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Alicia thought she had everything she needed, a job she loved and a loving husband, until the day she went to tell her husband about her promotion, then her life changed forever.
Completely heart- broken, Alicia wants to get as far away from America as possible so she moves to Auckland in New Zealand for a fresh start. While visiting her new neighbour, she comes across Hunter who is wearing nearly nothing and instantly she finds herself attracted to him but feels guilty for lusting after the hot alpha male who she assumes is her neighbours man.
She soon discovers the truth about Hunter, after tragically losing the love of his life, he doesn’t do relationships, one night stands yes, girlfriends, no way.
Alicia and Hunter’s feelings for each other get stronger and stronger till neither can resist it any longer, so they don’t. Their relationship develops very quickly which surprised me as Alicia had only been single 8 months but by the end of the book, they both get the happily ever after they deserved.
A great feel good story, a perfect quick read on the beach.
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Do you believe in second chances? In Theresa Troutman’s By My Side, she uses finding a second chance as her platform for her characters, Alicia and Hunter. They are both damaged by things that have taken place in their past and when they meet a spark is ignited. Maybe a second chance can heal their damaged souls.
Changing your home from America to New Zealand may seem drastic but for Alicia it is a way to start a new life and leave the past behind. A past of deceit and unfaithfulness by the man that had promised to love, honor and cleave to her until death parted them was a hard pill to swallow for Alicia. She left her ex behind and vowed never to let a man have that kind of power over her again. When she meets Hunter in an unexpected encounter, Alicia is not prepared for her reaction to him. Should she give him a chance?
One night stands and no commitment is the norm for Hunter since the death of his fiancé. He is haunted by her death and does not seem to be able to move past his lost. His time is spent playing with a band and avoiding relationships. Alicia walks into his life and things begin to change. Is this a second chance for love and HEA for them? Read and find out!
Hero: 4.5 stars
Heroine: 4.5 stars
Steam: 4.5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend this book: Yes! When you have a story of two damaged souls that find a second chance it is bound to be read worthy.
Would I recommend this author: Yes! This is my first read by Ms. Troutman. Her setting, plot and character development insures that it will not be my last. She is an amazing author that writes unforgettable stories about love, romance and finding HEA!
***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review
“I kissed him again as my fingers intertwined with his hair and pulled hard until his head tipped back, giving me access to his neck. I trailed kisses along his jawline and down his neck, stopping to bite his ear lobe.”
Four stars. This book was a fun, fast paced read. There was serious heat between the main characters and the writing flowed well!
“Maybe it’s not what you’re running from, but what you’re running toward.”
Alicia travels to an exotic land, with hopes to reinvent herself. She moves to Auckland, New Zealand, to heal and escape her unhappy past in America.
Hunter works in a bar to distract himself from the memory of a tragic past. Playing in a local band and resorting to one night stands are his only means for an escape from his reality.
Brought together by circumstance, an unexpected romance blossoms between these two tortured souls.
Can being by each other’s side bring them the happiness they are desperate to discover? Or will being together break their fragile trust and lead to more heartache?
After walking in on her husband having sex with a student on his desk, Alicia decides it time for a change. Eight months later, divorced and looking for a change, Alicia moves to New Zealand. No friends, no family, only a job that waits for her. Moving into her flat she instantly finds a friend in Tia and her two male roommates. Alicia is instantly attracted to Hunter, the brooding but sexy pub worker, and not to mention member of a band, with his roommates. Alicia is guarding her heart, not sure if she’s ready to let anyone else in, but Hunter has his sights set on her. After a few casual encounters with Hunter he tells her he wants to take her on a proper date and explain why he’s so standoffish. Turns out his fiance’ was died from a freak drowning and like Alicia he’s guarded with his heart. That’s all it takes for Alicia to let her guard down and let love in. This story is about a whirlwind romance and a second chance at new love. I really loved this book, I read it in one sitting. Super cute and exciting to read!
**Read and reviewed by Melissa for Alpha Book Club
Alicia had a hard past, where someone stomp on her heart and spit it out. She promised herself to fall in love again, because she doesn’t know if she can survive another heartache. After a few months picked up the life she has left and moved to Auckland, New Zealand to heal and to have a fresh start. Everything was great, then walk in sex on a stick Hunter. While having a tea with her new found friend Tia, walks in almost naked Hunter. Wow, she wanted to jump him right there and then. In the back of her mind she kept reminding herself, she’s there for a new start not to find a man.
Then Hunter started coming around here, never leaving her alone too long with her thoughts. They went out and got to know each other. She finds out later Hunter had a tragic past, so he hasn’t let any woman in for years. Until she came along, Hunter only had hook ups with random girls and nothing more. Brought together by circumstances, their hopeful friendship turned into something more. They fell hard and fast. With the promise of a future together is their new found love enough to keep them together.
This was a short read and I enjoyed the heck out of it. Hunter and Alicia were super sweet. I do wish the story was longer, to give them a more evolve love. Except for that the book is just the kind of sweetness I love to read.
Hunter is many things – a bartender, a musician and also someone running from his past. When the two meet, there is an attraction they both feel but are wary of at the same time. Would they be able to reconcile their pasts and move forward, together?
I enjoyed this sweet, steamy romance between two very likable characters. Alicia is the sweet girl next door while Hunter is the sensitive, funny but oh so hot “bad boy”. Friends and family round out an interesting, supportive cast of characters. There is no hysterical drama or even bone-clenching tension between Alicia and Hunter but instead a slow, steady buildup of feelings. Not everything is perfect, few things are, but the bumps and hiccups they encounter make it that more true to real life.
A great summer read!
**Reviewed for Nerdy, Dirty and Flirty**
Their journey to their HEA started with a friendship and a fresh start and ended with finding out that taking chances can lead to what you didn’t know what you wanted . This story starts out with Alicia finding her then Husband in a compromising position with one of his students which then leads her to taking on a once in a lifetime adventure in a land that opens up new opportunities not only for work but love .
In comes Hunter once broken by the death of his fiancé and not looking to get into a serious relationship but that was until he meet his new American neighbor and starts to fall for her.
This is a beautiful story of finding love an finding the strength to move on after headache. Set in beautiful New Zealand Ms.Troutman sets you up to be captivated and I have to say I love every minute of it .
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