AUTHOR: Ella Miles
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Purchased by Reviewer @ Amazon
REVIEWER: Pistol Annie
RATING: 5 Silver & Navy Cowboy Stars
A romance that starts at the end, and ends at the beginning.
He’s not coming.
He said he would always be here for me.
Except this time, when I really need him to be here, he isn’t.
He isn’t f**king here.
Quinn met Hunter five years ago at age eighteen. It wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, it was the complete opposite. But they did make a promise that day. If times ever got sh**ty again, all either of them had to do was text each other for help. For five years, they had always been there for each other until…they weren’t.
Standalone. Second chance, steamy romance.
HOLY HOT Dallas Cowboy — as in FOOTBALL! I completely fell in love with Hunter, bad habits and all. And a strong single mom, like Quinn, giving it her best shot at making a good life for both herself and her child rank highly, too. Throw in a second chance romance that also tops my list of favorites, and that’s a TOUCHDOWN in my opinion. This new-to-me-author’s got game!
Before I go any further, let me be clear that although I’m thrilled that our hero is a professional football player, this story is not overshadowed in any way by the sport. Yes, it plays an integral part in Hunter’s life. It’s his job and he loves it. But it is not what you expect from a sports-related romance. And readers certainly will appreciate enough well-played hot and steamy scenes to keep the fires burning that won’t disappoint. But once again, sex is not the main feature either. A heartbreakingly beautiful story of second chances, this one packs plenty of both heat and heart.
The book blurb gives a view of what’s to come without giving away the main events — and you won’t get any spoilers from me either.
The main characters . . .
Hunter Metcalf is sweet and sexy — and is a player on and off the football field. He was raised in a wealthy home. Hunter is both strong and vulnerable. And he lets fear guide his life. He loves deeply. But he won’t ever fall in love or have a family. He will, however, always be there for Quinn if and when she needs him.
Quinn is independent, strong and beautiful. She’s been through some hard times, but remains strong and brave. She’s both a fighter and a survivor. Struggling to make ends meet, she’d rather stand on her own than ask for help. And she has a feisty four-year-old daughter named Ava, and that’s a whole other can of worms.
It took a little time to get in sync with the unusual “backwards” timeline, but it was probably the best way possible to adequately get the story across with the maximum impact. I was certainly intrigued. There’s a real need to know and the answers just don’t come fast enough. The questions kept rolling through my mind asking how they met, who was Ava, what happened in the past that went so wrong, why were each of them involved with someone else, and was there anyway possible for this to work out.
The sadness is so real and the pain so evident. At times, things got a little tedious, and I felt like slugging them both for being so clueless. Different strokes for different folks, but sometimes you just gotta let go, jump in, and go for it, especially if you love and need someone so deeply. My heart was smashed to smithereens before finally being glued back together spectacularly. A memorable and moving balance of emotion, romance, angst and hope.
It’s hard to imagine anyone reading this book without a few tears. Finally getting the scoop on how they met and the reasons why they kept in touch through the years was enough to require a few Kleenex. And having dual POVs helped to gain insight into both their thoughts and feelings, adding depth and emotion to the story, as well.
When I finished, I sat back, closed my eyes, and took a deep relaxing breath, just to take it all in. Compelling, turbulent, and heady — every page kept me suspended awaiting the next revelation. This is a book to get lost in — one that will be hard to forget. For a steal at 99-cents, I got the full monty. A uniquely different, but beautiful, touching story with a bag brimming with unexpected surprises to the very end. A story that has it all and is not to be missed.