on August 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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After a painful loss, Cady Moreland is coming to Magdalene to start the next chapter of her life. A chapter that began eighteen years ago but had a heartbreaking ending. The time in between was full of family and friendship, but Cady could never get the man she fell in love with all those years ago out of her heart.
Coert Yeager has learned to live without the girl who entered his life right when she shouldn’t and exited delivering a crippling blow he never would have suspected. The time in between was full of failing to find what he was missing…and life-altering betrayal.
But when that girl shows up in Magdalene and buys the town’s beloved lighthouse, even if Coert wants to avoid her, he can’t. A fire in town sparks a different kind of flame that won’t be ignored.
As Cady and Coert question the actions of the two young adults they once were thrown into earth-shattering circumstances, can they learn from what came in between and find each other again?
3 Second Chance Stars!!!
Cady and Coert’s story begins in Denver eighteen years earlier. Their attraction was instant, mutual, and it didn’t take long before they were in love. Cady’s home life was a sad lonely existence; she’s unappreciated and generally ignored unless it’s to tell her what a failure she is, mainly by her cold unfeeling mother and brother…her father just kinda tows the line. Problem is Cady doesn’t want the life her parents expect out of her, she’s content working at a convenience store, while striving to make her dreams of becoming a clothing buyer come true.
Cady is a loyal to her childhood friend and her friend’s live-in boyfriend, who you instinctively know are bad news. While at a party with her best friend she meets Coert and she’s instantly drawn to him even though she knows she should stay away from him due to his association with the criminal element her BFF’s boyfriend associates with. But their sizzling chemistry is too strong to ignore….for both of them. Naturally, they fall in love. Things blow up with her friends and she learns Coert’s true intentions which sends Cady on a path that destroys their future since Cady didn’t stick around for explanations or answers from Coert.
We eventually learn why Cady did the things she did that sent Coert away for good…I can’t say I fully understand why she married someone else less than a month later, especially a man older than her father, a man who clearly cared about Cady and gave her a large readymade loving family. Although I admire her loyalty to him for eighteen years, I just a hard time understanding her motivation for the marriage, to begin with.
Fast forward eighteen years later. Coert is now the sheriff of a small Maine town. He knows the people and everything that goes on in Magdalene which means he is fully aware that Cady has purchased the Magdalene Lighthouse with plans of renovating and living in it. Their first face to face meeting did not go well, in fact, Coert is bitter and a complete asshole to Cady for the first half of the book. Eventually, they find their way but not without more drama and heartbreak before Coert stops being an uncompromising ass and Cady stops being a doormat.
“I don’t wanna see you. I don’t wanna hear from you. I don’t want anything to do with you. I can’t imagine what would give you even that first hint that I’d ever wanna have you even a shadow in my life again.”
Sadly, I knew by the quarter mark that this was book would not be going on my “KA Favorites Shelf”. Normally a KA book totally consumes me, but, the last couple of KA books were just….okay, in a non-consuming way. Don’t get me wrong, I still love and adore KA just not the last couple of books, hopefully this is not a trend for me, although to be fair, it may just be my perception because I seem to be in the minority.
All-in-all, I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Jake, Josie, Mickey, Amy, Junior, Alyssa, all the “kids” and the side story between Cady’s niece Verity and her tenant Elijah which was very sweet (I wish we were given more on their storyline). I love when we get series crossover characters and we are treated to some of our beloved Rock Chick characters who are intertwined with Coert’s past. Lastly, KA is the Queen of Epilogues and she does not disappoint here, so because of the epilogue, the appearance of Magdalene (past) characters, Rock Chick characters, and Verity’s side story I’ve upped my rating.