This book was another tear bringer. It had me form the first page like most great books do. We first meet Emma, surrounded by secrets and running from something. Her story is a sad and horrible one, and its one we have to read page after page to uncover. Her story, sadly is a very realistic one. Emma is Running. From her past. From her present. From life. She is starting over back where it all began. Back home.
Emma's family is like anyone else's, or well, at least mine. She has a fantastic connection with her brother and he is honestly a truly great guy. Then you have mom and dad. Her parents are a little, well how is a nice way to put it, suffocating. I was glad for Emma that she got out on her own or well, with her brother, and didn't end up back with them. She is starting over and that last thing she needed was that to make matters worse.
Emma is rebuilding her life and we are a part of each step. Her actions are a saddening vision, but some parts of the rebuilding were completely empowering. It was all I could do not to skip forward and see where she landed. I was with her every new adventure and it was great.
Hot, smart, successful, and understanding he is a complete package. I loved the fact that he not only had the Alpha male thing going on, but that he also had that "real" guy feel to him. I will admit that in most book our Alpha males are a tad fantasize worthy, but Nathan was real. I could imagine him as a true person with his perfectness and his flaws.
Their journey if one that flew threw the pages. It was a quick but true feeling love. Emma threw some curve balls in the works, but Nathan was the perfect solution for them all.
A really great book. It was well written and easy to read. I thought the premiss was carefully handled and well researched. Kudos to the author for doing such a great job with how she wrote about what she did. It was realistic and empowering. The plot itself was great, it had the romance, the emotion, and just enough mystery to keep me hooked. Loved all the characters and really hope I get to see more from them :) Definitely a chart topper in my book!
Synopsis: What do you do when life doesn't go as planned?
Nobody plans to be abused. Emma Dunn certainly didn't. When life with her fiance' takes a terrifying turn, she flees to her hometown of Chicago without looking back, and her brother Kevin takes her in. Life is slowly getting better for Emma, thanks in no small part to real-life Prince Charming, Nathan Weber. He sweeps her off her feet, almost literally, and dotes on her from day one.
But when the unexpected happens and their pasts catch up with them, can their fairy tale still have a happy ending?
Even the strongest can break. Love has the power to consume, but also has the power to break.
“I'm sorry. I had to pinch you and make sure this moment was real.” I smiled up at him. “That was wonderful. I've felt the same way.” I was struck by another daze as his touch sent ripples of sensation down between my legs as he rubbed my back up and down. I ran my hand across his chest, feeling how tight his muscles were through his black dress shirt. “I don't know how to say this, because we don’t even know one another, but please, don't leave me.”
As if he completely understood me, he kissed me again, ever so gently on my lips.
“I won’t go, I want to get to know you, Emma.” He ran his fingers through my hair.
“You may not like what you get to know.” A tear fell down my cheek.
“Let me take that risk,” he whispered. Then tenderly, he kissed my forehead.
“Come on, let’s go get some coffee. You like coffee, right?” He grinned.
“I love coffee. I need coffee.” I chuckled.
About the Author:
Born and raised in the Chicago-land area, Nickie Seidler is a up and coming young author. Her new-found dream of being a writer has led to the completion of her first book "A Lucky Second Chance". Nickie is married, and when not writing, enjoys cooking new recipes for them to try, water aerobics, car racing and spending quality time with family and friends. She is currently writing her second book to be released early 2014.
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