Rowan Hawthorne, with all his flaws and past mistakes… his belief that love was a lie and that marriage was a sham… This Rowan that I had the pleasure to meet made me believe in family, that time can change hearts and minds and that a man can truly embrace his second chance and make the most of it. Amazing!
I waited for the conclusion to Rowan and Tessa’s story with so much anticipation. These two had so much to resolve. Their love for each other, a contractual marriage, separation by an ocean. Then there was the even bigger secret… a positive result on a pregnancy test. They run into occasionally with Rowan getting updates on his lost love from his brother and Tessa getting bits and pieces as well. Four years pass and Tessa finds herself thrown right back into Rowan’s path when Hawthorne and Tessa’s position at Prim intersect. But Rowan Hawthorne is not the same close minded, stubborn man he was. Oh no. For Rowan, fatherhood and revelations change his outlook for his future. That future includes winning back the woman he lost and having the family that he longs for with his very soul.
Rowan and Tessa showed us what love, acceptance and endurance is. In Rowan I saw determination, cunning, and the pure joy of being first a friend and then a father. From Tessa I saw independence, momma bear protectiveness, and vulnerability. It was impossible to not get caught up in these two. They may have spent years a part but their love for each other only grew. Their chemistry only got hotter. The most important thing was that they each took the time to grow into who they were as individuals. They made me ridiculously happy!
This was such a satisfying conclusion! Emotional, twisty, intriguing. The secondary characters made me wish for more, namely Rowans’s brother Sam and Tessa’s brother Freddie. These two have much story to tell. This was an incredible read!
Well done, again, Claire! So well done!
Love isn’t always about timing.
Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it.
I admit I wasn’t ready.
I know you don’t want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain.
Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away.
Let me show you what our years apart have done to me.
Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .
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Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.
She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.
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