, not quite it either. How about when she can stand up for herself and won’t take crap from people? When she knows what she is worth as a person and won’t settle for less than that? Yes! Bingo! I really liked Saylor. Of course, at the same time she was feisty and stubborn, but she was genuine and down to earth too. She was the perfect person to ground Hayes while he in turn showed her how precious she really was.
“But we all know books are fiction.
The romance in novels is a crock of shit.
Sometimes the hero still leaves in the end.
And the heroine is once again left to pick up the pieces.”
*Now I need to preface this section by saying that when I read an ARC (or most books for that matter), I’ll always wait until a few days afterwards to write my review. I like to let my feelings settle because right after finishing, I’m usually quite giddy and tend to rate books higher then I normally would. So to get both my ratings and true feelings accurate for a review, I wait a little while. Moving on.* My favourite part of this book was honestly the last 25-30%. This is where the story seemed to really pick up and it actually felt like things were happening; like these two were getting somewhere with each other, not just living in a fairytale paradise. The beginning was fun to see the characters react to seeing each over for the first time in ten years, then the teasing and hostility, but then the middle felt a bit slow. There were some cute times yes but I can’t actually think back and distinguish the actual events. I can’t recall what I was thinking or feeling during the middle section. But then the ending rolls around and when it whips you right in the face, I devoured it! I was busy that night and blew everything off, I sat down and read until I was done. I just couldn’t stop!
“Why are you making this sound like a goodbye, Saylor?” His hands on my cheeks don’t allow me to avert my gaze from his like I want to.
“It’s not. But I don’t know if I can survive in your world, Hayes.”
This has been my first novel by K. Bromberg but I’ve heard so much about her Driven series, I really do need to check it out. Plus, I need these cupcakes in my life. I mean come on, grudge cupcakes – how awesome does that sound? Can I open a franchise? 😉 Confused as to what a #grudgecupcake is? One click Sweet Cheeks today and find out!
“If I’m making an ass out of myself, I damn well better be getting the girl in the end.”
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.